An invasive TSA pat-down at the Dallas airport left former Miss U.S.A Susie Castillo in tears. She said the search left her feeling violated, and she likened it to molestation.
Castillo made an emotional video shortly after the incident on April 21.
“I’m sure this woman was just doing her job. But she, I mean she actually, felt, touched my vagina,” she said. “And so I think that’s why I’m crying; that’s what I’m so emotional, because I’m already so upset that they’re making me go – making me do this. Making me choose to either get molested, because that’s what I feel like and, or, or, go through this machine that’s completely unhealthy and dangerous. I don’t want to go through it, and here I am crying.”
Ironically, a TSA nullification bill was filed in the Texas legislature last month, a bill that would ban the full body scanners and make it a crime to preform invasive searches. The legislation would make it a criminal offense to:
as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: (A) searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and (B) touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.
But Texas legislators seem more interested in playing politics, merely bouncing the proposed law around committee.
It’s time to take action.
The Fourth Amendment says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.
No exceptions. No excuses. No extenuating circumstances.
Let’s call this what it was.
A sexual assault.
The fact that the perpetrator wore a badge and acted at the behest of the federal government does not make it OK. In fact, it makes it that much more egregious.
And the state of Texas stood idly by, playing politics because some legislators didn’t like parliamentary maneuvering by the bill’s author, Rep. David Simpson. So they yanked support – took their ball and went home.
In the meantime, Miss U.S.A. had her vagina touched by a stranger in the Dallas airport.
It’s time to take action.
Castillo pleads with her viewers to step up.
“I’m hoping that other people who feel violated as an American will make these complaints and maybe they’ll change something.”
States have the power to challenge this federal overreach. States have the duty to interpose on behalf of their citizens. It’s time for the states to step up.
Texas needs to pass this legislation. Legislators in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Hawaii have proposed similar legislation. They need to pass it too. And every other state in the union needs to follow suit.
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” – Frederick Douglass.
How much longer will we quietly submit?
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