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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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He expressed it with the outrage that I feel.

This is going viral. This

This is going viral. This got me so pumped up.

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From what WND said, the bill is 2 sentences long

HR 6416 reads:

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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Paul suggested the controversial screening techniques would vanish if top-ranking government officials were themselves subject to them.

"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."

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Perhaps Dr. Paul was too kind with this paragraph.

"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."

He could have added the families of the political elite as well (between us, would it be fair to include Michelle Obama and her daughters, or are they above the law?). But perhaps he avoided mentioning the families so as not to go there.

Ron Paul is too classy for that

But that's what I said earlier when I read his speech. How much would Obama like it if some fat TSA agent twisted Michelle's breasts, and felt up his young daughters?

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Now

I wish I had a TV - just to hear him speak.

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click the video link.

Sorry, that's the Live TV link.

But you can go here:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/id/237986

and advance the timeline to 3:05:00 and watch him speaking. I don't know yet if this is the speech on his site. So far it sounds different.

I'm there.

I don't see it on 1 which is the house link.

I guess I missed him.

thanks sam.

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Check the link I added and go to the 3:05:00 time mark.

I just finished listening to him.

he seemed to paraphrase this speech.

His live performance wasn't as good as what I read, but it was good.

Maybe he gave this speech earlier since this was just special privileges.

Can anyone find the text or bill summary?

An old HR of the same number about Sudan is the only thing coming up other than announcements about Dr. Paul's bill.

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The text is on top

just click on the link and it will take to you the full text.

HR 6416 is so new it's not even listed yet on thomas.gov.

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That's the speech, not the bill.

I can't find a link to the bill on his site.

But in usual Paul form, he said it's only one paragraph.

All it does is clarify that airport screeners are not exempt from any laws concerning touching, photographing etc.

Simply put

Thank you Dr. Paul for truly working for We The People.

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¶4s2: "establishes" ought be "reminds us"

    another "they didn't have this power in the first place" thing.

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    Snip:
    "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."

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    ...might be interested in this. For now, he's keeping this firestorm fueled.