Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna has introduced a bill to criminalize TSA pat-downs and naked-body scans, adding The Last Frontier to a growing list of states battling the intrusive screening procedures of the Transportation Security Administration.
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Cissna’s bill, HB 262, states:

A person commits the offense of interference with access to public buildings or transportation facilities if the person, as a condition for access to a public building or transportation facility, requires another person to consent or otherwise submit to

(1) physical contact by any person touching directly or through clothing the genitals, buttocks, or female breast of the person seeking access; or

(2) any electronic process that produces an electronic image of the genitals, anus, or female breast or otherwise creates an electronic image of the person seeking access that exposes or reveals a physical characteristic that is normally hidden by clothing and is not normally visible to the public.

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration reneged on a promise to conduct further studies into the safety of radiation-firing body scanners used at airports nationwide. However, following reports of cancer clusters among TSA screeners at Boston-Logan Airport, the TSA is now obligated to test the operators of the naked-body scanners for radiation exposure. But the TSA still refuses to test the actual machines.

Speaking of the TSA, how much money do you think is being made selling TSA-confiscated items?
And, of course, there’s this article.



  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist amd Junior Clarence Darrow says:

    Gee, I wonder which law would win in court? You know==Federal Law vs State Law? and when in court, will the lawyers be smoking their medical marijuana too?

    I know that being taken advantage of is sometime hard to determine, but when butt naked and bent over a barrel, some things should be obvious.

    • ReadyKilowatt says:

      Well, there is nullification, last invoked in many states after passage of the RealID™ act.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist amd Junior Clarence Darrow says:

        I don’t for sure know what you are referring to but I can guess you mean “attempted nullification” under several theories none of which ever win?

        The Fed’s win by first taking all your revenue then if you, as a State Player, want your money back, you have to comply with the law. Thats the carrot. When the carrot doesn’t work, the Feds can always put you in jail for all kinds of reasons. “Interfering with a Federal Officer in performance of their duties” applies just about all the time.

        Power.

        It corrupts because it is fun to exercise, and we hooman beings love to have fun.

        Know what I mean?

        • Thomas says:

          It’s as if having an overbearing, overly powerful central government is a bad thing or something. Who’d have thunk it? If only the Founding Fathers had considered the problem…

  2. soundwash says:

    I would much rather a bill that criminalizes the TSA
    outright. -and the DHS while we’re at it.

    -s

  3. msbpodcast says:

    Its already against the law.

    If you as a private citizen tried to do this to anyone on the street, the cops would bust your ass so fast that you’d be wondering who pepper sprayed and/or tazed you. (Answer: The victim and cops. :-))

    Its a question of getting rid of the exceptions that allow the minimum-wage, 99%-er, bottom-dwelling TSA creeps and cretins to get away with this kind of lousy behavior that might not even be permissible between consenting adults except in the privacy of their own home.

  4. Brian says:

    Ron Paul tried to get a law through the system here in Texas last year or the year before, and it died on the table. Rick Perry tried to get it passed last year, and a federal attorney threatened to turn Texas into a no-fly zone because of it, and (again), it died on the table. I’m beginning to think it’s a tar baby.

  5. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I hope they don’t get rid of it. It’s the only sex I get.

    • Yaknow says:

      You too! I especially like they way the cuddle afterwards.

    • John E. Quantum says:

      I have a friend who’s an airline pilot. He pretends to forget the keys to the plane so he can go through security a second time. He claims the TSA patdowns are more fun than than the stewardesses.

  6. Yaknow says:

    And I don’t have to suffer from the shame of paying for it!

  7. Animby says:

    I gotta say, I like what Soundwash proposes. Just a couple of days ago, passengers subdued a man who was creating a serious disturbance on a plane. That is far more than any TSA agent has ever done to make me safe on a plane. DHS is striving to be the biggest paramilitary organization ever. Big Sis has earned her moniker. DHS was created to coordinate information gathering. Instead they buy snow cone machines and authorize groping babies.

    Time to get rid of them both. The thing that really surprises me about the terrorists, is why they haven’t taken out a truly soft target: the security waiting line at a bust airport. A relatively small bomb could take out hundreds of people. And they wouldn’t have to try to sneak a bomb through security.

    One of the worst moves Big Sis authorized was giving badges to the TSA. Makes them think they are part of law enforcement. Now, some of them even have guns! I travel all over the world and I can’t tell you how many times I hear people being amazed that “the home of the free” is quickly becoming the Soviet Union. I was talking to a German friend the other day and he said, “At least our STASI wasn’t run by a fat, ugly Lesbian.” I don’t really know (or care) about Big Sis’s sexual orientation but I can see his point.

  8. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist amd Junior Clarence Darrow says:

    “I was talking to a German friend the other day and he said, “At least our STASI wasn’t run by a fat, ugly Lesbian.” I don’t really know (or care) about Big Sis’s sexual orientation but I can see his point.” /// That’s a pretty thin veneer you got going there Animby. Vague enough though, I can take it here or there. Ever have to role play with dolls?

  9. Cursor_ says:

    If I had been president there would never have been a TSA.

    We would not need it if we had not stopped regulating the airlines and actually doing due diligence in the FBI, CIA and NSA. But they are all headed by slow, lazy, arrogant and old men who think they cannot ever be wrong.

    When agencies get too big a pair and don’t share information we get 9/11. But people don’t learn from their mistakes and their history. We lost people in the raid on Grenada in the 80s because all four branches of the military did not talk to each other. Because of that we SHOULD have learned.

    But as usuall we did not.

    Pearl=911
    Sioux=Muslims
    Inquisition=Religious Right

    I think it is really because people live only 70-90 years that we have this attitude to history. If mankind lived for 500 years they would take things a bit more seriously.

    Cursor_

  10. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Jon Stewart on The Daily Show pointed out one of the Republican Prez candidates supporting Virginia’s vaginal ultrasound law while lambasting the TSA pat-downs as invasive and dehumanizing.

    • Dallas says:

      Vaginal Ultrasound.. seems like a way to communicate with the vagina.

      • Cursor_ says:

        Nah sounds like a great name for any all girl alt band.

        Ladies and gentleman… Vaginal Ultrasound!

        And the crowd goes wild.

        Cursor_

  11. dusanmal says:

    Just my typical reminder whenever this issue re-emerges that has nothing to do with dignity but science.
    I have read actual specifications of these devices and am qualified with practice in radiation safety. Government (and their stooges) intentionally deceive public about real exposure by these scans using two slight-of-hand tricks:
    1) Individual photon energy that these machines emit is indeed way lower than one used in medical X-rays. Catch (slight of hand) to remember when they give that data – they never mention total flux/number of those photons which by very design and intent is enormous. Little multiplied by enormous…
    2) Worse scam is in calculating exposure to the body. Catch is that they calculate it vs. total body volume. Reasonable at the first sight and such numbers seem indeed small and safe. Slight of hand? – By very design these photons do not enter the whole body. Total exposure received is distributed on a thin skin layer of the body. That has orders of magnitude less volume than the whole body. Adjust for that and the real number is “conspiracy theory” close to the accepted yearly safe exposure limit for an average human. My bet is that this was the hidden Government specification: as image is better with larger exposure, let’s push exposure to the point where it is equal to yearly safe amount… most people would anyway get this scan at most once per year excuse…
    Finally, these machines are designed to be able to irradiate way more. Same as the car intended to drive most of the time in middle-RPM range must be designed to be able of much higher RPM and power output, just so that it works properly over intended range – these machines must be able to irradiate way more in order to be efficient at their intended range. Add to the mix incompetent operators and already edgy safety “as intended” could quickly slide into disaster.

    • Cap'nKangaroo says:

      “My bet is that this was the hidden Government specification: as image is better with larger exposure, let’s push exposure to the point where it is equal to yearly safe amount… most people would anyway get this scan at most once per year excuse…”

      I would not wager against your supposition. On average, Americans probably do only fly once a year or less. But then there are truck drivers I know who drive new trucks from the factories in NC, TN, TX, and OR to the dealerships and then fly to their next load. They take flights about once a week, if not more.

      “Add to the mix incompetent operators and already edgy safety “as intended” could quickly slide into disaster.”

      Don’t forget infrequent or sloppy calibration in the disaster casserole.

    • Animby says:

      “… most people would anyway get this scan at most once per year excuse…”

      That supposition would be false for the vast majority of travelers due to one major problem. It’s called a “round-trip.”

  12. cajunads says:

    Restore everything to pre-Inside Job levels, delete Homeland Security and maybe next time I want to visit my cancer-stricken partner in Canada I won’t get sent back for the lack of rent receipts, income tax forms, pay stubs, etc. For people working in these “industries”, don’t even think your kids will go to college on what I am forced to pay you. PS: I want to be reimbursed for the entire cost of flying there and back.

  13. Dr_Wally says:

    Let’s step back a bit and contemplate what happens if we STOP scanning and some yahboob gets on a plane and detonates his undershirt. The righties will be screaming bloody murder that Obama is CRIMINALLY liable for allowing the TSA to discontinue scanning.
    (You could have earlier tape of them demanding that scanning stop and it wouldn’t even slow them down. The facts never seem to.)

    Why do we even have the scanners in the first place? Because some wannabe terrorist couldn’t quite get his shorts to go off and everybody went scardy-pants and Wanted Something Done.

    I personally think most of the TSA thing is a perfect example of shutting the barn door after the horse has left. No sophisticated terrorist is going to try any of that stuff, because we are on to it. They will do something way different and we will be pulling our socks up again wondering how we got snookered yet again.

  14. deowll says:

    I don’t feel proud of the TSA.

    I’m not sure if it would be better if the states/airports handled airport security or not. The passengers always seem to end up being the main ones that take care of issues during flights anyway.

    Locked control cabin doors seem to be a life saver.

  15. McCullough says:

    There is sweet revenge for the TSA.

    http://crabrevenge.com