Did TSA Target Rand Paul for Intrusive Pat-down? Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com January 23, 2012 Following Rand Paul’s incident earlier today with the TSA, the corporate media spun the story to say Paul was not detained. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, set the tone when he insisted Paul – or rather, the passenger in question – was not detained. “Let’s just be clear,” Carney said in his Monday press briefing. “The passenger was not detained. He was escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement.” Sen. Rand Paul on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer 1/23/12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXBg11JiB14
“If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention?” Paul asked in response to 1. Carney’s assertion. “I tried to leave the cubicle to speak to one of the TSA people and I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle!’ So, that, to me sounds like I’m being asked not to leave the cubicle. It sounds a little bit like I’m being detained.” During an interview following the incident, Paul said TSA alarms are often set off as “part of a random process” in an effort to be unpredictable. (See video above.) Infowars.com, however, has confirmed from sources that the TSA often targets certain individuals for intrusive pat-downs and uses alarms to initiate the process. It appears Rand Paul was deliberately targeted, although this cannot be definitively confirmed. Paul questioned the TSA after a 6-year-old Bowling Green girl on a trip with her parents in April of last year was patted-down at an airport in New Orleans. The parents videotaped the incident and uploaded it to YouTube, where it went viral and created a public relations headache for the agency. Paul had called TSA boss John Pistole “clueless” during a hearing held by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in June of 2011.
Did Ron Paul Lose Iowa Delegates? Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com January 23, 2012 In its zeal to strip Ron Paul of all legitimacy in the run-up to the GOP nomination this summer, the establishment media has tripped over itself again. In regard to crucial delegates, CNN and CBS are reporting wildly divergent numbers following the South Carolina primary. According to CNN today, Ron Paul so far has a total of 10 delegates. However, if we are to believe CBS, he only has three.
1. Paul’s delegate count was reported on January 11 as three. On January 19, however, the Republican establishment recalculated the Iowa caucus vote count and said that Paul had not gained a single delegate – in essence stripping him. It counted the initial vote in secret. This sleight of hand was almost completely ignored by the corporate media. It was like a scene out of Orwell’s 1984 where the state suddenly revises history. “And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became the truth,” Orwell wrote. It looks like the records published by CNN and CBS are not telling the same tale. In the future, they should probably compare notes.
The NY Times Hates Liberty (but We Already Knew That) Bill Anderson 1. LRC Blog January 23, 2012 Not surprisingly, the NY Times took a nuanced approach to Sen. Rand Paul’s detention by TSA officials in Nashville today. The paper was quick to claim that Sen. Paul was lying about being detained and that he only was “escorted” out of the area.
What is more telling, however, are the comments, with the vast majority of them being attacks on Sen. Paul, not only for his standing up against the TSA, but also for his pro-life views. Some of the comments include: The screening/pat down by TSA is no big deal. With my pacemaker I always have one or the other or both. I travel a lot and every agent has been polite and very considerate. I joke with the agents and always ask for a deeper massage and thank them for their consideration — they’re just doing their job! And: I fly often and am not a fan of the TSA. But just what else can they do in a time when people are bringing bombs onto planes in their shoes, underwear and even bottles of innocuous looking liquids. If the TSA stops the searches then planes will go down and people will die. So personally I’d rather be hassled than dead. The problem is that Libertarians only seem to care about their own liberties and seem blind to how allowing people to do whatever they want often results in harmful consequences to others. And one more: …as a survivor of 9/11 I would agree that these procedures can be an inconvenience but I would never call them theatrics. I saw close to 3,000 people die because we didn’t take security seriously. As for Paul I guess he has a problem extending liberty to women. Funny how these “libertarians” don’t seem to get that the so called right to life shouldn’t in a civil society allow women to have a right to control their own bodies.