Sen. Paul Detained by TSA; Ron Paul Denounces “Police State”


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he was detained by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville when he refused to submit to a pat-down after setting off a body scanner, reports He missed a flight and a speech at an anti-abortion rally as a result. The TSA denied detaining Paul, but the senator said, “I was told not to leave a cubicle and when I did step outside the cubicle I was sort of surrounded and put back in the cubicle. Seems a little bit like I was being detained.”

Paul said he went through the same screener once his flight was rebooked and did not set it off. Paul’s father, Ron, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said he would eliminate the TSA if elected. “The police state in this country is growing out of control,” Ron Paul said. “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. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe.”

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