May 26, 2011
Protesters shouting “cowards, cowards” and “treason, treason” marched through the Capitol halls on Wednesday protesting the reluctance of the Senate to take up a bill banning routine invasive pat-downs by the Transportation Security Administration.
Their shouts were audible in the House chamber, interrupting bill passage for a short time. The group then moved on and shouted outside of the Senate chamber.
“This criminal government will follow the will of the people and the Constitution,” shouted radio host Alex Jones, leading the loud rally.
Some of the demonstrators held signs reading, “TSA: Get out of my pants” and “Proud Texans say no to TSA groping.”
Texas Department of Public Safety officers stood silently by, blocking access to the Senate chamber but not disrupting the demonstration.
The House has passed House Bill 1937, by Rep. David Simpson , R-Longview, but the Senate chose not to bring it up Tuesday night after the federal government weighed in. Simpson said the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to cancel flights from Texas airports if the Legislature enacted the bill into law.
Under the bill, TSA agents would not be allowed to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks or breast of another person.”
This article was posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:48 am