DOJ Bullies Texas To Drop Anti-TSA Groping Law

Economic terrorism?The Texas House of Representatives passed a law that was dubbed by some as the Big Sis Rebuke.  The law made it illegal for the TSA to touch the “anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” – either directly or through clothing.  The law shot directly at the new invasive pat down procedures implemented by the TSA last year.

Naturally the TSA fought back.  First, they tried writing a critical blog post about their right to conduct warrantless searches.  As I expected they did not stop there.

Yesterday the Texas Senate was set to vote on the anti-TSA groping bill.  With time being short the TSA pulled out all of the stops and sent federal officials to the state’s capital with a letter from the DOJ that stated if the bill passed then the TSA might have to cancel all flights out of Texas.  That was all it took for enough Senators to cower and prevent the bill from passing.  Through the threat of what some consider economic terrorism the federal government prevented Texas from making another “Come and take it” stand.  From Forbes:

Republican Dan Patrick, who was the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, withdrew it when he realized he would not have the votes he needed to pass it. “There was a time in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up to the federal government and we did not cower to rules and policies that invaded the privacy of Texans,” he said with regret, reports the Texas Tribune. No last stand for Texas this week.

The letter from U.S. attorney John Murphy said Texas could not pass a statute that conflicts with federal law. If it had, the TSA would have sought an emergency stay and until that had been granted, would have had to shut down Texas airports as it “could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

Info Wars has a few words to say about this move:

Alex Jones is now at the Texas State Capitol in Austin joining a protest where citizens are gathering to demand an end to TSA tyranny. We urge everyone in the area who cares about this massive issue to take part in the demonstration. The TSA has now turned into a literal occupying army that threatens to completely change the character of American society, from a beacon of liberty to a checkpoint-riddled, ‘show us your papers’ Sovietized hellhole. We cannot stand idly by while the federal government resorts to mafia-style threats of financial terrorism to crush the lawful and constitutional rights of local representatives to run their own state in the way they see fit.

This marks yet another battle for states rights.  In this case it seems like Texas has backed off.  That is unfortunate because without a line in the sand there is no boundary that the federal government will not cross.  The EPA is already wrapping its hands around Texas’ throat.  I guess that means the TSA is manhandling Texas’ junk.  Dare I ask what is next?

Flashback:  “Why do you think you’re so unpopular in Texas?”