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Blackburn Bill Would Strip TSA Badges and Uniforms

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) has introduced legislation to rein in the Transportation Security Administration and provide more transparency for American travelers. H.R. 3608, the Stop TSA's Reach In Policy (STRIP) Act, would prohibit any TSA employee not trained as a federal law enforcement officer or eligible for federal law enforcement benefits from wearing law enforcement uniforms or wearing a police-like metal badge.

at Mar 6, 2012 11:02 AM
       

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Statement Regarding Senate Passage of TSA Pat-Down Bill

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 29, the TSA pat-down bill:

"We all want our skies to be safe and we all want to fight terrorism. But airport security must focus on stopping terrorists, not harassing innocent travelers. With the passage of SB 29, the Texas Legislature is not only telling the TSA to change their policies − we're telling the Obama Administration we will not be intimidated and we will vigorously defend our Constitutional rights."   Read more »

at Jun 27, 2011 9:24 PM
       

SPECIAL SESSION: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES TSA BILL ON SECOND READING

(Austin) – This afternoon the Texas House of Representatives took the next step toward restricting government officials from groping innocent citizens as a condition of travel without cause, passing HB 41 on second reading by voice vote. Three amendments were offered and passed by the bill’s author Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Houston), and Representative Pete Gallego (D-Alpine).   Read more »

at Jun 27, 2011 8:42 PM
       

Texas TSA Bill - Federal Bullying Stops Senate Despite Overwhelming Public Support

(Austin) – Despite overwhelming support from the public for HB 1937, a bill to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Texas citizens, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) succeeded in intimidating the Texas Senate into submission with a threatening letter full of misleading statements. The bill was brought up again for discussion by its Senate sponsor Dan Patrick (R-Houston) late Wednesday night, but after the DOJ’s bullying tactics several Senators were unwilling to sign back on to the bill. Rep. David Simpson’s (R-Longview) office is currently

at May 27, 2011 4:07 PM
       

DOJ Threat: We Touch Your Privates or You Don't Fly

The following came in from State Representative David Simpson (HD-7):

Yesterday, Tuesday the 24th, the Texas legislature was visited by federal agents from the TSA and the Dept. of Justice to lobby against HB 1937, my bill to stop the TSA from groping travelers without probable cause.

They delivered a letter from a US District Attorney that threatened to shut down Texas flights, if we didn't submit to the invasive pat-downs for which they have become so famous.   Read more »

at May 25, 2011 8:44 AM
       

Stop The TSA: Republicans And Democrats Unite To File Traveler Dignity Legislation

(Austin) - A broad coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Texas, led by State Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), have introduced legislation to safeguard traveler dignity by restraining the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) use of abusive passenger screening procedures in Texas airports.   Read more »

at Mar 11, 2011 12:17 PM
       

Texas State Rep. David Simpson Introduces Legislation Targeting TSA

Texas Representative David Simpson introduced two bills, HB 1937 and HB 1938, that will challenge the TSA's pat downs and body scanning equipment.

HB 1938 reads in part:
(b) An airport operator may not allow body imaging scanning equipment to be installed or operated in any airport in this state.
(c) An airport operator commits an offense if the operator fails to comply with Subsection (b).
(d) An airport operator who commits an offense

at Mar 6, 2011 11:31 AM
       

CNN Reporter Put on Terror Watch List After Criticizing the TSA

Soon after CNN journalist Drew Griffin began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA in May 2008, he was placed on the terror watch list. When Griffin questioned why he was on the watch list, the TSA couldn't really give a straight answer. At first they said he had the same name as a suspected terrorist. Later the TSA denied he was even on the terror watch list and blamed the airline for messing up.   Read more »

at Dec 6, 2010 12:00 PM
       

Question the TSA

Since when is accusing everyone of terrorism acceptable, much less equal to accusing no one?

“It is acceptable and encouraged that a TSA government official can do something to an American citizen that US military personnel cannot do to a member of the Taliban.” - Woman who accuses TSA

I’m a 50-something, overweight Grandma who, last December, was subjected to a search at Chicago’s O'Hare airport

at Nov 29, 2010 4:02 PM
       

Are the new TSA procedures giving in to terrorists?

Former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum went "On the Record" Monday night to discuss the TSA procedures and said:   Read more »

at Nov 26, 2010 6:02 PM
       

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