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!

  • gee!

    #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.

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  • 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.