Well God Bless the ACLU. Prior to 9/11 the majority of airport screeners at airports nationwide were contract security making about six or seven dollars an hour. The work force also consisted of many resident aliens and illegal aliens! (The background and documentation supposedly done by the private firms contracted to supply the screeners were never done.) So, in response to the terrorism threat the screeners were federalized under the newly created agency the TSA that would be required to take over all the screening at U.S. airports. The requirements to be considered for a position with them? Basically you had to read and write English fluently and be a U.S. citizen who was able to pass a thorough background check and to be hired then demonstrate through interviews and testing the necessary skills. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Under the old rules Osama Bin Laden and any member of Al Queda could get jobs as screeners. But no the ACLU was not happy. So they filed a lawsuit. The LA Times published this article on November 16, 2002. The link to the entire article is here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-screeners16nov16.story?null. (Free registration required to view.) The following is a summary of the article: A federal district court judge in Los Angeles on Friday barred the U.S. government from enforcing a post-Sept. 11 law that permits only American citizens to work as airport screeners. This is an extremely important ruling," said ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner, who represented the plaintiffs, eight permanent resident aliens and one man from American Samoa, who held jobs as screeners at LAX and San Francisco International Airport. The ACLU suit contends that the citizenship restriction in the Aviation Transportation and Security Act, enacted last November, is a violation of constitutional equal protection rights. "That is the same mentality that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," said Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, after Friday's hearing. When the suit was filed, about 25% of the 28,000 pre-boarding screeners at U.S. airports were permanent resident aliens rather than citizens. At some airports, the percentage of non-citizens was far higher -- about 40% at LAX and more than 50% in San Francisco, Sacramento, Miami and Washington Dulles. Give me a break! This is nuts. There were three things inherent in the Federalizing of the screeners to improve safety: 1. That we get the best possible people for the job. 2. We pay them a decent wage with benefits and the opportunity for advancement. (None of which was available for those hired under the old contract security system.) 3. That we as accurately as feasible and possible know who the people we are hiring would be honest and loyal to what they were protecting: Airport security in the United States. I think this lawsuit is baloney and it is important to for the screeners and certain other selected occupations to require U.S. citizenshipactually there are many such other occupations or jobs that do! What do you think?