The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) recently detained Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
The Hill tells the following tale:
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.
Naturally Jay Carney has no reaction to these statements. Has Jay Carney ever been detained by the TSA? Does Jay Carney even know what the Fourth Amendment is?
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.”
Spoken like a true secretary. One who has never given a second thought to whether travel would be safer if people weren’t forced to give up their guns, knifes, even nail files before boarding a plane. If you weren’t forced to give up your guns before entering a plane do you think someone could take one over with box cutters?
Ron Paul, who is one of four remaining Republican candidates for president, disagreed Monday afternoon. Paul said after he confirmed the incident involving Rand Paul on his Twitter page that it showed why the TSA should be eliminated.
“The police state in this country is growing out of control,” the elder Paul said in a statement released by his presidential campaign.
“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,” he continued. “The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe. That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA.”
This is one of the real reasons why people say we can’t have Ron Paul as our President. He would eliminate jobs like TSA gropers.
TSA has defended its treatment of Rand Paul, saying that its employees in Nashville followed its normal procedure with the senator, who has often sharply criticized the agency’s pat-downs before he refused one Monday morning.
In fact, White House press secretary went so far as to argue over the definition of “detained”:
“Let’s just be clear,” Carney said in his Monday press briefing. “The passenger was not detained. He was escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement.”
Really? If you miss your flight and have to book another one because you are escorted away by law enforcement, is that not being temporarily detained?
By the way, did you know that the creator of the TSA believes that the organization has gone out of control?
As for keeping the American public safe, Mica says, “They’ve failed to actually detect any threat in 10 years.”
“Everything they have done has been reactive. They take shoes off because of [shoe-bomber] Richard Reid, passengers are patted down because of the diaper bomber, and you can’t pack liquids because the British uncovered a plot using liquids,” Mica said.
“It’s an agency that is always one step out of step,” Mica said.
It cost $1 billion just to train workers, which now number more than 62,000, and “they actually trained more workers than they have on the job,” Mica said.
“The whole thing is a complete fiasco,” Mica said.
While some people may believe that they are “safer” having been groped and patted down before going on an air plane, who here believes that a Senator is a safety risk?
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