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Published on Jun 28, 2011
Today, we drove to Austin, Texas to hopefully influence legislation in our state that could set a precedent for change in the current policy of the way the TSA screens travelers. David Simpson, the author of the original legislation, was hoping for Probable Cause, which specifies that the fourth amendment to both the US Constitution and also the Texas Constitution, which prohibits unreasonable searches and implies that searches made without "probable cause" are INHERENTLY UNREASONABLE. PROBABLE CAUSE IS THE THE CONSTITUTIONALLY BASED STANDARD. The federal government has beared down on our state legislators and attorney general, even threatening to shut down our airports if the original legislation was to pass, stating that the reason they would do this is because they could not "effectively screen passengers". Now, some of our elected officials wish to change the language in the original bill to "Reasonable Suspicion". This term IS NOT found in either to the US Constitution or the Texas Constitution. The phrase was first applied by the Us Supreme Court in 1968 in the case of Terry v. Ohio. Until then, lower standard had no place whatsoever in the Court's Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. This video shows footage of some of the testimony from today, along with comments from our Texas State Senators. Thank you for viewing, and I will look forward to your comments. trinitytexas77 Here is the most current update from Senator Dan Patrick as of tonight, 6.27.11: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodoc... Copy and paste into your browser if you wish to read it. It appears it was passed almost entirely with the original language fully intact. YES!!! We must call the speaker ASAP in the AM and make sure this is referred to committee right away!!!