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Ventura Sues DHS, TSA Over Body Scans, Pat-Downs

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WCCO-TV’s James Schugel Reports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, saying full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints are violating his rights.

Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday in federal court in Minnesota. He says the new security measures violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

He’s asking a federal court to order officials to stop subjecting him to these searches.

Ventura was governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2002. He now hosts the television program “Conspiracy Theory.”

The lawsuit says Ventura had a hip replacement in 2008, and his titanium implant sets off metal detectors.

He says officials used to scan him with a wand as a secondary security measure, but now, he’s subjected to full-body scans and pat-downs that he says are invasive.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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