Sen. Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville, TSA denies
White House sides with TSA in Rand Paul standoff
So let me get this straight... Rand Paul failed a body scan because the scanner showed an ‘anomaly’ on the first scan. They then selected him for a full body pat-down which he refused. He then was supposedly not detained, but not allowed to enter a secure area. So he allegedly leaves.
What next? Does he take a private charter to DC? No, he goes and buys another ticket, passes through TSA again, with no 'anomaly' and is allowed to get on a plane. So in one instance he is deemed a security risk and told that he can't get on unless he submits to a full a body pat-down. Then they allow him through later in the same airport on the same day... Why doesn't a terrorist do this? I thought he was a security risk...
And what about the Constitution?
Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 6 - Compensation
(The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States.) (The preceding words in parentheses were modified by the 27th Amendment.) They 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;
and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
TSA says, ""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,", "Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling."
TSA said in a statement that "the passenger," Rand Paul, "has since rebooked on another flight and was rescreened without incident."
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary stated, "I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe."
How does any of this make sense? The next time I want to blow up a plane I guess I'll just try to make it through the full body scanner with the bomb. If they see it on the scanner, I'll not consent to a full body pat-down. I will leave, buy another ticket, and try again... try, try again.