United States Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of United States Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas, was recently singled out and victimized as a potential dangerous terrorist suspect by armed and uniformed TSA thugs at his home based Nashville International Airport.
Just last year, Rand Paul sharply criticized the TSA for conducting unnecessary pat down searches. At a senate hearing, he told TSA administrator John Pistole, "I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs. The American public is unhappy with them, they're unhappy with the invasiveness of them."
Referring to reports of little kids getting intense, random pat-down searches, Paul said during the hearing, "It just really [s]hows that no one is thinking... We need to be doing better police work and doing less of the universal giving up of our freedom to live our life the way we would like to live our life." He suggested that there be a "trusted traveler" program for people who travel frequently, like congressmen who are known as non-threatening.
But now, at the airport, our homegrown American Gestapo agents were telling him that there was an “anomaly” when he passed through the gate scanner. They demanded that the senator submit to a full-body pat down search. He refused.
Paul then offered to pass through the scanner again. The TSA thugs refused. And then they detained him for hours in a small cubicle for the “crime” of not meekly submitting to their authority like the rest of the cowering sheep at the terminal, causing him to miss his flight to Washington.
After this latest outrage was publicized, the TSA disputed that the senator was “detained,” and pointed to an incident report referring to Paul as “a passenger being irate.” However, a video released afterward by the Metro Airport Authority shows Paul being escorted by an airport official to a small glass cubicle while being watched by authorities, and at no time does he appear to be irate.
“It is our protocol to refer to law enforcement when a passenger refuses to complete the screening process,” explained a TSA official. Passengers who refuse to comply with security procedures are denied access to the secure gate area. In this case, Paul was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement, according to the TSA.
Sounds like an arrest and detainment to me.
Hours later, the senator was re-booked on a subsequent flight and re-screened without incident.
His father, Ron Paul shortly released a statement to the press vowing that, as president, he would eliminate the TSA. "The police state in this country is growing out of control," he declared. "One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe.”
Truer words were never spoken. If this kind of thing can happen to a United States Senator, of all people, surely the rest of us miserable peons are in a world of trouble in the United Police States of America.When everyone no matter what is a terrorist suspect, including those who are obviously not, we should rightly and properly suspect that it’s the United States government, and TSA that are the real terrorists.