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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 only thing missing is

A standing ovation.

Get em Bite em Ron~

Woo Hoo! I love this man. He is magnificent!

He's fired up. He's fed up. And I love him for it.

No one stands up for We The People like you Doc - NO ONE!

You are - simply the best!~

Ron Paul is My President

This message was meant for us

Lets saddle up its time to ride !!!

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain


Dr Paul!!

When freedom is at stake, silence is not golden – it is yellow- Tom Anderson writer patriot. 1910-2001

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

Porn Scanners lauched after False Flag operation?

The Crotch Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
was a passenger on board Northwest Airlines flight NW253 (an AIRBUS A330-323X, registered N820NW) from Amsterdam to Detroit 25 December 2009.


Allegedly, Jasper Schuringa was the hero of the day and suffered some burns on his hand after putting out the fire in The Crotch Bombers crotch. Here in this somewhat peculiar interview on CNN he tells his story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU7P7nCoAvY

There is an exclusive picture shown in that interview, allegedly a picture of the Crotch Bomber when he was arrested. Picture snapped by Jasper Schuringa and was sold to CNN for several thousand dollars.

A huge problem with this CNN story is that the picture is not from inside an AIRBUS, but from an refurbished Boeing 747 on 1st class (scroll down to the pictures of the seats on 1st class):


Evidence exhibit 1: Accused Bomber Abdulmutallab's Underwear:


To me it does look like the underwear was burned less than Jasper Schuringa's hand was. Very odd too.

I am not aware of CNN correcting this false story. The picture shown of the arrest WAS NOT from an AIRBUS but from an Boeing 747.

And there are much more to this story. Media Fakery is important for policy it seams.

Just saw the video posted on facebook...

...by a friend from church who never posts Ron Paul "stuff." That's awesome!
So, are we doing this HR 1207 style?

And how do people feel about doing an Opt-Out sign wave on highways leading to airports on the day? Calling the media well in advance could get us great press and a chance to talk about Dr. Paul's bill.

Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

I think we should

get on all the web sites where people are whining about the scanners but don't know what to do about it.

Bring this bill to their attention and tell them to call their congress critter.

This is posted on the DP front page, twice!

This is posted on the DP twice! Btw, it's a wicked speech! I can't believe he said all those things! ...gutsy

Dear Mr Paul

I hope this comment gets to you. I really enjoyed seeing you fired up and filled with so much passion about the intrussivnes of the goverment. I would love to see the same passion when you announce your run for POTUS. This will energize the masses and make them want to stand up for themselves. Thank you for being There for all of us. Richard

So are we doing this, HR1207

So are we doing this, HR1207 style, or what? Organization time folks, lets get a thread going at the top and get our phones revved up and blow up the switch board in D.C.

LET'S GET THIS GOING before Nov 24th and have the 24th be a cap-off to the influx of calls to the reps in the house demanding support for this!

good idea

we should get the word out to the sheeple.

maybe they will respond this time.

Wow, he's angry

Good to see.

The feds have gone too far. How much are people going to put up with.

I'm lucky, and don't have to fly anymore, or if I do, I have a friend who has a plane.

I would not go through this "screening."

One word comes to mind...Hero!


Body Scanners and Israel

Got this from wewontfly.com

Israel does not use these 'scanners'.



Do not look to Israel for an example.

Their policy is no better. Everything we do has a certain amount of risk involved. We have to find a solution that fits our culture and constitution.


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Wow - thank God for Dr. Ron Paul! How come NO ONE else in

Congress or the Senate stood up for the people and introduced such a bill? We should have all been at our rep's offices demanding that they do so!! Dr. Paul read the riot act to the American people as well for being sheep and putting up with this stuff!!


Hear! Hear!


Fired up or what????

That was awesome. That is exactly how I feel about the airport concentration camp wardens. Think we can rally around this bill and get 300+ cosponsors?

How about 435 cosponsors?

What scumbag would oppose it?

Ron Paul is visibly upset in this video

He is really pissed!

I Love DP'rs Free Market Solution

Submitted by A-man on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 08:52.
"Forbes: Abolish the TSA"

Let airlines accommodate passengers. Supply some separate, competing flights for hyper-security. Make passengers pay a premium for the privilege of getting groped, radiated, fondled, and delayed. Make passengers pay for the equipment.

All other flights will follow standard security checks, removed delays, no full body scanners. Let passengers choose. Watch the hyper-security flights dwindle and eventually disappear versus regular flights.

There is some level of risk in doing everything, including getting up in the morning to go to work. Body Scanners are an asinine attempt to eliminate the irreducible risk. You are 100 times more likely to die in your own car than in an airplane (this is an accurate statistic for which I have no immediate citation but have read it very recently).

Let common sense,the free market and the airlines handle security.

Where was this broadcast? I

Where was this broadcast? I was watching CSPAN waiting. When and where did this happen?


The question

The question is, was anyone even in the house chambers listening to Dr.Paul?

Every time I see him speak it's always to an empty room. They could care less about him or us.

It's a shame. Hopefully this bill makes it.

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They're afraid of the light

They head for the exits like cockroaches they are.

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!


If they panned out over the audience...you would see that it is empty...This is how our government works. They get paid huge dollars....screw us...and do nothing!

Yes..where in heck are they?

Yes..where in heck are they? During the middle of the week, in session..where ARE they?

Out cutting deals. The 5

Out cutting deals.

The 5 minute speeches are for the CSPAN cameras and the congressional record, not for the house itself.

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

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

That was a super awesome

That was a super awesome speech

I am Ron Paul

Our rights are "unalienable", not "inalienable", as is ...

stated in Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523: "Unalienable rights: Incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." - “You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights; they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable rights.”

And, an "inalienable" is described as follows in Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101: “Inalienable rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights.” “You can surrender, sell or transfer inalienable rights if you consent either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent in man and can be alienated by government. ... Most state constitutions recognize only inalienable rights.” http://www.gemworld.com/USA-Unalienable.htm

No matter, this is great news. Thank you, Dr. Paul!!

Heehee woooo Lordy!!


Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer