January 23, 2012
Editor’s note: Rand Paul’s sources tell us there was an anomaly or a “blip” in the scanner reading and Rand was called aside for a second screening. He offered to re-scan but was only given the option of a pat-down. He refused the pat-down and was taken aside and detained. He has recently been released and is currently on a plane to DC. We are in contact with his staff and should be speaking with him soon.
Ron Paul’s Facebook page reports that his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, is being held by authorities at the airport in Nashville.
“My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport. I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds,” Ron Paul posted this morning on his Facebook page.
Paul has called for an investigation of the Department of Homeland Security. The Transportation Security Administration is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
In June of 2011, in response to the apprehension of two suspected terrorists in his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Rand Paul insisted on an investigation into what procedures and safeguards broke down, allowing the men into the United States.
Update: 9:45 AM CST
According to WLWT New 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, CNN has reported that Paul was detained after refusing to allow a patdown after a body scanner went off.
9:55 AM CST
Ron Paul has tweeted about the incident. He said that there had been an “anomaly” with a body scanner.
“I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Rand Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said, according to Politico. “The image scan went off, he refused patdown.”
See Bagley’s initial tweet here.
10:00 AM CST
The establishment media is now chiming in on the story.
ABC News reports that a “spokesman for TSA said the agency was looking into the matter but could not immediately comment.”
Paul staffer said TSA agents would not let Paul walk back through the body scanner and were demanding, according to the staffer, a full body pat-down.
The Paul spokesman said his office had called TSA administrator John Pistole about the incident this morning.
The Senate is back in session today at 2 p.m., with votes scheduled at 4:30 p.m.
The issue of pat-downs has been an important one to Paul, the son of libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Sen. Paul brought this issue up at a hearing earlier this year.
Paul questioned TSA boss John Pistole on June 22, 2011, about the use of intrusive patdowns after a girl from Bowling Green, Kentucky was subjected to the procedure.
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