Rand Paul Detained by TSA
By: Jacqueline Scott | January 24, 2012 | Opinion, Politics


Rand Paul, the young and articulate son of Republican nominee Ron Paul, was detained today by TSA agents in the Nashville Airport.  Rand Paul believes that a glitch caused the alarm to go off. When he asked if he could go through the monitor again he was denied, and refused the full body pat down.  Now, Paul has different rights that other people don't have.  Rand Paul, as a Congressman, could have invoked his Constitutional right to speedy travel to the capitol. To quote the Constitution, from Article I, Section 6, “Senators and Representatives…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...” Paul didn't invoke this right, but he raised a question that I think needs to be raised: Why, ten years after the September 11th attacks, are we still doing the same checks, the same random screenings? Why don't we have frequent travel programs? Or other identifying programs that allow our identity to be known? Why are three-year olds being subjected to pat downs and diapers being checked? Some things don't make sense to me.

Jacqueline is the Founder of The Sexy Politico. She's a world traveler - fueled by her love for learning. She has lived in the United States and Eastern Europe, but as of now calls Wuxi, China her home. She's proudly travelled throughout the lower 48 states in America as an army brat, navigated her way from West to East in Europe, and has seen the most urban and rural areas of Southeast Asia. Through all her journeys she managed to double major in Political Science and History w/ a minor in Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, join the Peace Corps, and teach English to children on three different continents. She has learned a few things along the way she'd like to share as advice to a future world traveller: 1) Always accept a Grandmother's home-cooked meal and 2) Never lose your wits because you never know when or where you'll need them.

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