Republican Senator Rand Paul Detained By Obama TSA – Refuses Pat-down

Rand Paul speaks to reporters after the incident with TSA this morning. (WKRN)

Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was detained by TSA this morning after he refused a pat-down a the Nashville airport. The conservative senator was turned away after he refused the pat-down.
CNN reported:

Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.

Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.

Paul, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, is an outspoken critic of what he characterizes as an overly obtrusive federal government threatening to strip of citizens of various rights and civil liberties.

Really TSA? You turned away a US senator for safety concerns?

Senator Paul has been a harsh critic of the invasive searches by TSA in the past. Paul spoke out against the TSA policies during a hearing back in June 2011.

UPDATE: It was an illegal detention by TSA.
ABC reported:

The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they’re on the way to the Capital.

“The Senators and Representatives…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….” according to Article I, Section 6.

The Senate is back in session today at 2 p.m., with votes scheduled at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Sam

    Oh my goodness. Why does craziness follow the Pauls?

  • AliceL.

    I’m sick of TSA. My military son also got pulled out of the line!

  • Neo

    Detaining a US Senator is unconstitutional.

  • Remco Kimber

    Arrested as US Senator?

    Apparently there weren’t any wheelchair-bound 70-year grandmothers around.

    Rand Paul has courage. He will use incident to highlight the absurdity of all of this. Israel is the most coveted target of the planet’s murderous muslims. Yet Israel KNOWS how to profile and ID suspects.

    The purpose of the TSA, along with the vast number of other non-constitutional agencies, is to turn us from citizens to subjects, and to let us know our place, that place being way secondary to our august, ever-so-superior governments and their employees.

  • thenabd

    per Constitution

    Article I Section 6.
    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.

  • Mama Grizzly

    This is not “craziness” Sam — are you a troll??? Yes you are.

    Detaining a sitting US Senator is a serious overreach of the Executive Branch, specifically of the wannabe Dictator Obama.

    He is testing the waters of resistance to an Executive takeover of the Legislative Branch. How much “stink” will there be, or can Obama merely override the rights of the American People by punishing their representatives who call him to account?

    This detainment of a US Senator should send a chill and an alarm to every member of the Legislative and Judicial Branch. Checks and balances are there for a reason. And stopping a dictator and his crew of cooperators from gaining this level of power is one of them.

    Everyone should write their representatives and demand that the TSA be disempowered.

    It is common knowledge that things used to harm passenger planes are very small. The TSA routinely lets actual weapons through all the time, and that doesn’t even address the fact that the 1 quart bags of small amounts of liquids can be the exact issue. This is nothing but security theater and is meant to control the citizenry.

    I believe this is Obama’s “warning shot across the bow” moment to his opposition. His office will deny knowledge or consent, but unless there is a call to the TSA from the president, he is complicit and is continuing to show disregard for the rule of law.

  • Bloodless Coup

    This Senator is the perfect person to challenge a constant and grwoing violation of our 4th amendment rights in a court of law. Give em hell Senator!

  • #4………… is spot on………this is just the beginning …………..just sayin

  • More Liberty

    Craziness? How is trying to defend our US Constitution and our individual liberties constitute “craziness?”

    I’ll tell you what’s crazy:
    -$16 trillion of debt
    -Endless wars
    -TARP and Stimulus Bailouts
    -Guarding the borders of other countries like Afghanistan and South Korea while our border lays virtually wide open.
    -Having to submit to molestation or a jolt of radiation for wanting to travel about our country.

    I’m sorry Sam but the fact that you think someone standing up for our rights is “Craziness” is what is actually crazy.

  • cal rifkin


  • Sally

    They seem to have been instructed to be certain he missed his Senate session.

  • retire05

    Texas Congressman Dan Patrick (R- Houston) wrote a bill for the last Texas Congressional session that would make it illegal, in the State of Texas, for a TSA agent to violate the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens when exercising their right of the freedom of movement. TSA agents, who are NOT law enforcement officers, would have to have probable cause to search a passenger.

    The bill was submitted and had the votes to pass when the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote a letter to David Dewhurst, Lt. Gov. and who presides over the Texas Congress and Joe Strauss, Speaker of the House, warning that if the bill passed the federal goverment would be forced, due to national security, to shut down the air space, and consequently all air travel, in Texas.
    Dewhurst, and Strauss, having spines of cooked speghetti, caved and pulled the bill.

    During the special session called by Governor Perry, Perry personally put the bill back on the agenda. Again, Patrick seemed to think he had the votes to pass the bill, but Dewhurst and Strauss allowed federal TSA representatives to work the members of the House, once again with threats to shut down federal air space over Texas. Once again, having the votes to pass the bill, Patrick continued to lobby for it in spite of the threats from the Obama administration. Joe Strauss refused to allow the bill to come to a vote, and tabled it.

    You Texans remember that when it comes time to decide between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz who are both running to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison. And the rest of you need to remember that it is Texas, not D.C. that is fighting to maintain your Constitutionally guaranteed freedom.

  • shibumi

    Good for Rand Paul! He is showing courage when many of our supposed “leaders” are looking for more ways to turn this into a police state.

  • WW

    I can see turning away BHO for saftey concerns, but not Rand Paul!

  • StrangernFiction

    THANK YOU SENATOR PAUL! I’m no big fan of your father, but I couldn’t be more behind what you did here.

  • StrangernFiction

    Andy maybe, just maybe this will actually be discussed during a Republican debate now. Maybe.

  • Patty

    My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming.

  • Molon Labe

    The TSA is Obama’s Brownshirts. They also detained the ex gov of North Dakota who held the Medal of Honor. The TSA is a reminder of the dangers of a government run amuck.

  • Mama Grizzly

    Pistole looks like a perv to me.

    If the TSA really wanted to catch terrorists they would hire only Master’s Degree-level trained personnel who can analyze body language and behavior patterns.


    They hire brown shirts who will do what they’re told by the president and/Neapolitano.

    They also don’t do background checks on these people and a number of them are criminals.

    Do you want a criminal idiot, less than 100IQ moron to touch you or your children?

    That’s what you have with the TSA.

    That’s also what you have with the NSF.

    This is Obama’s “army.”

  • Patty

    Seems Rand Paul doesn’t like the invasion of Privacy. Nor do the parents of babies and grandparents in wheelchairs.

    TSA Apologizes For Making Boy Remove Leg Braces.

    One incident after another.

  • Patty

    What set the scanner off in the first place, key, key chain, what? That is what I’d like to know.

  • Glenmore

    Sen. Paul wasn’t ‘detained’ or arrested – he was simply refused permission to enter the secure area. You or I would have been taken to an interrogation room and questioned over our refusal to be patted down, had our financial records checked, and referred to local police for having too much cash in our wallets.

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  • Sally


    “Something in his knee” made the scanner beep. He offered to be re-scanned but they refused.

    He flies from that airport all the time.

    Mrs Pelosi, Mr Reid, et al, don’t have this problem; they don’t fly commercial.


    time to de-fund the TSA….Totaly Stupid A$$holes

  • StrangernFiction

    sort of OT – Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, baseball, and slaughtering the unborn:

  • Rock

    Obama’s AMERICA, illegal aliens are let loose from prison to go out and kill, Republican members of Congress are harassed by brown shirt non-LEO goons. Intimidation sponsored by an illegal in the oval office.
    A check of the Progressive sites shows support for this type of behavior by WTF goons.

  • Multitude

    Arrest Napolitano. Oh wait… would she have to arrest herself?

    My this presents a dilemma, when the lawmakers are lawless. Guess that’s why Rand had better start watching the skies for drones…

  • Swifty

    As much as I hate the TSA, they were doing their jobs.

    If they didn’t do what they were supposed to do when anyone refuses a pat-down, someone would have loudly announced that they weren’t doing their jobs (again).

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  • Rock

    they were doing their jobs.

    Really that’s a defence, a phrase heard often at Nuremberg, I feel so much safer now.

  • Rock

    Not even -(

  • Agathon

    He wasn’t arrrested and he wasn’t detained. He was, however, refused entry to a secure area because he set off an alarm and refused secondary inspection. If he doesn’t like the rules, he can work to change them. In the meantime, he can obey them, just like the rest of us.

  • tennismom

    Why would the TSA detain someone with a (metal?) knee thing who normally gets a pass?

    Out of the thousands of passengers going thru Nashville’s airport this morning, probably many of whom made the machines beep & were waived on or as Rand Paul requested, given a second screening, why would the TSA happen to single out the US Senator in the crowd, a senator who had publicly complained about the TSA?

    Ya don’t suppose someone higher up knew of his TSA-bashing and his travel plans & issued an order for screeners to be extra strict when he came through? Just so he’d be an ‘example’.

    Was there an e-mail about him to TSA? Someone should file an FOIA about this.

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  • lemonaide

    Yeah Swifty. And the German SS “were doing their jobs” as they massacred Jews in the holocaust.

  • babeol

    I truly wish Newt would select RAND PAUL for VP.

  • CT

    Sen. Paul I pray that you will pursue prosecution of the TSA to the full extent of the law. This isn’t fighting terrorism, this is making the American public dhimmi.

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  • Mary

    This will be all over the media, but not a peep about what’s happening in GA Thursday….

  • Sorry Rand Paul, you need to represent the US government here. By becoming a senator you chose to be a part of the system. The body you belong to created these laws, as a US citizen and especially as a US senator you must abide by these laws. It appears to me that Rand Paul is attempting to use his special status as part of the US government royalty to bypass the TSA.

    Now I absolutely *hate* TSA policies and believe that these policies add another reason for a new declaration of independence from the US federal to be issued. Every time I have to fly somewhere I get infuriated because of the intrusiveness of the TSA. I’m just more pissed that Rand Paul is abusing his senatorial priveleges to opt out of what we as citizens are forced into.

  • valerie

    This happened to Ted Kennedy, too. I doubt that the sitting administration was involved in either case.

  • ER

    we need to stop surrendering our freedoms over to Obama, even Republicans vote for unconstitutional, Executive-strengthening, civil liberties-restricting measures in the name of security.

  • bg


    how politically expedient, i mean, convenient..

    i hope this free advertizement backfires..

    we’re dumbed down more than enough..


  • FurryGuy

    #31 January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Swifty commented:

    Enjoy your sefdom as government gives more reasons to treat US citizens as enemies of the state and limit/eliminate what few freedoms we have left.

  • kato

    Too many (alleged) conservatives were in favor of all this nonsense when that Compassionate Dope was spending tens of billions of dollars and telling us, inarticulately, as usual, that it was all necessary to protect American lives.

    Most real conservatives realize that Leviathan uses crises like 9/11 or the 1929 Crash to seize power, all in the name of helping or protecting. Once the power is acquired, it is never given back and it is always abused.

    The comments that we all write on websites like this one may someday find their way into a government database, that is, if they haven’t already. It’s our government protecting us, after all.

  • FurryGuy

    #44 January 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    valerie commented:

    So you believe TSA is a rogue agency doing things totally without governmental review or oversight?

    TSA is part of an Executive Branch agency, the Department of Homeland Security, a Cabinet department. The ultimate authority and the person responsible for policy is the POTUS since they are the Chief Executive of these United States. No matter what transpires, Obama is the sole person responsible for the actions of Executive Branch agencies. Either he is willfully disregarding his responsibilities by letting agencies do what they please, or he is giving direction. Either way agencies are actively violating the US Constitution and/or US Law.

    Barry is either an incompetent boob or he is advocating police state tactics.

  • Liz

    Abolish TSA. I don’t fly anymore because I refuse to be groped by strangers.

  • Rip VanBullwinkle

    Prosecute and imprison the TSA agents. No leniency for them just because they didn’t know about Article 1 section 6, treat them like they treat the rest of us.

  • Mama Grizzly

    Brian said: “Sorry Rand Paul, you need to represent the US government here. By becoming a senator you chose to be a part of the system. The body you belong to created these laws, as a US citizen and especially as a US senator you must abide by these laws. It appears to me that Rand Paul is attempting to use his special status as part of the US government royalty to bypass the TSA.”

    Oh, for crying out loud. Senator Paul is NOT AN ADMINISTRATION GOON. You have no understanding of US Government. The Senators are ultimately separate from the Executive Branch. They CRITICIZE the actions of the president.

    We all need Senators like Rand Paul. He gets public attention that the rest of us can’t. In that he is acting as our REPRESENTATIVE.

    Does everyone remember what has happened to average citizens who try to step outside Obama’s police state? They are destroyed essentially. Good for Senator Paul for saying no.

  • ouldbollix

    If and it’s a very big if the Republican leadership in the house had any balls they would defund the TSA until a new president is in office to disband it.

    But right now that is asking an awful lot from the pansies we have in leadership.

  • FurryGuy

    #43 January 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    Brian commented:

    The US Congress is not the Soviet Party Congress, allowed to exist simply to rubber-stamp the decisions of the few (or the one) in charge. The US Constitution explicitly outlines a separation of powers by having three separate but equal branches of government, designed to impede the concentration of power in any one of the three branches of government. Rand Paul is performing one of the duties of his office by highlighting the abuses of Executive Branch agencies.

  • The TSA is way out of control; it’s bad enough that they are utterly incompetent, but to not even THINK. I mean, really, what threat does Senator Paul pose to a flight? I’m sick of our Fourth Amendment rights being trampled like this. What was the purpose of stopping him? Did they have intel that he was a possible terrorist, that he was part of a plot on that plane? Of course not. The TSA must be stopped while we still have any freedom left to stop them.

  • Seth

    Does this mean he is a muslim?

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  • Sageinmn

    I agree with Mama Grizzly:)
    These are the actions that you expect from a totalitarian regime. Never in all my life have I ever expected to see this reported in our country. And to make things ever worst, to have the MSM treat as a minor affair.

  • Sasja

    Okay, Brian, I’m going to give you the same advice I gave Eriah on another thread. Take the FREE on-line course offered by Hillsdale College on the US Constitution. I guess where you attended school, they either didn’t deem it necessary, or were too ignorant about the Constitution to teach it.

  • Sageinmn

    Just to think of where we are going. Now that the president can legally detain an American citizen forever without court action, Rand Paul could end up in some far off corner of area 51 never to be seen again (at least until the next president takes over.
    Sounds like a Putin action to me!

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  • Koda

    He wasn’t arrested

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  • Just a guy

    Hook up lie detector to Obummer every time he gives a speech!

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  • Molon Labe

    Abolish the TSA and impeach those that support Obama’s storm troopers.

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  • picking people by race/ countries of orgin

    It unconstitutional to stop and pat down only students by race or specific country because u as a Senator does not like to be treated like the rest f Americans.

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