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2010 Ron Paul Chapter 54

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL) is recognized for 5 minutes.

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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening to announce that I introduced some legislation today dealing with the calamity that we have found at our airports with TSA. Something has to be done. Everybody is fed up. The people are fed up, the pilots are fed up, I am fed up.

2010 Ron Paul 54:2
I have come to this floor many times over the past many years and complained about the terrible foreign policy we have had, the terrible monetary policy we have had, the excessive spending and the debt, and also the tax policy. But what we are doing and what we are accepting and putting up with at the airports is so symbolic of us just not standing up and saying enough is enough.

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I know the American people are starting to wake up, but our government, those in charge, Congress, as well as the executive branch, are doing nothing. Yes, they are talking about maybe backing off and allowing the pilots to go through. But can you think how silly the whole thing is? The pilot has a gun in the cockpit and he is managing this aircraft, which is a missile, and we make him go through this groping X-ray exercise, having people feeling their underwear. It is absurd, and it is time we wake up.

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The bill I have introduced will take care of this. But we have to realize that the real problem is that the American people have been too submissive. We have been too submissive. It has been going on for a long time. This was to be expected even from the beginning of the TSA. And it is deeply flawed. Private property should be protected by private individuals, not bureaucrats.

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But the bill that I have introduced will take care of it. It is very simple. It is one paragraph long. It removes the immunity from anybody in the Federal government that does anything that you or I canít do.

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If you canít grope another person and if you canít X-ray people and endanger them with possible X-rays, you canít take nude photographs of individuals, why do we allow the government to do it? We would go to jail. He would be immediately arrested, if an individual citizen went up and did these things, and yet we just sit there and calmly say, oh, they are making us safe. And besides, the argument from the executive branch is that when you buy a ticket, you have sacrificed your rights and it is the duty of the government to make us safe.

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That isnít the case. You never have to sacrifice your rights. The duty of the government is to protect our rights, not to use them and do what they have been doing to us.

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The pilots, hopefully, will be exempted from this.

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Another suggestion I have that might help us: letís make sure that every Member of Congress goes through this. Get the x-ray and make them look at the pictures and then go through one of those groping pat- downs, and then I think there would be a difference. Have everybody in the executive branch, anybody—a Cabinet member—make them go through it and look at it. Maybe they would pay more attention. But this doesnít work. This is not what makes us safer. This is preposterous to think that the TSA has made us safer.

2010 Ron Paul 54:10
When you think about it, if you look at whatís happened over the past 10 years, during this last decade, we lost 3,000 on a terrible, terrible day for America. But since that time in this last decade we have also lost 6,000 of our military personnel going over there and trying to rectify this problem. We have lost 400,000 people on our government- run highways. We have lost 150,000 individuals from homicides.

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So I think thereís reason to be concerned, reason to deal with this problem. Weíre not dealing with it the right way. Weíre doing the wrong thing. And groping people at the airport doesnít solve our problems. What has solved our problems, basically, has been that they put a good lock on the door, and they put a gun inside the cockpit. Thatís been the greatest boon to our safety.

2010 Ron Paul 54:12
Safety should be the responsibility of the individual and the private property owner. But right now we assume the governmentís always going to take care of us, and we are supposed to sacrifice our liberties. I say that is wrong. We are not safer. And we also know there are individuals who are making money off this. Michael Chertoff, hereís a guy that was the head of the TSA, selling the equipment. And the equipment is questionable. We donít even know if it works, and it may well be dangerous to our health.

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The way I see this, if this doesnít change, I see what has happened to the American people is we have accepted the notion that we should be treated like cattle. Make us safe, make us secure, put us in barbed wire, feed us, fatten us up, and then theyíll eat us. And weíre a bunch of cattle, and we have to wake up and say, Weíve had it.

2010 Ron Paul 54:14
I think this whole idea of an opt-out day is just great. We ought to opt out and make the point. Get somebody to watch. And take a camera. Itís time for the American people to stand up and shrug off the shackles of our government at TSA at the airports.

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