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Legislation has been introduced into the Texas House of Representatives that directly challenges the authority of the TSA in airports within the state, specifically aimed at criminalizing the use of naked body scanners and enhanced pat-downs.
Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) introduced a set of bills earlier this week that would empower the Texas Attorney General to bring suit in court against any airport operator who installs or uses the full body imaging equipment or any operator who touches a person without consent and searches them without probable cause.
The bills, HB 1938 and HB 193
The TSA has not officially responded to the proposals in Texas and New Hampshire, however, in a speech at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 6th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute in Washington yesterday, TSA head John S. Pistole intimated that the agency was considering completely changing its security procedures away from a “one size fits all” approach towards a more “intelligence-driven system,” that would focus on “higher-risk passengers,”
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
If this bill was to be introduced in Texas, it would have had to be from a Western representative. West of I-35 the state is VERY conservative, leaning more and more libertarian. The East of I-35, where the majority of the state resides, is much more liberal.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
But Texans, like many US citizens, are becoming very distrustful of the US Gov, and are looking to the states to protect them. Seeing what Arizona has done over recent years is really pushing a lot of Texans to ask questions, and demand answers.
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
THEY SPENT BILLIONS pushing propaganda, creating these scanners, training people and total implementation.
If you think honestly they are going to pass these bills and have them all removed plus fire 10,000 TSA emplyoees...
Originally posted by Whereweheaded
Gotta love Texas! I loved when Texas threaten to declare National Sovereignty! Just another " score " for Texas...you guys need another resident?
Off topic: you texans?, WTH do you put in the water out there.....you guys breed some seriously gorgeous women!
Gotta love them Wrangler Butts!
In addition to Rapiscan, a number of other companies are profiting from the TSA body scanners. Of those companies is L-3 Communications, a major contractor with the Department of Homeland Security. Carney explains, “L-3 employs three different lobbying firms including Park Strategies, where former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., plumps on the company’s behalf. Back in 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed D’Amato to the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Also on Park’s L-3 account is former Appropriations staffer Kraig Siracuse.” The Examiner writes, “When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted ‘Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filing gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.’ ” Another full-body scanner contractor was the American Science and Engineering company. Lobbying for this company, includes Tom Blank, a former deputy for the TSA, Chad Wolf, an assistant administrator at TSA and an aide to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Hutchison is on the Transportation and Defense subcommittees of Appropriations. Likewise, another lobbyist for the American Science and Engineering company is former Democratic Representative Bud Cramer.