Monday, June 20, 2011

Rep. Simpson's Open Letter to Gov. Perry

The Honorable Rick PerryGovernor of the State of TexasP.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Dear Governor Perry:

If you are willing, there is still time to enact legislation to protect the dignity oftravelers in Texas. Egregious intrusive searches without probable cause continue everyday by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Texans and indeed Americansaround this nation are fed up with this out of control federal bureaucracy that haspromulgated practices that violate the 4th Amendment and that treat grandmothers, thehandicapped, Iraqi war veterans with prosthetic limbs, boys, girls and infants as criminal

suspects—touching their private parts as a condition of travel.

You write in your book, Fed Up, that you want to “help foster a nationwideconversation about the role of government in our lives” (Fed Up, 187). I can think of no role less suitable for our federal government than that of routinely violating innocent
citizens of this state and those of the entire country.

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