This week [Nov. 15] two bills were submitted in Austin, Texas by Republican state lawmakers, which would counteract the excessive use of power by the federal government, via Nullification.
Republican Rep. David Simpson filed bill HB 80 to address abuses by the TSA, where it would be unlawful if an airport screener:
Touches the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing;
Removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian of the child or a person standing in the stead of a parent or guardian of the child;
Harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or effectively denies or conditions access to the other person because of the other persons refusal to consent to the actions mentioned above.
Republican Rep. Lyle Larson filed measure HB 149, also called Texas Liberty Preservation Act, that would nullify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 for being inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the citizens of the State of Texas by violating:
The Texas Constitution;
The limits of federal power authorized by the United States Constitution;
The legal doctrine of Posse Comitatus by authorizing the armed forces of the United States to police the United States; and
The following provisions of the United States Constitution:
ensuring the right to seek a habeas corpus;
the First Amendment (ensuring the right to petition the federal government for the redress of grievances);
the Fourth Amendment (ensuring the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure);
the Fifth Amendment (requiring capital or infamous crimes to be brought before a grand jury before charging the defendant and prohibiting deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law);
the Sixth Amendment (ensuring the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury in the state or district where the offense was alleged to have been committed, the right to be informed of the nature and cause of accusations and charges levied, the right to retain legal counsel, and the right to confront witnesses);
the Eighth Amendment (prohibiting excessive bail and fines and prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment); and
the Fourteenth Amendment (prohibiting deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law); and the enforcement of those actions, are illegal within the state of Texas.
Thomas Jefferson said When the federal government takes unconstitutional powers, nullification is the rightful remedy. It is important that our lawmakers use the power vested in them by their constituents to stop the continuous attack on our civil liberties and limit the power of the federal government.
– “TSA News: One-year anniversary”
“Since 9/11, this country has lost its collective mind. And the denial about that fact is profound. When 1/3 of Americans say theyd be willing to undergo a body cavity search to get on a plane, you know theyve gone crazy. The overreaction to 9/11 has been brutal and unrelenting. Most of us, in fact, have no idea just how brutal and unrelenting. But people like Saadiq Long and Shoshana Hebshi do.
An American citizen who grew up in Oklahoma and a U.S. Air Force veteran, Saadiq Long has been placed on the no-fly list. He doesnt know why; he doesnt know how, when, or if he can get off; his years in the Air Force mean nothing; he cant fly home. Why? We dont know. Were not allowed to know. And hes hardly the only one,” quoting Lisa Simeone in TSA News.