My Favorite Republican: Detained by TSA

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    Jan 23, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has been detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after refusing to a full body pat-down. A Paul staffer confirmed on Twitter that he was being detained in Nashville

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/318345#ixzz1kJxljTJM

    I'm with Rand Paul on this....

    What is your position on radiation scanners and full body pat-downs?
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    I agree with Paul, but he's still a nutjob.
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidWhat is your position on radiation scanners and full body pat-downs?



    There seems to be a lot of confusion today over whether or not Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was detained by the TSA in a Nashville airport.

    Paul refused a pat down in the airport this morning while he was on his way to the anti-abortion "March For Life" rally in D.C. After his scan triggered an alarm, TSA agents tried to pat him down. Paul refused, offering a second scan instead. When the TSA agents insisted on the scan and Paul still did not comply, he was escorted out of the security area. He missed his flight, but was booked on a later one.

    Soon after, his communications director Moira Bagley tweeted, "Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He's currently being detained by TSA in Nashville."

    Paul's father, presidential candidate Ron Paul, also responded to the incident, tweeting, "My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming."

    The TSA said Paul wasn't "detained" at any point and issued this statement disputing the claim:


    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.


    Rand's Chief of Staff Doug Stafford seemed to back track when he responded to the TSA's statement, telling the Daily Caller, "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."

    Rand Paul, a Republican, has long been a vocal critic of the TSA's screening practices.

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


    The question is, what does detained mean? Turned away?

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    Jan 23, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    ‎*A quick lesson in irony* Rand Paul claims he was "detained" by TSA agents for refusing a full body pat down, calling it government intrusion and an attack on his civil liberties...bitch was on his way to a freaking anti-choice rally *irony*


    He wasn't even detained!
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidI agree with Paul, but he's still a nutjob.


    Oh yeah, he jumps the shark...but I like that he draws a line in the sand on individual privacy.
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    Hmmm. Sounds like somebody may have been "packing heat"?
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidHmmm. Sounds like somebody may have been "packing heat"?


    In his knee?
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidI agree with Paul, but he's still a nutjob.


    This is gonna be shocker and I won't engaged in the personal attacks, but I'm not at all fond of Rand Paul.
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    http://gawker.com/5878427/rand-paul-is-so-full-of-shit-about-being-detained-by-the-tsa

    Gawker covered the story best.
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said‎*A quick lesson in irony* Rand Paul claims he was "detained" by TSA agents for refusing a full body pat down, calling it government intrusion and an attack on his civil liberties...bitch was on his way to a freaking anti-choice rally *irony*

    He wasn't even detained!

    Yeah, he was never detained, that's a PR fantasy from his staff and right-wing media. He was just denied clearance through the security point, because he refused to comply with a pat-down after the scanner alerted.

    So if a scanner alerts for a terrorist, and the terrorist refuses a pat-down, does TSA just cave and let him through anyway? Where's our security then?

    I've been patted-down, just because I had a 1-way ticket bought the day before for a Veterans Administration exam in a different State. The fucking US government bought my ticket, it was coded that way, and I still got pulled aside because I met some risk profile they have for 1-way tickets bought just before the flight. OK, it didn't hurt me, and I felt a lot more secure on that plane knowing they were checking to that degree.

    Rand Paul is an idiot, and if we followed his policies our planes would once again be crashing into skyscrapers. Which would promptly be blamed by the right-wing on President Obama. The same right-wing that gave Bush a total pass on 9/11. It's sickening, and totally politcal. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    It's remarkable that there remain those who attempt to tout the party line on this - ie Obama's. If you can't leave an area that's not a detention?

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/23/rand-paul-on-tsa-detainment-i-was-barked-at-do-not-leave-the-cubicle/

    It would seem to me that the idiots here aren't Rand Paul.
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
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    DoomsDayAlpaca said‎*A quick lesson in irony* Rand Paul claims he was "detained" by TSA agents for refusing a full body pat down, calling it government intrusion and an attack on his civil liberties...bitch was on his way to a freaking anti-choice rally *irony*

    He wasn't even detained!

    Yeah, he was never detained, that's a PR fantasy from his staff and right-wing media. He was just denied clearance through the security point, because he refused to comply with a pat-down after the scanner alerted.

    So if a scanner alerts for a terrorist, and the terrorist refuses a pat-down, does TSA just cave and let him through anyway? Where's our security then?

    I've been patted-down, just because I had a 1-way ticket bought the day before for a Veterans Administration exam in a different State. The fucking US government bought my ticket, it was coded that way, and I still got pulled aside because I met some risk profile they have for 1-way tickets bought just before the flight. OK, it didn't hurt me, and I felt a lot more secure on that plane knowing they were checking to that degree.

    Rand Paul is an idiot, and if we followed his policies our planes would once again be crashing into skyscrapers. Which would promptly be blamed by the right-wing on President Obama. The same right-wing that gave Bush a total pass on 9/11. It's sickening, and totally politcal. icon_razz.gif


    One of the worst things you can do is a one way ticket. Paying with cash would have made it a bit worse.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 23, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    If he's allowed to refuse the body scan AND the pat down, then EVERYBODY is allowed to refuse.
    That would include everybody who attempts to sneak a bomb aboard the plane.
    Tell Mr. Paul to turn his stupid ass around and get out of the airport.

    No flight for you !
  • mke_bt

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    Jan 24, 2012 1:11 AM GMT

    Wouldn't his hairpiece be considered a lethal weapon?
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    Jan 24, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    The asshole was treated like any other adult. He can whine like the bitch he is until I get tired..icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif