Earlier today, I was emailed an online petition to ban the intrusive groping of travelers in Texas at the hands of the TSA.
This strikes a chord with me, because not long ago, my family and I were traveling to New York and we had a negative experience with TSA. We elected not to go through the full body scanner, instead opting for the pat-down. My son was really shaken up by it. While the TSA agent whom performed the pat-down was a professional, my son still did not like some stranger touching him in that manner.
I believe it’s time to put a stop to this. If you agree, please take a few moments to visit the linked site and sign the petition.
In the meantime, here’s a little about the bill:
Debbie McKee, Interim State Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty:Landmark legislation to stop the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from groping travelers without probable cause has passed an important vote in the Texas House. On the evening of May 12th HB 1937 was given unanimous approval by voice vote on second reading. HB 1937, authored by Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), is the first bill in the country that would actively restrict the TSA’s intrusive screening practices to pass a legislative vote.
“HB 1937 is a significant step forward in the protection of our constitutional and civil liberties,” said Rep. Simpson. “Groping innocent citizens does little to enhance security but it does much to reduce our freedom and dignity. I am very thankful that members of both parties have joined together to defend our citizens’ dignity against the TSA’s egregious screening methods.”
HB 1937 would make it a criminal act for security personnel to touch a person’s private areas without probable cause as a condition of travel or as a condition of entry into a public place. This bill is not intended to contravene any federal statutes currently in place.
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