American Traveler Dignity Act of 2010

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On November 17, 2010, 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.


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American Traveler Dignity Act of 2010

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H.R. 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 17, 2010

Mr. PAUL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

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,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `American Traveler Dignity Act of 2010′.

SEC. 2. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

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.

(end of bill)

Current Co-Sponsors:

Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] – 11/18/2010
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 11/18/2010


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33 responses to “American Traveler Dignity Act of 2010”

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  3. majikatek

    I am very upset abaut the groping and privicy invasions that are acuring at the airport i know we can do better then this i know there is technoligy out there that can identafy conterband with a greatly much less privicy anvading and groping effect here is how the current technoligu used is usually active but not always such as low powered radar or in some cases passive radar phase one tech or the like but by inhansing the technoligy of phase one type passive radar tech by adding coler or making the picture more clear that would help a little or simply going mostly to phase two tech and developing that this is a quantum leap behond phase one tech and the like. I think phase two tech would be much better due to deep scan capability as well as actuall identafiy substance not shadows wich would allow any thing except what one is looking for to be to not displayed it would improve accuracy to the extent that name matching would no longer be neccessery i have heard that this phase ywo tech is avalaible.Using such technoligy would finaly end the grope.

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  4. Rev. Paul Stephens

    My argument against and proof of the unlawful search of all airline passengers at airports in the USA

    4th Amendment
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
    unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue, but upon
    probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
    searched and the persons or things to be seized.

    14th Amendment
    Sect. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,
    are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce
    any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any
    State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny any person
    within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    The presumed right to travel is firmly established in U.S. law and precedent. In U.S. v Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966), the Court noted, “It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized.” In fact, in Shapiro v Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969), Justice Stewart noted in a concurring opinion that “it is a right broadly assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. Like the right of association, … it is a virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.” It is interesting to note that the Articles of Confederation had an explicit right to travel; it is now thought that the right is so fundamental that the Framers may have thought it unnecessary to include it in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

    Quote: Articles of Confederation, Article IV.
    “The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different States in this union, the free inhabitants of each of these States, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several States; and the people of each State shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other State, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions, and restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restrictions shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal of property imported into any State, to any other State, of which the owner is an inhabitant; provided also that no imposition, duties or restriction shall be laid by any State, on the property of the united States, or either of them.”

    As a final reminder:
    9th Amendment
    The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage
    others retained by the people.

    Our individual rights, given by the Creator, extend from citizenship of the United States and cannot be dismissed or abridged by our government or by common permission or vote. In our republic, each individual retains the rights enumerated in the constitution and those that are not.

    Anyone who would give up those rights in trade for security will surely have neither.

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  5. Tiffany Mulford

    I totally agree with this new bill that you are introducing, Ron. After that woman was submitted to that act of humiliation I knew that this was the last straw. No one should be forced to give a TSA officer a view of their detailed anatomy just to board a plane. The heightened searches have been unconstitutional ever since they were implemented after 9/11. Thank you for trying to get this rape of American travelers overturned!

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  6. Stephen Cywin

    Why is it taking so long to get this bill passed? I can’t think of anything that should be easier to pass.

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  7. Alan Russolini

    Congressman Paul,

    First, thank you for your efforts to fight this disgusting violation on liberty. It truly is one of the worst invasions of natural rights we’ve seen by this government. Please continue your push to get this legislation passed. I’m afraid that the public’s anger over this issue has been tampered since November and that concerns me greatly.

    Tomorrow, my wife and two children will be flying through Seatac airport in route for California. We’ve already had the discussion and agreed not to undergo either the scanners nor the enhanced pat-downs. My wife and certainly not my children will be humiliated in front of the public by individuals who were working at Wallmart in their last job.

    It will be very interesting to see how tomorrow goes. I sure wish your bill was already law so that I did not have to worry so much about it. We’ve had to spent a lot of time preparing for this situation and that in itself is ridiculous.

    God willing my family will just get the normal metal detector line and not have to risk their travel plans (seeing grandparents. Can you believe it?). Please Congressman Paul, do not give up this important fight.

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  8. teddy

    Its not all about TSA its about homeland security these are the people coming up with the ideas to intrude on our personal spaces. this organization is supposed to be searching for international terrorist but now the are researching everything we are doing, they are distrusting the American ppl . everyone is suspect it appears to be government paranoia. if i acted like this to all my American brothers i would be institutionalized . and also isn’t TSA part of homeland security. now we have the CIA, FBI, these organizations should be enough, but no they are not? we need another 20-50.000 more ppl searching for suspect trends of every American in the USA. Its becoming a scary place to live…i am afraid to sign petitions for certain individuals in fear i may be listed as a extremist, and become on a watch list. I no longer feel free , I feel over looked. what happened to 1990 when being free was something you felt you knew you where free. now you know everything you do electronically thanks to HLS is being monitored to see if i am a domestic terrorist. wheres my freedom

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  9. Kurt

    Anyone know the status of HR 6416?

    Will Ron Paul bring it up for a vote?

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  10. Stella

    Ron,

    Isn’t it interesting that the Shroud of Turin was just put on the history channel as the Real Face of Jesus. And what I think should be used to help our case with the TSA is that Jesus, when He scanned Himself onto the Shroud before He left the tomb and resurrected, He covered His private parts with His hands.

    The Lord of the Universe is showing His followers that when they start to scan you….in the same way I scanned myself I do not want you to have your privates shown.

    So with that if they want us scanned, then we as Christians HAVE to HAVE full underwear that covers all of it. I don’t want little stars covering my parts like a porn star. I mean a bathing suit type. The Lord Jesus showed us what He thinks of having our privates scanned and He is not for it at all. And this was 2,000 years ago.

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  11. Stella

    Ron Paul,

    Get rid of the TSA and outsource it to an Israeli company! They use picture recognition technology and also ask many questions in a fast way to see if you are lying.

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  12. Stella

    Dear Ron,

    If you do not get a hold of the TSA scanners and groping this will lead to worse things. Think about it Ron. There will be ZBV Scanners driving by your house and seeing you with your partner/spouse, in the shower, on the toilet. They will put the scanners/groping at check points on the freeway. They will use this to take people in to jail who blog against the government and make them take off their clothes in front of others as a form of “security” to enter the prison. They will put these procedures at federal buildings, court houses, and other places like grocery stores and schools. There will be no place to hide. They are trying to make people think that it is no big deal. But their true message behind this is that your body is not your own. That the government can see you naked, therefore in the future the government can tell you: that since you are too old to work you are being terminated, that you have already had one child so you are having an abortion, that we are going to use you in a scientific medical experiment if you want to keep your government controlled healthcare. This is how the Nazi’s treated the Jews and it is not for security, it is a psychological control method to dehumanize people. If they can control the bodies and minds of the people, then how easy is it to implant chips inside people where they can control where they live, where they work, how much money they make, how much taxes and fines they pay, who their friends are, what they say, what clothes and furniture they have. This will be a prison country with no hope and depressed people barely putting forth any effort to work. You can tell Congress Ron Paul and tell the TSA that I won’t be groped, no scanner and I am not going to court and I won’t pay a fine.

    The TSA had better load up with a gun and kill me in front of everyone there. Because give me liberty or give me death. But I am not anyone’s slave. I belong to Jesus Christ.

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  13. chris steger

    Opted out at McAllen, Tx intnl airport last week. I asked to be taken to a private room so I wouldn’t have to be displayed as a criminal in public view. When inside the room I dropped my pants and lifted my shirt exposing my full naked body to the pat down artist and the TSA officer present. The TSA officer told me that wasn’t necessary and for me to pull my pants up. I told him it wouldn’t be necessary for them to conduct a search since they have seen everything already. He told me they have to follow their procedures. I protested some more but it was obvious they were going to pat me down anyway. The pat down artist started explaining what he was going to do but I interrupted him telling him I had been through this before and he could save his breath. He continued to talk and I continued to interrupt. He finally started the procedure and when he reached up to my inner thigh and actually cupped one of my testicles I sprang forward with a yelp ( actually an expletive WTF). At this point they stopped the procedure and called in the supervisor, who happened to be a female. She asked me what was the problem ? I told her the same story I have just written. She said that they need to follow procedures and that includes feeling the inner thigh until they meet resistance. I said you mean grabbing my balls, she said until we meet resistance. I said you mean grabbing my balls. After 3 times of this she finally relented and said yes about grabbing my balls. I knew it! After this she left and they finished the search including my testicles again. I passed their test, obviously, and then before leaving the supervisor came back in and asked where I was going to today. I delayed my answer and then told her “hopefully Canada”. She sent a police officer in to question me and get my Identification. I gave him my driver’s license which he recorded most of my information. He was an understanding officer obviously trying to appease me to calm me down. He finally asked me where I was going and so I made up a city, San Francisco. I was flying through San Francisco, but it was not my final destination. Whose fricking business is it where I am going. 10 years in the US Navy, honorably discharged, pay my taxes, vote, never been arrested, own property and have never lived on the dole.
    Please Congressman Paul, help make this madness stop. 99.999% of us that travel are not terrorists. Get my America back!

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  14. Kim Righetti

    We must get this bill passed. The TSA is out of control. We must stand up and be heard.

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  15. Jame lawson

    keep it up Ron Paul, your a shining example to the American people!

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  16. Amy

    Thank you, Ron Paul. Please keep fighting for America! My husband has been assaulted by the TSA by one of these enhanced patdowns. He was also the victim of a naked scan before he knew it was a virtual strip search.

    I am sad, appalled, angry, disgusted, and too many words to express my feelings about this atrocity and assault on innocent American citizens just trying to get on a plane. We cannot let this happen in America. This is not the America I grew up in. This is not the America I want for my children.

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  17. Bigir

    I was physically molested today at SJC (San Jose Airport) by groping TSA officers. They were surprised when they were sending 100% of all the unsuspecting sheep through naked body scanner that somebody “opt’d out”. They tried to talk me out of it and said “you know what we are going to do to you right?” I said, “yes, I know, but since I fly every week that would mean over 100 scans per year and I would be dead from cancer before I see another year.” And then they said “well come on over and let’s get started.”

    The little asia-looking man asked me if I was along and I replied that I was and he so “0h, okaaaaayyyyy, well let’s get your things and come on over here to this corner and face the wall” where nobody could video me or take pictures of me or see him physically assault me.

    He started with my back and said “I am going to feel up and down your arms and around your neck, then down your sides and back, then around your waist (all the way around), then down your butt crack. Then I am going to go up your legs to your genitals on both sides, then around to the front where he again checked my arms, felt my neck, shoulders, breasts, stomach, then said he was going to start with my legs back up to my genitals, then lifted my shirt and reached inside my pants around my waist, then said now your groin area and your genitals and did things to me not even my doctor has ever done to me during a physical.

    I sat and watched them (SJC) last week randomly pick all white women under 30 for almost 30 minutes and they were all smiling and laughing. The week before I sat and watched TSA at DFW give the same pat-down I just went through to two men and two women all over 60 and all white, while many I would profile as possible terrorists went through no body scanners or pat downs at all.

    This was incredibly invasive and needs to be stopped. They aren’t even telling any of these passengers what they are doing because if they did they would all be outraged. The first requirement should be to ensure that everybody is aware of what it is that they are doing, then they have the option to opt-out, or maybe they should give the passengers the option to view their scan in a private room? Nevertheless, I will be filing complaints and joining in any class action lawsuits that I can to stop this and I hope my senators and congressmen join me in this massive invasion of privacy and overnight removal of our rights. See epic.org.

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  18. Hugh

    Sign the petition to abolish the TSA: http://abolishthetsa.net/sign-the-petition/

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    1. Sign the Petition

      Senator Doherty also has a petition to stop the invasive screening.

      Like Ron Paul, Senator Doherty is also in a position to do something.

      They just need your support.

      Take a second to sign the petition if you agree with it.

      http://www.senatenj.com/index.php/doherty/tsa-petition/sign-the-petition-help-stop-invasive-tsa-screening/7149

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  19. Joseph Gerant, Boyne City, MI

    This is not about security. This is about control. Not one terrorist has ever been detected in the radar/xray/degrading manner. This is about getting Americans, principally the people who can afford to travel by air, accustomed to being manipulated by a government agency. The Israelis have a workable system that is humane and works. Face to face interview. God bless America. We will survive.

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  20. James Armstrong

    Hey Ron Paul,

    I think, the only one in Congress with any common sense. Keep up the great work.

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  21. J Routh

    Dr Paul is so mad he’s almost spitting! Me too >:(

    Excellent proposition, and powerful language. Is there a transcript of Dr Paul’s remarks available to cite?

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  22. Anne Phelps

    Thanks for all you do, Dr. Paul. I contact my Senators all the time, but it does no good, because they’re both Socialists. They vote opposite my Conservative values at every opportunity. However, I will express my disgust at them sponsoring the stripping away of our Constitutional rights yet again.

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  23. Teresa Rice

    My youngest daughter, 18, flew back to college in California today from Memphis. I had to stand there, helpless, while she was pulled out of line to go through the new body scanner. She declined, opting out for the aggressive pat down, because she has done research on the scanner’s, feeling they have not been adequately studied for safety. She also opted out because she does not wish to have her naked body viewed by strangers in a back room for no other reason than she needs to fly. During her pat down, the hands of the examiner were put on her skin between the waistband of her pants. She was firmly pressed under and around her breasts as well as the crotch of her pants.

    She was standing there, with her arms out, having a stranger touch her in these places, with tears streaming down her face and for what? I reject the idea that this is somehow making her flight a safer one. What it has done, instead, it humiliate and traumatize her to what end? As a mother, I stood outside the secure zone, watching this, tears running down my cheeks, unable to do anything to protect her from these indignities.

    Thank you, Ron Paul, for standing up for the American people. It seems, these days, so few in Washington are willing to do so.

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  24. George Sherlock

    Bravo Ron! Please run for President in 2012.

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  25. g

    Doesnt the president have to sign this into law?
    In relation to the letter below: I reject the idea that we should be interogated(interviewed) when we go through the line as well. They already do this to some degree when one returns from abroad. No need to make manditory.
    If Iḿ a citizen in good standing, that should be enough!

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    1. g

      I was hoping someone would give a reply to my question and clarify things for people, but….
      Although Im not as politically savvy as I should be, I almost certain the answere is yes; and Im almost certain he is not going to do that.
      He can stop this whenever he wants.
      What this does do is show us who is on our side in congress and who isnt. And if we get enough on our side and the president ignores it, then it shows to America and the world his true face.
      I hope I didnt discourage anyone from writing their representitive and senators. Get your pen out and do it now; as well as a few signatures thrown in from friends and family. It doesnt have to be a long, time consuming effort–just tell them that you dont like whats happening and you what them to support Dr. Paul’s American Travelers Dignity Act, and that you’ll be following their actions, informing others, and you’ll all be voting!

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  26. Robert Louis Deschamps

    Dear Sir:
    I have thought that this should be brought to the attention of every concerned citizen and I am writing now because it’s time we were heard. Recent events only make the following that much more imperative for action. I am insulted on every occasion when I wish to fly. I am 86 years old, a Veteran of WW II (ETO). I have a clean record and am economically and morally solvent. I owe no one. Especially I owe nothing to any terrorist. Yet, because of him I am humiliated every time I wish to visit my family or visit any other land. I AM PROFILED BECAUSE OF HIM! I will be considered a terrorist until I am cleared through the degrading process at the ‘Security’ Gate. There are millions like me who are held in suspicion until a politically mandated law is satisfied. This law has nothing to do with my safety from the other millions like me but we are all put through the process because it has been determined that certain groups of potentially vicious people will feel humiliated. I will harm no one but I am treated as a liar and the inspectors check me out to prove TO THESELVES that I am not a liar. That is a gross insult to everyone.
    I try to be humble and reserved in expressing my feelings but we need to be aggressive in doing something about the un-intelligent way that airline customers are insulted. Many millions and I hate the process that has been consented to that puts all of us under suspicion before we are allowed to use the product we have paid for. To use the product TSA says untrustworthy liar, me…the 84-year-old War Veteran….so you will make no exceptions. So I must prove to you that I really am O.K. I must, after standing in a long, slow-moving line (On our most recent flights we had to go through this 3 times):
    Empty my pockets of coins, keys, pen, and etc. etc. Take out my billfold that contains Credit Cards Take the hearing aid from my ear Take off my glasses Remove my watch –jewelry Remove my belt buckle Take off my jacket or coat Remove my shoes and walk in my stocking feet to retrieve the above and spend the time to put everything back on or in its place.
    So, how are you finally, aggressively, going to take action to end this stupidity? Yes, there is a way for creativity to solve the problem: All the airlines will institute a program to have a ONE-TIME SECURITY CHECK. As each passenger purchases a ticket and goes to the airport, he/she will present a Passport, a Drivers License, a Birth Certificate, copy of Military Discharge (if appropriate) and a release letter from a State Office of Law Enforcement. ALL must be presented, as it would be difficult for this many documents to be accurately and convincingly forged.
    The venue to accomplish this must be well thought out as in initiating it millions will be applying in a short period of time. Presently airline Counter Agents ask for one of the identifications. They could ask to see and would scrutinize all 4 (or 5). A temporary Certificate using the UPC code for the flight would be attached to the Boarding Pass, the passenger would go thru the normal humiliation to get to his/her’s Gate and the Pass/Certificate would collected by the airline. If the passenger meets these requirements and past airline records verify his/her past flight history’s The Airline Industries ONE-TIME SECURITY CHECK Program would issue a non-forgeable, secure card with the passenger’s information and a unique magnetic Identification Strip. Henceforth an airline passenger would present this card at Security for a Security Person to scrutinize and swipe or there could be electronic machine verification at a turnstile monitored by a security person.
    That’s it. Period. Flying would once more be safe and FUN! 95% of Airline Citizen/ Customers would live in TRUST not Suspicion. Incidentally the other 5% would justifiably be asked to go thru a necessary full security check because they have not proved themselves, by circumstance or choice, to deserve a ONE-TIME SECURITY CHECK
    There might be a better way to handle issuance of the card as the passenger’s photo might need to be on it. Mail in all documents with a photo to a single Airline to be processed? Have the passenger personally present the documents at an Airline Office? Have local authorities process the in-person application? Whatever way, it should be kept SIMPLE. And most of the work in getting it should be up to the person wanting to put an end to the humiliation. Just tell me what to do! That’s your job! Lead the way! Millions will salute you! That’s good business!
    P.S. Security check for Israel’s El Al involves just a simple interview of each passenger…why is it they always prove themselves smarter than everyone else??

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  27. Mrs. T

    It is about time Congress listens to the Doctor. Why would you take an innocent child and put them through this and even expose them to it in a line. I am worried about you Ron because you are fighting for us and in the meantime you are getting exposed to dangerous radiation, etc. that could kill you. You really are putting your life on the line to save our country! I hope this Dignity Act passes and thank you Ron for your dedication.

    Your courage is an inspiration and I agree these terrorists could just blow up anything anytime and this is false safety.

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  28. Michaela

    Contacted my state rep. in WI. Thanks, Ron Paul, for standing up for our rights.

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  29. TMOprophet

    I contacted my reps and senators :)

    Wisconsin

    Please let us know if you have, then let us know what state you contacted reps for. Lets see if we can get a good count going as to who is getting the most requests to co-sponsor this bill, then if the reps don’t, they are accountable to the voters next election.

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  30. Wendy Bodner

    Thank you Ron Paul for fighting for our freedoms. This is an outrage against the American people.

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  31. Jerry lowe

    Please continue the push to make these searches unconstitutional

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