Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama admin threatens to stop air travel in Texas in response to TSA legislation

Thank God for Texas. I was wondering if/when anybody would stand up for the protections of our Constitution. Obama's minions are not taking this lightly.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice upped the ante in a high-stakes political game of chicken. Lobbying against pending legislation in the Texas legislature which would criminalize any searches conducted without probable cause, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to a few high-ranking members of Texas’ government warning against promoting the bill and threatening a complete closure of all flights to and from the state.

“If HR [sic] 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute,” Murphy wrote. “Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

No doubt written with the threatening intent one reads into it, Murphy added: “We urge that you consider the ramifications of this bill before casting your vote.”

Previous to the federal government’s threat, the Texas legislature had considered the ramifications of the bill. More importantly, they were responding to a clear need to uphold the Fourth Amendment and ensure that each person enjoys the right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” — a right which the U.S. Constitution mandates “shall not be violated.”


Trestin said...

Time for some other states to step up and join them.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

GO TEXAS! Call their bluff.

LL said...

Referring to the diagram (above), I suggest a compromise.

For travel to and from Texas:

Hire prostitutes in full fetish garb to search the guys (who would submit voluntarily unless they like to be spanked) and doctors to search the women. Do away with TSA.

In this way the US Government would PROMOTE travel to and from Texas for guys -- the gals would end up with the short end on this one, but you can't have everything.

Maggie Thornton said...

Sounds like Texas did back down on this one, but perhaps will come back in a stronger situtation - and perhaps as Trestin suggests, will have the backing of many more states. States have no rights under this administration.

WoFat said...

Whatever. The bad guys win again.

el chupacabra said...

Sometimes I'm more proud to be a Texan than others.

The Watcher said...

It'd be interesting if folks who end up going through the TSA's 'patdown' would pull a 'When Harry Met Sally' deli-scene whenever they do it.

fuzzys dad said...

Welcome to Gangster Government

They Say/We Say said...

This can be a real Texas, "COME AND GET IT", Moment.
The Bill was removed from the session, to keep the Bill Alive.
The Senate Had the Votes until the TSA showed up on the floor of the Senate. A violation of the Feds Illegally Lobbing State Legislators.
The Lt.Gov. requested a letter from the TSA- to inform the Tx. Senate that the Feds have the right to have Security enforce the Air Travel. The House Unanimously PASSed the Bill and sent it to the Senate.
The 4th Amendment needs to be brought to the fore front, such as a Court Case.
In the meantime the Tx. Senate NEEDS to put this on the Record UP FRONT and Personal for the rest of the States to TAKE a STAND against this violation of OUR BILL OF RIGHTS!

Kid said...

We need to have this gross abuse on our liberties removed, yet, something tells me a defanged TSA will simply morph into yet "another negative return on investment dept of the government". At best. Sucking massive amounts of money to support its employees doing nothing at best, and harassing American citizens at worst, providing no value what-so-ever.

Like the Dept's of Energy and Education, and right on down the line with domestic federal departments.

I feel the TSA is completely unnecessary. All juvenile, but sometimes very dangerous, terrorist acts aboard flights have been thwarted by the passengers. Just as I predicted would happen in 2002.

Who needs the TSA? Nobody. It is a negative in any context you want to use. Simply scan checked baggage back to the stone age for bombs or other destructive devices and substances and leave the passengers alone, except for Arab men and women, between the ages of 15 and 40. Do what the most challenged country on the planet - Israel does - Profile.

Proof said...

I think LL is on to something!

Z said...

"tap tap tap...GOD BLESS TEXAS" as the song goes!

Amusing Bunni said...

Well, thanks to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, a minion of obummer, this was stopped in it's tracks!
Texas blinked, this is very bad.
Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNFBXnRCzDc