Ron Paul introduces legislation that aims to “protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by Federal Transportation Security Administration employees”:
The argument from the executive branch is that when you buy a ticket you have sacrificed your rights, and it’s the duty of the government to make us safe. And that isn’t the cases. You never have to sacrifice your rights. The duty of the government is to protect our rights.
From the floor of the House, he blasts the TSA and Michael Chertoff for lining people’s pockets at the public’s expense:
We are not safer, and we also know there are individuals who are making money off this. Michael Chertoff! I mean here’s the guy who was the head of the TSA selling the equipment. And the equipment’s questionable. We don’t even know if it works, and it may well be dangerous to our health.
Chertoff has been pushing the porno scanners aggressively in the press. He did not reveal that Rapiscan, the manufacturer, was one of the clients of his consulting company, The Chertoff Group.
Paul also encourages the “opt out day” over the Thanksgiving holiday:
I see what has happened to the American people is that we have accepted the notion that we should be treated by cattle…We’ve had it. I think this whole idea of an “opt out” date is just great. We ought to opt out and make the point — get somebody to watch it, take a camera — it’s time for the American people to stand up, shrug off the shackles of our government, of TSA at the airport.
Yesterday John Pistole, head of the TSA, lied to Congress and told them the new porno screeners would have detected the materials carried by the Christmas bomber to justify his decision to end-run Congress and use $25 million in stimulus funds to buy them. The GAO says there is no evidence the screeners would have stopped the Christmas bomber. If the purpose of the stimulus funds was to create jobs, it’s a misuse of that money as well: only 1 job was created for that $25 million.
Senator Claire McCaskill called the pat-downs “love pats.” The pilot’s union has described them as “sexual assault.”
h/t John Dvorak