Ron Paul: The TSA Is Not Above The Law!




by Ron Paul

The press reports are horrifying: 95 year-old women humiliated; children molested; disabled people abused; men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas; involuntary radiation exposure. If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be raided by SWAT teams and armed federal agents. Unfortunately, in this case the perpetrators are armed federal agents. This is the sorry situation ten years after the creation of the Transportation Security Administration.

The requirement that Americans be forced to undergo this appalling treatment simply for the “privilege” of traveling in their own country reveals much about how the federal government feels about our liberties. The unfortunate fact that we put up with this does not speak well for our willingness to stand up to an abusive government.

Many Americans continue to fool themselves into accepting TSA abuse by saying “I don’t mind giving up my freedoms for security.” In fact, they are giving up their liberties and not receiving security in return. Last week, for example, just days after an elderly cancer victim was forced to submit to a cruel and pointless TSA search, including removal of an adult diaper, a Nigerian immigrant somehow managed stroll through TSA security checks and board a flight from New York to LA — with a stolen, expired boarding pass and an out-of-date student ID as his sole identification! He was detained and questioned, only to be released to do it again 5 days later! We should not be surprised to find government ineptitude and indifference at the TSA.

At the time the TSA was being created I strongly opposed federalization of airline security. As I wrote in an article back in 2001:

“Congress should be privatizing rather than nationalizing airport security. The free market can and does produce excellent security in many industries. Many security-intensive industries do an outstanding job of maintaining safety without depending on federal agencies. Nuclear power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries, and armored money transport companies all employ private security forces that operate very effectively. No government agency will ever care about the bottom-line security and profitability of the airlines more than the airlines themselves. Airlines cannot make money if travelers and flight crews are afraid to fly, and in a free market they would drastically change security measures to prevent future tragedies. In the current regulatory environment, however, the airlines prefer to relinquish all responsibility for security to the government, so that they cannot be held accountable for lapses in the future.”

What we need is real privatization of security, but not phony privatization with the same TSA screeners in private security firm uniforms still operating under the “guidance” of the federal government. Real security will be achieved when the airlines are once again in charge of protecting their property and their passengers.

In the meantime, this week I am introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, which 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 not above laws the rest of us must obey. As we continue to see more and more outrageous stories of TSA abuses and failures, I hope that my colleagues in the House will listen to their constituents and join with me to support this legislation.



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  1. wow, thats an interesting re-write of history? got any proof to back any of it up?

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  2. wow, thats an interesting re-write of history? got any proof to back any of it up?

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  3. Ron Paul makes Chuck Norris look like Ann Landers.

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  4. i hate the tsa

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  5. i hate the tsa

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  6. i hate the tsa

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  7. Ron Paul for President get america back

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  8. TSA has to be stopped and the auto industry well, in every town mechanic shops do trafficking via the trunks and the victims go to the shop and theres those car washes cleans the evidence right there.

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  9. I believe Paul is the only right candidate and that's says enough.
    All of them are crazy, including Paul privatize everything.

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  10. Although I wouldn't be surprised if it was really terrorist on 911,after what we've been doing to their countries. For example,Pearl Harbor,we put a no fly zone over Japan and stopped all trade,this pissed them off enough to attack us.Then our Navy/Airforce,which would have stopped them or least giving warning,was no where to be found.Almost exactly like 911.

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  11. I'm beginning to wonder if the automotive industry is behind this. Wasn't ruining Detroit's public transportation enough?

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  12. I'm beginning to wonder if the automotive industry is behind this. Wasn't ruining Detroit's public transportation enough?

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  13. take a Greyhound bus sometime and go thru the screening there,, I had to walk thru a metal detector and had my bag x rayed to get on a bus in Orlando FL

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  14. take a Greyhound bus sometime and go thru the screening there,, I had to walk thru a metal detector and had my bag x rayed to get on a bus in Orlando FL

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  15. take a Greyhound bus sometime and go thru the screening there,, I had to walk thru a metal detector and had my bag x rayed to get on a bus in Orlando FL

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  16. Only a "fool" would give up his liberties for securty. Because actually he would have neither liberty nor security. In fact, all he ends up with are bondage and slavery in a totalitarian state run by paramilitary corps. This is not what the founders of this nation lived, strived and died for. If we do not fight to retain our liberties, we will lose it. Guaranteed! The TSA and what it represents "must" go. The dark and terrible days of totalitarianism might already be upon us. God Help us!

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  17. The americans who vote for RP are the true americans, the one's that don't are LazyObamaBieberLuvers

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  18. An article featuring the TSA and this Ron Paul ad was posted on TheBlaze .com. It's gaining a lot of support for Dr. Paul! Promote it more! Spread the word!

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