Austin News and Views #4 – 5/30/11

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Patriot Act News

Nationwide Anti-PATRIOT-Act-Resolution figures as of May 29, 2011:

  • – 414 local, county, and state resolutions passed
  • – 275 efforts underway
  • – 85,282,092 people protected

Texas Resolutions – 5 Passed from 2003 to 2007

  • Austin – Resolution passed 09/25/03
    • Bastrop County – Efforts under way
  • Dallas – Resolution passed 02/25/04
    • Denton – Efforts under way
  • El Paso – Resolution passed 04/27/04
    • Ellis County – Efforts under way
    • Fort Worth – Efforts under way
    • Fredericksberg – Efforts under way
    • Gillespie County – Efforts under way
    • Grapevine – Efforts under way
    • San Antonio – Efforts under way
    • San Marcos – Efforts under way
  • Sunset Valley – Resolution passed 09/02/03
  • Wichita Falls – Resolution passed 12/04/07


The People Speak–Perry Starts Listening :: Stop Austin Scanners!

“Despite mainstream media silence, popular outrage has spurred Gov. Perry’s office to start a public opinion poll on whether or not to push ahead to resubmit “restrain-the-TSA” anti-groping bill HB 1937.  Demand that the Governor add HB 1937 to the legislative agenda for the upcoming special session.

If you are a Texas resident and support this bill, call (512) 463-2000 NOW and tell them you are IN FAVOR of HB 1937, relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation and providing penalties.”

TSA Harasses Two Texas Wounded Veterans at Airport with War Shrapnel in their Bodies by David Bellow

Utah Lawmaker Wants to Ban TSA Searches

Utah lawmaker revives TSA pat-down ban By Keith Laing – 05/27/11

Pat-downs: Good bill nixed by Texas Senate
El Paso Times Editorial Board 05/30/2011

“The House had unanimously passed a measure that would ban the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from performing searches on some parts of the body — a person’s “privates” — with their hands. Such searches would be permissible if there was probable cause.

We liked that House bill.

On Wednesday, the bill failed to clear the Senate, and its sponsor is blaming Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. He said Dewhurst received a threat from the federal government to “cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said Dewhurst worked behind the scenes to make sure the bill would stall out and die.

We don’t believe flights would be barred from Texas airports; it would create a national transportation catastrophe to do so.

The TSA noted that federal law trumps state law. Proponents of the House bill say the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution would not apply because federal law does not authorize the inappropriate touching of people’s genitals.

To have this bill pass unanimously in the 150-member House, then have it fail to even get to the full Senate floor is a defeat for the citizens of Texas.

This derailment goes opposite human dignity concerns and the rights of law-abiding passengers.”

Texas Legislators Tell TSA: Don’t Mess With Texas – ABC News
Department of Justice, Texas Battle Over “No Pat-Down” Law
By SUSANNA KIM / May 30, 2011

“This bill was supported unanimously by Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives” …

“Our wives, our children, our mothers and grandmothers, will be rudely violated by federal employees out of control” …

“You can’t go to third base without giving us a reason” …

‘TSA has no “statutory authority for a government agent to touch the breasts, anus, sexual organs, or buttocks of a traveler”‘ …

“So, if there is actually statutory authority consistent with the Constitution, all an agent must do is bring that statute to the attention of the court. In other words, Texas needs to tell the Department of Justice, “You show me yours (statutory authority) and I’ll show you mine (privates)”

– Texas state rep David Simpson

Stop the TSA – Defend Traveler’s Dignity

Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States
Screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions.

Airport security: Intent to deceive?
Can the science of deception detection help to catch terrorists? Sharon Weinberger takes a close look at the evidence for it.

More Texas vs the TSA and More TSA / BackScatter Related Headlines

DHS Conducts ‘Drive-by’ Surveillance. What’s Next?
The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.
March 9, 2011 by Annie Jacobsen’s-next/

TSA backscatter radiation safety tests were rigged

There is Still No Rigorous Hard Data For The Safety of X-Ray Airport Passenger Scanners: RESPONSE TO THE LETTER FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OF OCTOBER 12, 2010 – The problem remains that the safety of the X-ray airport scanners has not been independently verified. / Original Document (PDF)

Dangerous Rays!?! FLASHBACKS…

Backlash grows vs. full-body scanners
Fliers worry about privacy, health risks

Airport body scanners reveal all, but what about when it’s your kid?

Full-body scanners ‘useless,’ air security expert says
Israeli tells MPs high-tech machines can be easily fooled

Support for full-body scanners ‘lower than reported’

Texas’ Radioactive Water Woes Continue

City says it learned from Brady’s problems with Hickory water’s radium by Kiah Collier / San Angelo Standard Times /  May 19, 2011

I-Team investigates radiation in our water supply (Video Parts One and Two) Special Investigation

Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking water (Video) KHOU

Texas drinking water makes pipes and plumbing radioactive (Video)

Flashback:Investigation Finds Radiation in Texas Drinking Water – TCEQ was lowballing radiation levels by Forrest Wilder / Texas Observer / Nov. 11, 2010

Flashback: KHOU-TV INVESTIGATES Texas’ Water Supply – Is It Safe?

EMF & SmartMeter News

Daniel Hirsch says Smart Meters 100x Radiation Exposure of a Cell Phone
Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at UCSC who has been widely quoted in the media regarding recent events in Japan.

BioInitiative Working Group of renowned scientists and public health policy experts say about exposure to radio frequency waves (RF):

“Wireless technologies which rely on RF to send emails and voice communication are thousands of times stronger than levels reported to cause sleep disorders, headaches, problems with memory and concentration and other adverse physical symptoms.”

Fairfax enacts ban on ‘SmartMeter’ installation
Rob Rogers 08/05/2010

Fear, Loathing, and Smart Meters: Councilmembers Send Letter to Edison Asking for Thorough Vetting – May 5, 2011

Fear and loathing in Sebastopol – March 10th, 2010

Mothers of children affected by wireless fear for the health and safety

CBS 5 Investigates Smart Meter Complaints

Concerns Over Smart Meters Cyber Security – KOCO-TV

SmartMeter Controversy Continues In Watsonville

Oakland Neighborhood Resisting Smart Meters

Monterey County Health Department Declares Smart Meters Safe – KSBW-TV

The Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Meters (long with lots of refs to scientific research)

Mothers of children affected by wireless fear for the health and safety

People vs Oncor – SmartMeter Controversy News

Smart Meter Wars: Controversy Erupts in California

PG&E acknowledges SmartMeter defect

Meet the woman allergic to electricity

California Town Enacts Ban on Wireless SmartMeters

Other Local vs Fed News…

Justice Department closes investigation of Austin Police Department
Federal officials say they have no cause to believe police violated laws.
By Patrick George / AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF / May 29, 2011

Perry Presidential Peril

Rick Perry Presidential Push Quietly Gains Steam

Texas Governor Rick Perry Says He’s Too Busy For 2012 Presidential … May 20, 2011 Rick Perry said Thursday he is too busy concentrating on the Texas

CBS 11 Report: Rick Perry’s Secret Trip
Perry made Texans foot the bill for his personal travel to Israel, a judge declared he needed to release all documentation of these publicly paid for activities and 3 days later the Leg passed a law, effective immediately, making these documents secret. (VIDEO)  –



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