CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 29, 1972
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(Studio) New York Congress John Murphy proposes new antihijacking legislature Already approved antihijacking procedures for searching passengers at air terminals raise const. questions. 4th Amendment forbids searching persons without warrant or without probable cause that criminal evidence will be discovered.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) January 5 new searching procedures at air terminals will go into effect. So far 6000 airport arrests made, but only 1100 for possession of weapons or other offenses possibly connected with hijacking. ACLU protests mass searching of passengers. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Joel GORA - says airport arrests resulting from searches lead ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) to suspect primary purpose of searches is to catch all kinds of illegal activity (such as drug possession, catching of illegal aliens, fugitives, etc.), not just deter hijacking. [Assistant Secretary Trans. Benjamin DAVIS Junior - says happy violators of law being arrested.] [Air piracy inspector John BROPHIE - says searches are a general dragnet.] California federal district court rules airport seizure marijuana illegal because warrantless search justified only to meet threat hijack. Govt. may appeal to Supreme Court
REPORTER: Fred Graham