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Sen. Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville, TSA denies
Daily Caller ^ | 23 Jan 2012 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 01/23/2012 9:33:20 AM PST by for-q-clinton

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.

“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

Texas Congressman and current Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul – Sen. Rand Paul’s father – placed a post on Facebook about the news as well. “My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport,” Ron Paul posted. “I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds.”

Ron Paul adds, via Twitter, that the TSA detained his son “for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner.”

Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook page has a post about the incident too. “Senator Paul is being detained at the Nashville Airport by the TSA,” Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook post reads. “We will update you as the situation develops.”

Sen. Rand Paul’s chief of staff Doug Stafford told The Daily Caller the Senator “was detained by the TSA after their scanner had an ‘anomaly’ on the first scan.”

“He offered to go through again,” Stafford said in an email. “The TSA said he could only have a full body pat down. He would not consent to it. He offered to go through the scanner again. The situation is ongoing.”

Sen. Rand Paul has previously referred to the TSA’s use of full body pat downs as the “universality of insult,” and he called on the agency to end the tactic.

“I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs,” Sen. Rand Paul said in June 2011. “The American public is unhappy with them, they’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them.”

Spokespeople for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, have not returned requests for comment.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.:

The TSA says Sen. Rand Paul “was not detained at any point” but “triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process in order to resolve the issue.”

“Passengers, as in this case, who refuse to comply with security procedures are denied access to the secure gate area,” the TSA adds. “He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

“The passenger was screened by millimeter wave imaging technology using automated target recognition,” the TSA continues. “This technology uses the same generic image for all passengers to further protect passengers privacy. When an alarm occurs a yellow box indicates where an anomaly is. A targeted pat down is used to resolve the alarm.”

TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy told The Daily Caller that “when an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport. Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling.”

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.

Sen. Rand Paul’s chief of staff Doug Stafford responded to the TSA’s claim that the senator was “not detained at any point. “Well, I don’t know what bureaucrat manuals call it, but: an innocent American citizen who was offering to cooperate while also attempting to stop an invasive search was not allowed to proceed without complying,” Stafford said in an email to TheDC.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 112th; denial; gestapo; paul; randpaul; tsa
this could get interesting and shine more attention on this. But I always opt for the massage over the xray machine.
1 posted on 01/23/2012 9:33:27 AM PST by for-q-clinton
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To: for-q-clinton

related: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2836594/posts


2 posted on 01/23/2012 9:34:55 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: for-q-clinton; Admin Moderator
"their scanner had an ‘anomaly’ on the first scan.”

Rand was probably carrying a portion of his daddy's brain....

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Off topic - FR is a total, total slug AGAIN today....just got in after trying for the past five hours. Post time clock is now twelve minutes fast -- FR usually implodes once it creeps up to ten or eleven.

3 posted on 01/23/2012 9:39:42 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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Rand’s statist colleagues in the Senate are no doubt gloating.


4 posted on 01/23/2012 9:39:59 AM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: for-q-clinton

“He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

That is detained. That is not held, but it is detained.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 9:40:31 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: for-q-clinton

I always opt for travel by automobile;)


6 posted on 01/23/2012 9:40:38 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: for-q-clinton

“...cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others...”

Yeah? Really? And what are you doing with wide open borders then? Safety of others my ###!


7 posted on 01/23/2012 9:41:04 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: for-q-clinton

There ARE problems with TSA personnel in Nashville. I had two of them lie to me outright last summer by trying to tell me that the X-Ray machines did not use x-rays.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 9:43:29 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Psalm 144

To add insult to injury they are calling him a liar.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 9:44:33 AM PST by DManA
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To: for-q-clinton

Maybe I missed it but did they know it was Rand and if so did they even know who/what he stands for/against?

I’m no fan of the TSA but it looks to me like he got caught up in ‘normal’ intrusive proceedure. No evidence it was politically motivated as far as I can tell.

It’s still an outrage, however.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 9:44:33 AM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: SumProVita
The drones are scripted to deny lots of things.

I had one tell me something happening right in front of us was not actually happening. I asked him a second time, and got the same answer.

They're very very "well trained" not to acknowledge anything, and to stick to the rehearsed lines and procedures.

Welcome to Gulag America, comrade.

11 posted on 01/23/2012 9:52:01 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: MichaelCorleone

I’m willing to bet they knew he was a sitting US senator on his way to do the gov’t business by the time they detained him. This is a clear violation of the US Constitution. They aren’t allowed to keep a senator from doing his job except in case of treason and stuff like that.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 9:53:57 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Another trick they try when you opt out of the xray...they say it will be a long while before they have someone available.

They told that to one guy in front of me and so then he chose to do the xray. I was traveling on business and my colleague and I opted out (AFTER the other guy changed his mind). They told us the same thing and we both replied I am several hours early so don’t mind waiting here. We were inspected and on our way BEFORE the other guy made it through the xray machine line!


13 posted on 01/23/2012 9:56:43 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton
The same situation happened to me earlier this year. I cannot raise my arms as high as they say to do in the scanner, so there was an glitch in the scan. They told me I would have to submit to the perversions of the grope. I refused, saying I would go back through the scanner and they could then allow for my physical problem. It ended up with THREE city police, TWO airport police, and THREE TSA agents wanting to haul me off. The only good thing from it all was I held up that line at the airport for over 30 minutes. I did allow the groping, in private, with two TSA agents present. Now I tell them I cannot raise my arms that high and there is no problem.

ps. I bet Senator Rand had cupcakes hidden on him.

14 posted on 01/23/2012 9:56:49 AM PST by ProudFossil
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To: for-q-clinton

The only thing we can be certain of is that whatever TSA says is a lie.


15 posted on 01/23/2012 10:03:24 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: for-q-clinton

Janet Napolean and other minions in the obamma adminstration never have to be searched. They get a pass to exempt them from having to go through these scanners. They write the law, then exempt themselves. Shameful!


16 posted on 01/23/2012 10:14:55 AM PST by rawhide
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To: for-q-clinton

“Another trick they try when you opt out of the xray...they say it will be a long while before they have someone available.”

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They do this every time I travel because I always opt-out. To add joy to the occasion, I then tell the TSA agent before he begins the frisk that I’m an attorney and would like a full description of what he is about to do and my rights to public versus private screenings.

We are becoming a police state. While the Supremes fritter away debating the constitutionality of GPS tracking, and Congress golfs with the Fuhrer, the building of the Reich continues in the interest of “homeland security.”


17 posted on 01/23/2012 10:18:58 AM PST by peyton randolph (Mitt has more views on an issue than he has pairs of magic underpants)
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That exemption from search would seem to make congressmen open to having some of their family held hostage and being controlled by terrorist.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 10:27:11 AM PST by dmet
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To: for-q-clinton
The TSA says Sen. Rand Paul “was not detained at any point” but “triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process in order to resolve the issue.”
“Passengers, as in this case, who refuse to comply with security procedures are denied access to the secure gate area,” the TSA adds. “He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

If a machine "has" an anomaly, it is an internal defect.
If it "found" an anomaly, it may be working properly, or also has a defect.

Clearly, TSA operators are the product of our government educational system, and not from the better end of the IQ curve. They seem unaware of the definition of "detained." Senator Paul was trying to get to his aircraft; he was prevented from doing so.

Stand by for further news.

19 posted on 01/23/2012 10:38:28 AM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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When an alarm occurs a yellow box indicates where on the body to look for the anomaly. An individual is then patted down.

"An individual is then patted down" and that is the problem! Why not just check the area where the "yellow box" indicated an anomaly? But no! They give you the full monty! Screw the TSA.

20 posted on 01/23/2012 10:39:44 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: ProudFossil

“ps. I bet Senator Rand had cupcakes hidden on him.”

My money’s on “special” brownies.


21 posted on 01/23/2012 10:41:50 AM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: for-q-clinton
link from article at drudge

..Paul was scheduled to speak to the March for Life today in Washington D.C., an annual rally by anti-abortion rights activists held on the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling Roe w. Wade. It looks like that won't happen.

22 posted on 01/23/2012 10:42:41 AM PST by opentalk
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To: for-q-clinton

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Go Rand!

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23 posted on 01/23/2012 10:47:36 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: for-q-clinton
the TSA adds. “He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

Yo, TSA, that sounds very much like you did indeed detain him.

Hubby called this morning saying he'd heard this on the radio and laughed saying he doesn't know why he's ever surprised FR got it first.

24 posted on 01/23/2012 10:50:39 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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“TSA operators are the product of our government educational system, and not from the better end of the IQ curve.”

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After reading the qualification requirements for TSA applicants, it looks like a high school dropout with a GED diploma and a year of mall security work would qualify. I suspect that’s more than what the majority of TSA agents have for credentials and experience.

In most metro areas, the common requirement seems to be a “minority” who dislikes white people. The “random” screening means you’re the random Caucasian they decide to pick on.


25 posted on 01/23/2012 11:02:25 AM PST by peyton randolph (Mitt has more views on an issue than he has pairs of magic underpants)
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To: for-q-clinton

I always “opt out”.

Last time I did, they didn’t even have me walk through the conventional magnetometer, and I got a rather perfunctory pat-down.

I could have had metal weapons secreted on/in my person.


26 posted on 01/23/2012 11:06:52 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Psalm 144

““He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

That is detained. That is not held, but it is detained.”

True but its also a clue as to how we can attack it from the outside. Notice Local Law enforcement. We can get our local leaders to refuses to cooperate.


27 posted on 01/23/2012 11:17:07 AM PST by Monorprise
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Then I recommend you lead the charge to change the constitution. But the constitution is clear on this...I guess we could just go on ignoring it like we already do.


28 posted on 01/23/2012 11:21:18 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Monorprise

Notice Local Law enforcement. We can get our local leaders to refuses to cooperate.


That would probably work as well as you, the business owner, refusing to do collection/bookkeeping duties for the Fed.


29 posted on 01/23/2012 11:33:22 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) EGOIST - A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. A. Bierce)
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To: for-q-clinton

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy crashed his car into a traffic barrier on Capitol Hill in the early morning hours on Thursday. He said he was apparently disoriented because he had been taking Ambien, the sleeping pill, and another medication.
Mr. Kennedy, a Rhode Island Democrat, said he drove to the Capitol at about 2:45 a.m. in the mistaken belief that he needed to vote. The House was not in session, having adjourned at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, said a police union official had written a letter to the Capitol police chief asserting that Mr. Kennedy appeared to be staggering when he left his car. But, it said, police officers at the scene were not allowed by their supervisors to perform a sobriety test. Roll Call quoted the letter as saying Capitol police officials gave Mr. Kennedy a ride home.


30 posted on 01/23/2012 11:36:51 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: for-q-clinton

Unless this happens to a prominent Democrat (or minority), nothing will change.


31 posted on 01/23/2012 11:43:24 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: MichaelCorleone
"No evidence it was politically motivated as far as I can tell."

It's all politically motivated, the fact not withstanding that the TSA goons themselves may be oblivious to that fact. I'm not saying Rand was singled out for who he is, but rather that the motivations for running every flying American traveler through this circus has more to do with politics, political theater and political power than it has to do with legitimate security.

32 posted on 01/23/2012 12:01:21 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: for-q-clinton
“This technology uses the same generic image for all passengers to further protect passengers privacy. When an alarm occurs a yellow box indicates where an anomaly is. A targeted pat down is used to resolve the alarm.”

Keep in mind that the average human has one lactating breast, one testicle, one ovary, etc. I reckon they could pull over just about anyone, and the better...> ahem < their assets, the more they might not fit the 'profile', and thus require a 'pat down' grope.

33 posted on 01/23/2012 7:01:43 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: for-q-clinton

TSA did not detain the US Senator like they did not pull those old ladies’ pants down! I beleive the TSA sexual perverts! Everyone’s lying; trying to make Jan the Man and Obammy look bad!

And the DOJ did not run guns to Mexico and President O baaaa ma does not pay off his donars with billions in energy contracts! All the economic stimulous money was spent in the US! Obamacare has no death panels! Everyone will get to keep their health insurance and costs will go down! Democracy will be great for the Middle East and the Muslim Brotherhood are moderate Muslims! /s/


34 posted on 01/23/2012 7:32:51 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Gene Eric

If they are gloating, he should tie them in knots. This is waaaaar!


35 posted on 01/23/2012 7:34:20 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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