One congressman takes action; Rep. Woolsey, please support that action!

As I was finishing the previous post about the need for Congress to stop sitting on the sidelines and start introducing and passing legislation to stop the outrageous abuses by Homeland Security/TSA at airport security checkpoints, I read that Congressman Ron Paul gave a House floor speech denouncing the TSA’s treatment of Americans (since the wordpress button for embegging links isn’t working properly, for the moment, I will give the link here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Video-Ron-Paul-denounces-the-TSA-The-American-people-are-treated-like-cattle-108938444.html). He rightfully declared that the government was treating the American people like cattle. Exactly. He introduced the  “American Traveler Dignity Act” (HR 6416). Dallasblog.com copied the one paragraph bill (http://www.dallasblog.com/201011181007366/dallas-blog/ron-paul-to-tsa-stop-irradiating-our-bodies-and-fondling-our-children.html) and I will also reproduce it here:

A BILL – HR 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.

Rep. Paul is moving to end the ability of anyone — even a government employee — to force someone to go through a body scan machine or, alternatively, be physically body searched with impunity. It will give the protection against criminal or civil penalties that are usually available to anyone who is assaulted to airline passengers being assaulted by government employees. In other words, any government employee who forces a traveler to undergo these bodily violations could be sued or subject to arrest.

Now, this is a stop-gap piece of legislation because what needs to be done is to force Homeland Security/TSA to change their security procedures (I mentioned recommendations for such changes in the previous post). But thank you, Rep. Paul, for having the integrity to get out in front of your do-nothing colleagues and propose a reasonable stop-gap solution.

Rep. Woolsey: here is a perfect chance to do something to stop the abuses being rained on innocent Americans. Please support Rep. Paul’s legislation. It should pass as quickly as possible. It is your responsibility, Congresswoman Woolsey, to act on behalf of the public and do everything you can to see that this bill passes during the lame duck session.

At the same time, Congresswoman, please introduce legislation that will force the withdrawal of body scan machines as a routine tool and also force the withdrawal of hands-on body searches by demanding that these precedures be replaced by, to repeat:

1) Keep the “old” metal detectors in use
 
2) Bring in explosive sniffing dogs (Coulter is right that these new body scanners don’t detect explosives)
 
3) Use other chemical “sniffing” devices to detect chemical explosives
 
4) USE PROFILING!! (it actually works!)
 
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About district6voter

A concerned Northern California citizen who believes Representative Lynn Woolsey ought to be replaced in November, 2010.
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One Response to One congressman takes action; Rep. Woolsey, please support that action!

  1. Sierra Peterson says:

    Regarding profiling, have you heard about how Europe has employed the use of surveillance cameras wired with behavior tracking software in their airports? The
    cameras are able to zero in on any form of deviant behavior, such as walking too
    fast, nervous tics, going to the bathroom more than once, etc. Now given the fact that the Dept of Homeland Security is already setting up military checkpoints to ID American citizens, it stands to reason that technologies like these could find their way to American soil in the near future. As invasive and unnecessary as the pat-downs are, I personally find the tracking software to be a lot more dangerous because
    it has the capacity to standardize human behavior, since most people will become
    self-conscious enough to regulate their actions in such an environment.

    The way I see it is this: if you live in the ghetto sometimes it becomes
    necessary to join a gang. Many people would even describe this as a moral
    necessity because the safety of your family may be placed in jeopardy by your
    not doing so. But most people who have lived in the ghetto for any significant length of time realize that true security comes from either leaving the neighborhood all together or changing its fundamental structure, one method being the removal
    of social inequities that allow the violence to go on in the first place. The
    analogy between the neighborhood and global politics as a whole couldn’t be more
    obvious. There is no way out besides addressing issues of social justice while
    creating resilient, local economies. People in the US are not yet in a place
    where the pressing need for this change is apparent, but all it would take would
    be a reduction in oil imports to lower our standard of living in a relatively short time period. This possibility is really not an implausible scenario at all given the volatile nature of the regions our energy supplies come from. The stability of our entire way of life is entirely dependent upon international trade and this is the biggest security risk of all. And as usual, there are simple, common sense solutions to these problems that are being ignored by the criminals who run the country.

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