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Still angry about the TSA

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on July 5, 2011

After reading this: Libertarian Party Asks Florida Sherriffs To Arrest TSA Agents I was inspired to write a letter to my rep, Rep. Lamar Smith.  I suggest you write or call your congressperson and ask for support!  No more sexual assault in our airports!

Here’s the text of my letter:

Dear Representative Smith,

I am writing to ask you to support the American Traveler Dignity Act.  Rep. Ron Paul plans to introduce this legislation this week.

On his website, Rep. Paul writes:

“I am introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, which establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person.  It means they are not above laws the rest of us must obey.” (from: http://bit.ly/ip52wE)

The pat-downs and nude scanners are an invasive violation of the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The pat-down procedure implemented in November 2010, require the TSA agent to touch between clothing and skin and to touch close to a person’s genital organs.  How can such a search be considered reasonable? Travelers are randomly selected for a pat-down, which violates the last part of the Amendment.  Travelers must choose between the pat-down and being scanned by scanners with unproven technology.  Americans have lived with the indignity of removing shoes, belts, having their baggage searched, etc for far too long.  Yet the TSA continues to invade our persons.

Not only are Americans required to give up the sovereignty of their most private body parts in order to travel, but the TSA has never successfully stopped a terrorist!  It’s one thing to give up privacy for security, but we’re giving up privacy for nothing!

The Texas Legislature failed to stand up to the abuse of our Constitution by the TSA.  Texans are smart enough to know that giving up our freedom to fly without being scanned or groped will not ensure our safety.  Searching every passenger who flies on a plane, random selection of passengers for more intrusive searches is not good law enforcement or public safety. Please protect the citizen and travelers with in the U.S. from procedural sexual assault.

Thank you,

Carly Rose Jackson

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