Texas House of Representatives passes a bill that will criminalize TSA pat downs

Well I would say Hell might just have frozen over because the our Elitist Representatives passed a bill that I actually agree with. The Bill, authored by Representative David Simpson (R) Longview ( H.B. No. 1937), states in Section 3

as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

  • (A)  searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and

 

  • (B) touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of  the other person, including touching through clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.

 

Representative Simpson issued a press release in which he states “I am grateful to report that my bill to stop the TSA from groping travelers without probable cause was passed unanimously by the House last week on second and third reading.  94 other Representatives supported the bill as coauthors.  It is now in the Senate where Senator Dan Patrick is sponsoring the bill.”

The  bill came about after an incident earlier this year in which Miss America 2003, Susie Castillo posted a youtube video in which she is visibly upset just after what she describes as having been violated by a TSA agent at DFW Airport.  The youtube video has recorded over 1,117,000 views.  In the video  Miss Catillo recounts her encounter with the TSA agents and supervisors. further explores the issue and has comments from others who have experienced similar incidents. She has also started Susie’s TSA Petition to Congress.  She writes “I’m gathering as many of your TSA stories as I possibly can, and will be partnering with grassroots organizations in DC that are working tirelessly to change the TSA’s unacceptable screening techniques in an effort to restore our 4th amendment rights.”  She also asks you to file an official complaint with the TSA on their website.

Miss Castillo’s website

Miss Castillo also is an advocate against the TSA Body Scanners and gives a compelling argument on the safety issue of the devices.