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Ron Paul Introduces HR 6416: The American Traveler Dignity Act

Contact your Congress Critter! Tell them to co-sponsor this legislation!

by Ron Paul


Mr. Speaker, today I introduce legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled. We do not know the potentially harmful effects of the radiation emitted by the new millimeter wave machines.

In one recent well-publicized case, a TSA official is recorded during an attempted body search saying, “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights.” I strongly disagree and am sure I am not alone in believing that we Americans should never give up our rights in order to travel. As our Declaration of Independence states, our rights are inalienable. This TSA version of our rights looks more like the “rights” granted in the old Soviet Constitutions, where freedoms were granted to Soviet citizens — right up to the moment the state decided to remove those freedoms.

The incident of the so-called “underwear bomber” last Christmas is given as justification for the billions of dollars the federal government is spending on the new full-body imaging machines, but a Government Accountability Office study earlier this year concluded that had these scanners been in use they may not have detected the explosive material that was allegedly brought onto the airplane. Additionally, there have been recent press reports calling into question the accuracy and adequacy of these potentially dangerous machines.

My legislation is simple. It 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 subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.

I warned at the time of the creation of the TSA that an unaccountable government entity in control of airport security would provide neither security nor defend our basic freedom to travel. Yet the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats then in Congress willingly voted to create another unaccountable, bullying agency– in a simple-minded and unprincipled attempt to appease public passion in the wake of 9-11. Sadly, as we see with the steady TSA encroachment on our freedom and dignity, my fears in 2001 were justified.

The solution to the need for security at US airports is not a government bureaucracy. The solution is to allow the private sector, preferably the airlines themselves, to provide for the security of their property. As a recent article in Forbes magazine eloquently stated, “The airlines have enormous sums of money riding on passenger safety, and the notion that a government bureaucracy has better incentives to provide safe travels than airlines with billions of dollars worth of capital and goodwill on the line strains credibility.” In the meantime, I hope we can pass this legislation and protect Americans from harm and humiliation when they choose to travel.


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H.R. 6416 - The American Traveler Dignity Act


To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual's body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual's parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.

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One of the Good Doctor's BEST!

I LOVE it!

Restore Article 1, Section 8

Kucinich introduces H.R-6550 the National Emergency Employment Defense Act of 2010. (NEED Act)


The intention is to nationalize the Federal Reserve system, create a monetary authority under the authority of the treasury, end fractional reserve lending, spend United States money into circulation to fund infrastructure projects, protect the social safety net, and provide full employment in the U.S.

This Bill will restore the sovereignty of the United States. Only by taking the power to issue and regulate our own money are we truly sovereign as a nation.

Take the time to read the Bill, which isn't very long at all. Contact your representatives and put pressure on them to support H.R-6550.

Why post this here?

It's a new bill, totally unconnected to Paul's bill. Give it a thread of its own.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

One of the few....

While all the NEO CONS call for more regulations on our freedoms Ron Paul is the only member of congressman truly fighting to restore the Constitutional Republic. This coming year will usher the international banker collapse and freedom fighters like Ron Paul will need our support more then ever.

Ron Paul

America use to be highly respected when it came to people and nations. Americans use to be able to go to most other countries and always get a handshake because of their values, respect for their neighbor, and respect for different nations.
Ron Paul is a reflection of a good past and a good future...We can get there.
Keep up the strength and fortitude.


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Janet, you're a great North American ...

What the...? Up to 84MM Mexicans To Be Designated 'Trusted Travelers', Allowing Them to Bypass Airport Security Checks

Worried that foreign travelers -- especially those entering the U.S. from Mexico -- will be insulted by intrusive security pat-downs in airports? Well, rest easy: Janet Napolitano is on the job.


source: www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/dec/trusted-traveler-program...

Wow Napolitano, she has really sunk low....

These "mexicans" many of which will be armed and dangerous, we will just casually have to deal with and even shoot in the case of Arizona.

The Elite pre-planned this, they definitely were hoping the influx of immigrants would provide cannon fodder. Little war zones to keep us all distracted.

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exactamente, mi amigo!

Can you even freaking believe it?
As they said, You couldn't even make this s*** up.

I'll bet the next 30 days are going to be equally shocking with their continued power grabs. This just in from WND, going into even further detail ...

Look who's now getting special travel privileges
84 million 'trusted' to access U.S. though Security, Prosperity Partnership


Ay Carumba!!!

Pathetico, absolutely ridiculously pathetic....

Where's our Burrito excavana?

This may be as important now as the Freedom of Currency act.

Start bringing it up at Tea Parties and rallies nationwide. Do it wherever you can in fact.

The TSA is now trying to attack people with their usual fascist tactics, now only a true "In their face" attitude gets them to back off. This will end today.


Does this mean the 'terrarists' are everywhere and even in your food suddenly?

This is how effective the TSA is

This is how effective the TSA is, Click the link in the video to skip to the funny and scary part. just be forewarned the Mythbusters host who is at wootstock uses the f bomb.


I am a Canadian Libertarian and I need people like Ron Paul to set an example not just for Americans but for all people.

Government should promote democracy, not government

Reply From Rep. Duncan Hunter, CA

I asked my Congressman to support HR 6416. Here's his reply:

"Dear Kathleen:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening procedures. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you on this issue.

This year, the TSA introduced a new pat-down policy for secondary searches or for those individuals who do not want to be subject to screening by Whole Body Imaging (WBI) machines. Many, like you, have expressed your thoughts that invasive WBI machines perform a virtual strip search, while aggressive pat downs are much too invasive. As a frequent traveler, I share your concern over this matter.

In response to these developments, as you mentioned, Congressman Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 6416, the American Traveller Dignity Act of 2010, which has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. This legislation would outlaw certain TSA security policies by establishing that airport security screeners are not immune from any laws regarding physical contact, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person.

While I believe we must continue properly screening airline passengers, I do believe the TSA needs to refocus its mission to more readily observe and identify potential threats and, only when absolutely necessary, undertake advanced screening steps. My hope is that Congress - specifically the appropriate oversight committees - initiates a review of TSA screening procedures to determine an appropriate course of action moving forward. This is important for both reasons of personal privacy and security. Please be assured that I will keep your specific thoughts in mind as Congress continues to discuss this important issue.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.
Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress"

I'd say he BALKED :(

I guess he is not committed

I guess he is not committed to supporting the bill but thinks somehow Congress can review TSA into better policy...ha ha ha. What a neocon.

He sounds like a teaocon to me....

Time to replace this sellout next.....Got my targets set on who needs to go already.

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Opt Out for a dog sniff?

"the FBI uses dogs to sniff out bombs, why not the TSA? It is cheaper, One xray machine $150,000 one trained dog, $8,500, which one would you use? I think the dog. and that Chertnoff works for the company that makes the machines. Just follow the money. Have you ever seen a picture of Chertnoff? You put a SS uniform on him, and he could pass a Nazi. Plus he has dual citizenship, One is Israel and USA."
--comment from Frank--


“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Right on...this would solve

Right on...this would solve everything!

TSA Video, ????

Why is it the only TSA abuse Video's I've seen posted only involve Caucasian (white) people.

Please show me a video(s) involving another race, besides Caucasians!

The Winds of Change!

How about that black D.J.

How about that black D.J. that said they violated him when they put his hands down his sweat pants?

Wait a minute, that violates sub-section E and 8.....

You are *never allowed* to simply pad down people for no reason and without probable cause....

"to operate, you must be prepared with statement of fact in hand and have more than reasonable suspicion for the commission of a felony."

I don't see any of that here....The TSA is violating the law!!

Woman abused by TSA

Woman requests that her breast milk, for her seven month old child, not be x-rayed, this is what happens afterwards.





Who needs porn?

FYI, Scanners May Cause 20 Times The Average Dose !

Found this article I thought most of you might be interested in if you haven't already found it.
Continue the fight fellow citizens.


funny. Barney figured money isn't everything.

Since he has no experience he took the first job he could "grab".

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Down With TSA Tyranny!

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TSA's American Nude calendar

is purchased for one million dollars to people who print money. So what does a fine do?
There is zero to tiny threat from terrorism on an airplane, comparatively speaking.
I will not let sociopathic, dark mentally disturbed conquerers throw darts at my picture while laughing at the demise of freedom and liberty.
I will always opt out as I have opt out of a deceived main stream america.
There are other ways, more simple ways.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”