With all this controversy about the TSA doing the nudie images and/or groping of passengers at the airport, I wondered if it was constitutional. After looking at a few circuit Court of Appeals cases, I think it probably is. The 4th Amendment has been gutted over the last 40 years, largely because the "war on drugs" is horribly ineffective unless cops have more freedom to detain, search, and scan than a strict reading of that Amendment would allow. But it's true that the 4th Amendment uses the word "reasonable" which means that they intended people applying the law to use their judgment about what meets that standard, and what the majority of citizens think is "reasonable." MY QUESTION: What was "reasonable" in the early days of our Republic? What did the Framers of our constitution consider a reasonable safety precaution when it comes to mass gatherings, VIP speeches, and important government buildings? When the Founding Fathers met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1776 to create the Declaration of Independence, were their bags searched? Did they have to take their hats and coats off? Did anybody grope their upper thighs and "brush" their testicles with the back of a gloved hand? How about when they met again at that same building in 1787, over the course of many days and weeks, to hammer-out the details of the Constitution? Were they required to line up outside and only pass through the door after being individually inspected? Did they have to strip to their waists and pull down their garters?