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Jesse "The Body" Ventura Sues Homeland Security, TSA for Invasive Pat-Downs and Body Scans

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Jesse "The Body" Ventura Sues Homeland Security, TSA for Invasive Pat-Downs and Body Scans
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MINNEAPOLIS (CBS/AP) Jesse Ventura, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler, sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration Monday, claiming full-body scans and pat-down at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura who was known as "The Body" during his tenure as a wrestler is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting his body to "warrantless and suspicionless" scans and searches.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, and John Pistole, TSA Administrator, are named as defendants in the lawsuit which argues that searches are "unwarranted and unreasonable intrusions on Governor Ventura's personal privacy and dignity and are a justifiable cause for him to be concerned for his personal health and well-being."

Since receiving a hip replacement in 2008, Ventura, a frequent traveler, has been subjected to numerous body scans; however, when Ventura's titanium implant set off a metal detector in November and was subjected to a pat-down, the 59-year-old was about ready to lay the smack down.

Ventura claims he did not mind the non-invasive hand-held wand that was used to scan his body as a secondary security measure prior to the November incident, but what he does mind is the "humiliation and degradation" he experienced as a result of the "unwanted touching, gripping, and rubbing of the intimate areas of his body."

Unfortunately for Ventura, and many others, TSA's new policy will require airline passengers to either go through a full-body scanner or submit to a pat-down every single time the metal detector is set off, regardless of whether or not you are a frequent traveler.

According to the TSA's website, there are nearly 500 full-body scanners in use at 78 airports.

Not all travelers are selected to go through the scanners, but the TSA requires people who decline to submit to pat-downs that include checks of the inside of their thighs and buttocks.

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