Posted by Rojas @ 12:05 pm on January 23rd 2012

Senator Rand Paul detained by TSA

…at the Nashville airport. So reports his father Ron Paul via social media. Further bulletins as events warrant. This should be good…

EDIT: Full-body scanner detected an anomoly; he was denied permission to walk through the scanner again, and refused a subsequent full-body pat-down.

This is probably going to be a major problem, because the actions of TSA in this case are in open, brazen defiance of Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution: “They (Congresspersons) 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.” As Senator Paul was attempting to board a flight to DC for this afternoon’s Senate session, this would not appear to be in any way an ambiguous matter legally.


  1. My only question is, why wouldn’t they let him go through a 2nd time? That lends some credibility to his theory that false alarms are built into the system to allow agents to randomly pat people down (or perhaps not so randomly). The fact that when they finally did let him go through again it did not go off doesn’t help either.

    Comment by Dingle — 1/24/2012 @ 1:33 pm

  2. TSA’s defense, following Paul’s release, was that he was not in fact “detained” but rather denied access to the secure section of the airport. I am not sure how much merit this has when the non-detention in question involves being led into a windowless room by armed personnel.

    Still, I suppose there is a decent case to be made that flying is a privilege rather than a right, and that members of Congress consent to the TSA’s search practices when they buy a ticket. Perhaps Senator Paul will choose to make future trips via automobile.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/24/2012 @ 3:33 pm

  3. Rand Paul published an op-ed in the Washington Times on his encounter.

    Comment by Brad — 1/25/2012 @ 11:57 am

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