The New Hampshire State House Representatives Lambert, Manuse, Jones, Itse and Sapareto have put forth bill HB628-FN which puts Transportation Security Administration officials into their proper place, Constitutionally speaking.
It simultaneously exerts states’ rights against literal over-reaching federal hands.
The bill’s summary is short, sweet, and to the point:
“AN ACT making the touching or viewing with a technological device of a person’s breasts or genitals by a government security agent without probable cause a sexual assault.”
And the bill’s analysis classifies offenders bluntly:
“This bill classifies persons convicted of the offense as tier III offenders under the criminal offenders registry.”
The 4th Amendment
On what ground are the New Hampshire lawmakers standing? As I’ve previously covered in my post “How Far Will These Hands Go,” it’s our US Constitution’s 4th Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
When I take my kids through the airport and am “randomly” chosen for this new version of national security screening, there is absolutely no probable cause that any TSA agent can provide.
Kudos to New Hampshire
Mega-Kudos to these New Hampshire lawmakers who are simply using their national Constitution to restate the obvious unconstitutionality of the TSA screenings.
It’s this backdoor check on federal powers that our founding fathers built into our Constitution which will free us from the federal choke-hold that is encroaching. See my previous post “Few and Defined” to learn more about intended federal powers and state powers.
The TSA screenings are an international joke and grossly ineffective. There is no time like the present to push back against this unconstitional choke. No matter what state you live in, contact your state lawmakers and challenge them, urge them, and support them to do likewise.