BREAKING: A rally is planned for Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM at the State Capitol in Austin to persuade Governor Rich Perry to add HB 1937, the so-called, “anti-TSA” bill to the Special Session agenda. In an email to members of the Libertarian Meet-up group, organizers announced the rally in conjunction with many conservative and other coalitions, including the “Texans for Accountable Government, Central Texas Republican Liberty Caucus, Austin Tea Party, Texas 25th Conservatives, New Revolution Now, Texans United for Reform and Freedom,Texas Republican Freedom Coalition, The Austin Tea Party, Articles of Freedom – TX, We Are Change Austin, Operation Defuse, Liberty Restoration Project, the Tenth Amendment Center, Waco Tea Party, and the Libertarian Party of Texas.” Interested citizens can find further information at a website at “tagtexas.org”.
The bill reaffirms and empowers local enforcement agencies to press charges against any employee who touches another person in violation of Texas Sexual Assalt laws. The laws, which include involuntary submission through threat of force, discribe the pat down by TSA.
TX HB1937 died after trouble brewed just before the Senate vote because of a threat letter the DOJ sent to Legislative leadership to drop the bill or “suffer the consequences.” DOJ threatened to have TSA shut down virtually every airport in Texas if the bill passed.
An anonymous source outside Texas, says other states were looking to Texas in this legislation in anticipation of setting a pace for other states to follow with similar legislation.
Houston would have suffered a severe transportation crisis, reaching far beyond U.S. bounds, as Houston Intercontinental serves as one of the largest venues for international travel. Travelers from all over the world would be stranded in Houston until a stalemate were resolved. House sponsors, it is reported, flinched, as well as Senator Walters, who organized other Senators against the bill after DOJ’s threats during the regular session.
This game of chicken, if the Texas Legislature would call the DOJ bluff, would have Americans and others angry at the Federal government that is forcing Americans and others to invasive pat-downs that are in volotation of state law regarding sexual abuse or sabotage their right to move freely via airtravel. The bullying tactics would likely backfire on President Obama who sanctions the TSA policies and violations of state law. Obama will never be subjected to either the Whole Body Imaging photos, nor to the invasive pat-downs that touch private areas up to four times each in a single search.
Should the bill be reintroduced, Houston’s airports will be at risk of shut-down by TSA via the DOJ, but Houstonians will have the last say at the balot box come election day. With that in mind, Obama should consider pulling TSA off innocent Americans and fellow world-wide travelers or “suffer the consequences”.