The Revolution is in full civil liberties mode today, as Rand Paul is stopped by the TSA in Nashville, Tennessee and he refused patdown. He was then ‘detained’ for awhile before buying another ticket and going through successfully. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura also had a run-in with the TSA awhile back and filed a lawsuit soon after.
In response Ron Paul tweeted:
My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming.
My history with the TSA is compliance and anger. At the Cincinnati airport, which is actually in Kentucky, I went through the scanners but they still did the patdown even though I had nothing on to trigger the machine. Both butt cheeks were patted, if you are keeping score.
My wife and kid were waiting and I went and got my stuff. There was a TSA employee talking to another TSA and saying.
I told the cop you are not protecting or serving anybody.
The irony was too much to ignore so I told him,
You guys are not protecting anybody either.
He asked me to repeat myself, which I did and he replied,
If you have a problem with it then drive.
So then I did what any man would with a woman telling him to shut up, I grabbed my stuff, walked away and told him he was an asshole.
When Jesse Ventura did this many people dismissed it as Ventura just being crazy. Rand Paul on the other hand might make the message resonate louder. Also, if you are rich like him, maybe it’s worth paying for another ticket so a grown man is not touching your ass.
Update: More details stream in. Here are some quotes:
The White House spokesman Jay Carney:
Let’s be clear, the passenger was not detained. He was escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement.
Rand Paul responded:
If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention?
I tried to leave the cubicle to speak to one of the TSA people and I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle!’ So, that, to me sounds like I’m being asked not to leave the cubicle. It sounds a little bit like I’m being detained.