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Ron Paul criticizes TSA searches after Rand Paul's refusal

paulRon013012_optBY BOB HOLT

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul says that the TSA only shows people the illusion of airline security, and the government has no business being involved in such matters.

Paul said, according to Mediaite, “There’s no way you can travel if you don’t do it. When you look at some of these pictures of probing groin areas and breast areas, and old women having to take their clothes off, if we as a people are so complacent that we can look at that and say, ‘That’s okay, they’re making us safe.’ It doesn’t make us safe.”

Paul and his son Rand Paul have long disagreed with the TSA's methods. But a week ago, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was forced to miss a flight by the TSA for refusing a full-body pat-down after he set off an alarm going through a scanner at Nashville International Airport. Rand Paul said that he showed TSA officers his knee and under his socks and wanted to pass through the scanner again- but was refused.


Ron Paul defends son Rand Paul: TSA pat-down fight is 'father like son'

A TSA spokesman told CNN, "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." Paul said he didn’t feel a pat-down was "appropriate."

A day later, Ron Paul announced the start of an End the TSA Money Bomb fundraiser in an attempt to shut the organization down. Paul said in a press release, according to the Huffington Post, “The elderly. The disabled. Little kids. All victims of an out-of-control police state that, while doing nothing to make us safer, is working overtime to strip away our freedoms, our rights, and our basic dignity.”

In December, 85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman from Long Island woman said she was strip-searched at Kennedy Airport. The New York Daily News reported that Zimmerman asked if she could pass on the advance image technology screening equipment, out of fears it might cause her defibrillator to malfunction.

Comments (7)
7 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:39
TSA budget now exceeds $8 billion.  They are expanding VIPR teams - now at $110 million to randomly check trucks on the highway - where chance of success is worse than winning the lottery. Now policing trains, TSA sent 4 agents to the Dubuque Iowa inclined railway - all 296 feet of it - to provide security.  This is a Federal Police force out of control and spending taxpayers dollars to do little to add to the security of our transportation system.  But it is good business for the contractors who supply whole body microwave scanners....
Time to stop. I am willing to risk someone taking a cupcake on board to save $8 billion.
6 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:02
Dan Stojadinovic
Check out the first vote of my life:
5 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:40
Kevin M.
Actually they do deserve a free pass. It's in the Constitution that congressmen traveling to DC (which he was at the time) are afforded "by law" to travel unimpeaded. Specifically, "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." U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 6
4 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 01:44
Adam Haas
Vote on this poll, Mitt vs Ron...who would win if Rick and Newt finally concede defeat?
3 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:40
This is craziness
How can a country and a people that waves flags every chance they get allow this kind of atrocities to continue unabated when shown that they are invasive and abusive to the weakest in our civilization.

Come on people. Stand up for your rights!
2 Monday, 30 January 2012 23:13
Will Tabacchi
Certainly part of what RP says is true. Unfortunately what it ends up looking like is the congressman feels he deserves a pass from the TSA in the form of Special Treatment because he is "more equal" than the rest of us.
1 Monday, 30 January 2012 22:49
This agency is out of control.
Humiliation should not be a required part of traveling by air.
TSA needs to be replaced, not repaired.

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