Well, here is the latest example of government by intimidation and extortion. There have been an increasing number of incidents of the TSA groping infants and in some cases what can be termed as rape by TSA agents. One of the most recent was the harassment of two wounded veterans.
The State of Texas has proposed a law to criminalize such actions by the TSA when it exceeds certain limits. The TSA responded by threatening to shutdown all air travel in Texas if the Texas Senate passed the bill.
National Security: The Lone Star state’s efforts to protect its citizens from the wandering hands of the federal behemoth fail as the administration says the Constitution gives it the right to touch our “junk.”Once leaders such as Patrick Henry proudly proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Now our government offers us the choice of scanning our bodies in an arguably unsafe manner or submitting to an enhanced “pat down” usually reserved for law enforcement officers apprehending criminals.The Texas of Gov. Rick Perry has objected — as it has in other areas of federal encroachment or neglect, such as with ObamaCare, EPA regulations, border security, etc. — that grandmothers and grandchildren flying from Dallas to Houston had to submit to this without what the courts would call “probable cause.”A bill passed by the Texas House of Representatives 138—0, HR 1937, explicitly made it a felony for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private parts — even outside their clothing — “as a condition of travel or as a condition of entry into a public place” unless the agent could show probable cause.The initiative was prompted in part by the widely publicized pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport of former Miss USA Susie Castillo.Miss Castillo was fondled in a manner that suggested they were not looking for something that might bring down an aircraft. Then again, you never know when al-Qaida might start recruiting beauty queens.The bill even gave a nod to the Fourth Amendment by prohibiting searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.” The Fourth Amendment protects citizens “against unreasonable searches and seizures.”…When the bill was on its way to the state Senate, U.S. attorney John Murphy, acting on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration, drafted a letter, which was sent to Texas lawmakers, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Strauss, the House Clerk, and the Senate Secretary.The letter stated that if the Texas Senate passed the bill the TSA would halt all flights leaving Texas.Federal intimidation of a state challenging the authority of a federal government created by the states held sway.Republican Dan Patrick, who was the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, withdrew it, telling the Texas Tribune: “There was a time in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up to the federal government and we did not cower to rules and policies that invaded the privacy of Texans.”There’s more at the IBD website.
I’ve said it before, the TSA must go. The biggest mistake of the Bush administration, when this bill was originally passed, was allowing the democrats to make the TSA union operated. There is NO agency or group operated by unions that don’t use thuggish tactics. Tyrants must use such tactics or find themselves out of power.
I’m beginning to believe we should just do a blanket repeal of every government act since, oh, maybe 1900, and start all over.