Maryland joins states considering handcuffing TSA gropers

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    The proposed legislation does allow for a defense, “if the defendant performed the search in accordance and consistent with an explicit and applicable grant of federal or state statutory authority that is consistent with both the Maryland Constitution and the United States Constitution.”

    That's the kicker.

    The explicit grant is going to be the administrative search doctrine. Most (if not all) states have laws on the books that allow for administrative searches.

    If this passes, the first time it's tested in the courts it's going to go down. I don't see this as a bad thing in the long run -- it raises awareness of the problem and once enough states have been smacked down by the courts, we will start to see real change.
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  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Like Cissna's bill it has to contain enough exemptions to enable it to get through the process and into law.

    This is a standard ploy in DC and other legislative bodies. Send through a watered down version of what you want and then follow up in subsequent sessions with amendments to bring in the other aspects.

    Rarely does a bill make it into law with all of attributes that the sponsors wanted. That usually requires some crisis event, like 9/11, which usually result in hastily drafted and seriously flawed legislation.

    I'll be happy to see even a watered down version get signed into law, whether in MD or anywhere else. It will be easier to up the ante as future TSA abuses occur if there is already a law on the books.
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  4. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I agree completely.
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I, too, will write my legislators about this. I notice that it's a Republican who's sponsoring the bill. Not surprising, as the Democrats have been absolutely worthless on civil liberties since Obama got into office. I wonder when the bots will wake up. Ha. I hope any of them who are reading here might get a clue. Yes, I know the tables would be turned if a Repub were in office. A pox on both their houses.
  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I've done a post on it at TSA News: Maryland Also Trying to Cur TSA with Legislation
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    doesn't look like all the natives are accepting the strip search, butt grab and genital grab, does it Janet? you toad.
  9. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    But, but, it's for your safety!
  10. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I wonder if we're headed for a future when saying the word "safety" aloud in public is grounds for a mob beating.

    From where I'm standing right now...I wouldn't mind it.
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