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.


  • miniaturerecordco

    Thank you for introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act.

  • scepticpatriot

    18 peoples are jew !!!

  • pisser20001

    ok ron…now you have to visit my page and see a 3yr old picking her nose with toes and a swimming subaru

  • jwka2001

    Thats my boy 😀

  • jeffs123

    1300 Architects and Engineers call for a new, independent investigation into the infamous day that started all this hysteria. Google: “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth”

  • GirlCraft

    cool story bro way to steal a video

  • jeffs123

    Put this in perspective. More Americans die per year over a 10 year period by eating peanuts than from terrorism. The government is trying to hype and overhype the threat of terrorism, and in the process, is itself terrorizing the American people. What happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Now it is the land of the meek and the home of the slave.

  • JohnnyMac2237

    Heros come in many forms. Ron paul is mine

  • Margaret Owen Thorpe

    For me personally, Ron, perfect timing. Tuesday, I flew home from Virginia via Dulles Airport. On Sunday, in Richmond, I went to – and attended services at – St. Johns Church – where Patrick Henry gave his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. I bought there – and wore through Dulles – a new T-shirt that reads “Sons of Liberty – 1775 – St. Johns Church, Richmond Virginia”. I am absolutely certain that Patrick Henry would be more than aghast at what I – and the T-shirt – saw.

    True, I personally was not sent through the Porno Box nor was I groped. But I saw the Boxes and a groper. I am just a pudgy little old lady – but I am quite certain that, had a groper come at me, I would have gone right back at him or her. A nightmarish scene straight out of Kafka in a windowless concrete chamber well underground somewhere below Dulles Airport. Without a doubt, this is not what my Virginia ancestors fought for in 1776. It is certainly not what Patrick Henry was talking about.

    If children are put in the Porno Box, it is, also without a doubt, child pornography. I don’t see anything in the laws about child pornography that says the viewer of the porn must see the actual child. I wonder how many pedophiles have applied for these jobs. I admit, however, that it would be quite entertaining to watch the gropers get Nancy Pelosi. I’m guessing that would put a stop to this forthwith.

    I think I’ll go now and buy me a Ron Paul 2012 T-shirt, just in case “Sons of Liberty” is in the laundry. “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”!

  • katiekkseas

    Amen, it’s about time Someone was noble enough to speak the Truth in Congress!!

  • polos505

    Ron 4 pre.

  • merrimac291

    So we got at least 17 Communists or neoCons wondering around youtube. Be on the lookout.

  • RadioSchizoUT

    Opt out every day!

  • dhpang

    Thank you, Dr. Paul.


    fuk yer

  • merrimac291

    They have security on airports not for the people’s safety but rather to remind them of 9/11.
    It’s the opinion of pretty much all engineer and architects not on the government payroll that the three buildings were brought down by controlled demolition. Find an architect and show him footage of building 7 collapsing and ask him if fire is a feasible reason for its collapsing. Do it. It’s sickening that the only politician with the balls to call out those responsible for 9/11 is Jesse Ventura.

  • haknoo1981

    metal detectors for guns and knifes and all that. dogs for drugs that people shove up there ass’s. and a gun in the pilots cabinet just In case. what do they need to see my junk for. what if the guy that works there is a rapist and he likes your body lies to you and takes your to a room and rapes you.
    that’s rong.
    and xrays can cause cancer

  • gamegenie11

    I wish this guy was the President.

  • EastCoastAvenger

    Why is anyone giving someone like “Terror Warrior” the time of day? Look at his channel. It was created with the sole purpose to slander Ron Paul. He’s either extremely delusional in his perception of reality, or was hired to do this. 139 out of every 140 people who view this video “like” it. that speaks for itself.

  • painet1776

    TSA gropes pilots for explosives even though they’re flying the god d*mn plane.

    What kind of backasswards department is that?

    TSA stands for Training Submissive Americans!