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Rand Paul's TSA Detention: VIDEO

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A video has been released of Senator Rand Paul, who (along with his father Ron) made a big stink earlier this week about being "detained" by the TSA after refusing a pat-down in the Nashville airport.

The clip, this one with fictional dialogue and annotations, reinforces the fact that Paul was just being a drama queen about his signature issue.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via buzzfeed)

Politico reports:

In response to Monday’s incident, his father’s presidential campaign issued a statement slamming the Transportation Security Administration and promising to abolish it if elected.

“The police state in this country is growing out of control,” Ron Paul’s campaign said. “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.”

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  1. Not just a drama queen, this is seriously worse: he was INVENTING a "situation" for his father to use at the Republican debates.

    The current GOP candidates, Paul included, are the most cynical, pandering group of clowns I have seen in ages: not an honest broker amongst them.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 26, 2012 12:52:55 PM


  2. Resisting an encroachment of our Constitutional rights is "just being a drama queen"? I've never read such an asinine, apathetic statement about the increased violation of our rights in such a long time that I actually thought people were beginning to acknowledge what they were to begin with: Constitutionally-protected and guaranteed rights. My personal feelings about the privileged and sometimes flat-out racist, sexist, and heteronormative BS that spills from that guy's mouth aside, there is a reason why we have a Bill of Rights to begin with. Guilty until proven innocent is not how it's supposed to work, you know.

    Posted by: Jesus | Jan 26, 2012 12:55:12 PM


  3. I had imagined it went something like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7RnlPQCKBQ

    (yes, I know that, in theory, Ron and Rand are two separate individuals).

    Posted by: Kendall | Jan 26, 2012 1:05:56 PM


  4. if you don't like the rules in place, then don't fly

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 26, 2012 1:07:41 PM


  5. ARE YOU KIDDING?! This video proves NOTHING! And how exactly is it a "FACT" that Rand is a drama queen?

    Pa-lease.

    I have come to expect more from Towleroad.

    And regardless of your view on the proper role of the Federal government how can anyone defend the perverted fascist who run the TSA???

    Posted by: ChrisMe | Jan 26, 2012 1:12:29 PM


  6. the reality is this: most conservatives wanted heightened airport security....just not for THEM.

    they wanted it for BROWN PEOPLE. you know, higher standards of scrutiny and body pat-downs and checks and scans on all those brown folks so that white folks can feel safer flying.

    "that man is darker than beige! he might be a terrorist! they should frisk him!" - old white cooter

    and y'all know it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 26, 2012 1:14:21 PM


  7. @ Jesus: "Encroachment of our Constitutional rights"?! Really? Walking through a scanner to board a plane is now violating your rights? Of course, the U.S. Courts have upheld the scans, as well within the limits of our Constitution, but don't let that stop you.

    This is silly. With the current technology, there are no naked scans. No one has ever touched my junk. I travel ALL the time, often flying a couple times a week, and the TSA personnel almost always are very friendly, professional and very efficient. They do a great job handling huge crowds at some very busy airports.

    Let's be clear. The same people howling about the supposedly intrusive scans would go totally nuts if security were to be relaxed and a terrorist was successful in bringing down another plane.

    And the solutions that are offered by some critics of TSA (including the Pauls) make no sense. Racial profiling won't fly in this country. And an Israeli style security system would be even more intrusive AND bankrupt the airlines.

    Posted by: Guy from DC | Jan 26, 2012 1:20:43 PM


  8. I'm not sure why grandmas getting groped is a bad thing, but Rand's situation was not a bad thing. At some point the security theater will be reversed out. They also now target buses, trains and subways for random searches, but most of the arrests are for drug possession.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 26, 2012 2:02:37 PM


  9. @Jesus: Don't you have a big football game to be preparing for? Now that Tom Brady is your new bff. Let the blog posting slide until you take care of business. Thank you Jesus and amen.

    Posted by: It's just my opinion | Jan 26, 2012 2:03:25 PM


  10. About 95% are drug possession and 5% are weapons possession. No terrorist arrests yet in these sweeps. Have a nice day.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 26, 2012 2:04:00 PM


  11. American slaves don't know their own constitution. These officers broke federal law in detaining a US Senator without the reasons indicated in the constitution. American slaves will accept anything in the name of terrorism. The 911 terrorist all came from Saudi Arabia. Did the government clamp down on travelers from Saudi Arabia? NO! American government clamped down on their slaves. Now a US Senator is unlawfully detained and American slaves justify it. ROFLOL!

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 26, 2012 2:05:23 PM


  12. THIS is why Ron hasn't come this close to an actual Presidential run until now - and might as well give it up after this week. Also why Rand should not follow in dad's footsteps

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jan 26, 2012 2:32:59 PM


  13. Though I'm certainly no Randian, I too think the security bit has gotten out of control and focuses on the wrong things. If I'm not in a rush, I will usually ask of the pat-down to avoid the radiation. I definitely don't want my son getting the radiation or the pat-down (which is, in fact, intrusive, though very carefully and politely done).

    Profiling passengers based on history and ticket purchases is NOT racial profiling. We need a system of pre-screening/pre-qualification.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 26, 2012 3:47:36 PM


  14. How quickly we forget. I personally think about 9/11 every single day at least once. I don't mind being patted down, searched, scanned and groped if it means everyone else is too. All I have to do is think of what those poor victims went through that day.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 26, 2012 7:18:50 PM


  15. @Guy From DC: I'm glad that all the TSA officers are being nice to you, but honestly, the real reason we have scanners in airports all over the country has a lot less to do with stopping terrorism and a lot more to do with politicians who have investments in the companies that make and maintain those scanners and a whole lot of racial profiling and paranoia. The issue is that we are giving up a certain amount of our personal liberty to feel safe, which doesn't actually make us any safer, and allowing these rights to be permanently and lawfully eroded without even putting up a fight.

    And @IT'S JUST MY OPINION, I don't know why you would assume I know Tom Brady and I have the slightest interest in football, but I don't.

    Posted by: Jesus | Jan 26, 2012 7:24:19 PM


  16. 21 reasons scientists oppose body scanners

    http://warondriving.com/post/9114691887/tsa-bodyscanners

    Posted by: BantheScan | Jan 26, 2012 10:19:18 PM


  17. The reality is that they find stuff when they scan people, and there are plenty of extremists willing to bring down planes. TSA just published a list of how many loaded guns they had recovered last year- it was in the hundreds.

    Al Qaeda and others are fall-out of the cold war and years of poor decision making in the Middle East. So now we have to take off our shoes. Courts are fine with it though, so the whack-job Pauls should just move on to real things that need attention- like energy policy, public transportation, sensible financial regulations, etc.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 27, 2012 6:44:18 AM


  18. "American slaves don't know their own constitution. These officers broke federal law in detaining a US Senator without the reasons indicated in the constitution. American slaves will accept anything in the name of terrorism. The 911 terrorist all came from Saudi Arabia. Did the government clamp down on travelers from Saudi Arabia? NO! American government clamped down on their slaves. Now a US Senator is unlawfully detained and American slaves justify it. ROFLOL!"
    Thank y6ou Mike.
    Read the Constitution, people!
    Join the ACLU.
    Get involved.

    Posted by: k55f | Jan 27, 2012 8:22:53 AM


  19. @JESUS Touche! You've nailed it!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 27, 2012 1:13:45 PM


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