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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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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Officially

became Co-Sponsors of HR6416!!!

Don't know if this was clarified here, I'm including the following info; just so we know clearly, who Dr. Paul's most consistent allies in Congress are.

"Jones’s latest tweet:
“Today I cosponsored Dr. Ron Paul's legislation The American Traveler Dignity Act, which protects Americans against the abuses of the TSA..” (Nov 18, 2010)"

Jones cosponsors bill to protect air traveler's rights

Rep. John Duncan on Geraldo Rivera, Nov. 21, 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6F9bjZ6iF8

To verify, click on the blue hyperlink that says "show cosponsors," right of the column that starts with "Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX14]"


Where the hell is Jim DeMint and Paul Ryan?!??

We need to get this thing in front of Freedom Rallies across the country, quickly!

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And still only 2 co-sponsors for this bill. Calling all .....

Congressman who love liberty. Are there truly so few?

Patriots I need help

Patriots Friends of Liberty!

Help me in spreading the message at the airports.
Paul Craig Roberts just wrote a terrific article:
please print it out by the hundreds and give copies away to travellers tomorrow at the airport near you.

Thank you!

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Dr. Ron is more of a

Dr. Ron is more of a gentleman than most of us can ever be, so hoping my bark isn't too disrupting! The part about children being traumatized is right. There are things that are seared in a youngster's mind - forever. Give us DOGS (but muslims don't like DOGS). Dogs know danger! How about the good old Metal Detectors? How about the human brain versus the groping hands of a mutant warder? How about intelligent human beings as our security? And above all PROFILE MUSLIMS - they started it! Also, follow the money! Who benefits from the SCANNERS? Obama knows...........Answer - THEM AND THEIR CREW!!!


Muslim basher

Dear member for 22 hours: why don't you peddle your religious hatreds somewhere they'll be appreciated? How about profiling Israelis? The evidence for the Mossad having carried out the 9-11 attack as a false flag operation is MUCH better than that for the official story. http://how911wasdone.blogspot.com/

Consider the only two "terrorist" attacks on airliners since 9-11:

1. The famous "underwear" bomber was allowed to bypass normal security in Amsterdam and board his flight without a passport, by the Israeli security company (ICTS international NV) -- does that suggest anything to you?

2, The "shoe bomber" Richard Reid was of British/Jamaican ancestry. So your Muslim profiling accomplishes what, exactly?

Dogs aren't a bad idea.

Racial/religous bigotry is.

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the facts

Itś got to do with the fact that he was a muslim and attended a radical mosque. Whats being British or Jamaican got to do with it Mr Peabrain?
People get dumber by the day!

It depends on what type of Mosque.

If it was a Salafi/Sufi Mosque then he is guaranteed to be dangerous, possibly just arrived in from Turkey.

However its just as worrisome when a shady Israeli security firm is in charge of the Airport. They allowed Richard Reid to just glide on through for their own agenda, and that SHOULD be of concern to you!

Rand Paul says we need a much better security staff at some of these airports, that don't allow people to just glide on past the gate. Especially when an Indian man can get a bomb in there.

I think that means we don't need any christian yahoos or ICTS controlling the Airport....Sell the shares, put it back in America's hands & finally do the right thing: Arrest Salafi Muslims from Turkey before they get in here. Let the rest of the Muslims do as they please, but stop these other Muslim sects from flooding the US Airport. I don't trust Turkey.

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Did anyone get a 'tube of Ron on Hannity's radio show today?

I missed it and apparently it was on the TSA bill Ron sponsored as well as on the proper governmental/business role. RPF had a link to where the live broadcast had been, but not a youtube or podcast.

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

TSA Options

I found this interesting. These electronic sensors can "capture the smell of explosives".
My step-father was in the army and stated that there could be an explosive proof booth that could use the sensors to detect suspicious ingredients.

Another option is using dogs that can detect explosives/drugs. Dogs are used in the military and for law enforcement agencies already.

*** Speak up. Take a chance. Make a difference.

This a post that needs to be shown

to all the guest coming over from Drudge.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

hey Michael

your post was posted on Right Side News here:

Monday, 22 November 2010 07:54 by Michael Nystrom

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WOW, have you guys

checked out the YT page viewcounter lately?

As of 12:50am MT, this video, discounting the typical anti-RP YouTube shenanigans, regardless, the view count is at 155,274 !!!

I think that's one of the highest numbers for a NON-2008 Pres.Campaign Ron Paul video!

Glad people are tuning into his message in growing numbers!

If you're a viewer of MOXNews

If you're a viewer of MOXNews you'll notice GooTube manipulates a lot of viewcounts.

Yeah, but it should be 155

Yeah, but it should be 155 million.

How about everyone showing up Wednesday in Burkas?

THEN, what is TSA gonna do?

We should throw in a few "Cousin IT" costumes

for good measure.

Ha ha ha.....

I think that's a fantastic idea.....Love it!!!!!

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Congress doesn't have much time to prevent violence.

Will most people submit rather than face fines? Sadly, yes. Will turn the threat into justification for violence? What do you think?

Bankrupt Airlines

Isn't this TSA shakedown thing just another way to bankrupt the Airline industry and create yet another government takeover. By forcing travelers to seek an alternative means, the airlines will be losing business.

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I am in complete agreement with this view. Why are not the airlines or their stockholders the loudest voices of dissent? This is the path we are on, and will continue on, until we have the COLLECTIVE WILL to stop, turn around, go the other direction; and accept responsibility for ourselves, which is our DUTY as a free people.

the fact airlines aren't

the fact airlines aren't complaining or suing for it tells me otherwise.

excellent point.

excellent point.

Live Free or Die.

Simple way to deal with this!

Don't fly, organize a national do not fly month and refuse flying all together.
Most people don't need to fly its a pleasure or vacation thing. So stay at home and support your local economy. If business requires you to fly, find a new job...

Live Free or Die.

Privacy via gov't?

why does Ron Paul want privacy?

Worse yet, why does Ron Paul want to you GOVERNMENT AND FORCE to protect privacy, which he doesn't even believe exists in the Constitution?

Was it not Ron Paul who was quoted (or quotemined) saying "Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution."

One has to wonder why he believes sodomy laws are ridiculous if there's no right to sodomy, and why is it relavant if there's no right to privacy.

Or does Ron actually believe a person has rights NOT SPECIFIED in the Constitution?

Well, for anyone interested

Well, for anyone interested her is the article:

It’s been a tough summer for social conservatives, thanks to our federal courts. From “gay rights” to affirmative action to Boy Scouts to the Ten Commandments, federal courts recently have issued rulings that conflict with both the Constitution and overwhelming public sentiment. Conservatives and libertarians who once viewed the judiciary as the final bulwark against government tyranny must now accept that no branch of government even remotely performs its constitutional role.

The practice of judicial activism – legislating from the bench – is now standard for many federal judges. They dismiss the doctrine of strict construction as hopelessly outdated, instead treating the Constitution as fluid and malleable to create a desired outcome in any given case. For judges who see themselves as social activists, their vision of justice is more important than the letter of the laws they are sworn to interpret and uphold. With the federal judiciary focused more on promoting a social agenda than upholding the rule of law, Americans find themselves increasingly governed by men they did not elect and cannot remove from office.

Consider the Lawrence case decided by the Supreme Court in June. The Court determined that Texas had no right to establish its own standards for private sexual conduct, because gay sodomy is somehow protected under the 14th amendment “right to privacy.” Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution. There are, however, states’ rights – rights plainly affirmed in the Ninth and Tenth amendments. Under those amendments, the State of Texas has the right to decide for itself how to regulate social matters like sex, using its own local standards. But rather than applying the real Constitution and declining jurisdiction over a properly state matter, the Court decided to apply the imaginary Constitution and impose its vision on the people of Texas.

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Rights not specified

Would be reserved to the people, under the Ninth Amendment. "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

The Constitution theoretically restricted government to the enumerated powers -- all powers NOT enumerated were to be retained by the states & the people.

Yeah, I know: it didn't work.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose