Ron Paul Introduces the American Travel Dignity Act

‘We Americans Should Never Give Up Our Rights in Order to Travel’

RPaul Mr. Speaker, today I introduce legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled. We do not know the potentially harmful effects of the radiation emitted by the new millimeter wave machines.

In one recent well-publicized case, a TSA official is recorded during an attempted body search saying, “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights.” I strongly disagree and am sure I am not alone in believing that we Americans should never give up our rights in order to travel. As our Declaration of Independence states, our rights are inalienable. This TSA version of our rights looks more like the “rights” granted in the old Soviet Constitutions, where freedoms were granted to Soviet citizens — right up to the moment the state decided to remove those freedoms.

The incident of the so-called “underwear bomber” last Christmas is given as justification for the billions of dollars the federal government is spending on the new full-body imaging machines, but a Government Accountability Office study earlier this year concluded that had these scanners been in use they may not have detected the explosive material that was allegedly brought onto the airplane. Additionally, there have been recent press reports calling into question the accuracy and adequacy of these potentially dangerous machines.

My legislation is simple. It establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are subject to the same laws as the rest of us. 

Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.

You can read the rest here.

Here is the video clip:
 

And here is an excellent clip summing up the Police State USA for American Travelers:
 

Just a reminder: I’ll be at Reagan National Airport on November 24th. Let me know if you are planning to be there. I am looking forward to meeting you in person!


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  1. When I saw Ron Paul address the membership, I felt a strong sense of pride knowing that together we were able to get something done, to have someone take notice. The beauty of the internet is it’s given us a way to connect with like minded individuals who want to right the wrongs in our system. I’m glad that I’ve found the people I have both here, and in other mediums.

    Alone we can use our voice, together we can be heard

  2. More on the events that brought about the porno scanners here:

    http://www.alternet.org/story/148924/the_bizarre_tale_of_graft_and_sleazy_political_opportunism_that_brought_us_the_%27porno_scanners%27

    Here’s a quote from the piece:

    “Right after the Christmas 2009 bombing attempt, two United States citizens, frequent world travelers, spoke up about what they’d both witnessed prior to the flight departing from Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport. Kurt Haskell and his wife Lori, attorneys from Taylor, Michigan, were sitting near the ticket counter waiting to board Flight 253. They saw two men approached the counter and speak with the agent on duty. One of the men was later identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who would later haplessly try to blow up the Northwest flight. The other was a well dressed man in his 50s (the sharp dressed man) who they took to be an Indian national:

    “While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit,” Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”

    Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.

    The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane.”

    And, to this day, surveillance videos from Schipol airport of the day in question have never been released.

  3. avatar theepitbull says:

    FYI

    EPIC’s Body Scanner Incident Report:

    http://epic.org/bodyscanner/incident_report/

    E.X.C.E.L.L.E.N.T coverage here @ Boiling Frogs on this much important issue.

    (((3)))

  4. ICX up 35% L-3 up 1.51%. OSI up 9.58%
    The chertoff Gruppen. Hayden Schnieder, Allen, Cohen…….making gooooooood money. markets are up.
    Michael Chertoff. Godammit. 911 anyone? He sells this stuff? He represents the companies making this stuff and sells it. He sais they are doing what they always did, but from the private side.
    From the ‘private side’ Michael Chertoff cometh. Architect of the patriot act. friend of the free.

  5. What you are witnessing is the final stages of the coup which made it first overt act with the assassination of JFK. The coup likely went to the military and got them to be their pit bulls in exchange for an endless “war franchise”. The corporations went along since their owners were interested in never ending profits and wanted to use the government’s power to extract wealth (taxes) and labor (destroy worker’s rights) and unfettered access to the world’s resources and freedom to sell any sort of garbage to Americans who would be made to believe that they must or they have no merit. We embraced our identity as consumers and rushed out to buy with debt (for the banks greedy pleasure) anything which was put there and promoted.

    The coup rather than take over the government as they did in South America or Africa for example, would leave the government institutions in place, but control them from behind the scenes with corruption, bribes, blackmail, intimidation and even murder. Bribery was renamed Lobbying and made perfectly legal. There was no part of the people’s government or institutions that they didn’t infiltrate and revamp to do their fascist bidding. Whether it was the Justice system which is used to incarcerate and intimidate the underclass, or the police which intimidates anyone, or election process, the media, the education system, etc. there is no institution which functions to actually advance the condition of the people of the US, but it DOES advance their oppressors and controllers.

    And we still have people who try to “work within the system” to put it back on track. Ain’t gonna happen.

    Without a serious enemy, the MIC needed one and it’s likely that they staged 9/11 to create the GWOT inserting their own created patsies called AQ for the world to fear and as the reason to take away more and more rights in the name of “national security” and protection. Fear is how they do it and it works every time. Remember Bush and his color alerts and all the staged terrorists attacks which they periodically stage when the need arises to clamp down further?

    We are the boiling frogs and the coup is turning up the heat.

    We’re cooked.

  6. Yes! Ron Paul is the greatest American alive.

    We all need to actively work against the reelection of any congressman who votes against his bill.

  7. After giving his speech on the floor of the House, Dr. Paul flew out to Phoenix, and gave this interview to Ernest Hancock, who is publisher of Freedoms Phoenix, and host of his own radio show, “Declare your Independence”, on Liberty News Network.
    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/078964-2010-11-20-ron-paul-talks-to-ernest-hancock-in-phoenix-about-tsa.htm

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