U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, proposed a bill is one paragraph in length in light of the Transportation Security Administration’s recent body scanner buzz Wednesday.
By introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, Paul would like to see every member of Congress, the executive branch and the Cabinet go through the x-ray, look at the pictures and then have them experience the “groping pat-downs.”
U.S. citizens are sacrificing their liberties, Paul said.
“It’s illegal to take nude photographs of individuals, why do we allow the government to do it?” he said. “It is preposterous to think that the TSA has made us safer.”
Paul also pointed out that people are making money off this – such as former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff – and it the scanner’s radiation could possibly be dangerous to our health.
“We have accepted the notion that we should be treated like cattle…Make us safe, put us in the barbed wire…fatten us up and then they’ll eat us,” Paul said. “The duty of the government is to protect our rights. Private properties should be protected by private individuals, not bureaucrats.”
Paul is a strong supporter of the upcoming Nov. 24 Opt-Out Day, saying it is the first step in the right direction to “shrug off our shackles of our government.”