The Other Daughter

A blog by Lara Jackson’s sister

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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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Double-blogger

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on May 17, 2011

Today We Texans posted a blog I wrote (with a little editing, of course). I’m so excited to finally put my passion for politics to good use.

I’ve been following certain bills through the Texas Legislature. As the Texas session winds down (end date is Memorial Day), bills are passing or dying everyday. The blog titled The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is about two bills that seem to contradict each other, yet both were passed by the House.

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Texas, or NCAA Wednesday

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on March 28, 2009

texas-shapeI had been looking forward to NCAAs since Christmas.  I couldn’t wait to see my family — I hadn’t seen my dad or sister for a year– and to be someplace warm.

My parents drove to College Station from El Paso.  They brought Lara’s best friend from high school, Danny Motoya.  You know he’s a very good friend because he spent nine hours in the car with my parents.  My dad made him listen to Mark Levin podcasts.  Now Danny has Mark Levin on his own iPod.

Lara didn’t know Danny was coming.  My parents and Danny kept it a secret for a whole year.  Danny even sent faux “good luck!” text messages to Lara on Wednesday.

Mom, Dad and Danny picked me up from the College Station airport, the smallest airport in the universe.  It was smaller than a Wal-Mart.  There was only one gate and one baggage claim.  I’m certain that 90 percent of the people on my flight were there for NCAAs.

Aw Texas.  There’s a saying in Texas,”I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could,” (I found out this phrase has been imitated by California and Montana among others, but those states are just fooling themselves.)

Well, I was born in Texas — technically.  El Paso is really it’s own place, which I already wrote about here.  But I have road-tripped extensively through North Texas and Central Texas.  This is what road-tripping in Texas looks like:

The blue sky, the green grass, the open road.

The blue sky, the green grass, the open road.

I couldn’t stop looking at the sky!  We don’t have sky in Boston, we have tall buildings and a gray space.  There’s something about open space that makes you feel like you can breathe.  I miss that.

The other major difference about Texas is how people talk to you.  On Wednesday night we went out to dinner and the waiter was very attentive.  He made eye-contact with every person at the table, and there were five of us!  Can you imagine a New England waiter taking the time to wish you a good night and look you in the eye?  I have yet to find one.  At first I thought he was just working for his tip, but no, that’s just how people are in Texas.

Back to the reporting: Lara’s fan club (Mom, Dad, Danny and me) were at the hotel when the team came back from the pool.  Danny hid behind a large column.  Lara came in and she hugged us.  I was ready with my camera.  Then Danny came out from behind the column.

In the crowded Hilton lobby, Lara yelled, “What the f*** are you doing here?” and jumped on him.

Here are my pictures: Danny Surprise

Then she whispered, “I said the f-word really loud and people looked at me.”

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