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TSA Must Be A Cow, Clearing Both The Shark And The Moon In An Idiotic Jump

Posted on | January 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

by Smitty

How do you work in an airport adjacent to Kentucky, where CNN blares 24/7, and not know the junior U.S. Senator from the neighbor state?

The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
The elder Paul called the TSA a “police state” Monday after Rand Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he didn’t have any reaction to Paul’s “police state” comments.
But Carney sided with the TSA saying, “I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe.”

Constitutional violation?

In preventing Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from flying to Washington this morning, the TSA directly violated the law as written in the US Constitution.
The Constitution specifically protects federal lawmakers from being detained while en route to Washington DC.
Article I, Section 6 states:
“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….”
Rand Paul was travelling from his home in Louisville to attend a session in the Senate today.

This is so wildly over the top as to provoke questions:

  • Does the Paul campaign enjoy some secret TSA underling support that pulled such an idiotic stunt to give RP some free press?
  • Will this be the straw that breaks the Aqua Buddha’s back?
  • Will #OccupyResoluteDesk blame Bush for the TSA, and claim a GOP effort to discredit BHO? (Gently asserting that BHO has credit to lose.)

The Theatrical Sex Analysts have just Got. To. Go.

Via Fausta, ‘Think of the TSA as your creepy uncle.’:

via Drudge


12 Responses to “TSA Must Be A Cow, Clearing Both The Shark And The Moon In An Idiotic Jump”

  1. Doug Hagin
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Unbelievable. The stupidity astounds, got you linked here!

  2. DaveO
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Not to mention, the TSA agent held the Senator’s boarding pass, with that same Senator’s Name, having been Confirmed by another TSA Agent.

    TSA knew EXACTLY who they were dealing with. It was the agents’ chance to play “F*ck with the Enemy” games.

  3. Anonymous
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    “Does the Paul campaign enjoy some secret TSA underling support that pulled such an idiotic stunt to give RP some free press?”

    You know, that was EXACTLY my first thought when I heard about this.

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  6. ThePaganTemple
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    There’s much more to this story than what you’re being told. There’s certain things a man shouldn’t do, even if he happens to be a US Senator. Bottom line, Rand may have been detained for something he was photographed doing that got back to the TSA. To see the picture, go to the following link-

  7. Anonymous
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Meh.  My creepy uncle is paranoid schizophrenic, not a lecher.

  8. Anonymous
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    Well, some of those oddball TSA guys might be members of the Ronulan Tinfoil Hat Brigade…

  9. Anonymous
    January 24th, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    Weird.  But given how TSA acts to most people, I think it was random and Rand knew how to capitalize on the opportunity.  

    By the way, a description of what it was like in the Perry campaign:  “I’d rather take a shower with Jerry Sandusky than go through another month of this,” one veteran Perry adviser said in late December, just before the Iowa caucuses. “This campaign isn’t capable of winning.”

  10. Bob Belvedere
    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    This is one of those tough Constitutional questions that seem to crop up a lot since 09/11.

    While a member of the Congress clearly may not be arrested going to and from official business, the Constitution is not a suicide pact.  Frankly, I hope airport security gives Keith Ellison a thorough going-over every time he wants to board a flight as he is a Muslim and, therefore, his first loyalty is not to The United States Of America.

  11. ThePaganTemple
    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Just another Paultard publicity stunt. Nothing to see here, move alone folks. You flight from Miami is now boarding at the gate.

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