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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

http://www.youtube.com/wa...

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.

http://paul.house.gov/ind...

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H.R. 6416 - The American Traveler Dignity Act

A BILL

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,

SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

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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4th amendment

Privacy FROM government

Then Dr. Paul must be lying

Then Dr. Paul must be lying when he says there's clearly no right to privacy or sodomy, isn't he?

BKV, Are You An American?

If you are you might know that the Constitution is the "Supreme Law of the Land",which means that all law in the U.S. is regulated by the U.S. Constitution.

Amendment 4 of the Constitution, clearly protects everybody from unreasonable searches of any kind, therefore TSA personal are simply thugs and law breakers, paid to break the "Supreme" law.

beesting

Yes, I'm an American, if the

Yes, I'm an American, if the 4th Amendment protects your privacy, then Dr. Paul must either be mistaken, lying or hypocritical when he said "there clearly is no right to privacy or sodomy found in our Constitution"

You don't claim to know the Constitution more than Dr. Paul, do you?

Apparently BRV, You Are Making An Attempt At Distorting,,,

,,the meaning of Dr Paul's words, with very little success, as people didn't understand your meaning, above.

I again listened to the video above and reread the article above and didn't read or hear the line you are referring too.

Therefore, I'm going to assume that you sir, distorted Ron Paul's words.

Here is your privacy right, found in the Bill of Rights, in the Constitution !

Amendment IV {4}
The right of {all} the people to be secure in their persons, {Bodies} houses, papers, and effects {Things they own} against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall ""NOT"" be violated,,,

beesting

"Ridiculous as sodomy laws

"Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution."

Google this quote yourself, and tell LewRockwell.com to remove it if it's wrong

simple way to deal with this...

Just don't fly, organize a national do not fly month. Hit it where it hurts in their wallets.
Simple!

Live Free or Die.

What the hell did you just

What the hell did you just say? There was not a trace of stable logic in there. Get help?

What part did you not

What part did you not understand?

Do you believe you have a right to privacy?
Either you do, or you don't, or you do SOMETIMES.
(if there's another option, let me know)

Does Dr. Paul believe in the right to privacy? If so, is it because it's in the Constitution? Or just because it's nice to have it? If the latter, then why should we always ask about the Constitutionality of a right when even Dr. Paul would demand rights he knows are not in the Constitution?

Perhaps you do not understand

Perhaps you do not understand the Constitution. The Constitution does not grant rights to the people. The people have rights that can never be separated from them, their rights can be violated but never taken. The Government is a child of the people and is granted powers by the people to help protect the people's rights. The Constitution's role is to explicitly define the powers of government as granted to it by the people, and limit those powers so the peoples rights are not violated by the very entity created to help protect them. A right of privacy does not need to be defined in the Constitution, the people simply need to protect it from those who would violate it.

If the people permit the Government to violate their privacy then either they do not value privacy. or the Government is violating its Fiduciary duty, a high crime.

Why do you believe you have a

Why do you believe you have a right to privacy?

Where does your right come from and says who anybody should protect or respect it?

DO you agree or disagree that Dr. Paul was right when he says the Constitution HAS NO PROTECTION OF RIGHT TO PRIVACY?

A better question is why do

A better question is why do believe that I do not have a right to privacy? You have the burden of proof backwards. So long as I respect the rights of others I am free to live and conduct my business as I choose.

My life and my business are my property. When one takes my property without my permission, that is theft. Violating my privacy is theft, and theft is a violation of my rights.

Again, I tried to explain the Constitution to you. . . The Constitution does not need to have a protection of a right to privacy, it is something we the people already have and simply need to defend if we value it. An example would be the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights does not grant rights to people, people already have the rights, it simply makes some rights that are commonly violated by Government, explicitly clear to Government workers so they better understand their Fiduciary Duties. Why do you think leadership roles in Government include an oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution?

If you still do not understand why it is not necessary for the right of privacy to be enumerated in the Constitution, then please consider reading the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers regarding issues of this kind. You might want to start with Federalist No. 84.

Ok, if the I accept your

Ok, if the I accept your standard, you must also criticize Ron Paul for saying that privacy isn't written in the Constitution, for that's dishonest and disingeniously implying that either he doesn't believe in the right to privacy, or he doesn't believe the Constitution is the only source of rights. Both arguments would hurt his position greatly.

What document states that "so long as you respect others you're free to do as you please" and why should anybody bother to care about such a document? Are you forcing me to a recognize and comply with something I never agreed to? Why can't I do the same?

No, did you actually read my

No, did you actually read my comment?

You said:
Ok, if the I accept your standard, you must also criticize Ron Paul for saying that privacy isn't written in the Constitution, for that's dishonest and disingeniously implying that either he doesn't believe in the right to privacy, or he doesn't believe the Constitution is the only source of rights. Both arguments would hurt his position greatly.

No, it is clear to me that unlike you, Ron Paul understands how the Constitution and rights work.

You said:
or he doesn't believe the Constitution is the only source of rights.
The Constitution is not a source of rights at all. The people's rights are a part of them, and so no document or Government would be able alter them.

You said:
What document states that "so long as you respect others you're free to do as you please" and why should anybody bother to care about such a document? Are you forcing me to a recognize and comply with something I never agreed to? Why can't I do the same?

You are looking for a document to grant you rights or freedom. If you have to get permission from a document for rights or freedom, then you are unable to understand or exercise either.

Ron Paul understands how the

Ron Paul understands how the Constitution and rights work.

How so? So why does he say there is no right to privacy in the Constitution?

Unless either
a) he believes therefore we have no right to privacy
b) we do have a right to privacy, regardless of the Constitution (making his point moot)

What's his problem with sodomy laws and why are they "ridiculous as may be"

The Constitution is not a source of rights at all.
What then is your source of rights and who are you to force others to accept and recognize it?

You are looking for a document to grant you rights or freedom.
I'm not, which is why I'm not the idiot who says "there is no right to X in the Constitution", since I don't believe ANY document gives rights. What are the list of rights you have and what is the source? Why should anybody recognize the rights which you cannot prove you have?

You said: Unless either a)

You said:

Unless either
a) he believes therefore we have no right to privacy

Again no.

You said:

b) we do have a right to privacy, regardless of the Constitution

Of course. The Constitution can not add or remove rights from people. It is simply a document that helps limit Government to its intended role.

You said:

(making his point moot)

No. The point is that because it is not spelled out in the Constitution (instruction manual for Government), we the people must actively defend our right of privacy from those, such as public servants, who gain from the violation of this right.

You said:

The Constitution is not a source of rights at all.
What then is your source of rights and who are you to force others to accept and recognize it?

Each person is the source of their rights. One's rights are a part of them. I can not force you to defend your rights, nor can anybody else limit my rights by writing a document. Nobody has the authority to limit my rights but me (by refusing to defend them).

So then what was the point of

So then what was the point of him saying there's no right to privacy in the Constitution?

Why did he say sodomy laws are ridiculous?

So then what's to stop you from exercising your rights in a way that violates mine, and if we ever disagree on what rights you have, who is right?

wtf

...help me out here please...

...If something is repugnant to the constitution and therefore null and void...
...what is the process to actually have that happen, to make something "null and void"...?
...It seems as though, this never happens...
...and as good a step as any to remedy the abuse, when we get legislation like this passed to "protect" us, I can't help but think the degenerates have still won an incremental victory in this...
...Now, if it were "null and void"...THAT would put us back on good footing again and be a real victory for us...
...any thoughts on this...?
...Tom Woods "nullification" comes to mind...
...But again...what exactly is the process of getting it done...?
...We need to do this, to make things like this "null and void"...

RON2012PAUL...The r3VOLution continues...
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Let us get back to common sense government.

This makes too much sense for the Congress to act on. I doubt that they have any.

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Mike Church gave props to the Daily Paul today when talking about HR 6416. Anyone else catch it?

Solid - send him some support

Solid - send him some support mail! :)

They won't be...

They won't be touching his junk anytime soon! Go Ron Paul!

The good doctor,

going for the pressure point with his brief but focussed piece of legislation. A very effective use of the liberty movement's energy.

It will be politically difficult for a congressman to say that they do not support "The American Traveler Dignity Act."

That shit

You got that right.....

He was on fire.
I think they touched his junk.

RP ...one tough cat..

...in a lake of reptiles lol....

http://www.break.com/cue-the-cuervo/cat-vs-two-alligators-19...

cheers,

donvino

I am so glad...

...that he mentioned Chertoff specifically! It's time that these opportunistic ghouls like Chertoff, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Paulson, Gore, Greenspan and the many other corpo-government tools(the list goes on and on) are held to account for their crimes! Yes, I say crimes! They have used their positions of power to manipulate and abuse the public trust! They have been filling their pockets with our tax dollars after they have designed policies to take advantage of us, the tax payers! This is fraud! This is treason! These are crimes against general decency and humanity!

I think we should collective raise a huge "bounty" fund and offer up large bounties for the arrest and conviction of some of these fools. I realize that it would probably only be a symbolic gesture but it maight make a huge splash! '

I think I will post it for comments. Go Dr. Paul!

"Liberty tastes sweetest to those who fight for it, and most bitter to those who work to deny it!"

LearnRonPaul

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Ron Paul - Most Intelligent Politician In The World

Okay - pardon me for blowing my own horn - but I do it to show I know what I am talking about. I have 3 BAs, 2 Masters Degrees, I'm a member of Mensa and Intertel (higher than Mensa). But I am constantly blown away that every time I feel strongly about an idea and am frustrated that others don't seem to get it - Ron Paul is already there and has beaten me by a mile in thinking of it.

I travel a lot and I am FED UP by the way TSA treats us. I have yet to go through a full body scan but I will be biting my tounge the entire while not to say something I shouldn't. Ron Paul says everything about it that I want to say in such an incredible way.

He's spot on about the Fed. He's spot on about the economic crisis.

For the life of me I cannot understand why this guy isn't our President.

Unless its just because there are so many mainstream people out there who AREN'T so bright.

Ron Paul for President in 2012; Rand Paul for Vice President.