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TSA Detains Sen. Rand Paul In Nashville

Good for Senator Paul.  It's about time the anti-TSA activists in Congress showed some fire to back up their criticism.

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Reuters

Republican Senator Rand Paul was detained at an airport on Monday for setting off an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an "out of control" police state.

In a harshly worded attack on the Transportation Security Administration, which handles security screenings at U.S. airports, Ron Paul, known for his strident libertarian views, said the TSA "gropes and grabs our kids and our seniors and does nothing to keep us safe."

After Rand Paul refused the patdown, he was escorted out of the airport security area in Nashville, Tennessee, by local authorities, the TSA said. Paul missed his flight to Washington, but was later rebooked and rescreened without incident.

As favorites of the anti-Washington Tea Party movement, Paul and his father, who is a U.S. Representative from Texas, have helped lead the charge against what critics call excessive federal intrusion, from healthcare to body searches.

At a Senate hearing last June, Rand Paul challenged TSA Administrator John Pistole over his agency's random patdowns of travelers at airports, including the case of a 6-year-old girl from his home state of Kentucky.

"This isn't to say that we don't believe in safety procedures," Paul said. "But I think I feel less safe because you're doing these invasive exams on a six-year-old. It makes me think you're clueless that you think she's going to attack our country and that you're not doing your research on the people who would attack our country."

On the campaign trial, Ron Paul has called for the abolition of the TSA on the grounds that it wastes taxpayer money and violates personal liberties.

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TSA Creator Says Dismantle, Privatize the Agency

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46114
Jan 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jan 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jan 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
What the Constitution Says – Were Senator Paul’s Rights Violated When He Was Detained by TSA?

http://theintelhub.com/2012/01/23/what-the-constitution-says-%E2%80%93-were-senator-paul%E2%80%99s-rights-violated-when-he-was-detained-by-tsa/
Jan 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Did the TSA detain Rand's toupee as well? That's a rug, right?
Jan 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterSomething Polish
I would love to be there when the TSA gives Michelle O and Janette N a full body search.
Jan 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterInurface
Did the TSA detain Rand's toupee as well? That's a rug, right?

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I've wondered the same thing. It looks that way in some photos/videos but not all.
Jan 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
RIGHT ON!!!!!!
Jan 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave
"Paul missed his flight to Washington, but was later rebooked and rescreened without incident". So if I understand this correctly, first he resisted, and then he caved. If he is not willing to continue resisting, then a fat lot of good it did. Sounds as if he was willing to resist only up to the point where it would cause him inconvenience. One missed flight is not much of an inconvenience, but to continue to resist, leave the airport, and find other transportation to D.C. is more than he was willing to tolerate. Big deal! Big phony!!
Jan 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterMiss Daisy
"Paul missed his flight to Washington, but was later rebooked and rescreened without incident". So if I understand this correctly, first he resisted, and then he caved. If he is not willing to continue resisting, then a fat lot of good it did. Sounds as if he was willing to resist only up to the point where it would cause him inconvenience. One missed flight is not much of an inconvenience, but to continue to resist, leave the airport, and find other transportation to D.C. is more than he was willing to tolerate. Big deal! Big phony!!
Jan 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterMiss Daisy
Sorry...computer problem. Didn't mean to post this twice.
Jan 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterMiss Daisy

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