Fighting The TSA: Republicans Should Take A Hint From New Hampshire

The TSA’s strip and grope molestation of air travelers is demeaning, immoral, and a violation of the 4th Amendment prohibition on “unreasonable searches and seizures.” There’s no way that simply showing up at airport can be considered “probable cause” for some slack jawed goon to view someone naked or run his hands all over his/her body.

In New Hampshire, there are apparently at least a few elected Republicans with the testicular fortitude to stand up and say, “This has got to stop.”

A House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would make it a sexual assault for an airport screener to touch or view a person’s breast or genitals without probable cause.

The bill (HB628-FN) includes anyone working as a security agent of the federal, state, or local government, and includes touching or viewing with a “technological device.”

…Anyone convicted of the offense would be classified as a tier III sex offender. Tier III sex offenders are registered for life and must remain on the public list of sex offenders.

Applause.

Expert after expert has said that these strip and gropes serve no practical purpose. They wouldn’t have stopped the underwear bomber. They wouldn’t catch a bomber who inserted the bomb into his rectum. They’re not even necessary. In Europe, they use scanners that blur out certain parts of the image so the screeners can’t get their jollies looking at people naked.

This strip and grope molestation of air travelers by the government has got to be stopped. So whether this passes in New Hampshire or not, other states should take up similar bills and the Republicans in Congress should have the courage to do what they can to put a stop to this ridiculous, invasive, and sickening abuse of government power.

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