“I Took part in a protest on 2/2/13 called TSA out of MBTA Day of Action. We came to raise awareness of the TSA being used to conduct searches in the subways of our city. I, as the rest of the people you will see, believe this is a violation of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. We Hope you will take the time to hear our message, and pass it to your friends and family who love their freedom.” – Sean Typhon


The fine folks over at The Boston Occupier (formerly Occupy Boston Globe) covered the Defend the 4th convergence protest this past Saturday.

All photos credited to Dan Schneider.


Speaking from the Tamarleigh Grenfell gives a speech denouncing the introduction of TSA searches on the MBTA. (Photo: Dan Schneider)

-Joe Ramsay via The Boston Occupier

While hundreds ice skated just across the Boston Common, around eighty people converged on the Common bandstand in the freezing cold on Saturday, February 2, to declare their opposition to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches on the MBTA.

The “TSA out of the MBTA” protest emerged rather organically, starting from a single angry Facebook post about an individual TSA search, growing into a Facebook event with over two hundred “attendees,” and culminating with an afternoon march and rally, which featured groups converging on Park Street from across the city. The convergence marches were, as organizer Tamarleigh Grenfell put it, “like the fingers of a hand,” coming together downtown from each subway line—red, orange, and green— to form a fist.

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Local cannabis activist and host of Two Hotheads: Where Activism Happens on UNregular Radio’s UNcensored stream; Mike Cann covered the march from Cambridge to the Boston Common.

TSA OUT OF MBTA. NO FEDS IN BOSTON’S SUBWAYS! Generating a $%@* storm of media. MBTA Spokesperson answers on our power of the people protest. Although there has not been an actual attack in this country, mass transit still remains a possible target for terrorists,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. Courts have upheld the use of inspections in Boston and New York City, Pesaturo said, adding there have been few complaints about the inspections.

Mike Cann covers TSA out of MBTA

Get the TSA out of the MBTA, stop random searches on the subway.

This letter is via TakingSenseAway, written by Defend the 4th organizer Tamarleigh G.

Defend the 4th Amendment Action, Cambridge to Boston 2-2-2013 Central SquareAs local Bostonians we are determined to bring an end to the warrantless searches the TSA conducts on the MBTA. This policy flagrantly infringes upon our civil liberties and is in direct violation of both Article XIV of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. As long as the governor, the mayor, and the representatives of the Commonwealth permit the enforcement of this reprehensible policy, they are in direct contradiction of the constitutions they swore to uphold. We demand that every TSA checkpoint in the MBTA be discontinued at once.Taxpayer dollars have been ill-spent in the investment of this program. Maintaining these checkpoints in our transit system not only creates a hostile environment for tourists as well as locals, but also illuminates how, in this great time of need, our representatives are increasingly out of touch with the people, as demonstrated by their misguided actions. The desire and/or need to use public transportation does not constitute a search warrant in the slightest. All citizens are completely in their right to refuse any search without a warrant. We call upon everyone to pressure the state government to remove these TSA checkpoints immediately and insist that our representatives make more appropriate use of our money.

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Defend the 4th Coalition makes the Sunday Herald (online we’ll see about print) for “TSA out of MBTA” protest held February 2nd 2013.

Defend the 4th Amendment Action, Cambridge to Boston 2-2-2013 converging on the Common Parkman BandstandRead the article below, or continue through here to for the article. 

Group protests MBTA searches
February 3, 2013

By Herald Staff / Boston Herald

Fearing an infringement on their Fourth Amendment rights, a group of about 80 activists descended upon Boston Common yesterday calling for the MBTA to end security inspections of passengers’ belongings at T stations.

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