Sunday, March 20, 2011

TSA Tyranny Update

Ticket To Tyranny

Here's text from a video-recorded exchange in November between a TSA supervisor and airline passenger John Tyner.

TSA: "If you're not comfortable with that [groin check], we can escort you back out and you don't have to fly today."
Tyner: "OK, I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying."
TSA: "This is not considered a sexual assault."
Tyner: "It would be if you were not the government."
TSA: "By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights."

Tests of Body Scanners Show 10 Times The Expected Radiation

When the TSA recently tested its 500 new nude body scanners it found radiation levels much higher than expected.  TSA says it was a simple calculation error.  Others aren't convinced.

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights says the TSA should stop using the machines until they can be retested.  "Airline passengers have enough concerns about flying — including numerous ones about how TSA conducts its haphazard security screenings," said Brandon Macsata, executive director of the group. "So it is the TSA’s responsibility to ensure passengers are not being exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation."

Texas Bills Would Ban TSA Scanners/Enhanced Pat-Downs

A state legislator in Texas has introduced two bills to protect Texans' rights from TSA violations.  One bill from Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) would prohibit "body imaging scanning equipment" at any airport in the state and  provides penalties for any airport operator who installs them.  According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the second bill "criminalizes touching without consent and searches without probable cause."

If passed, these laws would set up a legal showdown between Texas and the federal government.  Good!  Texas would have a little thing called the Constitution on its side.

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