According to this report, a new national, bipartisan caucus tentatively dubbed the â€œUnited States for Travel Freedomâ€ convened on April 14, 2011 to take on the TSA.
Who are the organizers of this caucus?
Primary organizers are Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna and Washington State Senator Val Stevens. Republican and Democrat legislators from Alaska, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington have pledged to work together for common goals to oppose what is perceived as an ever growing threat to liberty by the TSA. Additional state legislative participation is anticipated.
Why was this caucus established?
For years, a growing number of people and organizations have raised red flags about the operations of the TSA, its costs and its effectiveness, or lack thereof, of ever identifying a single terrorist or crime, while inconveniencing and traumatizing hundreds of citizens. Now TSA will be unionized.
Each of the lawmakers involved to date has introduced legislation in their state to curb what they, and their stateâ€™s citizens, believe to beÂ excessive power by the TSA.
Specific issues include constitutional rights, invasion of privacy and civil rights, child protection and fiscal issues. Many of the state bills call for individual state prohibitions on TSA procedures with the ultimate goal federal action against the operations of the TSA itself.
What does the caucus hope to accomplish?
The mission of the caucus is to, â€œestablish a centralized location to share information regarding
Â·Â Â Â Â Â detailed information of federal security policies as they pertain to the right to travel freely;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â detailed information on how these policies affect the citizens of the United States of America;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â detailed information on methods of screening and the accumulative costs of these procedures.
TSA is just one more really messed up federally-sponsored hair-brained idea that defeats the purpose!!!
Weâ€™ve all heard about how TSAâ€™s pat-down policy is a violation of the 4th Amendment.Â The formerÂ Assistant TSA Administrator on Security Checkpoints admitted as much on national television.Â The full-body pat-downs are intrusive.Â TSA has displayed a tendency to go to the extremes in deciding who does and/or does not get a full-body pat-down, choosing to target the most unlikely of subjects such as 6-year-old girls.Â Â Plus there have been the threats of either false imprisonment or fines of $11,000 for those who refuse to go through the screening process.Â The scanners have been proven to emit 10 times more radiation than originally thought and even doctors are choosing to opt out for pat-downs rather than being scanned.Â TSA is voting on going unionized next week.Â This is probably one of the few areas of â€œgrowth and developmentâ€ that the Unions have open to them right now.Â For â€œwe the peopleâ€, that means more pensions coming out of our taxes somewhere.Â There are the cases where TSA employees repeatedly fail to check luggage and steal items (including money) out of the luggage they are supposedly â€œinspectingâ€.
We need to get more states involved in this caucus.
Let them take it on a states’ legislative issue and weâ€™ll just keeping doing what we can regarding the individual citizens rightsâ€™ issues.Â The more states that will stand up in support of restricting TSA activities, the better chance we have of ridding ourselves of this particular albatross.
Pass the word on to your local representative when you can.