March 10, 2011
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Tonight 6-8 pm CST on AxXiom For Liberty special guests will be Rep. David Simpson and Norman Horn. Two Texans who are pushing back against the out of control TSA in Texas.
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Rep. Simpson has filed legislation in Texas to protect the freedom and dignity of air travelers and prohibit unreasonable searches.
From the Lone Star Report:
A freshman Representative filed a bill to penalize airport body scanner operators: Including TSA agents.
Can they do that to a federal agent? Bill author Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) thinks so. And he’s not alone, with 18 co-sponsors from both parties (see list below) and a few organizations.
The bill, HB 1938, makes it a civil penalty for anyone working in a locally owned airport to install or operate whole-body imaging equipment — “including a device that uses backscatter x-rays or millimeter waves, that creates a visual image of a person’s unclothed body and is intended to detect concealed objects,” the bill read.
Rep. Simpson writes:
In recognition of these protections I have filed three pieces of legislation:
- HB 1937 would make it a crime in Texas for a person to touch specific private areas of the body during a search unless there is probable cause to believe the person committed or is about to commit an offense.
- HB 1938 would prohibit whole body scanners that depict the “virtual strip” images in airports in Texas.
- HCR 80 is a concurrent resolution expressing the Legislature’s strong opposition to unwarranted and unreasonable searches by TSA and urging the administration to cease them immediately. Read more about this legislation
Read the TSA taming bills filed by Rep. Simpson
Rep. Simpson’s website http://davidsimpson.com/
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Read more about Norman Horn Here
Posted by J.H. Huebert on March 5, 2011 09:25 AM
This week, lawmakers in Texas have introduced state legislation to stop the government from using porno-scanners against the people.
Texas HB 1938 — featured in a story on the Drudge Report today — would impose a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per day per violation for any airport owned by a local government (i.e., all of the ones that matter) that installs or operates any device “that uses backscatter x-rays or millimeter waves, that creates a visual image of a person’s unclothed body and is intended to detect concealed objects.”
They’ve also introduced another bill, HB 1937, that would authorize state and local prosecutors to bring felony charges against TSA agents who sexually assault innocent airline passengers. . .
By the way, this bill came about thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of LRC contributor and Libertarian Christians blogger Norman Horn. And see the movement’s websites at www.tsatyranny.com, www.supportdignity.com, and www.stopaustinscanners.org
Recent TSA News:
The Subcommittee on National Security of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on “TSA Oversight: Whole Body Imaging” On March 16, 2011. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg has been asked to testify. The hearing is expected to explore the privacy impact, health concerns, and questions of effectiveness that have been raised about the program.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced legislation in 2009 that passed the House, 310-108, that would prevent the TSA from deploying body scanners as the primary screening technique in US airports. EPIC held a public conference earlier this that explored public objections to the TSA program. For more information, see EPIC: EPIC v. DHS and EPIC: Whole Body Imaging Technology.
Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers
Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.
The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday published documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland Security showing that from 2006 to 2008 the agency planned a study of of new anti-terrorism technologies that EPIC believes raise serious privacy concerns. The projects range from what the DHS describes as “a walk through x-ray screening system that could be deployed at entrances to special events or other points of interest” to “covert inspection of moving subjects” employing the same backscatter imaging technology currently used in American airports.
The 173-page collection of contracts and reports, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes contracts with Siemens Corporations, Northeastern University, and Rapiscan Systems. The study was expected to cost more than $3.5 million.