Texas Bill Criminalizing Airport Pat-Downs Is Back

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  1. sobore
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    http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/04/10/texas-bill-criminalizing-airport-pat-downs-is-back/

    A contentious proposal to criminalize excessive touching by agents during airport security pat-downs returned Wednesday to the Texas Legislature, along with concerns that the federal government could ground all flights into and out of the state if it ever becomes law.

    The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on a bill by Rep. David Simpson of Longview that would make intentionally touching travelers’ private parts by security officials illegal without probable cause.

    The tea party Republican introduced a much-ballyhooed measure in 2011 making it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch travelers’ privates, even though clothing, while prohibiting searches considered offensive “to a reasonable person.”

    That bill passed the full House but died after federal officials threatened to close all Texas airports amid concerns that Transportation Security Administration personnel could face criminal charges just for doing their jobs.

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    TSA to Texas: D-Y-W-T-F-T? :mad:
     
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    While there's a Democrat in the White House Texas will continue to burn cycles on politically motivated yet poorly thought out non-viable solutions to real problems.

    Nothing will come of it.
     
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    I wonder how on Earth a state can criminalize actions taken by the federal government. :rolleyes: Occasionally, some idiotic local prosecutor will try to take action against a federal employee for something done in the course of their job. These are always thrown out of court, as they should be.
     
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    Don't think this has anything to do with who is in the White House (remember which political party was in the WH when the TSA was created).

    Agree nothing will become of it, but it does add more outrage onto the public record about the dissatisfaction of the TSA.
     
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