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Texas TSA pat down ban may be back
The Hill ^ | 6/2/11 | Keith Laing

Posted on 06/03/2011 6:57:29 AM PDT by Evil Slayer

Texas lawmakers may reconsider a bill to outlaw controversial airport pat-downs, the sponsor of legislation that was shelved recently said this week.

Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R) said that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked Gov. Rick Perry to include the measure in a special session of the Texas legislature. Dewhurst reported asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill when federal officials threatened to cancel flights to Texas if it passed.

But he has since had a change of heart, Simpson told fans on his Facebook page.

"The Lt. Gov. sent a letter to Gov. Perry asking him to include the TSA bill HB 1937 in the special session!," Simpson wrote on the website. "Please call the Governor and tell him you agree with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst!"

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; airports; davidsimpson; dewhurst; molestation; patdowns; rickperry; sampson; texas; tsa; tsagroping; tsapervs

1 posted on 06/03/2011 6:57:32 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

Great news! I hope Texas has the nerve to call their bluff.

2 posted on 06/03/2011 7:01:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Evil Slayer

Not good news for Anthony Weiner.

3 posted on 06/03/2011 7:02:58 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If Perry gets this through my opinion of him will improve considerably.

4 posted on 06/03/2011 7:04:58 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000
If Perry gets this through my opinion of him will improve considerably.

As it will for many others.

5 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:29 AM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: All

6 posted on 06/03/2011 7:30:46 AM PDT by Fawn (No--bama 2012)
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To: Fawn

after all I think it was South Dakota or Wyoming that killed the 55MPH speed limit by telling the Feds to stuff it.

7 posted on 06/03/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Evil Slayer
Indiana and Texas are both telling the tyrant in our White House where to go. It looks like the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America are making a comeback. Thank God!

Amendment 9: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Just as our military often cruises in those international waters claimed as "territorial waters" by other countries, we the people need to constantly challenge the federal government when they exceed their authority.

8 posted on 06/03/2011 7:50:30 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: achilles2000

Same here. He gives the feds the middle finger and I “might” switch to his prez run.

9 posted on 06/03/2011 8:07:40 AM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Evil Slayer

As it says on my bumper sticker, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!”

10 posted on 06/03/2011 8:23:38 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: achilles2000

I just used the governor’s website to send an email on this issue. I invite fellow Texans to join me.

11 posted on 06/03/2011 8:24:41 AM PDT by CFIIIMEIATP737
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Texas is probably the country’s best hope to start the state move to take back the rightful power from the Feds.

It has the size, wealth, psychological makeup and political leanings to take the issue on and lead the way. Other states may follow, but a small state like Utah, Alabama, Louisiana or Montana doing it wouldn’t have the same impact, and they don’t have the same resources Texas does.

Put a charismatic Gov in Texas who wants to return power to the states and you will have fireworks if he can lead the legislature. Perry isn’t that guy IMO, but I would love to be wrong.

12 posted on 06/03/2011 10:12:03 AM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: achilles2000
"If Perry gets this through my opinion of him will improve considerably"

Apparently someone on Perry's staff figured this out.


13 posted on 06/03/2011 11:22:39 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"after all I think it was South Dakota or Wyoming that killed the 55MPH speed limit by telling the Feds to stuff it."

Not at all - they would have lost all federal highway money.

What Wyoming did was to make speeding on an interstate punishabled by a $5 fine, payable on the spot.
Folks traveled with a stack of fivers rubber-banded to their sun-visors.

14 posted on 06/03/2011 11:26:10 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Evil Slayer; All

I’ve written this before. Texas, or any other state, doesn’t need to pass any new laws to call the Fed’s bluff.

Federal employees aren’t immune to state or local laws, even if, as the TSA claims, “the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2) prevents states from regulating the federal government.” Otherwise, no federal employee/agent could be arrested for speeding, running a red light, assault or any other behavior legitimately criminalized by a state. (And isn’t it interesting that they cite the USC but conveniently ignore the specific words of the Fourth Amend.)

All the state or local jurisdictions have to do is station officers or deputies at the airport, witnessing the security “patdown” lines. If a citizen protests and claims they are being assaulted, the officer steps forward and arrests the TSA pervs who are doing the patdown— for sexual assault. The TSA pervs are handcuffed and frog marched through the airport, in full view of all the public (can’t you imagine the public applauding the capture/arrest as they are perp walked through the airport??), and transported to booking, where they are charged with felony assault, sexual assault and/or whatever the authorities would like to charge them with. Then they’re put in the slammer until bailed out, just like what happens to all of us peons if we dare to question their “authoritah”.

Charges are not “negotiated” or “pleaded” down and they are arraigned and scheduled for trial. After all, a LEO personally witnessed the assault and the citizen that was assaulted would more than likely be happy to testify also. If not, subpoena them. Slam dunk case.

Local authorities could follow all the way through the whole process- bail, trial and if convicted, jail time. Wanna bet just how many TSA moron/thugs would rapidly start to think twice about touching the next passenger in the line after that happening? And local law enforcement could be stationed at the airport specifically to act on/for such passenger complaints. A couple of officers could take down quite a few TSA minions in one shift. That is, until the individual TSA dweebs got word and started to realize that they *personally* would be the ones with the felony charges, costs of defense and the criminal record. Try to get a nice, cushy federal job with a sexual assault felony on your record... hehehehe. Even if it wasn’t a conviction.

Also, I’d love to see the TSA agent personally charged with deprivation of civil rights (4th amend) under color of law, especially illegal search without a warrant - or even probable cause. I’m sure it wouldn’t take but one or two of these instances for some major changes to be made or for line TSA screeners to decide that their families’ lives, freedom and fortune was a bit more important than playing thug for Lezzietano and company.

It will only take ONE state or one locality to make a very firm stand and the whole house of oBozo’s cards will come crumbling down. But first, there has to be someONE with some balls, somewhere, to make the first stand. And take the consequences of making the Feds unhappy. Texas seems to be the place that it could happen. Or maybe Sheriff Joe in AZ. Others will follow quickly after that. No new laws or powers are needed. Only backbone.

Just finished reading Atlas Shrugged and thinking the house of cards thing. It won’t take but one or two states to stand up to King Zero and all of the Fed “power” will come crashing down. After all, the states are the ones with the states’ rights... not the Fed Gov. Feds have certain allocated powers, but no rights. The states have the rights... and the people. When the TSA minions are in fear of their jobs and livelihood and the Feds won’t/can’t do anything to protect them, the cards will come tumbling down.

It will only take one to start. What will the Fed’s do... threaten the locals? Get a friendly, bought and paid for judge to rule against them? (”Now let them enforce it.”) If the locals stand up with a backbone, there’s really not much the Feds can do. Threaten to take away the money? Money that is sent by the state to the Feds already? Yeah, that’ll work.

With ten states or more beating their chests and passing 10th amendment/state’s rights laws/resolutions, it will only take one or two to actually DO something concrete and others will follow. The Fed’s will fold like a cheap suit. Going Galt is the way to do it. Stand up to the bully.

Just my two pesos of dreaming...

15 posted on 06/03/2011 2:30:48 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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