Monday, January 23, 2012

TSA and Senator Rand Paul Incident

I got some disagreement with my Tweet (sent while I was at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport awaiting a flight!) on this subject, so let me clarify:

Sen. Rand Paul was detained by the TSA today. When that made the news, the TSA immediately responded with,

"We treated him like everyone else we 'process.'"

Wrong again, TSA!

You know that thing you swore to defend (all federal employees take the oath), the Constitution? It says, in Article 1, Section 6, referring to Members of the Senate and House of Representatives,

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.

Now, you and I may or may not like this (I have my concerns about our legislators being exempt from too many laws), but it is the supreme law of the land. 

This is why I have great concerns about the TSA and its ever-growing mission creep (searching cars, buses and trains). Even when it gets to HQ level (as the Sen. Paul incident did), they either don't care about, or are oblivious to, the constitutional issues their behavior raises. To me, the trend is disturbing.

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