The Department of Homeland Security was burning up bandwidth Monday, dispatching teams of TSA operatives to post pro-agency comments in the various articles about the illegal detainment of Senator Rand Paul in Nashville.
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The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
Yet Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was detained by the TSA in Nashville and prevented from catching his flight. During the approximately 30 minutes while he was held in a glass cubicle and told he couldn’t leave, some passengers asked what crime he had committed. Continue reading “Update: TSA’s screening and detention of Rand Paul”
Not content to bully, harass, and abuse everyday people, the TSA has in the past groped U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, and now comes word that they’ve just detained his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
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Yet another piece of evidence about that in the detention of Republican Senator Rand Paul at the airport in Nashville. On Reuters, Thomas Continue reading “TSA detains Sen. Rand Paul in Nashville”
If you have a problem with the TSA, what’s your next step?
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Kelly Voluntaryist is an activist in Keene, New Hampshire. The state motto is “Live Free or Die.” And that’s what Kelly’s doing: living free.
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Want to get through the TSA screening process as quickly and painlessly as possible? Sure you do.
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The Tenth Amendment Center reports that 12 states are considering or have already proposed legislation to rein in the TSA’s abuses. One of those states, New Hampshire, recently passed such legislation, HB 628, “An act relative to searches conducted for purposes of transportation-related security.” It was amended by the New Hampshire House on January 5th thus:
This bill requires law enforcement officers to document complaints relating to administrative searches by agents of the Transportation Security Administration.
Rep. Andrew Manuse sponsored the legislation and had this to say about it before the vote:
The bill would require state and local law enforcement officers to take a report from a citizen who claims to have been abused by the TSA, and then will put that record in a designated public database so that such complaints can be tracked. The person making the complaint will have his or her identity protected. The bill will also allow citizens to videotape their encounters with the TSA and require police officers to take the citizens’ side against any TSA officer trying to stop them. It is my hope with this bill that by allowing citizens to shine a light on the problems we’ve been hearing about, such transparency will have the tendency to prevent wrongdoing.
Last year Manuse tried to get a stronger bill passed, one that would have made “the touching or viewing with a technological device of a person’s breasts or genitals by a government security agent without probable cause a sexual assault.”
That bill never made it out of committee. The only thing that did pass last year was a resolution urging the President and Congress to take the issue of TSA abuse seriously.
Resolutions, of course, are toothless. They simply say, “we think this is important and we hope you do, too.”
Meanwhile, in the New Jersey Senate, two separate bills have been reintroduced, one a resolution and one a bill that would apply penalties. The resolution, SR12, urges the TSA to stop groping people.
The bill with teeth, SB277, whose primary sponsors are Senators Michael Doherty and Diane Allen, spells out that scanner images, under certain circumstances, violate State statutes prohibiting invasion of privacy, pornography, and endangerment of child welfare. If the bill becomes law, a government employee found in violation of it wouldn’t be immune from civil or criminal liability. If the employee were found guilty, he/she would be subject to “fines, punitive damages, and other equitable relief as the court determines to be appropriate.”
This isn’t the first time Sen. Doherty has tried to do battle with the TSA. As he said in November of 2010:
“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint. Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body.
Since it looks like the U.S. Congress isn’t going to set any limits on the TSA, state legislatures are going to have to do it. Either way, nothing will be accomplished unless ordinary people stand up and demand it.
With the possible exception of fares, no aspect of air travel is more misunderstood than the TSA checkpoint. So as a public service, I’m going to deal with some of the common myths about TSA screening.
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The TSA public relations representative known as Blogger Bob has once again posted an entry claiming that the airport scanners have been rigorously tested to ensure they are safe. This claim is now, as it has been every time it’s been stated in the past, false.
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