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Mar 4

Written by: Andy Hogue
3/4/2011 2:59 PM  RssIcon

A freshman Representative filed a bill to penalize airport body scanner operators: Including TSA agents.

Can they do that to a federal agent? Bill author Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) thinks so. And he's not alone, with 18 co-sponsors from both parties (see list below) and a few organizations.

The bill, HB 1938, makes it a civil penalty for anyone working in a locally owned airport to install or operate whole-body imaging equipment -- "including a device that uses backscatter x-rays or millimeter waves, that creates a visual image of a person's unclothed body and is intended to detect concealed objects," the bill read.

The penalty is capped at $1,000 per day per violation.

The bill is supported by the Travis County Republican Party, the Travis County Libertarian Party, and Austin-based Texans for Accountable Government which pushed for a city of Austin resolution against the scanners.

Simpson may also have the backing of U.S. Congressman John Carter of Texas, a member of the U.S. House Appropriations and Homeland Security committees.

"On Thursday I met with U.S. Congressman John Carter ... to discuss strategies for stopping the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s implementation of unconstitutional and unreasonable searches of U.S. citizens as a condition of travel," Simpson wrote in his weekly blog post.

If it becomes law, Texas would join at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire.

A press conference on the bill originally scheduled for Monday has been postponed.

Co-authors so far include: Reps. Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville), Leo Berman (R-Tyler), Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball), Dan Flynn (R-Vann), John V. Garza (R-San Antonio), Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City), Charlie Howard (R-Sugar Land), Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), Jim Landtroop (R-Big Spring), Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall), Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), Debbie Riddle (R-Houston), Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), and James White (R-Hillister).
 

UPDATES: 

3/7/11: Edits made. ACLU-Texas is not taking a position on the bill.
 

93 comment(s) so far...


Dissolve the TSA and chuck the scanners. Then start the investigation into who ordered them and all behind this scam and assault on the American people.

911essentials.com

By Fanny Forbes Frankeln on   3/7/2011 12:47 PM

Better yet, station a LEO to watch the security people and when they start feeling up young girls immediate arrest them and then go directly to jail and hold them for bail hearing.

By Rick O'Shea on   3/7/2011 12:47 PM

I just love the Lone Star state. You rock!

By KeepUp on   3/7/2011 12:47 PM

YES!!! It would be better just to GET RID OF THE TSA and let the airports privatize - but this works too!! The TSA is a WASTE of taxpayers dollars, they are totally WORTHLESS it is proved DAILY that the TSA workforce is totally incompetent, lazy and USELESS!

The TSA is nothing but an additional expense - but if the gov't can't get rid of them a "leash" helps!

By Carrie on   3/7/2011 12:47 PM

Let the festivities begin. The states are going to revolt against an overburdening Federal government.

We will prevail.

By borntobepolitical on   3/7/2011 12:48 PM

It is about time! All this homeland security is a scam and an intrusion. If we can't get Bin Laden what good is it. This country used to mean something.

By Xoro on   3/7/2011 12:48 PM

It's about time a state has the guts to dismantle this out of control claptrap.
If the republicans that we just put into office have not the balls to have hearings on this crap, they should be thrown out with obama in 2012.

Defund all this corruption. We don't need all this waste and fraud of our taxpayer money.
The states need to tell the federal government to stay the heck out of our business and carve this bureaucracy down by about 90%.
Tell the feds we will be drilling for oil and tell the middle east to shove their oil.

By Arthur Burke on   3/7/2011 12:47 PM

Sounds like a good place to start.

By ez on   3/7/2011 12:48 PM

Way to go Texas!

By Rwinger261 on   3/7/2011 12:49 PM

Thank God for Texas!! Someone has to stand up for the American citizen and I might have to move to TEXAS, NJ or NH!!

"Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

By Charlie Falugo on   3/7/2011 12:49 PM

Hello, The first State or Airport that bans any TSA activity and restores the non harrasment of US Citizens as a condition of travel in the United States of America. I will travel any distance to use their ariports.

By bhcman on   3/7/2011 12:49 PM

The bill is supported by the Travis County Republican Party, the Travis County Libertarian Party, ACLU-Texas, and Austin-based Texans for Accountable Government


Holy cow.. the G.O.P..the Libertarians and the Aclu.. who's missing.. the Dims of course..

By TruthbTold on   3/7/2011 12:49 PM

Thank You Representative Simpson. A lot of Texans avoid flying to protect themselves from TSA thugs. Your efforts and the efforts of the other legislature are appreciated.

By TexasRedNeck on   3/7/2011 12:49 PM

It is about time! Being a retired Veteran I (am/and have been) adamantly opposed to all the violations to our 4th amendment rights the government is forcing upon us. I hope it is successful, and I hope it is followed up with a fight against the guilty until proven innocent (impossible) red light camera's and computer controlled speed traps that are cropping up all over the country.
FC1(SW) USN Retired

By JWDavid on   3/7/2011 12:50 PM

Thank you for standing up for the rights of all Texans. I hope the bill passes and other states follow. I'm proud to be a Texan

By 2cool on   3/7/2011 12:50 PM

Yer dang right THEY CAN DO IT. The damned Feds dont like it? Get the BOY SCOUTS to do security, wed be better off. they can pack up and move out if they dont like it.

Its waaaay past time people stood up to Janets Jack Booted Thugs.

By Davec on   3/7/2011 12:50 PM

PS ISRAEL doesnt need these Gestapo measures, bring a few security pros from Israel here, throw out DHHS (replace them wiht the GIRL SCOUTS) and all this (both ridiculous threats to liberty and decency AND threats to the airliners) will end.

They dont happen in Israel...

Oh, but wait, naive me, Israel has a REAL security threat, not one MANUFACTURED as the Feds are doing. They cant play "power grab" without some enemy...

By Davec on   3/7/2011 12:51 PM

This is great it takes the porn out of the airport screening process now all we have to do is get the sexual assualt out of the screening process. If the TSA screeners put their hands on your genitals thru your clothing or (heaven forbid) put their hands down your pants they should be charged as sex offenders. I know that if I were to perform these actions on someone that would be my fate, they are not above the law.

By Dennis Wright on   3/7/2011 12:51 PM

I am so glad to hear that there may be some persons in government willing to protect the citizens! Amazing and welcome. Maybe the U.S. Constitution can remain a viable document after all. This story made my day!

By Randolph on   3/7/2011 12:51 PM

I just traveled with my husband from Alaska to your great state of Texas. I have a medical implant and am not able to go through the walkup security scanners at the airport, though I can be "wanded." Also I was given a special card by my doctors that shows an illustration of the implant and provides a brief description of what it is and does. When we got to security, I offered the card to the TSA agents and was told "We don't need that," and was also told they no longer use the wands. A female agent ordered me to stand in a glass encased area, obviously visible to everyone and proceeded to "frisk" me as though I were a common criminal! She ran her hand around the inside waistband of my slacks, felt under and between my breasts, and the entire length of the inside of my thighs. My husband was photographing the procedure when another agent came and stood between him and me, blocking my husband's view; the agent told him to stop taking pictures or the police would be called. Because we were flying on a "guest pass" given us by a friend who is a flight attendant, we complied with this humiliating procedure. I am a law-abiding citizen but was treated like a criminal. We are seriously considering a lawsuit for illegal search. How can we help stop this stupidity at our airports?! Thank you for writing this bill.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jenni McConnaughey
pmcconnaughey56@gmail.com

By jenni mcconnaughey on   3/7/2011 12:52 PM

A good first step, however I'd rather some jerk-off to be looking at a fuzzy image of my butt, than to have the same jerk-off grabbing my privates -- which is involuntary sexual molestation "under color of authority" and certainly for just getting on a plane, "without due cause".

By Black Eagle on   3/7/2011 12:51 PM

It is about damn time that we roll back this very offensive abuse of our constitutional rights. It makes me sick every time I fly to see the sheep being herded through the naked body scanners without so much as a whimper. If erveryone demanded a pat down, the silliness would grind to a halt.

When are we ever going to wake up?

By DAVID THOMPSON on   3/7/2011 12:53 PM

Hmm,
If it becomes law, Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Check your math people, I count three.

By John on   3/7/2011 12:53 PM

way to go Texas I wish the rest of the country would do the same.

By cora cobb on   3/7/2011 12:53 PM

Shut them down. I refuse to fly out of any airport using these machines and doing pat downs.
A simple metal detector and luggage scanner is safer than living on the TeX MeX border.

By rowley on   3/7/2011 12:53 PM

So, that would leave us with PAT-DOWNs

By PeKayEs on   3/7/2011 12:53 PM

With billions of dollars, how many terrorists they caught? ZERO
How many terrorists got on Israeli planes? ZERO
Maybe their airport methods are better????

By burt on   3/7/2011 12:54 PM

If you outlaw scanners you are mandating a body groping session for every passenger. I would much prefer someone have a fleeting look at me over being felt up. Especially by someone of the same gender. Ick.

By Al Phresceaux on   3/7/2011 12:55 PM

Thank GOD for good old Texas !!!

By Casey Truskunas on   3/7/2011 12:55 PM

"one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire"

One plus two equals two? Is that you Obama? 57 states. two you have not visited yet?

By Darrel on   3/7/2011 12:55 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgqPmDpUv10

By debra on   3/7/2011 12:55 PM

people are fed up with the Federal government. The IRS should be next to go.
The federal government uses the IRS to control people, similar to how the Middle East countries use Islam to control their people.

Congress's power comes from the IRS, and Congress is nothing but special interest groups. Listen people, it is the committees and their charimen that make bills. It takes lots of seniority ( and corrupt grease over the years) to get to that rank.

the whole system is set up for the banksters - the same ones who destroyed our economy and made off like bandits.

Abolish the IRS. Let's go with a flat tax.

By John Kenner on   3/7/2011 12:56 PM

Great, pass that bill and see the FAA close all air traffic between those private airstrips in Texas and the other states, and other countries would do the same...

By Richard on   3/7/2011 12:56 PM

This is such a great move for Texas, I'm glad to see that someone in government has their head on straight and is willing to stand up for what is a very obvious and disgusting form of degrading our civil liberties in the excuse for fighting terrorism. How far is too far? Molesting your kids? Check. "Randomly" selecting flyers to be an example to them in their full-body scanners, putting them at risk for cancer and gene mutations. Check. Trampling on the civil liberties, religious rights and the fourth amendment? Double check.

Now if we can all gather support from all sides of this political spectrum, we might get somewhere.

Thanks David Simpson!

By Mandy on   3/7/2011 12:57 PM

Good idea. And speaking of the lawless regime in DC, Janet Incompitano should be sued for harassment and tried for sexual assault. Pending all of this, she should be removed from her cushy job because she is unfit for public service.

By Annie on   3/7/2011 12:57 PM

Interesting, their giving them the old reverse ACLU.

Pass a states rights a
Law and let them duke it out in court.

By joe on   3/7/2011 12:57 PM

It's time to get this out of control Genie back into the bottle.
Thanks G.W.BUSH & Michael Chertoff for unleashing this terror on law abiding American citizens.
Actually the Dept.of Homeland Security should be abolished as well as the Patroit{?} Act.

By jacob on   3/7/2011 12:57 PM

Go git 'em, Texas.

By Abe on   3/7/2011 12:57 PM

It's good to see some Representatives with a backbone.

By T13 on   3/7/2011 12:58 PM

Excellent! This is one bill that REALLY needs to be passed!

By Don Tobias on   3/7/2011 12:58 PM

I hope this takes off and other states adopt it. Remove the scanners.

By norton on   3/7/2011 12:58 PM

These backscatter X-ray devices are very dangerous. The TSA agents are already being punished by those who control them.
They'll all die from cancer very prematurely, from their constant over exposure to the radiation.

The "elites" don't care about the health of their minions.

By Gary on   3/7/2011 12:59 PM

"If it becomes law, Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

Wouldn't that be three states?

I say, Go for it! Anyone who uses these scanners should also be added to a sexual predators list.

By David on   3/7/2011 12:59 PM

"If it becomes law, Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

Wouldn't that be three states?

I say, Go for it! Anyone who uses these scanners should also be added to a sexual predators list.

By David on   3/7/2011 12:59 PM

Finally some sanity.I refuse to fly until the TSA is gone.Thank you Texas,New Jersey, and New Hampshire.I hope the rest of the country follows suit.Safety is one thing,but what's going on is rediculous.If terrorists want to get you they can do it anywhere.They don't have to walk through scanners.They blow themselves up wherever they feel like it.The scanners and pat downs are a joke and completely worthless not to mention a waste of money and time.

By Ellen on   3/7/2011 12:59 PM

November 17, 2010

Ron Paul introduces HR 6416, the American Traveler Dignity Act:

Mr. Speaker, today I introduce legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled. We do not know the potentially harmful effects of the radiation emitted by the new millimeter wave machines.....

By perlstar on   3/7/2011 1:00 PM

They're trying to make illegal something that is already illegal?

Why not pass a law that says something like "Any elected representative of the people that advoctes for or trys to introduce any unconstitutional measures shall be guilty of subversion of the liberty of the people and shall spend no less than 5 years in prison and must pay back all of their previously earned tax-payer funded salary."

Just sayin.....

By ILuvDaBears on   3/7/2011 1:00 PM

Yes, let's take our country back starting wih Texas. I wholeheartedly support eliminating these machines and getting the TSA agents out of the airports in Texas and eventually elsewhere. This is a furtherance of the need for the states to tell Washington to buzz off. There is such a thing as state's rights and I highly commend Oklahoma for having the guts to fight Washington and now Texas is stepping up.

Washington does not have leadership for the moment and it is blatantly obvious that instead we have thug and mob mentality operating full-steam ahead. What a shame and disgrace to this country that we don't have leadership. Even in the world today, there is not one leader to be recognized. Where is Reagan when you need him.

By Henry on   3/7/2011 1:01 PM

The scanners do not bother me as much as do the full body pat-downs inflicted on some travelers. A recent report exemplifies this: . These people can assault with impunity and it makes me safer. I am not fond, either, of the people that claimed to feel more secure because of this lady's takedown.

Chief Acevedo's police, as good as they usually are, should feel mortally ashamed of their participation in this outrage.

By Alan B. Combs on   3/7/2011 1:00 PM

Does this mean I have to like Texas now?

By A Guy on   3/7/2011 12:59 PM

This is Great!! I wish my state, CT, would do this- but we have too many Liberals in my state who think this stuff is ok.
I am glad Texas is fighting back. I don't like what I have heard about the machines and the invasive pat downs. The Homeland security Dept wants to have these at Train, Bus stations and shopping malls. We are becoming USSA.
Thank you, Tesas!!

By Louise Barnes on   3/7/2011 1:00 PM

Finally - someone exercising some not so common, common sense! Force the TSA to use the technology that we already have, that actually detects explosives without invading the privacy of the innocent. We don't need to spend more on these "pervert machines" manufactured by companies that the congressmen own stock in.

By James on   3/7/2011 1:01 PM

Finally! Some of our local politicians are starting to push back against a massively dysfunctional, corrupt, and overreaching federal machine. Thank you, and don't stop. Let Texans rule Texas, and let Washington go to h*ll.

By John Detmar on   3/7/2011 1:01 PM

It is great to see at least some some of our representatives remember that the Constitution (including the 4th Amendment) is actually the law of the land and are willing to do something about it.

By Dave Law on   3/7/2011 1:01 PM

It is great to see at least some some of our representatives remember that the Constitution (including the 4th Amendment) is actually the law of the land and are willing to do something about it.

By Dave Law on   3/7/2011 1:02 PM

When the low flow toilet came in, I joked that it was only a matter of time untill the feds wanted to check out what was stopping up the low flow toilet's was comming from. That was a joke right?

By The MaD HaCkER on   3/7/2011 1:02 PM

The TSA and Dpt. Homeland Security should be de-funded. Not needed. Just another way of increasing the forced unionization of workers in order to transfer union dues to the democratic party.

By steve on   3/7/2011 1:02 PM

What is a "locally owned airport"?

By bt1911 on   3/7/2011 1:06 PM

It is great to see at least some some of our representatives remember that the Constitution (including the 4th Amendment) is actually the law of the land and are willing to do something about it.

By Dave Law on   3/7/2011 1:06 PM

John pistole pat downs were put in place to get americans to use the full body scanners with happen to be peddled by former TSA administrator michael chertoff, so it's fair to ask whether the molesting and child pornography going on at our nations airport is to protect americans or to line the pockets of corupt TSA officals

By Tim on   3/7/2011 1:06 PM

"If it becomes law, Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

Texas, New Jersey, and New Hampshire make three. If neither New Jersey nor New Hampshire have passed their bills yet, how can the author of this article possibly know that "If it [the Texas bill] becomes law" that either the New Jersey or New Hampshire bill will also have passed by then, making Texas "one of at least two states opposing" the scanners?

By Dan S. on   3/7/2011 1:07 PM

Stopping Napoletano and her joke department is the first thing we need to do to strengthen our security.

By John Dodge on   3/7/2011 1:07 PM

The federal government will take as much power as they are given. The philosophy under which the TSA operates is that everyone is guilty until the government has cleared them. Gone is presumed innocence. If I would try to pat someone down like the TSA, I would be arrested. But because they have a badge, they can do anything they like without a search warrant or probable cause. If you question them, you will be arrested or at the very least denied the ability to fly.

Enough is enough. Go get 'em, Texas. Lead the way. We're right behind you.

By Allen on   3/7/2011 1:08 PM

Rep. David Simpson has it stated it correctly:
..."the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s implementation of unconstitutional and unreasonable searches of U.S. citizens as a condition of travel"...

More than locally owned airports, we need to defund the TSA of all of its un US Constitutional searches, which includes body scanners and advanced intrusive patdowns. We need them out of the federal airports, train stations, sporting events, and everywhere.

I remain concerned that the real purpose of the TSA is not to keep the US safe. It is clearly not their goal as J.N. will not secure the Southern border with Mexico which know violent criminals cross into the USA. The real purpose of the TSA appears to show they can assault The People and get away with it. What might the TSA try next? God forbid, would they try to interfere with US elections?

By Law2001 on   3/7/2011 1:08 PM

Rep. David Simpson has it stated it correctly:
..."the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s implementation of unconstitutional and unreasonable searches of U.S. citizens as a condition of travel"...

More than locally owned airports, we need to defund the TSA of all of its un US Constitutional searches, which includes body scanners and advanced intrusive patdowns. We need them out of the federal airports, train stations, sporting events, and everywhere.

I remain concerned that the real purpose of the TSA is not to keep the US safe. It is clearly not their goal as J.N. will not secure the Southern border with Mexico which know violent criminals cross into the USA. The real purpose of the TSA appears to show they can assault The People and get away with it. What might the TSA try next? God forbid, would they try to interfere with US elections?

By Law2001 on   3/7/2011 1:08 PM

I suppose when another Terrorist sneaks a weapon on board and kills hundreds more, these idiots will be the first to point fingers and and wail WHY!!! WHY DID YOU LET THIS HAPPEN!!!!! Take the flippin bus

By Dave on   3/7/2011 1:08 PM

Finally, some common sense coming into play. Looks like we need to vote all incumbents out to regain what America was meant to stand for - freedom.

By Jack B. on   3/7/2011 12:54 PM

It's about time!!!!!!!!

By Moose on   3/7/2011 1:08 PM

Way to go Texas! It's about time the states start to stand up for themselves.

By Lebek Johnson on   3/7/2011 1:09 PM

Well done TEXAS! I'm glad to see somebody step up and say NO, this is not Necessary to keep us safe!

By Joe Bob on   3/7/2011 1:09 PM

Well done TEXAS! I'm glad to see somebody step up and say NO, this is not Necessary to keep us safe!

By Joe Bob on   3/7/2011 1:10 PM

Now there's a guy that should run for President. Body Scanners for grannies, toddlers, and normal looking people is a violation of their civil rights. Illegal search and seizure. They should only be scanning Muslims, since Muslims are racists, and haters of Western People. (We're Infidels (scum). But, the Muslims are organized, the Republicans are wimps, and the Democrats are Commies trying to take our guns, paychecks, and houses away from us, with high taxes. Join mensunion.org It's free. They're organized, you're not. Join an organization and you'll have some real power.

By bob gren, jr on   3/7/2011 1:10 PM

Way overdo. I wish them success in passing and defending this bill. The idea that a bunch of refugees from hamburger-flipping can peep at and grope U.S. citizens in the name of 'airport security', activities that would land them in jail or heavily fined if done anywhere else, is a gross violation of privacy.

By Jim S on   3/7/2011 1:10 PM

"If it becomes law, Texas will be one of at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

Would that mean it is one of at least three states? Hello editor?

By Robert on   3/7/2011 1:11 PM

All this clamor is idiotic. Security personnel seeing your body shape is no big deal. To be upset about it is entirely irrational.

When I ride n an airline I want it to be safe. If anyone doen't accept the safety procedures I do not want them riding with me.

By Matt Horns on   3/7/2011 1:06 PM

Hooray for Rep. David Simpson and all his bill's co-sponsors!!!

It's about time someone put a stop to the sexual and physical abuse of Americans whose only crime is moving freely within their own country.

The TSA is the criminal element.

By September Clues on   3/7/2011 1:05 PM

I can't recall a single instance where the TSA has scanned or physically searched someone and stopped a terrorist act before it was carried out. Yet, we are subjected to these searches in the name of public security. I believe the alert public is far more capable of identifying out of ordinary people and situations, not a government agency.

By Rod on   3/7/2011 1:05 PM

Hurray for Texas, New Jersey and New Hampshire!

By Steve on   3/7/2011 1:05 PM

Good!! This is the most blatant "slap in the face" government oppression we've seen yet out of the regime.

They are NOT after "terrorists" when they strip search nuns, and ripping babies out of the arms of American women.

GO TEXAS!!

By Michael on   3/7/2011 1:05 PM

Hip hip hurray!

By james davis on   3/7/2011 1:04 PM

It's about time!!!! Every state should follow the wonderful example of Texas

By Cora on   3/7/2011 1:04 PM

Hooray!! It's about time the States began to stand up for their rights as well as those of it's citizens. The federal government has implemented so many laws and regulations which are in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the States have done nothing to protest, stop or prevent them from doing so. It's about damn time we told the federal government where they can stuff their laws and regulations!
THANK YOU TEXAS!! I always knew I liked you people.

By Sheri on   3/7/2011 1:04 PM

Hooray!! It's about time the States began to stand up for their rights as well as those of it's citizens. The federal government has implemented so many laws and regulations which are in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the States have done nothing to protest, stop or prevent them from doing so. It's about damn time we told the federal government where they can stuff their laws and regulations!
THANK YOU TEXAS!! I always knew I liked you people.

By Sheri on   3/7/2011 1:03 PM

Bill doesn't go far enough. Get rid of the machines, and they will take their groping even further. Follow New Hampshire bill and outlaw the grabbing of breast and groin. Charge the agents with a sexual assault and make them register as sex offenders for their illegal actions. Time to stop turning our country over to the special interest groups. Start profiling and we will be safer, and won't need to have our rights taken away to preserve the rights of the criminals. Perhaps this is part of Obamacare, no insurance, go to airport and get free x-ray, breast and groin exam.

By jt on   3/7/2011 1:03 PM

Hooray!! It's about time the States began to stand up for their rights as well as those of it's citizens. The federal government has implemented so many laws and regulations which are in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the States have done nothing to protest, stop or prevent them from doing so. It's about damn time we told the federal government where they can stuff their laws and regulations!
THANK YOU TEXAS!! I always knew I liked you people.

By Sheri on   3/7/2011 1:03 PM

I hope this bill will encompass full body pat-downs as well.

By Rich Wall on   3/7/2011 1:03 PM

If it has not been added, there should be no touching of individual travelers with hands or instruments... Furthermore, there are no INTRA-State regulations and no INTRA -State Commerce regulations of a State or people of a State in The American Constitution! TSA is one of many illegal regulations not in our Constitution! Examples are Homeland Security, FCC, USDA, ED, DOE, EPA on and on etc.... If you wish to review The American Constitution with meanings and intent, read "The Original Constitution" by Rob Natelson. You can get a copy at "The Tenth Amendment Center" on line.

By Fallon T Gordon Sr MD on   3/7/2011 1:03 PM

Yeah! That's one thing I can be proud of this Texas legislature for doing. This procedure at airports needs to stop-it is rediculas. Profiling is known to work and should be used instead. Congress and this administration has NO common sense.

By Macky Patton on   3/7/2011 1:02 PM

It's about time some one was standing up for the american people before all
their rights are gone. These TSA goons should be thrown in jail for what they
do and now Obama is making them union members just what we need we will
not even be able to fire them.

By Madman on   3/7/2011 12:54 PM

I want this bill to go through and be passed.

By Randolph W Kohles on   3/7/2011 12:54 PM

This is a courageous and very important bill. I question, however, the hypocrisy of such bills when they are written, filed and voted upon in a building blockaded from the general public. The operation of metal detectors at the entrances of the Capitol itself are no less intrusive, invasive, insulting or illegal than the x-ray scanners at airports.

End false "security" measures everywhere. End oppressive restrictions of freedom and liberty everywhere. Quit being cowards, Legislators, hiding behind a smoke screens rather than opening up to the public and following the people's wishes.

I would question, also, whether or not it should be the operators of the machines who are punished. It is the federal government and their contractors (who stand to earn billions) who should be targeted with legislation and restriction.

Freedom! Liberty! Texas NOW, Texas FOREVER!
BE the Revolution!

By Ted Gresham on   3/7/2011 12:48 PM

Thank you, Robert! You were very correct -- change made to "Texas would join at least two states opposing the measures, including New Jersey and New Hampshire."

By Andy Hogue on   3/7/2011 1:14 PM

Horray for Texas! Indeed we need to get rid of the TSA, IRS and all duplication of services in the Federal Government. Move to the FairTax to collect from all instead of a few, the illegal trades or black market would have to coughup including illegal foreigners.

By Frauka on   3/7/2011 5:47 PM
 
 
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