Texas vs. TSA’s Groping Rights

Once again, I wonder what they media and liberal activist response would be if George W. Bush (or any Republican president) were to impose the intrusive policies the Obama administration defends and enforces with an iron fist.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice upped the ante in a high-stakes political game of chicken. Lobbying against pending legislation in the Texas legislature which would criminalize any searches conducted without probable cause, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to a few high-ranking members of Texas’ government warning against promoting the bill and threatening a complete closure of all flights to and from the state.

So, if you want to travel, you must allow any TSA official to be able to feel you up whenever and wherever they want. If your state protests, this administration with ground all aircraft in that state.

The terrorists must be laughing their asses off.

7 Responses

  1. Cindy

    Sir, I would like to share a complaint with TSA. It is written by a dear friend of mine an I have been given permission to forward it to you. I too am a victim of sexual assault as a child and now chose to avoid flying rather than be traumatized at the airport. :

    "I've thought about what to say, how to say it, and if I should say anything at all, so here goes: I find the new pat-down and imaging process incredibly invasive, illegal, embarrassing, and offensive. I used to think of flying as convenient and fun… now it sets me into full panic attack mode. I was molested as a teen, and until I started getting body scanned, I was over it. I am 43 years old; more than half of my life has passed since that day…. and yet you managed to bring it all back in an instant. Each time is worse than the last. There is no "getting used to it" for me. Now I willingly drive hours from home to fly out airports without those machines, hoping that I don't draw any attention to myself and get selected for a pat-down.

    In February, my husband and I flew from CVG to Kansas City. My heart was racing approaching security, and was glad to see a single lane open with a metal detector, so we chose it. I was next to go through when the TSA agent approached me and asked if I had "ever heard of our new imaging technology" and told me to change lanes. I was visibly upset- my fears were being realized and I didn't deal with it well. My husband was not allowed to go with me, but he noticed something interesting as I went to the next lane: only females were singled out for "special treatment". (A Delta pilot friend told his wife the same thing- everyone he's ever seen selected for "special treatment" has been female.)

    I knew what to expect because I have been scanned before- I held my hands over my head and then walked through when told. I stood on the mat and waited to be cleared.. but no: apparently my hair was interesting enough for the agent to run her fingers through first. I was mad. I was embarassed. I was crying. I was in full panic mode. I couldn't breath. I was extremely upset. Your agents replied to my reaction with "Would you like to take this up with the police? That's how we usually deal with people like you. They can take of this REAL quick." I was breathing heavily, trying to fend off my panic attack, and crying. I was obviously upset and their resolution was to have me arrested?? Arrested for what? Opposing to having pornographic photos taken and having someone rummage through my hair?? Who wouldn't find that offensive? All of this, by the way, happened to me while the lady in front of me in the metal detector line left her suitcase on the floor (instead of putting it on the x-ray belt) and was left alone??? You tell me which action was more suspicious: me panicking over naked pictures being taken but allowing them to be taken, or a passenger leaving unattended luggage in security??

    My husband has a knee replacement, so he has been subjected to special scans for years now. I've watched him get "wanded" in the past and it has never bothered me, but our return leg from Kansas City to CVG was the first time I've seen him get the new pat-down. I panicked, again.. just watching him. I couldn't breath. My husband, by the way, is a US Army NCO. We are not a family the airlines should fear. We have done nothing to give you any reason to treat us this way. And if I refuse to be treated this way, what option do I have? Either face a huge fine from the TSA or stop flying (which, by the way, has been the case for most of my trips since the beginning of the year).

    Illegal search and seizure is illegal for a reason: unless you have just cause to believe I'm doing something wrong… you have NO RIGHT to search me either electronically or physically. I don't know of a single terrorist act that has been prevented by the TSA, yet you continue to make it more uncomfortable, more embarrassing, less convenient, and less enjoyable to enter our nation's airports.

    Just writing about this makes my heart race and a lump form in my throat- and it's been four months. I've flown twice since, and each time, I fear my reaction. I am not afraid of flying; I am not afraid of terrorist attacks; I am afraid of the TSA.

    And I wonder, now that I have spoken out… will I ever be able to travel again without my name on a watch list? Will I be singled out each time I fly because of this letter? Will I be able to continue doing my job, which requires occasional flights? And all because I naturally don't like strangers touching me in private places, or looking at nude images of myself?"

  2. Richard White

    I really don't know at this point what the legislature will do, but there are a lot of Texans who don't like being bullied. The last "leader" who tried that got his ass kicked.

    Don't mess with Texas.

  3. Grey

    Time to stop flying from/to any airport where the invasive groping TSA is present.
    If it worked for the Birmingham bus boycott, this TSA airport air travel boycott should be just as effective as well. If we aren't willing to make the same sacrifice that the Birmingham civil rights folks made for their rights and for liberty, the tyranny will only get worse. Nobody else is going to fix this for us. We need to step up and make the same sacrifice for liberty! Our Freedoms were paid for in the blood of American patriots, and we shouldn't expect it to be any easier for us to defend liberty against these blood-sucking US attorneys and other God-hating insolent tyrants in our midst. If we fear God more than these despicable tyrants, then we can and will prevail over them, just as the American founders did!

  4. RecklessProcess

    I would call their bluff. They will come off as the job destroyers they are. No one voted an being groped. It is illegal. see Fourth Amendment.

  5. n.n

    This is a joke, right? The Obama administration had a conniption when Arizona passed a law that with probable cause would permit authorities to question criminal offenders about their legal status in America. It's interesting to note that their concern does not extend to American citizens; not to men,women, children, or even nuns.

    Is it racist to indiscriminately harass Americans?

    Incidentally, the ACLU also dreamed of personal enrichment with the passage of the Arizona law. Suddenly, civil rights are selective. Who would have guessed. The slippery slope continues to be greased.


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