Ron Paul to TSA: Stop Irradiating Our Bodies!

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Ron Paul introduced legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports:

A BILL – HR 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.

Ron Paul introduced the “American Traveler Dignity Act” (HR 6416) with the following words. (This is a transcript of his actual speech.)

Ron Paul: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise this evening to announce that I introduced some legislation today dealing with the calamity that we have found at our airports with TSA. Something has to be done. Everybody is fed up. The people are fed up, the pilots are fed up, I’m fed up.

You know, I’ve come to this floor many times over the past many years and complained about the terrible foreign policy we’ve had, the terrible monetary policy we’ve had, the excessive spending and the debt and also the tax policy. But what we’re doing and what we’re accepting in putting up with at this airport is so symbolic of us just not standing up and saying, “Enough is enough”.

I know the American people are starting to wake up, but our government, those in charge – Congress as well as the executive branch – are doing nothing. Yes, they’re talking about maybe backing off and allowing the pilots to go through. But can you think how silly the whole thing is? The pilot has a gun in the cockpit, and he’s managing this aircraft, which is a missile, and we make him go through this groping x-ray exercise, having people feeling their underwear. It’s absurd, and it’s time we wake up.

The bill I’ve introduced will take care of this. But we have to realize that the real problem is that the American people have been too submissive, we have been too submissive. It’s been going on for a long time, and this was to be expected even from the beginning of the TSA and it’s deeply flawed. Private property should be protected by private individuals, not bureaucrats.

But the bill that I’ve introduced will take care of it. It’s very simple, it’s one paragraph long. It removes the immunity from anybody in the federal government that does anything that you or I can’t do. If you can’t grope another person and if you can’t x-ray people and endanger them with possible x-rays, you can’t take nude photographs of individuals, why do we allow the government to do it? We would go to jail. He’d be immediately arrested if an individual citizen went out and did these things, and yet we just sit there calmly and say, “Oh, they’re making us safe”.

And, besides, the argument from the executive branch is that when you buy a ticket, you have sacrificed your rights, and it is the duty of the government to make us safe. That isn’t the case. You never have to sacrifice your rights. The duty of the government is to protect our rights, not to abuse them and do what they have been doing to us. The pilots hopefully will be exempted from this.

But another suggestion I have that might help us: let’s make sure that every member of Congress goes through this. Get the x-ray and make them look at the pictures, and then go through one of those groping pat downs. And then I think there will be a difference. Have everybody in the executive branch, anybody who is a cabinet member, make them go through it and look at it. Maybe they would pay more attention.

But this doesn’t work, this is not what makes us safer, this is preposterous to think that the TSA has made us safer.

You know, when you think about it, if you look at what’s happened over the past 10 years, during this last decade, we lost 3000 on a terrible, terrible day for America. But since that time in this last decade, we have also lost 6,000 of our military personnel going over there and trying to rectify this problem. We have lost 400,000 people on our government-run highways. We have lost 150,000 individuals from homicides. So I think there’s reason to be concerned, reason to deal with this problem. We’re not dealing with it the right way, we’re doing the wrong thing, and groping people at the airport doesn’t solve our problems.

What has solved our problems, basically, has been that they put a good lock on the door and they put a gun inside the cockpit. That’s been the greatest boon to our safety. Safety should be the responsibility of the individual and the private property owner. But right now, we assume the government’s always going to take care of us and we’re supposed to sacrifice our liberties. I say that is wrong, we are not safer and we also know there are individuals who are making money of this. Michael Chertoff; I mean, here’s a guy who was the head of the TSA – selling the equipment. And the equipment is questionable; we don’t even know if it works, and it may well be dangerous to our health.

You know, the way I see this; if this doesn’t change, I see what has happened to the American people is we have accepted the notion that we should be treated like cattle. “Make us safe, make us secure, put us into barbed wire, feed us, fatten us up”, and then they’ll eat us. And we’re a bunch of cattle if we have to wait and say, “We’ve had it”. I think this whole idea of an opt-out day is just great. We ought to opt-out and make the point, get somebody to watch it and take a camera, it’s time for the American people to stand up, shrug off the shackles of our government and TSA at the airport.

These are Ron Paul’s prepared remarks:

Ron Paul: 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.

I warned at the time of the creation of the TSA that an unaccountable government entity in control of airport security would provide neither security nor defend our basic freedom to travel. Yet the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats then in Congress willingly voted to create another unaccountable, bullying agency– in a simple-minded and unprincipled attempt to appease public passion in the wake of 9-11. Sadly, as we see with the steady TSA encroachment on our freedom and dignity, my fears in 2001 were justified.

The solution to the need for security at US airports is not a government bureaucracy. The solution is to allow the private sector, preferably the airlines themselves, to provide for the security of their property. As a recent article in Forbes magazine eloquently stated, “The airlines have enormous sums of money riding on passenger safety, and the notion that a government bureaucracy has better incentives to provide safe travels than airlines with billions of dollars worth of capital and goodwill on the line strains credibility.” In the meantime, I hope we can pass this legislation and protect Americans from harm and humiliation when they choose to travel.


  • BossRecordsInc

    Ron never usually raises his voice you can tell this issue really bothers him. Bothers me to Ron

  • Cocosteryx

    A small recification : the hole caused by a bullet isn’t sufficient to cause au depression undirectly leading to the crash of an airplane. Such a hole would have to be the size of a door rather than a pencil. From France where we also buy your million dollars security scanner for no reason other than collusive deals.

  • mchalmers002

    27 people hate freedom

  • extreme2powers

    wake up Zombies…
    wow i cant believe people are ok with this way of life sick
    no wonder why we are so damed, everyone well let me correct what i just said
    not everyone is zombified im in canada and im so pissed at how american citizens are treated, plz.. here me deny by the multitude T.S.A. cant jail all of us if we get angry at the same time it would be a revelation to the gov.. enough is enough…

  • elbuggo

    Pentagon: 19 Billion for Bomb Dogs?

  • shabutie1337

    Pretty soon we’ll need to show our papers everywhere we go. Then after that, we’ll all be forced wearing stars, crosses, yin-yan, crescent moons and aums so that when it comes time for our fascist leaders to eradicate undesirables, it will be easier for them to sort us out and lead us to a complacent slaughter; WAKE UP!!!

  • dkkght46

    Janet Napolitano (‘Big Sis’), has indicated that these and other new security measures will soon or eventually be installed at sporting events, malls and other public transportation depots to not only scan and x-ray peoples’ bodies but check for ‘mal-intent’ using ‘behavioral’ scanners.

  • AcePilot101

    A terrorist could easily blow up 100s of passengers waiting to be searched by TSA.
    The idiots in Washington are out of control.
    Obama is the #1 threat to USA security today!!

  • AcePilot101

    TSA agents are NOT changing their gloves between searches and could very well transmit diseases from one passenger to another.
    Obama-style socialism is a violation of the Constitution.

  • goeben86

    Touche, Ron Paul, Touche. We need to stand up for our rights.

  • MMAharaja

    Ron Paul is awesome.

  • bigdogphoto

    There are 40,000 more TSA employees now as compared to six years ago. The federal machine is growing out of control with more make work non-productive jobs. We have lost our manufacturing base to China. The union thug mentality of the ever growing federal work force will be difficult to unwind but it must be done before more liberties are lost. These fools will keep voting the progressive socialists in to office to maintain their jobs at the expense of the country at large!

  • bigdogphoto

    The former Homeland Security Director Chertoff ordered the scanning machines. He then leaves the government to advise the company that provides the scanning machines being utilized in all the terminals.

    They have to grab your wife’s crotch and molest your children so you choose to take the dosage of radiation and help amortize the equipment instead of taking their proctological exam. Men, ask yourself, would your father put up with this nonsense?

    Are there any men left in this country?

  • loveethee

    9-11, T.S.A., U.S. GOVERNMENT;




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  • Peter Robinson

    ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO A DONUT That al Qaida is falling all over themselves to find and send to an American airport old and sick persons who needs health care that is unavailable to them where they now live. These people will die soon in their present circumstances.

    al Quaida sets these people up with bombs in the three body cavities that come to mind. The purpose is not to blow up anything. The only purpose is that this person in the middle of their security check declares that they have something hidden in their [fill in the appropriate location].

    At this point ATS must search all passengers in the three locations that have been used. This will cause many billions of dollars of expense to America (and profit to the people who are now profiting from selling scanners, etc). ATS will offer two choices to the passengers.

    1.) Have a “through the body” X ray, which I think at least half of the passengers would refuse over a well founded concern over the effect of the X ray search
    2.) A probe with fingers or equipment of the passenger’s body cavities. (and note if the “bomb” started in their stomach, it will move further down. So the ultimate search of men and women will be the entire food path from top to bottom. The women will get a second search.

    Since this “bomb” could be triggered with a cell phone…. Cell phones would then be prohibited. Since a hearing aid could include a way to transmit the radio signal to the hidden bomb, hearing aids would then be prohibited. The list goes on and on!

    I think that our present path to security will soon hit a dead end.

    I have an invention of how we can achieve real security.

    We could do as the Israelis do and use trained and intelligent persons to do a brief interview of the passengers. OR

    We could have a “box” that the passenger looks into that observes the passenger’s eye movements while the passenger is asked a simple list of questions. No special training of the “inspector” would be required. The inspectors can add their own questions to the standard list.

    I have been in the Baku, Azerbaijan airport. They have two reasons for security. One reason is to detect weapons, etc, to protect the plane.

    The second reason is to find things like gold, diamonds or jewelry that are being smuggled out of the country. This is a country where a retired skilled and educated person earns perhaps $150/month. There is a second security check where the women who run the scanners are paid a percentage of whatever they find. I have watched this scanning process and the women are exceptionally through. I would see them run a suitcase that had aroused their suspicion through the X ray machine multiple times. As I recall, one woman observes the screen and the other woman turns the suitcase on it’s side for a re run through the X ray machine, etc.

    In the case of the “inspectors” that would operate the “box”, they would be periodically tested for their ability to observe and add questions to their standard questions. For each “planted terrorist” who they were able to identify, they would receive a positive point. For each “planted terrorist” that passed through their operation of the “box”, they would get a negative point. Their points would determine their salary and whether their employment would continue.

    Please note that I have 5 US patents on my inventions. This letter constitutes my public disclosure of my invention to have an effective way to protect the flying public with a minimum of intrusion into their lives. With this disclosure, I have the exclusive right to apply for a US patent on this invention. This invention is now in the public domain and it is now part of the “prior art” and no person other than me can apply for a patent on this invention for one year after this disclosure. After one year, even I may not apply for a patent on this invention.

    It is possible that this invention is already in the public domain and thus I cannot apply for a patent on this invention. A simple patent search will determine if this invention is new or if it is part of the public domain.

    I will welcome inquiries from any person who wishes to participate in patenting this invention if it is patentable. You may contact me at 928 852 0652.

  • Michaelwiseguy

    I only got 20 years of life left on this planet. I’m tired of them screwing with the 20 years of life I got that left.

    I can’t enjoy life after I’m dead.

    I’m 50 years old.