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Kansas Law Would Make TSA Pat Downs Illegal – And Restrict Search Procedures for Children

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It looks as if Kansas legislators have had just about enough of the “security theater” of airport screening by the Transportation Security Administration.

Rep. Brett Hildabrand helped to introduce HB 2175, which would make it illegal for TSA screeners to touch the private parts of passengers, as well as prohibit them from removing those passengers under eighteen years old from under control of their parents or legal guardians.

Twenty other House Republicans are joining him in pushing the bill and this would impact between 100 and 110 TSA officers at seven Kansas airports.

The Shawnee Republican said,

“Air travelers are subjected to aggressive, humiliating pat-downs, many of which would land the average stranger off the street in jail. But because the federal government has given someone a blue uniform and a badge, we are told that person has authority over our bodies and we must endure.”

Hildabrand pointed to the story of a three year old in a wheelchair that was scrutinized by the TSA and wrote:

“This is exactly why we need to pass HB 2175, regulating the TSA conduct in Kansas! This is yet another despicable assault by the TSA”

The TSA claims that the “Supremacy Clause,” found in Article VI of the US Constitution gives the Federal government jurisdiction in this matter and it prevents states from regulating the federal government. That is only in the case where such jurisdiction is Constitutional. The particular clause in question reads:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

The TSA blog arguing for the Supremacy Clause read, “We wish we lived in a world where you could just walk on a plane with no security screening, but that just isn’t the case unfortunately. Aviation security agencies worldwide have been using pat-downs long before TSA was created to prevent dangerous items from getting onto airplanes. The pat-down is a highly effective tool to resolve certain alarms and keep these dangerous items off of planes that could cause catastrophic damage.”

Kansas Law Would Make TSA Pat Downs Illegal This is utter nonsense. The Federal government, prior to 9-11 did not engage in this practice. It is one thing for private airport security to engage in it. It is quite another for the Federal government to do it. It is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Furthermore, TSa is out to keep dangerous items off of planes, or so they say, but it has been demonstrated that many items they seek to keep off planes travel across country. It is also highly documented of their harassment and utter ridiculousness in regards to the porn scanners, testing of your drink for explosives before you board your flight and the silly notion of checking grandmothers and people in wheelchairs, subjecting them to humiliating unlawful and unconstitutional searches and in some cases seizures.

The State of Kansas can remove TSA officers from any and all airports if they so desire. The Federal government does not have the right to violate the Fourth Amendment rights of anyone, including those flying on airplanes.

Second, there is the issue of nullification. That’s right, the Tenth Amendment. While many states are already pushing nullification of the National Defense Authorization Act and Obamacare, Kansas should push the envelope. While I applaud Rep. Hildabrand’s efforts, it doesn’t go far enough. Where in the Constitution does the US Federal government possess the authority to federalize airport security and in the process demand the violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers before they may board an airplane? It isn’t in there.

However, remember it wasn’t long ago that Texas tried a similar move and though there were the votes, the Feds made a threat of shutting down flights in and out of Texas and lawmakers backed off. As long as they will not stand up against tyrants, the tyrants will continue to be bullies. It’s time to actually stand for freedom and throw off the chains of an oppressive Federal government.

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/02/tsa-officers-could-be-defined-as-felons-in-kansas/#ixzz2NfIe3Va3

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The TSA Is Doing More Harm Than Good to Our Budget, Debt, Health and Dignity

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tsa-2000I think many people, who haven’t felt a reason to consider the nature of liberty previously, might still be thinking that the government regulations that have been coming down the pipe from Washington, to state to local governments over the past few years actually have a good and useful purpose for the citizens. But, an objective look at the evidence shows that these safety measures are simply not serving their purpose and should never have been initiated because they are an infringement on citizens liberty.

They have groped and humiliated citizens in the millions, terrorized young children in wheelchairs, radiated all of us, and for what? To try to possibly find that one in a million terrorist with frequent flyer miles. The plan has backfired. TSA agents are experiencing higher than normal cancer rates due to the heavy radiation from the scanners they have to work near.

The TSA’s budget was $8.1 billion in 2012. I would rather take my chances with a (perceived) terrorist threat than to deal with the TSA. Often their agents are condescending and act as though I am annoying them. Yes, just because I book a flight and stand humbly in line with my shoes in my hand, toting a carry-on toward the radioactive monstrosity before me, without saying anything or protesting in any way, *I* am apparently a problem for them.

More recently, though, the TSA has been setting up random checkpoints on highways near cities across the US – and for some reason, it hasn’t even made mainstream news! Are we seriously that complacent? We, as a nation, have become alright with government checkpoints to prove we are citizens and legal and OK and good enough to travel down our own roads? Isn’t that what the Nazi’s did to enforce their unethical and inhumane laws?

Oh well, that seems fair. Doesn’t it? Shouldn’t they have all rights to radiate me, give me orders, consider me a potential criminal and heard me through a line like a sheep? Why would I need rights? Why should I have options or choices?

TSA is doing more harm than good

I realize there is a legitimate argument that the TSA “might” be preventing a terrorist attack that “might” otherwise occur. Even so, I do think the function of the TSA could be handled in a much less invasive, more professional, less demeaning way and at a much lower cost.

TSA is doing more harm than good

 

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