The Eyes of Texas are Upon You … and The Hands of the Fed are Down Your Pants – Unless YOU Stand-Up for the Fourth Amendment.
The eyes of the nation and the world are on Texas as we continue to do battle with the forces of tyranny.
Wether you are against the Scanners because of health and safety concerns or from the perspective of preserving one’s privacy and dignity … whether you are against the invasive groping because you realize it keeps noone safe or because you feel it violates the 4th Amendment:
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A BAN ON THE TSA AND FOR UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION
Saturday, June 4th
Texas TSA pat down ban may be back
By Keith Laing – 06/02/11 02:18 PM ET
Texas lawmakers may reconsider a bill to outlaw controversial airport pat-downs, the sponsor of legislation that was shelved recently said this week.
Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R) said that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked Gov. Rick Perry to include the measure in a special session of the Texas legislature. Dewhurst reported asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill when federal officials threatened to cancel flights to Texas if it passed.
But he has since had a change of heart, Simpson told fans on his Facebook page.
“The Lt. Gov. sent a letter to Gov. Perry asking him to include the TSA bill HB 1937 in the special session!,” Simpson wrote on the website. “Please call the Governor and tell him you agree with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst!”
The measure would make it a misdemeanor for TSA agents would have been to pat down travelers who did not have probable cause for suspicion. The penalty would be a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
If it is approved, it would be the first state law restricting TSA’s security techniques.
Simpson sharply criticized the Department of Justice for threatening to respond to the bill, comparing it to the Texas Revolution.
“175 years ago in the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico, a small band of Texans stood in defiance at Gonzalez, turning back the attempt to deprive them of their weapon of defense, a single cannon,” he wrote in a letter to Perry, Dewhurst, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Attorney General Gregg Abbott.
“Gentlemen, we find ourselves at such a watershed moment today,” Simpson continued. “The federal government is attempting to deprive the citizens of Texas of their constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. If we do not stand for our citizens in the face of this deprivation of their personal rights and dignity, who will?”
TSA has continue to argue the proposed legislation is unconstitutional, saying it would be nullified by the supremacy clause of the U.S. constitution.
A measure similar to the Texas bill has been introduced in Utah.
“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 – www.SupportDignity.com
Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States
Screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions.
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
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.
www.propublica.org / 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’