What the Constitution Says – Were Senator Paul’s
Rights Violated When He Was Detained by TSA?
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and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services,
to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the
United States. 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.
of the United States
Article 1, Section 6
Paul (R-KY) was refused entry into a secured area of the Nashville
Airport today after he reportedly rejected a TSA pat-down. According
to the Senator, he was detained by TSA and forced to
miss his flight. Mr. Paul cited the U.S. Constitution, specifically
Article 1, Section 6 that clearly protects Senators and Representatives
from arrest if they are on their way to, or returning from, a session
of their respective House.
Rand Paul says he was stopped briefly by TSA agents security at
the Nashville airport when a scanner found an anomaly
on his knee.
who frequently uses the airport about an hour from his Bowling
Green, Ky., home told The Associated Press in a telephone interview
that he asked for another scan but refused a pat down by airport
security. He said he was detained at a small cubicle.
He was later escorted out of the airport by local authorities
and missed his flight to Washington for a Senate session.
communication director Moira Bagley, (@moirabagley,) tweeted at
about 10 a.m.: Just got a call from @senrandpaul. Hes
currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.
responded to todays incident:
an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it
must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the
secure area of the airport, according to an official statement
released by TSA. Passengers who refuse to complete the screening
process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to
ensure the safety of others traveling.
ethics, morality and Constitutionality of TSA groping aside for
the moment, did the Transportation Security Administrations
detainment and subsequent refusal to allow Senator Paul aboard an
airplane that was to take him to a Congressional session violate
Article 1, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution?
The law was
likely written to prevent politicians from having their rivals unjustifiably
detained as they travelled to vote on important legislative matters.
of this section is further emphasized by the Articles of Confederation
1, 1781), which acted as a bridge between the newly found government
of the colonies and the U.S Constitution (1789), and in which Article
5 provides for the same protections as the US Constitution:
of speech and debate in Congress shall not be impeached or questioned
in any Court, or place out of Congress, and the members of
congress shall be protected in their persons from arrests and
imprisonments, during the time of their going to and from, and
attendance on congress, except for treason, felony, or breach
of the peace.
the ratification of the Constitution, delegates from the original
colonies understood the importance of allowing representatives of
the people to travel to and from their sessions without being hindered
unless they were committing a felonious crime or breaching
It seems, by
all accounts, that the Transportation Security Administration has
grossly overstepped it bounds. Despite what TSA leadership and officers
may think, or what our views may be about how the situation was
or should have been handled, the Constitution of the United States
is very clear on these matters.
from SHTF Plan.
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