Texas Tea Party Lawmaker Urges Pat-Down Ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A tea party lawmaker has written to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, imploring him to include legislation banning “intrusive” airport security screenings among the items in the special legislative session.

Texas Rep. David Simpson sponsored a bill in the House last month that would make it a criminal offense for officials conducting traveler pat-downs to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.

The measure died in the Senate after a threat from federal officials to close airports if it were approved.

Simpson sent a letter to Perry on Sunday urging him to defend the “privacy, dignity, and constitutional rights of our citizens.”

Lawmakers can only take up measures Perry adds to a special-session call. A spokeswoman said there are no plans to add it.

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  1. John Lee says:

    It’s amazing how quickly people have forgotten 9-11 and how relaxed we were with our safety. The scary thing is sheep out there will follow this headline maker because they think any type of opinion is better than sitting quietly for more than 10 minutes.
    Don’t touch me, don’t x-ray me, and don’t make me wait in line AND keep me safe or I’ll sue someone is no way for our elected leaders to lead and no way for travelers to act. It’s a privilege to travel, not a right. If you don’t want to go through security drive your car or take a train.

    1. sadiedog says:

      i think the whole pat down thing is a joke . if a person what’s to blow up an airplane our rinkey deank security is not going to stop them

  2. NiteNurse says:

    I bet that the very same people who wanted us to go to war with the terrorists who caused 9-11 ARE THE SAME ones who oppose these pat downs. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!!!

  3. joe says:

    the rate of occurance of someone sneaking something through security is exactly the same with the random pat downs and enhanced xrays as they were before 9/11. If the metal detectors aren’t doing their job, get better detectors.

    1. 2sister says:

      I’m not saying that I exactly like pat downs, but a metal detector only detects dangerous items that have metal in them. There are plenty of dangerous items that are not made of metal.

  4. 2sister says:

    What good would a state ban do on something that is required by federal law?

  5. Texas says:

    Thousands of Texas teachers and Texans are unemployed their jobs, having to choose between food and gas. This Tea Party nut is wanting out governor waste time in pat downs instead of the real issues.

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