Theft, child molestation, rape, prostitution, murder: These are just a few of the crimes with which Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been charged in recent years.

The TSA’s dismal record of properly recruiting and screening its employees is the subject of a new report from Congressman Marsha Blackburn. The Tennessee Republican’s report, based on news accounts, details just 50 of the dozens of crimes for which TSA employees have been arrested since 2005.

Responding to an uproar over Florida’s plan to purge its voter rolls, Allen West claimed the effort is not an attempt to target minorities, as Democrats and liberal groups are charging.

The Republican National Committee is describing a pending legal challenge mounted by supporters of Ron Paul as “frivolous” according to a document obtained by CNN. Reportedly, although the memo dismisses the lawsuit, it outlines a “joint defense effort” to answer the allegations contained in the complaint.

The group that filed the suit is called “Lawyers for Ron Paul,” and in what is breaking news and perhaps shocking to many enlisted in the fight for liberty, they have claimed to have wrested control of the national Ron Paul presidential campaign from those in that effort’s official leadership that “had raised the white flag” and were “never playing to win” in the first place.

A week ago both Mississippi Republican senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced their support of S.B. 2205 — the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012 — that would allegedly protect American citizens from any abrogation of their Second Amendment rights if the UN Arms Trade Treaty was signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July. That makes a total of 17 senators who are supporting the bill.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has recently submitted a pair of anti-TSA bills, one of which would ultimately eliminate the Transportation Security Administration and turn the program over to private screeners. The other would establish a passenger "Bill of Rights." Paul commented in a statement:

While aviation security is undoubtedly important, we must be diligent in protecting the rights of all Americans, such as their freedom from being subjected to humiliating and intrusive searches by TSA agents, especially when there is no obvious cause.

It is important that the rules and boundaries of our airport screening process be transparent and easily available to travelers so that proper restraints are in place on screeners. Travelers should be empowered with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves from a violation of their rights and dignity.

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