Texas Bill Gaining Momentum to Make TSA Intentional Groping a Felony


For every action, there is a reaction … and the TSA pat downs are about to get a backlash of reaction.

A bill in the  Texas legislature is gaining momentum that would make it a felony for TSA agents to intentionally grope and touch an individuals private areas without probably cause. The TSA has recently come under fire for a multitude of bad PR as they have had videos of the groping of old and young alike. What a novel concept, to have probably cause in order to perform a search, isn’t that what the 4th Amendment was supposed to address?

Does anyone not think that the above pat down of a 6 year old girl was not a felony?

The bill would make it illegal for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private areas — even atop clothing — unless they have probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal.

Bill sponsor State Rep. David Simpson says the searches are removing people’s dignity.

Recently, a former Miss USA  claimed she was groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. If this bill passes into law, such a groping would be considered a felony. State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill made the following comment:

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill, said Friday that the invasive pat-down searches at airports nationwide are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches. Last fall the Transportation Security Administration implemented a new pat-down procedure that includes a security worker running a hand up the inside of passengers’ legs and along the cheek of the buttocks, as well as making direct contact with the groin area.

“We’re taking away people’s dignity and freedom,” said Simpson.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Texas Bill Gaining Momentum to Make TSA Intentional Groping a Felony”

    1. rightknight on April 30th, 2011 4:49 pm

      Interviews do the job when conducted by intelligent/trained
      personnel. Israel has the technique down to a science. We
      need to follow the lead of successful people!

    2. Babybear on April 30th, 2011 6:03 pm

      Israel has information about every passenger before they arrive at the airport. But they do not have the millions of passengers as does the US.
      Look. We all know that a six year old American girl is not a terrorist. We know that terrorists have been young, middle eastern men. We need to focus on people who are likely to be a terrorist, not sexually molest innocent children. I don’t care if it is politically correct or not. If a person presents himself or herself proposing to get on an airplane in Muslim garb, turbans, chadors, all the rest of it, it is they who need to be thoroughly searched. It is they who wish to kill us. Islam is not a religion. It is a political system which controls every action, thought and movement of its adherents and it intends to kill all those who will not convert. It has been that way since the seventh century. I’m with Juan Williams. I would feel very uncomfortable getting on a plane with people dressed in that garb. In fact, I’d get off. In an effort to not offend them, the TSA probably will not have searched them at all.
      Yes. Molesting that little girl is Unconstitutional–it violates the unreasonable search and seisure clause of the Constitution. These perverts who have put this in place need to go to prison.

    3. A Texas Grandfather on April 30th, 2011 10:02 pm

      The TSA idoicy has to stop. The only way to go is to train people to profile and this will of course include mid-eastern people.

      If the muslim community will not step forward and help the USA in this endeavor, then they need to be invited to leave this country.

    4. Jessi on May 1st, 2011 1:19 am

      @2, please do. Get off the plane, that is. Your bigotry should stay right where it is.

    5. Steve Holloway on May 1st, 2011 2:17 pm

      #4 Jessi, so if someone states the facts, you say its bigotry. I think you need rethink your statement because it was ONLY believers in islam that flew planes into the twin towers and killed over 3000 thousand innocent Americans.

      It was only believers in islam that blew up and killed our troops on our ship in a foreign port.

      I could site many other attacks from this so called religion of peace but I think you got the idea. They are at war with us, but we are really not at war with them because of Obama. He helps them out all the time but will not have a national day of prayer or say anything about easter.

      You know a man by his fruit…..

      God Bless to all…

    6. Dolf on May 2nd, 2011 7:40 am


      you think a terrorist will show up in Arabic clothing?
      and Islam is not a political system.

      Have you ever been outside the US?

    7. Don’t mess with Texas … Texas House Bans Offensive Security Pat-Downs | Scared Monkeys on May 13th, 2011 9:09 am

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    8. Teresa Polock on February 4th, 2012 6:19 pm

      I agree. Terrorism is over in America. Terrorist deserve liberty in AMERICA. I think it is wrong to search for hidden devices that could kill Americans. It really concerns me when they infringe on my freedom. Maybe Texans will be the only ones that may go back to riding horses for their transportation needs. I like flying.
      SM: I hardly think terrorism is over in America; however, how many grand ma’s and 6 year old girls have tried to blow up planes? Hmm?

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