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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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the fact there's a guy on

the fact there's a guy on youtube called Molotov Mitchell who is also Mensa, tells me I'm not impressed by a person's IQ. Check him out, you'll see what I mean.

Hey, while you're at it, can you tell me if IQ is genetic?

People with intelligence tend

People with intelligence tend to get these things methinks.

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I'm glad you're with us jetmba; but I also

think too much has been made of intelligence that is unmoored to ethics and sound philosophical principles.

Some very smart guys helped the government create the Atom bomb and the other WMDs, the drones, the math-based centralized economic plans, the complex of sciences that mass produce questionable vaccines and a plethora of other dubious chemicals that our populace is laced with to the detriment, IMO, of their health, to the scientists complicit with government plans to "engineer" global cooling, warming, stop change, whatever, plus the very smart guys at Goldman Sachs and other robber corporations using their wits for theft and fraud.

Not enough credit is give for moral integrity and plain common sense that the average person may have far exceeding the degree-laden experts that advise august government bodies.

Ron Paul is sharper than most; but the key to his astonishing statesmanship is not just his intelligent erudition, but his honesty and dedication to the principles of freedom and peace. He never wavers in his crystalline clarity of ethical principles.


Ron Paul was fired up, in this speech.

I have spent the last day at AboveTopSecret blogging about this on a post creaated by phaedrus.

The folks at AboveTopSecret have been especially receptive to Dr. Paul's message, and I have worked to re-enforce the finer points.

But the point is, that a site like AboveTopSecret has people from all walks of life, and all manners of political persuasion, and the majority seem to think that Ron Paul is the freakin Man!

It does no good for me to tell the people of the daily paul that Dr. Paul is the man, because we all know that.

What we need to do, is to go out into the world and let other people know.

Now, the folks at abovetopsecret may be looked down upon by the MSM because of the nature of the topics discussed, but quite surprisingly, the site gets way more traffic than you could imagine, in fact it made some sort of milestone recently in relation to all the sites on the planet.

So, if there are other sites like abovetopsecret, that get a lot of traffic, then that is where supporters of Dr. Paul should focus on to recruit new liberty minded individuals.

But in doing so, you have to be respectful of the opinion of others.

You have to remember, that other web sites, have many members that are not as dedicated as the dailypaul members are to Dr. Paul's message.

You have to listen, and offer your respectful opinion.

But let me tell you, we are gaining ground.


The TSA is out of control...Pass it on

The TSA is out of control. Watch this.

Check out this video as it shows the TSA out of control. Ron Paul is rigth again.


Ron Paul probably flies on

Ron Paul probably flies on public aircraft far more than any other politician. He is everywhere all the time. He really has shown that not only is he a profound visionary on freedom and liberty but that he is in the trenches of interstate travel and is not going to be treated as simple cattle.

You never know....he may use

You never know....he may use the Ron Paul Blimp!


Good point. We must use that Dr Ron Paul blimp!

That blimp should make a hit of every point Ron Paul makes. All over this land, we should have Ron Paul's blimp showing his message.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I love all the angles you can take on this

Anne Coulter's Racist take has some merit

The fourth Amendment is a great argument. However; the constitution means little to the power elite, which is absolutely the worst travesty (think of all the illegal wire tapping).

The Pilots got a really good case, shouldn't be a requirement to been seen naked or folded daily for your job. Which really got this thing going not too far back.

Now the airlines and airports are sympathetic.

Of course Dr. Paul's cattle analogy is spot on and could be full of cometary on our society. Especially when you consider how many people are in favor of their rights being trample on for security theater.

There are so many good arguments against these intrusions that I think the most compelling arguments will be thrown aside. Why not look at the people that have been able to say "I told ya so" through this whole thing.

Make Your Choice: Empire or TSA Gropers and Porn Scanners
by Jacob G. Hornberger

The forewarning from Chalmers Johnson’s prescient book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

That's Right Doc!!!

God I love this man!


of whom I am no fan.....just plugged Ron Paul's bill at the beginning of his radio show.

* If you have been a non-date rape victim of the TSA you have the responsibility to come forward.

Yup, I just heard that myself....

I almost drove off the road.

Sean Hannity causes accident

Musta been shocking...WOW!!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

I don't think I have ever

I don't think I have ever seen Dr Ron Paul so upset.
I am not sure if it because they are treating american citizens like cattle.
Or that American citizens are behaving like cattle.

The whole premise is idiotic. More planes are brought down by faulty equipment then bombs. We must realize even without a 'terrorist' a plane is filled with many potential bombs that can bring the plane down. Valves, relays, switching components, electrical wiring, etc etc etc. Planes blow up on their own accord.
Fast forward ... tsa causes less people to fly causing airlines to cut back causing more potential equipment malfunctions.
If it was about safety, the planes should be put through more screening not the passengers.
This is not about safety it is about getting people to behave like cattle.


I'm sure when the next plane does go down due to mechanical failure they can give it the Terrorism spin and blame Bin Laden. TSA are the terrorists. Repeal of the Patriot Act has been in order since its existence.

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012

Our Doc, FIRED UP, nothing better in the world.

even the 'liberals' at RAWstory are covering it. Funny, when they can, they NEVER put his name in their headlines anymore, as they used to, BEFORE Rand became a Senator-elect.
"Bill would expose TSA screeners to laws prohibiting sexual assault"

better than nothing. but, oh vey, as usual, check out the idiotic comments. one mook deludes having 'private security' equals one word, "BlackWater." Such is the delusional lunacy of the still L vs.R FalseParadigm-stuck liberals; I'm not sure if ANY of them are aware of the fact that PRIOR to TSA founding in 2001, they were ALL PRIVATE. what can one say, the misinformation train never ceases over there. but, still, it's a welcome trend as the tyranny becomes a visible one, the rest of the sheeple populace are now beginning to have a reason to claim their freedoms back.



bumping for important . . .


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

These actions clearly fit into this definition

Definition of Sexual Assault:

Home > Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary
Conduct of a sexual or indecent nature toward another person that is accompanied by actual or threatened physical force or that induces fear, shame, or mental suffering.

The noun has one meaning:

Meaning #1: a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
Synonym: sexual abuse

Emotional effects
Traumatic events such as rape and sexual assault have, aside from obvious physical traumas, profound long-term psychological effects on all victims including but not limited to children who are assault victims. These include: denial, helplessness, dislike of sex, anger, self-blame, anxiety, shame, nightmares, fear, depression, flashbacks, guilt, rationalization, mood-swings, numbness, promiscuity, lonliness, social anxiety, difficulty trusting yourself or others, difficulty concentrating. Family and friends experience emotional scarring including a strong desire for revenge, a desire to "fix' the problem and/or move on, and a rationalization that "it wasn't that bad".


If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Sounds like what they want.

"... denial, helplessness, dislike of sex, anger, self-blame, anxiety, shame, nightmares, fear, depression, flashbacks, guilt, rationalization, mood-swings, numbness, promiscuity, loneliness, social anxiety, difficulty trusting yourself or others, difficulty concentrating."

Sounds like exactly the mindset a tyrant would like to induce in his subjects. Especially those of the upper-middle and professional classes, which is the group that most often forms and provides substantial support for movements to oust government abusers or overthrow their regimes.

How convenient (for tyrants) that they're also the bulk of the air travelers.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Which do think would be the priority?


If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Why is airport security so sacred anyway?

All this security at airports is completely unnecessary and total nonsense. Once the cockpits were locked to prevent hijacking the screening, groping and scanning at airports became obsolete.

There are many more places to inflict greater death and destruction than an airplane yet that is the only place we have this highly intrusive security. A high school football game or other such events have more people in a more compact location. Yet there are no scanning and groping stations to get in. So what is the big deal about an airplane? People have lost all sense of relevance about security and flying.

The shoe bomber and underwear bombers boarded in other countries so the security measures we have are completely useless anyway.

Airport security should return to pre-911 levels for boarding planes. Anything more is just nonsense.

why is air travel so

why is air travel so important anyway?

why do Americans today feel like they have a RIGHT to the services and comfort of airline flying free from interference and harassment? Where in the Constitution does it say a citizen has such a right?

It should just go away.

Airport security should return to pre-911 levels for boarding planes. Anything more is just nonsense.

IMHO it should just go away - and people who can legally carry firearms at the departure and arrival points should be able to carry them on the plane (if the airline agrees).

This idiocy got started back in the '50s or so in response to hijacking of planes to bypass cold-war travel blockades (especially to Cuba) and a few murderers-for-insurance who blew up whole planes in order to get one victim in the very early days of air travel. It got a boost when a few hijackings-for-ransom by crooks and revolutionary organizations looking for funding were successful.

Hijacking for blockade bypass mostly went away when Cuba started treating such hijackers as crooks while routes through other countries (such as Canada) opened up. Bombs for insurance were always few in number and in luggage - and are no longer a big temptation now that airplanes are reliable and forensics is advanced.

As for hijacking for ransom or to use as a terrorist weapon: The instructions for passengers in such a situation HAD been to be nice sheep and wait for rescue (from governments with official positions of never yielding to hostage-takers). After the (first three!) 9/11 hijacker teams showed that the hostages were already toast if nothing was done, the passengers of the fourth plane chose to resist, unarmed, and defeated the hijackers (though they still died in the action or the resulting crash). In the future, such resistance would be immediate rather than after the takeover. And a salting of armed passengers would make it more likely to succeed WITHOUT crashing the plane or killing all on board.

So the continued violation of our fourth and second amendment rights in airports and on airplanes is not just useless, but counterproductive.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Here is why

Do you think the highest level "overlords" like it that "common people" can freely travel at low expense all over the world?

Of course not. Hence, TSA groping.


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on Drudge, but the link is not getting you to Dr Paul' speech

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression.
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Hear, O Israel: YHUH our God YHUH one. And thou shalt love YHUH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Can't find it on there...

Can't find it on there... link?

Why Doesn't Ron Paul Bring In Attorney Kurt and Lori Haskell ?

And expose this whole thing for the false flag op it was???


Attorney Kurt Haskell overheard a conversation between a "well dressed man" and a ticketing agent in Amsterdam on Christmas day before the botched underwear bomb attack. Second man detained on the ground in the US after flight landed. A classic example of a false flag operation by the military industrial complex...


thats how long the link below ( part 1 of 5), interviewing the eyewitness passengers of the 'underwear bomber on christmas day' flight -the event that is being used to justify taking our dignity away today.


9 minutes and 22 seconds.. can you spare it for a grain of truth in a sea of lies?