October 5, 2004

ACLU sues to stop ferry searches

According to press reports, the American Civil Liberties Union has brought suit seeking an end to random searches of car trunks and passenger back packs by Lake Champlain Transportation Company on its ferry routes between Vermont and New York.

Michael Cassidy, in conjunction with the Vermont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the lawsuit in Burlington, Vermont federal court yesterday.

You can read the local Times Argus news story here.

An issue raised by this case is that, should it succeed, ferry operators might have to move to non-random search procedures like X-ray technology, video cameras or bomb-sniffing dogs to initially screen people and their vehicles.

We'll have further coverage in our newsletter FERRIES & FAST CRAFT NEWS.

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