Today, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was detained at Nashville International Airport while trying to board a flight to Washington to attend the Right to Life March and Senate business.
From Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul's office says he was held by the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, although TSA officials deny characterization he was "detained" at Nashville Airport after an incident at the security gate.
Paul's father, presidential candidate Ron Paul, tweeted early Monday, "My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming."
Moira Bagley, the senator's spokeswoman, told Fox News that Paul (R-Ky.) called her after he went through a "full body screener," described to her as a body-imaging machine, and was stopped for an anomaly around his leg. The senator lifted his pants leg to show nothing was there and offered to go back through the machine, but the TSA official said no, only a full-body pat down would suffice.
Bagley said Paul refused, resisting on the grounds that it infringes on his rights and "private property."
Paul's office said that the TSA official told the senator to sit down in the security area and was not given an indication of when he would be allowed to leave. Security then escorted him out of that area, but let him remain in the airport. He missed his flight.
A law enforcement official said Paul was not detained, despite claims to contrary. According to TSA, Paul triggered an alarm during routine airport screening using "millimeter wave imaging technology," which creates a generic image to protect passenger privacy. When an alarm occurs a yellow box indicates where on the body to look for the anomaly. An individual is then patted down.
The Transportation Security Administration is a joke. They strip search 95 year old women in wheeler chairs but are so politically correct they cannot even speak the words “Islamic Terror.”
Perhaps even worse, the TSA has never heard of the Constitution. Not only is there a Fourth Amendment issue related to unreasonable searches and seizures, but there is another issue related to Senator Rand Paul.
Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution forbids a Senator or Congressman from being detained when they are going to or from Congress.
Of course, if you are going to ignore one part of the Constitution, what does it matter if you ignore another?
This administration doesn't care what laws are broken.
This administration continues to flaunt it's willingness to ignore the constitution.
They will continue to do so until we have the courage to stop them.
Sorry, but this type of over-extension of power of TSA started before Obama. Perhaps worse today, but let's not blame things that are not directly his fault. This is a pre-cursor to NDAA, which MANY Repuklicans also voted for. Our entire government is greedy, corrupt & power hungry. Most have forgotten about OUR Bill of Rights! One mere election isn't going to fix this... I say vote them ALL out (unless NEW electees) and send all the career politicians home for good!
All this FACISM is from the Republicans; Ovommit is only taking advantage. I'm convinced GWB was an idiot. It makes common folks like me re-consider the conspiracy charges of 911
We have had airport scanning even during the Clinton administration, and our luggage searched. It has never been this intrusive, however. I thank the idiot underwear bomber for that.
The TSA was started because radical muslims hijacked planes and crashed them into buildings,it was suppose to be used for threat assessment reasons in regard to worldwide islamic terror not to beat up on senior citizens and other ordinary people that fly.Since it is not being used for its original purpose it should be phased out over time and the airlines can hire there own private security.
It is all about "Bluff". Put "BlackWater/ Alumni". in airport and on commercial aircraft" because will need them soon and the Arab Muslim Terrorists will "start riding camels again".
Israel did this with Mossad until they "got a handle on their "security on airplanes" !
Have you noticed that the NDAA avoids the word, "arrest" and instead uses the word, "detention," or "indefinate detention" to skirt around a direct and obviously unconstitutional abuse of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Articles in the Amendments to the Constitution in the Bill of Rights.
Kinda makes you think, when you hear the TSA saying that they did not "arrest/detain" Paul while they were "holding" him for an hour and a half or so, against his will...He is a Senator en-route to Washington D.C....A VERY DIRECT VIOLATION OF the constitution under Article 1 Section 6.
Again, Rand Paul is an United States Senator and he was returning to Congress to perform his duties. Any arrest of a member of the Senate or House of Representatives going to or from a session is a direct violation of the US Constitution, which states in part:
Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution of the United States
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same;and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
So, he was not “arrested”, , not "detained," but merely “stopped” for about an hour and a half against his will forcing him to miss a speech he was to give for the right to life rally in D.C. that was to have thousands of attendees.
So, isn't it interesting, Obama just signed into law NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which effectively (and unconstitutionally) overthrows the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments of the Constitution in our Bill of Rights by allowing for the indefinite “detention” (without bail) of an American citizen on American soil, without a trial. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-sig...
When we sleep, evil grows in every corner, in ever shadow...Wake UP!
United States Constitution – Bill of Rights
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
per unitatem vis ("through unity, strength")
Yes, but you can't blame Ovommit for writing these monsters; they are from facist Republicans like Rep King et al Hell, when we should be in the streets with torches, we all stand around like deer in the headlights
I think a lot of perverts get hired at the TSA so they can get away with fondling old women and children. I'm a US Navy veteran but I was refused a job because I didn't fit the "mold" of who they wanted. I believe they don't want veterans because we would do the job as it should be done. All us veterans took an oath to defend America from her enemies both foreign and domestic. The domestic part worries them.
Senator Paul went beyond what he was legally obligated to do. By refusing to be patted down, he stood for his constitutional rights and I can never find fault in that.
AGREED! I went to a meeting at our local airport, thinking about donating some time there as a volunteer. During the process they were explaining all the security/background checks I would have to go through. When I said I had already been through that process because I was licensed to carry a weapon in our state. The "head volunteer" said "Well, don't be bringing any of your "gun stuff in here"!! I was shocked, I said "What kind of an idiot brings a gun to an airport"?? I was given the cold shoulder for the rest of the meeting so I've decided to donate my time to the Veterans, either at the VA Hospital in town or the USO!!