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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

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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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No more rape!

God Bless Ron Paul for standing up to the corrupt and evil government!

NO MORE STATE SANCTIONED RAPE!

A bump

for the night crew...

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Wow

Ron Paul is on fire. Love it. All the right things stated.

Premium Paul

What else can be said?

Awesome!!

I actually had a laugh at the end of this one. This mans honesty is beyond anything I've ever seen. His ability to flat out tell it like he believes it without spewing BS continues to amaze me and it seem I will ever be disappointed by this mans actions. 2012!!!!!!!

Ron has had it!

It looks like he is really energized in this video. I sure would like to know if he'll run in 2012. If not, who will he endorse?

Repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the 16th amendment - sound money for our communities and out of Washington, DC.
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He's going to run.

The last campaign was such a boon to the liberty message he has worked for his whole life, why would he let another opportunity escape him? He will run again.

I think he's gonna run,

I think he's gonna run, that's the word on the street, no joke

I am Ron Paul

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Yes, it is.

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Debbie

Right on, right on, right on,

Right on, right on, right on, right on, RIGHT ON! I haven't seen Dr. Ron Paul this fired up in a long time! In fact, I don't ever recall him reacting this disgustedly towards anything, ever. If there was ever an alarm to be rung for those to truly stand up for individual liberty and sovereignty, peacefully, this is certainly one of them.

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He got my heart rate up

The good doc is p**sed, really p**sed. This bill vote should be 435-0.

Ron Paul kills bureaucracy dead

With the stroke of a pen.

For Liberty

Fired up like

I've not seen before.

Great way to finish the year.

Can't wait to hear him again in the 2012 Presidential debates.

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

HERO!!!

HERO!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

We had a Travel Fair at work today

with a few travel agents, hotels, rental car reps, and airlines represented. I told the reps from United and Lufthansa that I wasn't interested in flying until the airports got rid of the imaging machines and pat downs. The United rep told me that it takes only 30 seconds to go through it. I told him it wasn't the time I objected to, it was the invasion of personal space and nude imaging that is the problem. They both looked at me sheepishly. You could tell that they either don't like the new procedures or they are tired of hearing the complaints of travelers. I finished by saying that I know that it's not their fault, but I said they should have their lobbyists talk to the folks in Washington to get the TSA out of the airports.

I love this man

wonderful man I don't live in Texas, but this is MY Congressman.

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

Towards the end I screamed

Towards the end I screamed "F#@K Yeah!".

I'm sure my neighbors heard me, but I don't care ;)

This man truly represents me.

Abolish the TSA ASAP!

LOL

LOL

I am Ron Paul

Everything the Man does is like a Zen master, ONE LINE.

'tis all it takes. He takes away 'immunity' UN-deserved to ANY gvt mook that seeks to violate OUR NATURAL, Constitutional RIGHTS!

One line. That's all it takes.

Everything the Doc does is consistent. Truth is simple. I've rarely seen any of his bills go past one page in length.

of course, most of the Doc's bills deal with repealing or slashing existent ones. should be a simple indicator to future historians just how deep in the erroneous path this Republic was heading down at this juncture in history; one Man WILL rise to be known forever, as the ONLY TRUE 'Champion of the Constitution,' in the 20th & 21st Century: one Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul!

now, only if the rest of the schmuck criminals in CONgress can follow suit, once they grow an actual conscience, or intelligence... maybe.

check out the utter simplicity of the actual proposded text:

"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."

THAT is ALL it takes to restore SOME Freedoms!

Oh yeah, we LOVE the Doc!

Wish he would have expanded it beyond air travel

It won't be long until this is the norm for train and bus travel, or going to any event with more than 50 people.

same here,

but for the time being, it's great start.

plus he just put TSA on notice, 1 week prior to the Holidays rush. and, the more one has their loved ones irradiated, groped and violated, the seething anger is gonna simmer.

the TSA goons better hope their supervisors change the illegal UNConstitutional procedures, aka. SEXUAL ASSAULTS; as there ain't a single jury in the world that's gonna convict a man who would have stood up for the dignity of his wife, daughter or loved ones, and DEFEND them like a REAL MAN.

no matter what, anyone that secretly enjoys watching childporn, trading them, groping strangers, all on the taxpayers' dime, is by DEFINITION a psychotic sociopathic LUNATIC, whom belong in no other building than an asylum or a prison.

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I really really love this guy

Good job once again Dr Paul. Hope your son is drafting similar legislation to introduce to the Senate come January.

Ron Paul

Fired up!...Absolutely

PO'd.... Understandably

Visibly disgusted! Shouldn't we be?

A little tongue tied... Well, that happens with adrenaline

but

Blunt and to the Point!

Rock on Dr Paul you really know how to crush em out of the park!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I think he gets tongue tied

I think he gets tongue tied b/c he's an old grandpa, I mean that in the best way

I am Ron Paul

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Or maybe because he's really steamed . . . If you're really

fed-up sometimes it's hard to talk very coherently so I think all things considered he did great.

Debbie

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty...

For a little safety deserve neither!!! Dr. Ron Paul's advise should be pushed through Congress Post Haste. We have had enough of this type of treatment by a government totally out of control...Enough said...

He who sells what isn't his'n, buys it back, or goes to prison!!!...-whzh-

This speech should to go

This speech should go viral