The Backlash Against the TSA (Ron Paul Edition)


Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduces the American Traveler Dignity Act:


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.

The bill isn't likely to pass, but the spirit of the legislation is alive in California, where prosecutors in two counties say they're willing to charge TSA screeners who cross the line separating security theater from sexual battery.

In other TSA news, both the Senate and Time magazine have decided it's better to suck up to the agency than to ask it any hard questions. In other Ron Paul news, The Daily Caller reports that the congressman won't be joining the House Tea Party Caucus:

Jeff Deist, chief of staff for Paul, confirmed the congressman's decision in a statement to The Daily Caller.

"Congressman Paul decided not to join the Tea Party Caucus," Deist wrote in an e-mail. "He strongly believes the Tea Party movement should remain a grassroots phenomenon, rather than being co-opted by Washington or any political party."