Lawmaker Warns TSA Harassment Coming To Sidewalks
Simpson’s fear that Americans will be groped and scanned on the streets and at football games by TSA goons is already coming to fruition
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The lawmaker behind a bill aimed at curtailing TSA grope downs and naked body scanners warns that Americans will be subjected to such harassment on sidewalks and at football games if the TSA is not stopped in its tracks now, but in reality, TSA-style measures have already been aggressively expanded well beyond airports.
Republican Rep. David Simpson’s bill in the Texas legislature would classify any search without probable cause as an act of sexual harassment, while naked boded scanner images would be deemed criminal voyeurism.
“We’re talking about what would be a criminal act in any other place,” Rep. David Simpson (R) told Raw Story. “If you viewed someone naked without their permission or consent, or as a condition of travel, it would be sexual harassment or voyeurism. If you touched people’s privates, that would be sexual assault.
“This is not a left or right issue,” he added. “They are treating American citizens with great indignity, and we’ve got to make this right.”
Almost entirely mimicking protections already supposedly guaranteed by the Constitution, Simpson’s bill would characterize “offensive touching” which happens as “part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation,” as a state jail felony.
“Unless there’s reason to believe someone has an explosive or intends to commit a criminal act, you shouldn’t be treating them as a criminal and that’s what we’re doing. It’s un-American and it needs to stop. C.S. Lewis once wrote … that tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive, and I agree with him. They’re trying to make us think we’re safer, but we’re not.”
“It needs to stop somewhere,” said Simpson. “If we don’t nip this thing in the bud it’s gonna come to our sidewalks, to our football games.”
However, TSA-style security harassment is already being aggressively expanded outside the domain of airports.
In Philadelphia, you don’t have to visit the airport to have the government molest you, TSA-style “stop, question and frisk” pat downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things like putting their hands in their coat pocket.
As we have repeatedly warned, everything unfolding in the airports, from naked radiation body scanners to pat downs, is now being implemented on mass transit as well as every major street corner in America. Constitutional protections of privacy and immunity from unreasonable search and seizure have been abolished and replaced with guilty until proven innocent.