The attempt by Texans to resist the controversial TSA security measures, including groping adults and children, has resulted in an astonishing threat by U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy who is threatening to turn the entire Lone Star state into a no-fly zone if a bill passes the legislature. HB 1937 allows for “prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation; providing penalties.” With the return of stagecoaches to Texas, you may want to book now — seats are scarce and there are a lot of blackout dates.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has steadfastly supported the intrusive searches that have appalled citizens and parents across the country while TSA refuses to heed calls by scientists for the need of new tests on the possible harmful effects of body scanners.
Now, Murphy is threatening to shutdown flights to Texas:
“If HR 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”
It is an extraordinary threat, particularly given the strong arguments that can be used in court to bar the enforcement of the laws as a matter of federal preemption.
Kudos: Alpha Dog