Darryl W. Perry: Texas to TSA: “No Warrant, No Grope!”?

From an email sent to IPR by Darryl Perry, chair of the Boston Tea Party:

Texas could become the first State to pass a bill criminalizing invasive pat-downs by agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Near the end of the regular session HB 1937 passed the State House unanimously yet stalled in the State Senate after the Department of Justice (DOJ) threatened to ground all flights out of Texas. Some supporters of the bill are saying the federal government would essentially be creating a “no fly zone” over Texas. Similar legislation was introduced in New Hampshire, though that bill has been stalled in committee.

Currently, Texas Governor Rick Perry stands in the way of “round 2” for this bill. The Texas Legislature has been called into a “special session” and only the Governor can add bills to the “call” for the Legislature to consider during the special session. The special session was called, primarily, because the Legislature failed to pass a budget. They also failed to pass a Congressional redistricting plan; something that must be done since Texas gained four members of the US House.

Bill sponsor Rep. David Simpson told ABC News, “The attorney general’s letter claims we are stopping all searches. The bill just says you can’t touch privates without probable cause.” HB1937 would criminalize “as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and 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.”

Opponents of this bill claim that such invasive searches are “needed” to protect the airlines. However, in August 2009 during an episode of 60 Minutes CBS reported,

“the question is: ‘is everything we go through at checkpoints actually making us safer?’ Security expert Bruce Schneier says no. He says much of it is just ‘security theater.’

‘It’s a phrase I coined for security measures that look good, but don’t actually do anything,’ he explained
Schneier, who has been an adviser to TSA but also its most persistent thorn-in-the-side, says there are too many silly rules.”

As for the latest tools of the TSA (backscatter X-ray machines and invasive groping) Sheier says, “it’s politics. You have to be seen as doing something, even if nothing is the smart thing to do. You can’t be seen as doing nothing… It won’t catch anybody.”

Other supporters of the TSA will say “you don’t have a right to fly.” The right to travel is a fundamental right, as is the right to not be subjected to invasive groping. The Articles of Confederation recognized the right to travel, “the people of each State shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other State.” Even the UN recognizes that “everyone has the right to freedom of movement.“ Not to mention, the US Supreme Court has recognized the right to travel. In U.S. v Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966), the Court noted, “It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized.” In fact, in Shapiro v Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969), Justice Stewart noted in a concurring opinion that “it is a right broadly assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. Like the right of association, … it is a virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.”

Since the TSA is “security theater” and individuals have a right to travel and a right to not be subjected to invasive searched without a warrant & probable cause; it should be clear that any government agent should be held accountable for their actions, when such actions violate common rights!


In Peace, Freedom, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
Chair Boston Tea Party National Committee
http://BostonTea.us
Owner/Managing Editor Free Patriot Press
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2016 candidate for President of the United States of America
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Darryl W. Perry is an Activist, Author, Poet & Statesman. Darryl writes a weekly article for the Mountaineer Jeffersonian, a monthly article for The Sovereign and has appeared on various alternative media talking about his books, political career and goals. Darryl is the Chairman of the Boston Tea Party National Committee and Owner/Managing Editor of Free Patriot Press.

To schedule an interview with Darryl please send an email to editor@freepatriot-press.com or call 202 709 4377

7 thoughts on “Darryl W. Perry: Texas to TSA: “No Warrant, No Grope!”?

  1. Kimberly wilder

    I think every Presidential candidate should demand a stop to TSA’s current, unconstitutional, bullying, child-harming, harassing, searches at airports.

    Hope Texas wins this battle to preserve the dignity, respect, and rights of its citizens.

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  3. NewFederalist

    This bill is dead unless Governor Perry resurrects in a special session. I wonder what odds Wayne Allyn Root would give on that happening?

  4. Darryl W. Perry

    The State GOP Ex.Comm. is requesting it be included in the Special Session
    http://www.lonestarreport.org/Home/tabid/38/EntryId/1217/State-GOP-execs-urge-Governor-to-include-anti-groping-bill-in-call.aspx

    Be It Resolved that the State Republican Executive Committee urges Governor Rick Perry to call 82R HB 1937–now filed as HB 41–as emergency legislation so that it may be considered by the Texas Legislature in special session.

    Additionally, I sent emails to Gov. Perry, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte & State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer requesting the bill be added.

  5. NewFederalist

    Darryl- Now that Perry is flirting with a presidential run, what do you think the chances are that he would place this before a special sesssion?

  6. Darryl W. Perry

    I think he will, just so that he can be seen as “listening” to the people… the real test of his “courage” is if he would sign the bill assuming he puts it in the special session & the Senate doesn’t blink

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