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: