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Rand Paul Detained by TSA in Nashville

Rand Paul's Facebook account just posted that Senator Rand Paul was detained by the TSA in Nashville with more information coming when available.

Anyone else heard anything about this?

Update from Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71818.html

Update from ABC (with video): http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/rand-paul-in-pa...

Slate: Detention Unconstitutional: http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/01/23/don_t_touch_ran...

White House Sides with TSA:

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The metal detectors at the airport

have to have ways to activate the alarm, or deactivate the alarm manually. I think this because my spouse has seen, on numerous occasions, Arabs in native dress pass through the magnetometer holding a big set of keys and talking on their cell phones, and the alarm did not go off.

Fox Censors Ron Paul

Why is it that TheHill runs this quote in full:

"One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities," he continued. "The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe. That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA."

And Fox cuts it short like this:

"The police state in this country is growing out of control. One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe," Paul said.

Pathatic Fox News... wouldn't want anything that points out how Paul is the only one planning to cut the TSA left in the race would we???

Comments on Rand Paul's interview on CNN

Rand is not blaming the individuals for doing their job, but the screeners for not screening properly???

I would think that these people are fully responsible for representing an oppressive regime. If a hired killer is responsible for killing for money, then why are the individuals not responsible for ripping the Constitution and for getting salaries doing it?

[sarcasm]But of course, no one blames all the people who enlisted in Hitler Jugend, SS, Gestapo. As long as it is for the right and noble cause - the safety of the Homeland (then called Fatherland), it is OK and we should not blame the people for choosing to work for an oppressive organization and for ripping the Constitution![/sarcasm]

I disagree with Rand's soft position on this! Even though he advocates frequent flyer programs, etc, he is dealing with the symptom and not the cause. He had a perfect opportunity to redeclare his war on TSA, but essentially he reaffirmed their ruthless activities.


I have hope for Rand but he is not his father. He totally sidestepped his father's statement when confronted with it by Wolf Blitzer.

Makes me think, even more, that Ron is our last, best hope for Liberty.

He did not even BEGIN to pull a punch on this one, and Rand was polliticking the whole time.

That's why people LOVE Ron, and have Hope for Rand!

Ron Paul 2012!!

'Live for yourself, there's no one else more worth living for,
Begging hands and bleeding hearts
Will only cry out for more...'


I noticed that too. He is slick.

What did he say? Anyone have

What did he say? Anyone have the clip?

I hope Dr Paul doesn't let

I hope Dr Paul doesn't let this good crisis go to waste! :p

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Are you letting this

go to waste? Do something exceptional. Please!

“The Senators and

“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.”

-United States Constitution, Article One, Section 6, Clause 1-

This is exactly why that was written.

The TSA is a government program being used to stop a Senator that doesn't always agree with them. This is plain old harassment. What if he was heading to vote on something very important and he missed his vote over this. I find it sad they can detain a Senator but a foreigner who has diplomatic immunity can rape, kill, or steal and walk right out of this country. The elites want to make it so they can have international immunity and everyone else will be locked in some police state hell.


I can't remember but Ron made this comment and I meant to post it on here. Wonder why Rand didn't use it.

I am not so sure

your government care about your constitution anymore.

Wow,Good find,Is this the case?


If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

It's called the "Speech or

It's called the "Speech or Debate Clause" of the U.S. Constitution. And yes, all the determinate facts match up perfectly. I can't think of a more clear and direct violation of the U.S. Constitution in modern history.

Good job !

Now how do we get it air time?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Hopefully, in the debate

Hopefully, in the debate tonight or another night. I hope the campaign staff prepped Ron Paul on the "Speech or Debate Clause," for tonight's debate.

It's not something that comes up often and most people just instinctively think about the 4th amendment, (which applies also in this case but is not as clear and obvious a Constitutional violation as the Speech or Debates clause.)


I have discovered that WE are Ron Paul.It takes a while for him to receive the message.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Rand Paul will be on Freedom Watch tonight



Who cares?

It is up to the people to affect a revolution. Not poor Dr. Paul being a lone voice on a faux news program. Grow some balls people.

This is big stuff. Ron could

This is big stuff. Ron could come off as quite appealing if he attacks the TSA from a more personal position from now on. I see this as being huge for the movement.

How are you personally attacking the TSA?

Are you doing anything? Are you running these TSA bastards out of your neighborhood? Are you planning a protest. Or are you hiding behind your keyboard?

And you're doing what exactly?

Oh yeah, hiding behind your keyboard.

Dug this up for you.

Message Subject: You have been warned.
Message Text:
Listen Adrian, You represent me. You work for me. If you continue to support the loss of our liberties through votes supporting foreign wars that are entered into unconstitutionally, I will not support you any more. I was a delegate in 2008. You never supported our country through military service yet you are willing to sacrifice our young boys for the benefit of the military industrial complex. How about national security. Please tell me how 50,00 troops in South Korea are keeping me safe in SW Nebraska, or maybe how all the other 130+ bases are achieving the same? Tell me you are not just another scumbag that is in the political chase to pad your own pocket. Who do you support now that Michelle is gone? Please do not send me a canned thank-you note from your ilk. Talk to me if you wish to represent me. Thank-you Rex ******* M*******, NE

I have a meetup group.

I have had 2 town meetings and 5 sign holding events. I have met personally with my state senators. etc etc... Listen, I am not here to blow my horn but to blow some air up your ass and get your motivated. If nothing else buy a couple of guns and learn how to reload. I am so sorry for the likes of you.

Rand on CNN

In the age of executive

In the age of executive dominance, these encroachments are the natural offspring—an insidious offspring. Enlarge the executive—with emoluments, sinecures, jobbery, overgrown military and enforcement establishments—and you will see, in due time, the abuse of power, destruction of civil liberty, and other treacherous progenies. The fact that Rand, a senator, was detained shows the utter contempt and arrogance of these ragamuffins. And while I’m not trying to be tendentious with regards to Rand (he being a senator), this episode does show further danger brewing in these departments—for all people.

The liberty of the people has been pruned, nurtured by the Congress, and fed to the ravenous appetite of executive gourmands.

This may be interesting to see if used in the debates.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

CNN Interview

Rand Paul will be on with Wolf Blitzer for an interview during the next hour (3-4pm CST) in regards to his TSA detainment.

"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let's all turn on CNN and cheerlead

him while we do nothing to further liberty. Turn off your mush- headed TV and get off your dumb ass and organize a rally, or a meeting, or spam your dirty vile senator or representatives. Just do something other than watch TV and exclaim your patriotism behind your keyboard. Do you really think you are like a founding father while doing nothing other than posting MSM media links. Come on America, wake up!!! Out founding fathers risked their lives for liberty. Who here is willing to do the same?

Had this been anyone else, he would have been interrogated for

hours and then likely arrested for refusing the patdown.