they're only doing this because the President is a Democrat and the TSA is unpopular. If the President were still Republican, they'd be falling all over themselves to condemn anyone who dared speak against obvious and important safety measures
Yeah, pornoscanners and TSA groping looked a lot better to those guys when George W Bush was president.
jedicus, how is it that the state of Texas cannot pass a criminal law making it illegal to touch someone's anus, buttocks, or genitals without consent?
The DOJ attempted to justify their action by an appeal to the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and by claiming that the bill "would conflict directly with federal law." However, HB 1937 already grants a defense to prosecution for an offense that the actor performed pursuant to and consistent with an explicit and applicable grant of federal authority that is consistent with the United States Constitution.
"The bill clearly states that an agent is exempt from prosecution as long as a constitutionally sanctioned federal law directs them to perform the invasive, indecent groping searches-including touching breasts, sexual organs and buttocks," noted [Simpson].
"Instead of threatening to shut down flights in Texas, why doesn’t the TSA just show us their statutory authority to grope or ogle our private parts?" asked Simpson.
And when it was optional and for other people, "law and order" folks, a class which many of our Republicans here in Texas belong to, supported it.
It's my understanding that the 2001 law that created the TSA allows airports to opt out of TSA screening. If that's true, it seems to me there isn't a conflict here; Texas simply needs to create or hire their own screening force.
Here is the Senate vote on the bill that created the TSA. It was approved by 50 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and an Independent. You don't get to make it a partisan issue.
Defending himself against charges that he lobbied against passage of a controversial airport groping ban, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he will give the bill another chance to be passed into law later tonight.
This is Metafilter at its' best: were this a blue state everyone here would be cheering, but since it's Texas, well, they're a bunch of knee-jerk reactionaries who still want to kill non-Christians so we should just mock them.
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