While Citizens of Texas want their legislature to rein in the federal nazis known as the TSA from molesting children and the elderly as well as stop their complete breach of American’s 4th Amendment Constitutional Rights, its legislators and spineless state officials claim they can’t interfere with this agency because the federal authorities in Washington threaten to disallow air travel into and out of the state if Texas doesn’t back down. Are they serious? This threat is complete and utter ‘theater’ and the Texas legislature (as well as the fascists in Washington DC) know it. Current US Code addresses air travel specifically within 49 U.S.C. § 40103, “Sovereignty and use of airspace”, wherein the Code specifies that “A citizen of the United States has a public right of transit through the navigable airspace.”
What might the quick effects be of any ‘no-fly zone’ over Texas be if their legislature does their job and carries out the will of their people closing down the operations of the TSA within the sovereign boundaries of the State of Texas?
Virtually all mail (according to the USPS) travels by air thus, by declaring a ‘no-fly zone’ over Texas, the federal ‘authorities’ would be in direct violation of its own law by willfully disrupting the United States mail. Just ponder all those credit card bills (or payment checks for mortgages) not reaching the addressee, then think about the lawsuits as defaults pile up.
The federal ‘authority’, by establishing a ‘no-fly zone’ over Texas would cost firms (corporate donors) like FedEx and UPS unbelievable sums in lost freight revenues. Then ponder every manufacturing firm, corporation or multinational who ships their products by air to or from Texas. These corporations will not sit still for their business interests being disrupted. We’re not talking publicly molesting a six year boy or girl but screwing with major, multinational corporations. Washington, standing up to corporate interests? Ha!
By establishing a ‘no-fly zone’ over Texas, the federal authority would be in direct violation of Constitutional guarantees by which free and unencumbered travel between the states is a cornerstone. The Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution states, “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” Under the Law and our Constitution (according to the Supreme Court in cases such as Ward v. Maryland, 79 U.S. 418 (1871), the Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. 36 – 1873 – and United States v. Harris, 106 U.S. 629 – 1883) the federal government is not the ‘authority’ tasked with protecting this freedom of movement. Rather, under the “privileges and immunities” clause, this authority belongs to the states. Couple this with the aforementioned 49 U.S.C. § 40103, “Sovereignty and use of airspace” and, one might imagine if the federal authorities attempt to ‘quarantine’ outgoing commercial air traffic within the borders of Texas, they could well find the Texas Air National Guard escorting commercial air travel beyond the confines of the State of Texas to insure the Right of Americans (and Texans) to travel is upheld.
Will Washington choose to engage the Texan 149th Fighter Wing and their F-16 air superiority fighters? How about the F-16s of Texan 111th Squadron or the F-16s belonging to 182nd Fighter Squadron or even Texas’ own MQ-1 Predator drones? The state of Texas has more military capability than the United Kingdom and so, unless Washington plans to nuke them, they might want to consider how well they might do engaging Texan F-16s while they allege the right to violate United States Code and the Constitution.
The federal government will NOT and can NOT impose a ‘no-fly zone’ over Texas without being prepared to blatantly overturn the Constitution over the issue, engage in legal warfare all the way to the Supreme Court, fight the US Postal Service, the Wall Street Banks, the corporations their power depends on, as well as the National Guard of Texas. Anyone who claims they can is making excuses in order to roll over for further usurpations of our Republic.
Were the federal government to try this they may quickly find themselves facing not just Texas but a host of other sovereign states with similar cards to play.
Will the Texas legislature grow some balls or what?