Rand Paul detained by TSA

After going through the security checkpoint at Nashville International Airpoint, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was detained by TSA officers for refusing an invasive pat-down after some sort of irregularity in his full-body scan:

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.

“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

Texas Congressman and current Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul – Sen. Rand Paul’s father – placed a post on Facebook about the news as well. “My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport,” Ron Paul posted. “I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds.”

Ron Paul adds, via Twitter, that the TSA detained his son “for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner.”

Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook page has a post about the incident too. “Senator Paul is being detained at the Nashville Airport by the TSA,” Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook post reads. “We will update you as the situation develops.”

This has already been all over Twitter and Facebook this morning and now traditional media is picking it up as well. Sen. Paul apparently asked to go back through the full-body scanner, but TSA refused and was then held.

Dave Weigel notes that its actually illegal for the TSA to detain a member of Congress, per Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution (of course, the Constitution means very little to the TSA). For their part, TSA contends, via CNN, that “Paul was ‘not detained’ and left the checkpoint willingly.” I’m sure had Sen. Paul tried to leave the security checkpoint, TSA would have just let him stroll right along, right? So the idea that he was being held “voluntarily” is laughable assertion.

Oh, I can’t wait to see what Blogger Bob has to say about this one.

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