By Kevin Brett
On May 24, 2011, Texas State Rep. David Simpson wrote an open letter to fellow state officials in response to threats received from the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the Travelers’ Dignity Act:
Today you received a letter from Mr. John E. Murphy, United States Attorney, Western District of Texas in regards to House Bill 1937 currently up for consideration by the Senate.
In his letter, Mr. Murphy made a veiled threat to the elected officials of Texas that if we move to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens, the TSA could shut down flights to and from Texas airports.
175 years ago in the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico, a small band of Texans stood in defiance at Gonzalez, turning back the attempt to deprive them of their weapon of defense, a single cannon.
Gentlemen, we find ourselves at such a watershed moment today. The federal government is attempting to deprive the citizens of Texas of their constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. If we do not stand for our citizens in the face of this deprivation of their personal rights and dignity, who will?
Time is critical. If the bill does not pass the Senate tonight it may very well be dead until the next legislative session. Meanwhile, our wives, our children, our mothers and grandmothers, will be rudely violated by federal employees out of control.
My response to Mr. Murphy’s factually inaccurate letter follows. Please give this matter your immediate attention.
For Texas And Liberty!
Rep. Simpson proceeds to dissect the DOJ’s threats point-for point. An interesting read.
Check out all of Rep. Simpson’s counter-arguments here.
Source: Campaign For Liberty Blog