When you leave the comfort of your home to travel by air either on a domestic or international flight, your plans should be met with ease and comfort. People travel for all types of reasons such as work, pleasure, sickness and even death. But nowadays if you don’t understand your rights or governmental regulations, it can be a very painful time for you and your family.
In March 2003, in the wake of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) merged 22 federal agencies together totaling over 180,000 employees including TSA, Customs, Immigration, USDA, Border Patrol and other government workers. Over 73,400 of these employees were armed making this new department the MOST MASSIVE ARMED department EVER in the history of the government.
Their goals were to strengthen our nation’s transportation systems and borders while they protected the American citizens from terrorists. But unfortunately, these federal employees have used their newfound powers to abuse and humiliate the American traveling public. Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated by anyone.
Legislators are calling upon every state in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.
These federal employees are protected from any state or federal statutes that they violate when searching passengers, crew and others. If we don’t take strong actions against these violations, where will it lead? Today planes, tomorrow trains and buses, roadways –what then?
Will the drive to the market or walk to church be viewed as a ‘privilege?’ Will we stand upon this slippery slope of paranoia that leads to invasive searches becoming a way of daily life, or say ‘No’ and defend our rights to privacy now –while we still have them?”
This book is a guide for anyone engaging in domestic or international traveling and what your rights are if you end up “singled out” or “targeted” by government workers. It was written to help you alleviate the stress and trauma when traveling and will help you sharpen your sword when interacting with federal law enforcement officers.
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