TSA detaining Sen. Rand Paul violates U.S. Constitution
The police state grew again today when agents from the out-of-control Transportation Security Administration briefly – and unconstitutionally – detained U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at the Nashville International Airport, a move the White House unbelievably supported.
According to reports, Sen. Paul was detained by TSA agents after refusing to submit to a pat-down while trying to catch a flight back to Washington. Agents said they saw something unnatural during the initial screening process and wanted to pat down the son of GOP presidential contender and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, but the senator refused to submit.
As if there is a huge threat to aviation posed by American lawmakers, White House spokesman Jay Carney, whose job it is to speak for the president, had this to say: “I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe.”
Perhaps Carney and President Obama, the latter of whom once claimed to be a constitutional law professor, should actually read the nation’s founding document before waxing poetic about the “essential” role of a federal agency that is supposed to follow its provisions. Article 1, Sect. 6 is quite clear in spelling out that U.S. lawmakers on their way to conduct the nation’s business are not to be detained, period.