TSA Critic, Senator Rand Paul, Prevented By TSA From Getting On His Flight To DC

from the he-might-be-a-terrorist dept

Senator Rand Paul has frequently criticized the TSA and its security theater at airports both for being intrusive and (more importantly) for not being effective. He's made the point repeatedly that it's a mistake to simply assume everyone may be a terrorist. So it's interesting to note that Paul himself was unable to board his flight to DC today after the TSA refused to let him through security. Apparently the scanner machine spotted something, and Paul refused a pat down. There was some dispute over whether or not he was "detained." The TSA denies "detention," which actually is an important issue, since you cannot detain elected officials on their way to Congress, according to Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution:
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.
While the TSA says this wasn't a detention, it does raise questions over whether or not Senator Paul was "questioned in any other Place" while "going to..." his "respective" House. The White House put out a statement that kinda misses the point:
"I think it is absolutely essential that we take the necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe, and I believe that’s what TSA is tasked with doing."
Sure, it's essential. But does anyone think that patting down a US Senator has anything to do with ensuring that air travel is safe?


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    xenomancer (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:53pm

    Du-uh

    Obviously he was a could-be-a-terrorist and therefore deserved the crotch penalty. That, or they were just trying to pleasure a politician into seeing things their way and Senator Paul refused before they could get their hands on his representative.

    /obv-sarc

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:58pm

    "I think it is absolutely essential that we take the necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe, and I believe thatís what TSA is tasked with doing."
    Umm... yeah except I don't think anyone was asking what TSA was tasked with..

     

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    Kevin H (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    "Sure, it's essential."

    That's debatable.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:04pm

    Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    I see your constitutional quote, but wish it weren't true. Goose, Gander, etc.

    But, seriously, how does the average TSA goon know that he is looking at a Senator on his way to Congress? If there is ID or documentation, are they trained to recognize it and validate it? Could it be fake? Could this be a terrorist impersonating a politician?

    In a country where nobody knows the politicians:
    http://www.people-press.org/2007/04/15/public-knowledge-of-current-affairs-little-chan ged-by-news-and-information-revolutions/
    ...should we expect the TSA agents to know better?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:05pm

    This is starting to become a weird year, with Ron Paul and the Tea Party realizing government intrusion and censorship is bad, I'm starting to actually like them now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:12pm

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    If the "Tea Party" and OWS realized they're on the same side, there could be some major changes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    But, seriously, how does the average TSA goon know that he is looking at a Senator on his way to Congress?

    Because it's really difficult for TSA employees to uphold the Constitution, it follows that the TSA should be excused from their duty.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:13pm

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    I doubt the media will allow that, divide and conquer and all that.

     

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    Blaine (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:16pm

    New Product Idea

    I'm going to take two sticks, on one I'll write TSA on the other DHS. As you wander around the airport, if you bang them together while shouting "I give up my rights for 'security'" it will cut your chances of being involved in a terrorist incident in half.

     

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    AB, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    He can't get on the plane without adequate ID, and from there it only takes a couple of quick phone calls to confirm that he is on his way to/from work. In addition I imagine the senate building carries visual records which can easily and quickly be accessed and transferred via modern communication methods for further confirmation.

    The purpose of that rule is to ensure that a member's vote/speech can't be silenced by 'accidentally' arresting them.

    Of course this only applies to the matter of detention. That doesn't excuse him from any other TSA idiocy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:20pm

    He rang the bell in the scanner, and refused a secondary pat down as a result, and was refused access to the secure area. This is all as it should be.

    The question you should be asking is what the Senator was hiding or trying to hide. Clearly, he didn't want a secondary pat down, which would suggest he might have been trying to slide something past the TSA to make a point. He failed, and left. He came back later and took another flight, passing security without problem. It makes me think he got rid of whatever was setting off the alarms.

     

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    blaktron (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:23pm

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    Are you saying that your country is at threat from its elected officials? Go crazier, friend, go crazier.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    Well...my 4th amendment rights don't seem to apply when I pass through security. I'm not happy about that.

    As a priority, I'll spend a lot more energy fighting for the general public's rights at TSA than I would ever spend defending a Congressperson's special privilege (Constitutional or not.)

    I can pick my battles, this wouldn't be the first one.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:27pm

    Re: New Product Idea

    I'm sorry. Your sticks have been confiscated to order to keep our skies safe from protesters in the airport terminals.

    You may petition us to get them back, but you are better off waiting until one of low level agents steals them from our evidence storage and sells them on Ebay.

    Thank you for your forced cooperation,
    TSA

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:27pm

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    You think Ron Paul only just realized that government intrusion into our lives is bad?

    I can point you to videos from 30 years ago where he says the same things he says now. :P

     

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    C.A.Brobst (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:28pm

    TSA

    Arrest the Constitution violators! Put them in Federal prison. I despise Paul as a racist and a 1%er, but we must protect the Constitution.

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:28pm

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    I think he has pins in one of his knees.

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:29pm

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    Either that, or it detected a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution and sounded the alarm.

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:32pm

    Re: TSA

    I despise Paul as a racist and a 1%er
    Make Note: This is what happens when you get your news from MSNBC, folks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:32pm

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    Are you saying that your country is at threat from its elected officials?

    No, I am suggest that grand standing politicians aren't beyond trying to sneak something onto a plane in order to try to make a point about the TSA. He should have manned up and taken the pat down like every other citizen would do in that position.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Are you saying that your country is at threat from its elected officials? Go crazier, friend, go crazier.

    I'll say this country is in danger from its elected officials. Not in the form of terrorist activities, but just from sheer incompetance, greed and corruption.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    I'm the opposite...

    I refuse to go through a body scanner in order to board my plane - so I opt for the pat-down every single time. I realize that this is a blatant invasion of my personal space and privacy - and yet, I choose this because I believe it is the lesser of the two evils.

    I would rather force some TSA agent to put his hands on me every single time I show up at the airport, reminding him that this is what his organization demands of a fellow citizen - than to give them an "out" by going through their invasive (and potentially harmful) machine instead. I want them to know that I have a choice and will exercise it - and I feel better about the choice I'm making.

    If everyone had to do the patdowns - rather than be allowed to pass through this invasive "naked scanner" machine, which may or may not ultimately cause cancer someday, then I think the requirements would change pretty quickly.

    The conspiracy theorist in me believes that these requirements were very much pushed by the corporations that produce these body scanners and similar invasive technology so that they could unload their technology on the domestic market and rake in the taxpayer-funded-government-subsidies.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:34pm

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    "The Paul staffer said TSA agents would not let Paul walk back through the body scanner and were demanding a full body pat-down."

    Seems to me the fair thing to do would have been to let him try again. You see it all the time at the courthouse. Someone forgets something and you go oh crap my keys, or whatever, then take them out and try again. Simple. But not when you do things the TSA way.

    Which is still fucking stupid because if you got that far you still could blow a whole lotta shit up.

    "He came back later and took another flight" - Where did you get that from?

    Didnt watch the video did ya?

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    > Because it's really difficult for TSA employees to uphold
    > the Constitution, it follows that the TSA should be
    > excused from their duty.


    That's a good start.

    It's also really difficult for the police, military, congress, courts and executive branch to uphold the constitution. They should be excused from constitutional compliance also.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    When I click on both insightful and funny, I think that means "it would be funny if it weren't so sad".

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    The problem is if this happened to you ABC wouldnt be covering it.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:39pm

    I have to fly in February and now I only fly to visit my Parents.Otherwise I do not ever fly and I hate having to fly and be treated like I am a criminal.
    Every year we are losing more and more of our Rights.Soon we will be living in an openly 1984 Police Stare.We sure are getting closer and closer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:39pm

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    you're kidding right? since when has the Tea Party ever supported big government (synonymous with government intrusion)?

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:43pm

    Re: I'm the opposite...

    The conspiracy theorist in me believes that these requirements were very much pushed by the corporations that produce these body scanners and similar invasive technology so that they could unload their technology on the domestic market and rake in the taxpayer-funded-government-subsidies.
    I wouldn't call that a conspiracy theory. I actually thought it was a well-known fact . . .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    The Five Members

    The Five Members
    Early In January 1642, King Charles I ordered the Attorney-General to indict for treason the five members of the House of Commons and one member of the House of Lords who were most prominent in Parliament's attempt to transfer control of the armed forces away from the Crown.†.†.†.

    On 3 January, a herald was sent to the House of Commons to order that the Five Members be handed over to answer the charges against them. The House refused to comply with the King's command because it was an infringement of parliamentary privilege. The following afternoon, 4 January 1642, Charles marched to Westminster at the head of a body of soldiers and retainers, intending to arrest the Five Members in person. Leaving the soldiers at the door, he entered the Chamber of the House of Commons and †.†.†.†.

    The Five Members were: John Pym, John Hampden, Denzil Holles, Sir Arthur Hesilrige and William Strode. Lord Mandeville (the future Earl of Manchester) was also to be arrested.†.†.†.

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    He should have manned up and taken the pat down like every other citizen would do in that position.
    And by "man up", you mean "meekly submit"?

    We have very different definitions of "man up" . . .

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re:

    While I wouldn't consider myself hostile to the tea party, the whole "keep the government's hands off my medicare/social security" was kinda ridiculous.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    And nor would Fox be crying "Democrat exceptionalism!!!!"

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:52pm

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    Apparently, not everyone likes a free grope. Who knew?

    /s

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:58pm

    We only have ourselves to blame.

    We demanded that something be done to keep us safe.

    Then it happened. Not that we're anymore safe, mind you.

    I think that Paul getting the same treatment as everyone else is a rare example of leveling the playing field.

    It is only we who can demand that these procedures change. You want to make that happen. STOP flying. Once you hit the corporati in their pockets, then they will tell the government to change the procedure.

    That's how this country works. Lovely, inn't it?

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:01pm

    Re: Re:

    I think a lot of Tea Partiers think the war is good and there are lots of terrorists just waiting to blow up the next bus full of children. Bachmann is supposedly Tea Party...turning gays straight thru hypnotism and all.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:06pm

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    I have read somewhere that the machines are also set to randomly alarm even if there isn't really an object so they can get their random grope quota in. Rand Paul even lifted his pant leg to show the part of his leg where the supposed "terrorist instrument" was detected. Knowing about the random alarm he suspected it to be just that...a search without reasonable cause.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:09pm

    Can there be any greater incompetence?

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:11pm

    Re: I'm the opposite...

    I do the same thing. My primary reason is that I don't trust the safety of the scanners, especially the backscatter machines. But my secondary reason is that I want to make explicit the invasive interaction that is occurring. My third reason is that it costs them more to pat me down than to scan me, and it slows down the line, so I see it as a mild form of civil disobedience.

     

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    jd2112 (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re:

    Are you saying that your country is at threat from its elected officials?

    Didn't the September 12th 2001 attacks prove that point?

     

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    illuminaut (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:11pm

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    You're making assumptions about something you don't even know enough about to get the most basic facts straight. Just having read a single news article about this you'd know that nothing you're saying has actually happened.

     

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    aster, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:12pm

    How its done in Thailand

    This is how its done!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0an4lZ9bk

    A Thai official shows an airport worker what he thinks of the pat down.

    And a side note Thailand actually has terrorist attacks on soil regularly.

     

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    Jamie, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re:

    The Tea party types keep pushing abortion and contraception restrictions, not to mention limitations on collective bargaining (I guess corporations have freedom of speech, but workers can't freely assemble). Not to mention the Keystone pipeline, which means lots of emmanent domain suits depriving random people of their property all along the route. Rock, on, Kylo.

    They like big government just fine.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:31pm

    The constitution also says
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,

    When I am radiated or grouped I do not feel secure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:34pm

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    I think that Paul getting the same treatment as everyone else is a rare example of leveling the playing field.


    Except that Paul isn't the one you want getting stopped. You want someone who supported this crap to get stopped and have to go through it. THAT'S when things will change.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:35pm

    Duh

    I can just see the stupefied blank looks Paul would have gotten had he quoted Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution to the typical TSA worker.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    > But, seriously, how does the average TSA
    > goon know that he is looking at a Senator
    > on his way to Congress?

    All members carry official credentials.

     

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    Mike C. (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:42pm

    Re: Re:

    One of my friends who is a Tea Party member said that at a Christmas party this year. He was thinking if he could get the Tea Party and OWS to drop the anger and coordinate on the issues they had in common to get them resolved, real change could be had. Once the common ground was dealt with, they would, of course, have to go their separate ways though.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:53pm

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    It's possible, but more likely just an anomaly as was stated that may have been shown by allowing him a second scan as he requested.

    I disagree about your "manning up and taking the pat down" position like "every other citizen" would. There are plenty of people out there that would take great offense at being a) treated like a criminal and b) groped intrusively by a stranger. Would you want your daughter or grandmother to be violated in that manner for doing nothing wrong? The TSA is out of control, and I find it difficult to understand or respect those who support their efforts. So far they have contributed absolutely nothing to the security of this country.

    Personally, I have a problem with the scanners and would opt for the pat down right off the bat. The scanners amount to pornography, and no one is taking nudie pics of me without the proper compensation. The pat down on the other hand is like a free groping, and I would do everything in my power to become aroused and make the situation as awkward as possible for the TSA agent! :0

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:19pm

    Re: Re:

    Could have been anyone...so long as he or she is a member of the elite...fair game in my book. Show 'em how the other 99ers live.

    And let's face it, Paul wouldn't think twice about shitting on you if you're not in his class.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Wait what

     

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    bosconet (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:32pm

    let's not forget TSA is part of the executive branch

    and by denying Senator Paul access to his flight is effectively preventing a sitting member of the legislative branch from attending to his official duties. This is effectively an abuse of the powers of the Executive branch which is EXACTLY what that section of the Constitution is seeking to restrict.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Apparently, not everyone likes a free grope. Who knew?

    I guess it depends on who does the groping. I tried to ask them for the beautiful blond bombshell to give me the grope, but they wanted a smelly old man to do it instead. Gotta draw the line somewhere.

     

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    HrilL, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:59pm

    Re: TSA

    Do you even know anything about Rand and Ron Paul? Both are no where near being racists or 1%ers. Both believe in private property rights, small government that follows the constitution, and personal liberties.

    Perhaps you should do a little research for yourself and not believe the lies the mass media produces. You might be surprised how much you actually support What the Paul's are doing in governement.

     

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    HrilL, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 5:05pm

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    Your lack of any rational thought is shining brightly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 5:07pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Then you know nothing about the Tea Party. Perhaps you should educate yourself. http://teaparty.org/

     

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    HrilL, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 5:07pm

    Re: let's not forget TSA is part of the executive branch

    Paul should sue the executive branch and see how far it gets. Seems like the only way to get our rights back little by little is to sue for them but sadly the lower courts seem to think its a joke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 5:59pm

    Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    Groped nothing- I think the congress should get body cavity searches just on principle.

     

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    M, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:05pm

    Have you read the damn article?

    Mike, I usually enjoy your articles, but this time you failed to understand something - something that most people missed, in fact. He WAS NOT on his way to the Senate! He was going to speak at the "Right to Life" rally! He says so himself in the video on the ABC article. So there was no law being broken.

    Now besides that, the TSA is bullshit and shouldnt be allowed to do this in the first place, but I am glad that they didn't give him any special treatment. He was on his way to speak somewhere, but had no official thing to go to (as opposed to going to a Senate vote or something), that makes him just another citizen. They're crappy rules the TSA has, but if you're going to have them, dont give special breaks to people.

     

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    Clous, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:31pm

    TSA

    You have it the other way around Mike -- the worst thing about the TSA and its practices is that it is / they are intrusive. A violation of our 4th Amendment rights to reasonable search and seizure.

     

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    blaktron (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:42pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    This is actually the first thing when I re-read my own comment, should have specified.

    Love the name btw, played WoW a while back with a Nastybutler

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:44pm

    Re: Have you read the damn article?

    He WAS NOT on his way to the Senate!

    Senate Floor Schedule
    Monday, Jan 23, 2012

    2:00 p.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

    4:00 p.m.: Proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of John M. Gerrard to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska.

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:59pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Or perhaps the October 26, 2001 attack?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:20pm

    Re:

    The Tea Party already has part of the equation, they know how to get their own people in congress, now they must find a way to draft their own bills and then put people in congress to pass those bills.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:46pm

    Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    Yes, I expect they should have some training into recognizing certain forms of identification and documentation. That is part of their job. I also expect them to have a higher than normal knowledge/recognition ability of a larger number of higher profile individuals. That again is a function of their job. And most importantly, given the massive amounts of money spent on "Security theater" I'd expect an easy and quick way for them to ascertain some of this information. The fact that I can pull up a picture of any politician in a matter of seconds, and they apparently cannot, to me is a major cause for concern.

    Not to mention that if terrorist can that convincingly imitate public government officials, we're in far more trouble than what he has in his pockets.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 10:22pm

    Re:

    1984 Police Stare


    Big Brother is watching

     

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    M, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 10:37pm

    Re: Re: Have you read the damn article?

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/rand-paul-in-pat-down-standoff-with-tsa-in-nashville/ Check out the video.

    Here's the good bit:
    "You know, I was trying to get up here, I had probably the biggest speech of my career, I was going to speak to 200,000 people at the March For Life on the Mall"

    I don't care what the schedule says, RAND PAUL himself says he was NOT GOING TO THE SENATE.

     

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    Richard (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 10:56pm

    Terrorist Senators

    Surely if a senator wanted to execute a truly diabolical terrorist attack on America, they would just vote for SOPA/PIPA?

     

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    Dennis Lane, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 11:34pm

    Let the jerks do their business

    Just asking, of course, but has anyone masturbated almost to a conclusion, kept themselves at the point of no return by a little pocket billiards, and then let a TSA crotchpat finish him off?

    Who would be at fault? The person going through security with a hard on or the TSA official manipulating a suspicious package?

     

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    WysiWyg (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 12:31am

    A turning point?

    "I think it is absolutely essential that we take the necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe, and I believe thatís what TSA is tasked with doing."

    Not even the White House seem to know what the purpose of TSA is anymore. Perhaps they have started to question if this is the right way to do things? One could hope...

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 1:57am

    We just don't learn

    If the SOPA/PIPA confrontation has taught us anything, it's taught us that the internet is an extremely powerful communications platform that can drive change in the US. With the aid of key sites, millions of voices can be heard at once and help to influence Congress.

    While its obvious to just about everyone except the TSA that their procedures are moronic, simply stating that on blogs isn't enough. Obama promised change, but there is no way that one man can alter the corruption in Congress. Seems like Google and Facebook should come up with some sort of system that can help to direct our voices, then maybe we can be done with this TSA bullshit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 2:04am

    to me this shows that law enforcement, in whatever form or dept, is over reaching and has too much power. when even a senator cant get through an airport? OTT

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 2:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Have you read the damn article?

    I don't care what the schedule says

    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 2nd Session
    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation John M. Gerrard, of Nebraska, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska )

    Vote Date: January 23, 2012, 05:32 PM

    ...
    Paul (R-KY), Nay
    ...

     

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    Bill Fisher, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 3:19am

    TSA Police State

    There were no airline attacks between 2001 and 2010 and TSA didnít need feel up little kids, strip search old ladies, remove diapers from incontinent passengers or irradiate and take nude photos of people then. In ten years TSA has not caught one terrorist.

    They didnít find one item in 2011 because of the scanners or groping. Over 90% of items were found using the x-ray belt and walk through metal detectors. They are only groping people to get them to use the scanners and funnel more money to the scanner manufacturers that former TSA head, Michael Chertoff, now represents.

    Over 1.3 million Americans have died in defense of the liberties that TSA is trampling. Cowards who defend TSAís violation of the 4th Amendment in exchange for false security are a pitiful and dishonor the sacrifice of those heroes.

    This agency and its workers are a national disgrace and should be replaced with a system that actually works. Thankfully Rand Paul and a few other legislators are trying to preserve our liberties and stop the ascent of the American police state.

    TSA Crimes & Abuses
    bit.ly/TravelUndergroundTSAabuses

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 4:19am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Are you saying that your country is at threat from its elected officials? Go crazier, friend, go crazier.

    I'll say this country is in danger from its elected officials. Not in the form of terrorist activities, but just from sheer incompetance, greed and corruption.


    I'm from Indiana... my elected officials have tried to take loaded guns through airport security.

     

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    hegemon13, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 6:57am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Once the common ground was dealt with, they would, of course, have to go their separate ways though."

    Sure, but that's okay. That's why coalitions are so much more effective than compromise. Compromise means nobody involved gets what they want. For the people, compromise usually means symbolic, ineffective legislation that doesn't work.

    Coalition means that people can put aside unrelated differences and work together to achieve the things they agree on. It means that all involved can passionately support the results, even when they disagree on other things.

    Compromise is a nasty symptom of collectivism, the our-team-against-their-team mentality that dominates our partisan duopoly. Coalition is a positive symptom of individualism, something we value highly as a society. Individualism is what allows people of differing political persuasion, moral codes, race, gender, you-name-it to be fast friends, despite their differences. We see it all the time in everyday life. We rarely see it in politics, except for a few exceptions (Frank, the Pauls, Kucinich, Nader, Wyden, to name a few). If we elected politicians as individuals, completely ignoring their "team," we'd see a lot more cooperation through coalition.

     

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    System Operator, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 7:08am

    Just another publicity stunt

    RAND "Corp" P$AUL is just another wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Do not be fooled by this smooth operator. Like father like son in this case. These guys are both super deep moles who deny their MA$ONIC leadership roles let alone their connections. They are masters of deception, remember Ron P$AUL's inexplicable Bruno "appearance"? Inexplicable to fools alone.

    These are as vermin like creatures you will ever know, fools like these are VERY dangerous self-deceivers.

    Need anyone be reminded how Rand P$aul advocated attendees, not leaders, but attendees, of so called "anti-american" rallies be jailed & deported ?

    These are power hungry fools who will do or say anything.

    Please pray for their rapid recovery from their self-deception.

    To refresh your memory please watch these videos here: http://goo.gl/tz5Ro

    and read more here: http://goo.gl/mhslo

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 7:15am

    Re: Re:

    Ron Paul is not Rand Paul.

    Read Carefully.
    Ron = Father, Presidential Candidate, and Texas Rep
    Rand = Son, Senator of Kentucky

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 7:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Oops, Sorry Chris, I didn't realize the AC used Ron Paul in the original Comment. My Bad.

     

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    Eponymous Coward (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 7:55am

    Re:

    The initial scan showed an 'anomaly' in an area on one of his legs. Senator Paul then proceeded to lift up his pant leg to show them the area highlighted by the scan, basically saying "Oh, the man-sized microwave says there's something weird right here? Let's look right here then." TSA was not appeased by his showing them bare skin in the EXACT SPOT where the scan claimed there might be something dodgy, and instead wanted to give him the third-base treatment. When Rand replied, in essence, that he was saving himself for marriage, they took umbrage and detained him, making him miss his flight.

    Paul went beyond a pat-down, baring skin to show the TSA that there was nothing there, and yet they still wanted to touch his naughty bits.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 8:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I know what the Tea Party stands for...contradictory beliefs like much of the other movements. They're against big government trampling our freedoms unless it is for the principles they champion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 8:50am

    Re: Re: TSA

    Rand Paul believes restaurant owners should be allowed to refuse service to anyone other than white people. When an ideology becomes indistinguishable from racism, it is racism.

     

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    Jasep, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 9:07am

    Re: Just another publicity stunt

    First off, Ron Paul is not a Freemason, and to my knowledge, neither is his son, Rand. Second of all, Freemasonry is a fraternal organization, not a religion, and not a organization bent on World domination, and certainly not elitist, and you should be wearing a tin foil hat to spout otherwise.


    Freemasons were among those who founded the United States. Numerous politicians have been Freemasons. But no Presidents have been Freemasons since Gerald Ford.


    There are no "secret agendas" that are revealed at "higher" levels of Freemasonry. I should know, I am a Freemason, was the head of my lodge (called the "Worhipful Master," a reference to being full of worship, and the master of the Lodge), received the 32nd Degree in the Scottish Rite, and am a Shriner. About the most special privledge you could get by joining Freemasonry is to catch a break on a minor traffic ticket from a cop who also happens to be a Mason. That's about it... Oh,... and there's absolutely no devil worship, either. That's propaganda from tin-foil hat types who try to sell you anti-masonic "educational" materials.


    The "secrets" of Freemasonryare nothing more than private signs of recognition.

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Re: Re:

    Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't our elected officials currently our biggest threat?

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 10:00am

    Re: Re: Re:

    He was probably wearing those under wear with the fourth amendment printed on them in lead paint.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 10:56am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Where do I start with this?

    "The Tea party types keep pushing abortion and contraception restrictions"

    Restrictions on what we feel is murder is not "big government". And nobody is trying to outlaw condoms, although they may object if you want to spend their money to give them to children.

    "not to mention limitations on collective bargaining (I guess corporations have freedom of speech, but workers can't freely assemble). "

    I like how you think being forced to join a union is related to "freely assemble." They can freely assemble just fine on their own without being forced.

    "Not to mention the Keystone pipeline, which means lots of emmanent domain suits depriving random people of their property all along the route"

    You know, that sort of thing IS provided for in the Constitution. But we DO object when they do things like take someone's home to give the land to a corporation so they can put up a shopping mall, even if SCOTUS says it's technically constitutional.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 11:16am

    Looking through the comments on the linked ABC news article can be depressing. "It says right there on the ticket that they are allowed to do whatever they want to you." Hey, I think I'm going to set up shop as a ticket redistributor. Stapled to each ticket will be a contract giving me total control over their lives. They bought the ticket, so they obviously agreed to whatever happened to be on it, right?

    "Flying is not a right, he should have drove if he didn't want to be searched." Great, except if you drive, the police can stop you at random sobriety checkpoints with no probable cause. Because, you know, driving is not a right. And if you take the bus or the train, you're subject to search, because... Oh well, I guess they should walk. The Senators from Hawaii will be selected by triathalon - whoever can run to the shore, swim the Pacific, and then bike to Washington.

    "He was obviously hiding something, which is why he didn't want to be patted down." Which is why he wanted to step through the scanner again, and actually showed them his leg to prove there was nothing there?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    Re: Re: Have you read the damn article?

    "2:00 p.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business."

    I like how the Senate begins its "morning" business at the crack of 2 p.m. How do they manage to get themselves out of bed so early?

     

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    J E B, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re: Have you read the damn article?

    Supreme Court and tradition holds that it does not matter if he was going to the Senate at that point of time, it matters only that he was going to Washington DC while "Congress is in Session".

    As for Senator Paul being treated as if he were "just another citizen", that lacks the legal point of this matter. In this instance, of a sitting US Senator travelling to his "respective House", he is most definitely NOT "another citizen".

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: TSA

    I don't think racist jokes should be punishable by the government because I believe in free speech. Does that mean I'm a racist who supports racist speech?

    Private business should be allowed to choose who they do business with. If they are real assholes about it, I'll be right there picketing their business along with 99.9% of the population, but that doesn't mean we should write laws that tell people who they have to associate with on their own property.

    Turn off Maddow; engage the brain.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 1:50pm

    If you can't trust a U.S. Senator...

    ...

     

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    Cedric, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    Maybe they he had a cupcake.

    A TERRORIST cupcake.

     

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    blaktron (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 4:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: TSA

    Actually, Rand Paul believe restauranteers should have the right to destroy their business by refusing anyone for any reason, including white people if it so fits. Because he knows (or believes, depending on your take) that the free market will correct that mistake.

     

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    metalgoddess (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 7:10pm

    Re: Have you read the damn article?

    It doesn't hurt for these politicians to get a dose of what us normal folks put up with. I refuse to feel sorry for the guy. And you're right, A Right To Life rally has nothing to do with going to the White House or some other federal function. Rand might not be racist but he sure shows an inappropriate interest in what goes in my uterus. I take issue with that.

     

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    metalgoddess (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 7:12pm

    Re: Re:

    Do we know the mentality and sanity of all of our elected officials? I didn't think so.

     

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    Robert, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 9:45am

    Re:

    Hate to tell you, Ron Paul has consistantly known and stated government intrusion is bad(for over 30 years). That sucking sound you may hear is your head coming out of your ass. =)

     

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    tarran, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 2:31pm

    Re:

    Considering that Ron Paul got into politics because he saw the long term damage Nixon's interventions would inevitably cause, and someone had to stand up to them - I find the ignorance of your comment quite funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 6:14pm

    Re: Re: Congressmen Should Get Groped As Much As The Rest of Us

    Pretty high expectations for underpaid, under-trained thugs.

     

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