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Senator Rand Paul Detained by TSA at Nashville Airport
Ron Paul Facebook Page/CNN ^ | January 23, 2012 | Congressman Ron Paul/Dana Bash

Posted on 01/23/2012 7:55:54 AM PST by Timber Rattler

Edited on 01/23/2012 9:29:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul at airport checkpoint

From Dana Bash, CNN
updated 11:26 AM EST, Mon January 23, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sen. Rand Paul refuses a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman says
  • The Kentucky Republican sets off an alarm when he went through a scanner
  • A TSA official says Paul was "not detained" but left willingly

(CNN) -- Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.

Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.

Read more at cnn.com

Posted by Ron Paul on his Facebook page: "My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport. I'll share more details as the situation unfolds."



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Kentucky; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: paul; randpaul; randpauldetained; ronpaul; tsa; tsadetainsrandpaul; tsapervs
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Not a Ron Paul fan as most here know, but I'm hoping that TSA has finally screwed itself for good by detaining a U.S. Senator.

Ron Paul Facebook Page

1 posted on 01/23/2012 7:56:03 AM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

So what will NDAA really be like after it kicks in in early March?


2 posted on 01/23/2012 7:58:43 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: Timber Rattler

Story from CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/23/breaking-sen-rand-paul-detained-at-airport/

I don’t blame him... those pat downs take forever!


3 posted on 01/23/2012 7:58:52 AM PST by LBG11
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To: Timber Rattler
Yeah, he looks like a terrorist ready to blow up an airplane! /s
4 posted on 01/23/2012 7:59:09 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Timber Rattler

Depends on what he did.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 7:59:32 AM PST by stormer
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To: Timber Rattler

Wow, 2,399 comments in 38 minutes.


6 posted on 01/23/2012 7:59:43 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: Timber Rattler
-- I'm hoping that TSA has finally screwed itself for good by detaining a U.S. Senator. --

Don't hold your breath. The TSA is held in contempt and ridicule by a majority, and the agency hasn't lost any power or sleep over it.

7 posted on 01/23/2012 7:59:58 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Timber Rattler

But from fox news twitter: “My colleague Mike Levine reports that a law enforcement official says that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was not detained, despite contrary claims.”


8 posted on 01/23/2012 8:00:31 AM PST by LBG11
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To: Timber Rattler

I thought congress critters had their own special line to go through? After all they can’t be held up by us little people.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 8:01:07 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: LBG11

I hope that he puts a senatorial hold on every TSA budget that gets submitted from here on in.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 8:01:37 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: LBG11

Rules are for little people...


11 posted on 01/23/2012 8:01:54 AM PST by stormer
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To: Timber Rattler

So a U.S. Senator is being Detained????

WTF???


12 posted on 01/23/2012 8:02:32 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Timber Rattler

Down into the memory hole...


13 posted on 01/23/2012 8:02:34 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: truthkeeper

Why does it say at the link there were no comments?


14 posted on 01/23/2012 8:03:33 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Cboldt

Yeah, but I know first hand that a single pissed off Senator can do tremendous damage to an agency and its senior management, no matter what it is.


15 posted on 01/23/2012 8:04:01 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: stormer

The object on his person picked up by the scanner has been identified as a pocket Constitution. They have called in the bomb squad and a hazmat team to neutralize the terrorist tool.


16 posted on 01/23/2012 8:04:33 AM PST by starvosan
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To: Timber Rattler

Sounds like he declined to consent to a sexual assault by TSA agents. Good for him! (Though his father is still a nut.)


17 posted on 01/23/2012 8:05:00 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: stormer

You’re missing the point-—the TSA rules are so obnoxious that even a U.S. Senator can run afoul of them, and Rand Paul is in a position to do something about it (finally). I bet John Pistole is not a happy camper right now.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 8:05:44 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Personally, this is probably why I will never fly again.


19 posted on 01/23/2012 8:06:44 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Timber Rattler

Hmm, the steel plate in his head set off the metal detector? (sorry, couldn’t resist).


20 posted on 01/23/2012 8:07:44 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Timber Rattler
So the TSA is not subject to Article 1 Section 6?

...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.

Or perhaps he breached the peace?

21 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:10 AM PST by The Free Engineer
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To: Timber Rattler

Isn’t it against the law to detain a legislator on their way to Congress?


22 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:24 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The comments are on Ron Paul’s Facebook page. A pretty amazing number of posts for a very short period of time.

You just don’t do something like this to a US Senator. Very stupid for TSA.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:49 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Timber Rattler

It is his own fault.

He should have eaten that cupcake before he attempted to go through security with those fine, educated folks.


24 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:49 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Timber Rattler
Here is a quote from Politico,

““I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said Monday morning.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71818.html#ixzz1kIUyMLRB

Indefinitely??? I can assure the TSA will not be able to hold the Senator indefinitely.

25 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:58 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Go to post #1 and hit the link to Ron Paul’s facebook page, you’ll see the comment count. Right now there are 2,719.


26 posted on 01/23/2012 8:09:13 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: starvosan

LOL. The Constitution is the enemy of the state.


27 posted on 01/23/2012 8:09:33 AM PST by VicVega (tagline is MIA)
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To: Mikey_1962

The TSA and the Obama government know no laws.


28 posted on 01/23/2012 8:10:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: truthkeeper

Wow, 2,399 comments in 38 minutes.

WHERE?


29 posted on 01/23/2012 8:10:41 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Rich21IE
Uh... this is RAND Paul, Kentucky Senator, not RON Paul, the Texas Congressman and perennial presidential candidate.

The plate in your own head might need degaussing. /s

30 posted on 01/23/2012 8:11:59 AM PST by newzjunkey (Next up "winner-take-all" FL ... we must derail Romney's inevitability.)
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To: The Free Engineer

One wonder why Rand Paul did not know that.


31 posted on 01/23/2012 8:12:07 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Can we get a better source for this that Ron Paul's Facebook page?

This is all over Twitter / Politico, etc... now.
32 posted on 01/23/2012 8:12:29 AM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: faucetman

It’s now 2,856!

https://www.facebook.com/ronpaul


33 posted on 01/23/2012 8:12:43 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
Then TSA is lying (again), per #8.
34 posted on 01/23/2012 8:13:09 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: rfreedom4u

I believe there is some real truth to your post. They do not have to go through the full body scanners. And they get to b-line to the front. Just like the flight crew. Sort of sucks when you’re next a slew of them come marching up.


35 posted on 01/23/2012 8:13:09 AM PST by VicVega (tagline is MIA)
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To: Timber Rattler

Like when they tried to Confiscate the Congressional Medal of Honor from Joe Foss, because an 86 year old American Hero might use it asa weapon.

http://www.homeofheroes.com/news/archives/2002_0100_foss.html

Rand Paul, Joe Foss, and All of us.

My mother, who was then in her mid 70s, had one of these useless scum - they were traveling in a Pack of at least a dozen - split off and cross a good 7 feet of open aisle to shoulder her aside, just to prove she (TSA Agent) Could: as if to say, “and what are you going to Do about it?”

Close the borders and send the Illegals home so we won’t have any Excuse to keep the TSA on the books!


36 posted on 01/23/2012 8:13:29 AM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: Timber Rattler

37 posted on 01/23/2012 8:13:49 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Timber Rattler; SunkenCiv; bamahead; rabscuttle385; listenhillary; Free ThinkerNY; LibertyRocks; ...
Wonder what the issue is: did Sen. Paul say something politically incorrect that got the TSA robots into a tizzy? Probably they didn't recognize him.
38 posted on 01/23/2012 8:14:37 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Timber Rattler
TSA is in this untouchable mindset, Rand gave them the razz in a hearing and he is getting payback plain and simple.

Their is an Aviation Writer who has spoken out about them vociferously. Everytime he flies now, they bust his chops just short of a cavity search...

De-Unionizing and Privatizing via a contract must be in Newt's Platform IMHO..

39 posted on 01/23/2012 8:15:40 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Mikey_1962
"Isn’t it against the law to detain a legislator on their way to Congress?"

I believe it may be. Article 1 Section 6.

Sen. Rand Paul was returning to Congress to speak at the March for life this morning.

This is a tweet he sent out before the incident: "Today I'll speak to the March for Life in DC. A nation cannot long endure w/o respect for the right to Life. Our Liberty depends on it."
40 posted on 01/23/2012 8:16:39 AM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: faucetman

At Ron Paul’s facebook page.


41 posted on 01/23/2012 8:16:48 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Timber Rattler; LBG11

Sounds like a stall tactic to me. Sounds like someone got a little more than power happy and they bit off more than they can chew.

If the TSA is saying that now, then they are trying to retreat.


42 posted on 01/23/2012 8:17:20 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: faucetman

3,000 comments and 4,500 likes in under 1 hour. All in response to 1 twit.


43 posted on 01/23/2012 8:17:47 AM PST by jpsb
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To: LBG11
But from fox news twitter: “My colleague Mike Levine reports that a law enforcement official says that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was not detained, despite contrary claims.”

That's probably playing with the exact definition of "detained". Rand Paul might be legally allowed to leave the airport and abandon hopes of ever flying commercial flights again so he isn't officially "detained".

I wonder if Rand tried to pull "I'm a Senator", or if he didn't mention that ahead of time and then let the TSA twist itself into a knot over how can they let him fly without appearing to give him any favoritism. I think the supervisor would love to give him one pat, let him go and hope the whole thing disappears. I believe the Paul family doesn't let go of things like that so easily, especially now that this has hit the public.

44 posted on 01/23/2012 8:18:02 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: Timber Rattler

45 posted on 01/23/2012 8:18:23 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Timber Rattler

The TSA should stick to doing what they do best, creating long lines because they believe they are powerful and stealing money and articles out of your luggage once it leaves your position.


46 posted on 01/23/2012 8:19:00 AM PST by VicVega (tagline is MIA)
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To: Timber Rattler; Cboldt
"Yeah, but I know first hand that a single pissed off Senator can do tremendous damage to an agency and its senior management, no matter what it is."

Damaged multiplied because there are so many willing ears.

47 posted on 01/23/2012 8:20:23 AM PST by moehoward
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To: jpsb
3,000 comments and 4,500 likes in under 1 hour. All in response to 1 twit.

There's no need for name calling.

48 posted on 01/23/2012 8:20:23 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Timber Rattler

TSA the initials of our national prison buddy keepin us safe!


49 posted on 01/23/2012 8:20:23 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: faucetman

See posts #23 and #26.


50 posted on 01/23/2012 8:20:27 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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