January 30, 2012
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul slammed the TSA during a CNN interview Sunday night, refusing to back down a week after the incident involving the detainment of Senator Rand Paul by the federal agency in Nashville.
Speaking with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Paul dubbed the TSA a “bureaucratic monster” that “totally voids the concept of the fourth amendment.”
“They trap us into it,” Paul told Crowley. “There’s no way you can travel if you don’t do it. So I’ve said, you know, when you look at some of these pictures of probing groin areas and breast areas and all this, and old women having to take their clothes off, if we as a people are so complacent that we can look at that and say, oh, that’s OK, they’re making us safe.”
“It doesn’t make us safe. It undermines our liberties and there’s a much better way of giving us security at the airports than accepting the bureaucrats and the politicians in Washington. That is totally unacceptable from my viewpoint.” Paul said.
Last week the Congressman raised a quarter of a million dollars in an impromptu ‘End the TSA’ money bomb, following the incident where his son Rand Paul refused to be subjected to a full body pat down after a glitch set off a body scanner at Nashville airport.
The Congressman was adamant that under his presidency transportation security would be very different.
“Well, it shouldn’t be government,” he said. “You know, the people who protect very dangerous chemical plants, they’re private sources, you know. They have their police guards. They have their fences. And they have their security. And they do a very good job.
“The assumption that the government has to do this is the wrong assumption. I voted against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA and it’s a bureaucratic monster.” Paul added.
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