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Officials at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla., have been ordered by a Circuit Court judge to stop conducting security pat-downs of fans entering the stadium for National Football League (NFL) games. The temporary injunction issued by the judge is a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on behalf of one Gordon Johnston, who is a season ticket-holder of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. The temporary injunction will remain in effect until the lawsuit is resolved. The NFL this year ordered all its teams to conduct the pat-down searches as part of an effort to increase security at league stadiums. The NFL released a statement expressing its disappointment at the judge's decision, stating that pat-downs at other NFL stadiums should not be affected by the ruling. "We believe these limited screenings are reasonable and important to the protection of our fans," the NFL said. Johnston claimed in a recent court hearing that the NFL searches violate his constitutional rights because they are "invasive without necessity."
 

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Officials at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla., have been ordered by a Circuit Court judge to stop conducting security pat-downs of fans entering the stadium for National Football League (NFL) games. The temporary injunction issued by the judge is a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on behalf of one Gordon Johnston, who is a season ticket-holder of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. The temporary injunction will remain in effect until the lawsuit is resolved. The NFL this year ordered all its teams to conduct the pat-down searches as part of an effort to increase security at league stadiums. The NFL released a statement expressing its disappointment at the judge's decision, stating that pat-downs at other NFL stadiums should not be affected by the ruling. "We believe these limited screenings are reasonable and important to the protection of our fans," the NFL said. Johnston claimed in a recent court hearing that the NFL searches violate his constitutional rights because they are "invasive without necessity."
Guess the judge has never heard of terrorists targeting events with large numbers of people. A sporting event is perfect, and it has happened. In effect, by fighting against these search policies at large public events, the ACLU is opening the door for terrorists to see that there is less resistance for them to commit crimes of violence.
 
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