Texas Legislature Looks To Make TSA Groping Procedures Illegal

from the don't-mess-with-texas dept

We've discussed an attempt in New Hampshire to make TSA agents liable to be accused of sexual assault for patdowns, and now we learn that a bill is making its way through the Texas legislature that would criminalize the aggressive groping procedures, if there is no "probable cause." That choice of words is obviously quite intentional, as the idea is to refer back to the 4th Amendment. Unfortunately, courts have not found that such airport searches violate the 4th Amendment, though they've become ever more intrusive over the years.

The big question, of course, is what happens if this bill passes and becomes a law (apparently it has a large number of co-sponsors). It would create a difficult position for TSA agents in Texas, and I imagine a lawsuit would eventually be needed to resolve things. But all of that depends on whether or not the bill will ever actually pass. I could definitely see the White House putting pressure on Texas' governor to veto the bill... Still, with various states now looking to pass laws against these procedures, isn't it time the administration and the TSA reconsider these procedures?

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), 3 May 2011 @ 4:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

    "Should local TSA employees be made to pay for the policies set in Washington and be prosecuted as sex offenders?"

    Actually no. They would be prosecuted for their own actions. AFAIK the Feds aren't holding a gun to anyone's head telling them to perform sexually intrusive searches. The fact that your boss tells you to do something does not absolve you of its legal consequences and it definitely does not absolve you of moral responsibility for your actions. I say we should toss the TSA agents in jail and generally treat them like sex offenders. I'd like to see the viability of the TSA recruitment when their agents are universally reviled.

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