January 23, 2012, - 3:39 pm

No Tears for Rand Paul, Airport Hassler (For Everybody Else in Line)

By Debbie Schlussel

Like many other benign Americans, I object to the universal treatment by the TSA as if we are all terrorists, while Mohammed and Hamida breeze through the airport security checkpoints.  It’s disgusting, and we should be doing profiling like the Israelis do.  That said, when I go to the airport, I try to comply.  I want to get to my flight, just like everyone else.  And we don’t–or rather, shouldn’t–make special allowances for celebrities and politicians . . . including Rand Paul, U.S. Senator or not (and regardless of the fact that he’s the son of the wackjob future non-President), who today, caused a disturbance and more hassle for the TSA screeners and everyone in line behind him. What he did was not heroic, just obnoxious. If you don’t want to go through it, work to change the laws or don’t fly. And, FYI, Rand Paul will NEVER support profiling of his and daddy’s beloved HAMAS- and Hezbollah-supporting Muslims. Bet on that.

There was that one time, when I was wearing high-heeled sandals without footwear and didn’t want to take my shoes off.  Big mistake.  I was subject to padding down, which felt like molestation mixed with an unpleasant Shiatsu massage.  The woman was vigorously putting her hands on top of and inside my bra, which would do little to save a single passenger from blowing up on a plane and was entirely degrading.  I didn’t like it and learned my lesson (wear socks or stroll the ickiness on the floor if you have to).  But I knew the drill.  I must behave like the rest of the cattle or I’ll get a special groping experience.  And I complied.

That’s the difference between me and Rand Paul.  Even if we don’t like the useless “security theater” rules, we must play by them.  TSA screeners didn’t make the rules, and I try not to give them a hard time, even as I resent the policymakers well above their paygrade at their agency.

But that’s not what Rand Paul did, today.  The initial screening set something off.  And rather than go through it like every other American, he caused a scene.  Was this helpful to anyone?  Did this help make the line go more quickly for everyone behind him?  Not likely in either case.  It won’t change a thing.  He’s in a special position to change things in the U.S. Senate. That’s where his behavior would have been appropriate, not subjecting minimum wage screeners to his childlike, immature wrath.  They aren’t in a position to change policy and procedure.  I’m not sure what he hoped to achieve, other than more free publicity for himself . . . which he got.

Paul reminds me of Penn Jillette from “Penn and Teller” fame.  In 2002, I appeared with him on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Watch the video, below (and remember that it was 10 years ago and right after 9/11 before the remove-your-shoes policy and three ounces/quart bag liquid BS, etc., so I’ve changed my views since then–I don’t believe the searches make us safer or catch terrorists; they are useless and reactive).  On the show, Jillette displayed and bragged about metal tags the size of a business card that he deliberately puts in his pocket to set off airport security.  On the metal card, it features the Bill of Rights.  He said that when he takes it out of his pocket, he gives the TSA screener a hard time about how they are taking his Bill of Rights.  Haha, funny.

Um, schmuck, nobody wants to hear an oversized multi-milllionaire reading some essay about the Bill of Rights when they are trying to catch a plane and you are holding up the line.  Go tell it to the whips and chains and torture chamber in your basement (see Penn Gilette’s Vegas home interior decor).  You are just needlessly hassling everyone else who can’t afford to pay for another flight or miss an important meeting unlike you.

That’s what Rand Paul did today.  He can easily take another government-rate flight on your dime, unlike you. Yes, the patdown is degrading and unlikely to stop a single terrorist attack.  But refusing it won’t stop the TSA from doing it to everyone else who isn’t wearing Muslim headgear.  Despite aspirations otherwise, he’s no folk hero for doing this.

All it tells me is that Rand Paul is just another rhymes-with-crasshole. . . just like daddy.

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51 Responses

When will we ever learn? Israel looks for the bomber while we look for the bomb. So much hassle could be avoided if we just grow a set of balls and do what comes natural and profile. Then again telling someone they can’t do this, act like that or just make others uneasy with their demeanor is just so unAmerican when dealing with nonAmericans.

tim Gara on January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    “Israel looks for the bomber while we look for the bomb.” That is precisely right. Israel does indeed do profiling, and for a very good reason: it works.

    I was traveling to/from Israel via the USA and London, and was selected for a check in Israel on one of the legs of my trip. The agents asked me questions about my trip: what my itenerary was, why I was traveling, what/whom I had visited and why, and other questions. They were very polite and I did not feel intimidated in any way.

    Yet, they seemed so thorough, they I sensed that they were able to learn a great deal about me in an astonishingly short time. They were so expert at the process that it felt more like a conversation than a deposition. As a result, I have far more confidence in Israel’s flight security than I do with the TSA’s approach in the USA, with all their pat-down procedures–like I’m Al Pacino getting a frisking by Sterling Hayden in the classic movie “The Godfather.” (And we know how effective that particular frisk job ultimately turned out to be.)

    Ralph Adamo on January 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm


If Rand Paul causes a fuss, he will attract some attention, and I think that was the idea here. He *is* special in the sense that his status as a senator can put more heat on TSA.

Not much will happen as long as everyone is compliant.

TSA is only the tip of the iceberg. The Dept of Education and EPA could be closed with no ill effects, other than the unemployment of those in the agency.

FDA is one that could be cut WAY back, since most of what it actually does is useless–albeit its mission statement (like every other agency) sounds impressive.

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    You know, Rand Paul is a typical product of Kentucky, the most bass-ackward of the 50 states (I practiced medicine in Western Rural Kentucky for 5 years—I’m not stereotyping, I know damn well what’s going on.) An arrogant, worthless jihadi fellating scumbag, just like Daddy.

    Occam's Tool on January 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

No, Rand Paul is no folk hero. If there was something wrong with the search, the time to deal with it would have been during the flight itself or afterwards. Having a public tantrum that simply delays passengers trying to board their flight is not brave, but simply being a jerk.

Thank you for including that clip Debbie. I thought you were quite polite and even somewhat shy in it. There was no reason not to interrupt Penn Jillette, since he was being bombastic more than anything else. He should stick to his magic and illusion routine, rather than subject other people to his Anarcho/Libertarian ravings.

You should try a video clip or two yourself on here. I realize that you gave it a shot in the past, and I do not know how that turned out. But, I think you make your presentations well, and look good in front of a camera.

Worry01 on January 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Like I said, if everyone is a good little Boy Scout–and is compliant–nothing will ever change.

Lest we forget, Southwest Airlines’ absurd policy of many years ago regarding bumping confirmed passengers was changed–only because they tried it on a group of judges, who raised Hell.

This country got as screwed up as it is by incrementalism–and people not wanting to cause a fuss. I hope it was worth it.

RR: This won’t change a thing. If you think it will, you’re dreaming. Rand Paul knows the rules. We are a nation of laws. If you don’t like it, work to change it. Don’t break the law, make a fuss, demand special treatment, and cause people hassles. Rand Paul does NOT support profiling Muslims, BTW, so he’s a total fraud. If you don’t profile, then you must screen everyone the same. There are no alternatives other than those. By your logic, if I don’t like the laws against murder, I should just go kill someone and say, well I have to do something to get change. That’s the same logic of the left and Malcolm X. You sound just like them. Southwest Airlines’ police is a private policy and SWA should be able to do whatever they want. Whether or not they change it because of judges is irrelevant to this situation completely. DS

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

To anyone who has not traveled to/from Israel, especially on ElAl: They use a lot of conversational and psychological work. People will come up to you while you’re waiting on line, talking to you about your trip, where you went, or where you will be going, who you’re seeing, etc. They use that feedback plus body language, ticks, etc to help connect the dots. We should be doing that in N America! Also, how about employing returning vets to do some of this? Many have the experience of questioning villagers over in Iraq/Af-stan , so they are more qualified than ANYONE to be working for TSA (and DHS). These are matters that need to be discussed in public, and the public needs to demand better.

Not Ovenready on January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

“Rand Paul is just another rhymes-with-crasshole. . . just like daddy.” LOL!

DS_ROCKS! on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Sorry, but you’re wrong here. Would you care to name a single significant bad law in the past 50 years that has been changed?

The Southwest case is relevant because public humiliation worked, and it would work on the Feds, as well–only no one wants to do it.

The murder example is stupid and inflammatory, and I think you realize that. Invoking Malcolm X and the Left is a false analogy, since they wanted more power, and I am advocating less.

Think about it. Most of the laws you hate came from the Left and their method of “social change.” And, those on the Right who attempted to work through the system got screwed.

Indeed we are “a nation of laws.” Too many laws, and not nearly enough justice. I thought you’ve been out of law school long enough to have figured that out.

BTW–I don’t particularly care for either Paul, but if he wants to stick it to TSA, that’s fine with me.

You’re the one who’s dreaming. How will you ever change TSA? The mantra will be “What, are you against security?”

Your hero Reagan could have eliminated the Department of Education, but chickened out. Why? He didn’t want to be seen as being “against education.”

Thus, once a law is in place, it is a major fait accompli. Nothing will be accomplished through the “proper channels,” but please go on drinking the Kool-Aid.

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    If you think that bad laws cannot be changed through normal means, you really do not belong here. This is not a Militia or Anarchist site.

    Worry01 on January 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I applaud any one with any power to stand up to these granny molesters. TSA is not making us safer. Obama and congress are acting outside of the law and constitution. What about unreasonable searches? It was a waste of time for TSA to feel your boobs. It did nothing to make anyone safer. It just made you more comfortable with gestapo tactics.

P: Huh? He didn’t stand up to anyone at all. He told Sean Vannity that Vannity and he should be able to go through without a second screening even if the machine beeps, b/c they are well-known and that his brother-in-law should get to go through because he’s in the military, but what about the Muslims in the military? Should they breeze through? Under his opposition to profiling, yes, they would, and we’d still be stuck in line. How the heck is demanding special treatment for the rich and famous standing up to anyone???? It isn’t. Who the heck said I was comfortable with being felt up? I clearly said I was NOT. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. DS

Poncho on January 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    You need to read the article. Also, these screeners are just employees trying to do a job. There is no bravery in a Senator attempting to intimidate them.

    You would have probably supported Cynthia McKinney’s antics with the Capitol Hill Police: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney#Capitol_Police_incident

    Rand Paul displayed the same sort of arrogance in what he did. There are ways to address an inconvenient law that do not entail breaking the law. If you do not understand that, you are in the camp of Anarchists, and not a Conservative.

    Worry01 on January 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Muslims are NOT profiled. What Rand Paul wants is special treatment for celebrities and VIPs.

    Now we should have Israeli-style profiling in place at American airports to create a more secure environment and less stress for the flying public.

    We won’t get it for two reasons: its too controversial and it would offend Muslims.

    Uh huh. The current TSA airport regime is idiotic and won’t do a thing to prevent explosives from being smuggled on an aircraft and it won’t prevent hijackings of one. As long as it exists however like it or not, we have a duty to obey the rules.

    TSA personnel don’t like it either but they are hard-working Americans who do what they’re told. We can help them make flying easier by not giving them a hard time. Good people want to help and just smile and treat them with respect.

    If people don’t like it, they should work to change the rules. Betcha Paul is not going to support profiling. Like Debbie said, his stupid stunt today won’t change a thing in our country’s airports.

    NormanF on January 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Did you sue? Did you complain? Did you write a letter to your congress critter?

Poncho on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm


Further to the above comments, the sad truth is that they ARE acting within the law and the Constitution. Check out Article 1, Section 8 some time. Congress can do pretty much whatever it wants.

The only time you’ll hear about an “unreasonable search” is when the one searched is a minority. If you really want to get depressed, read through your Bill of Rights, and determine how many of these rights you still actually have.

** Free Speech (except for PC)

** Bear arms (ha ha ha)

**Freedom of religion (try putting a Christmas tree in your town square)

**Speedy trial (ha ha ha)

**Powers reserved to the states (ha ha ha)

But don’t worry. Debbie says that this will all change if we work through the system.

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Worry 01–

“If you think that bad laws cannot be changed through normal means, you really do not belong here. This is not a Militia or Anarchist site.”

As I challenged Debbie–

Please name one significant bad law from the last 50 years that has been changed.

Or better..

If you think laws *can* be changed through normal means, you belong in a high school civics class, and not real life.

[Ladies & Gentleman, I give you the Occupy Wall Street/Malcolm X/Black Panther official anarchist commenter of DebbieSchlussel.com. DS]

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Debbie can u get me a TSA job at the Detroit airport? I am uniquely qualified to screen you for contraband in a private environment. I’ll provide us with sweet grape Manischevitz wine and cigarettes and I’ll get you some free airline stuff for choosing my line.

A1 on January 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Further to my “last 50 years” challenge…

You can cite plenty that were changed for the worse, but that does not count.

RR: You don’t get it and you’re not paying attention. Rand Paul opposes profiling and said on Sean Vannity’s radio show that he believes well known people like him and Vannity should be waived through, NOT the rest of us. Only a moron would say that’s a “change of a bad law,” instead of what it very obviously is: a demand for special treatment for the rich and famous and the politically connected elites you seem to think you are railing against. WAKE. UP. Your hero, Rand Paul, is a false god. The Kool Aid is fatal, despite how good you think it tastes. DS

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Yup, the Tea Party idiots in Kentucky voted for him.

    All he really wants is for the political class and rich and famous people not to get the “cattle inspection” treatment.

    Now there is a politician for the Little People! A Republican with a Leona Helmsley attitude towards airport security.

    That’s the kind of insufferable politician people thought they were voting against in 2010.

    A lot of politicians look on their public office as their personal entitlement not as a public trust.

    Here’s a clue: as long as people don’t demand better they will get cretins like Paul in the US Senate.

    NormanF on January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

RE “[Ladies & Gentleman, I give you the Occupy Wall Street/Malcolm X/Black Panther official anarchist commenter of DebbieSchlussel.com. DS]”

When you don’t have an rational argument to make…

BTW–I said that I did not like either Paul RIF I merely noted that making trouble for TSA, and calling attention to their nonsense is a good thing.

The “Kool-Aid” is your clinging to the puerile notion that the system works. It doesn’t. Not anymore.

RR: And the “rational argument” was calling us high school civics class students because you don’t agree with our “irrational” insistence of not siding with the behavior and tactics of the Black Panther movement and the Occupy Wall Street crowd? If you can’t take the heat. . . . The only thing this did was give him a platform to advocate his special treatment idea while opposing profiling for his precious HAMAS Muslims. Good luck with that. It won’t change a thing. Ever. That was a Bush policy and it ain’t going away under any of the Presidents or Congresses. DS

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Maybe daddy put Rand up to this. Or, maybe Rand was wearing a tin-foil cup instead of a tin-foil hat.

Jarhead on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm


Call me all the names you want. I am no anarchist, but I am a realist. It gives me no pleasure to be living during the destruction of the US, but I will not be in denial about it.

Sorry, but you can’t but the genie back in the bottle.

It certainly would help if term limits and requirements for voting were put in, but I doubt if that will ever happen.

For all your railing over the Muslims, you seem to forget that it was a LAW that opened up immigration. Good luck un-ringing that bell.

RR: You seem to forget that we have a gazillion laws that are also supposed to enforce immigration restrictions. I suppose, by your logic, instead of enforcing them, we should just take them all off the books and open the borders. See, two can play this absurd sophistry game. DS

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    That’s exactly what a lot of people on both sides of the political divide want: open borders.

    They’ll sooner abolish immigration restrictions than they will do away with TSA’s absurd “everyone’s a suspect until proven innocent” airport search policy.

    Both political correctness and Islamo-pandering insist on the former but oppose the latter. Its all consistent and quite logical with the way things are going in America.

    And its obvious where Rand Paul stands.

    NormanF on January 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Debbie, I completely disagree with you. What he did was not “immature.” If the TSA is unconstitutional and a violation of privacy, why submit to them? He did what everyone else should be doing — except what he did carried more weight because he’s a senator. If the government is violating our rights, it is “immature” if we don’t submit to them? Absurd.

By the way, Ron Paul is not against profiling per se. He is against the government profiling. Ron Paul is for privatizing airport security, in which case each airport can do whatever it wants. So if anything, profiling would probably exist more under a Ron Paul presidency.

Meir on January 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Rand stated that Middle eastern students should be profiled on Greta Van Susteren tonight. Now, I doubt he thought it through, and no doubt he will back track, but he did state it, very openly.

    I just think he’s a vain self centered git.

    Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

No need to play any more games. You continue to purposely distort my positions. Immigration was VERY tight until the laws opened it up! Instead of closing it back down, they came up with a gazillion laws to attempt to polish the brass on the Titanic.

You seem to think things will somehow get better. I don’t.

Red Ryder on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Amnesties were extended under Republican Presidents and Congresses.

No one seriously proposes tightening enforcement. Obama in fact wants to do away with even the toothless pretense of enforcement that now exists.

A decade after 9/11, America is headed in the wrong direction and no one cares.

NormanF on January 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

By the way, Debbie, you were better looking than Jane Seymour on the show. Just noticing. I’m not A1, and I’ll drop it there.

Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I did not mean that in a come on way—the benefits of good genes are accentuated by clean living, which too many Hollywood types don’t do.

    Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 1:33 am

Debbie this is government at its worst and I cant agree. Lets see Rand Paul set off a screener and there was nothing on him to set it off. What gives? Today Paul got confirmation that it is set off randomly and then you are subject to a pat down. So the screener is a ruse to some extent. So someone can walk in naked and at random it would still subject that person to a pat down. The point is they can force a patdown on you whether you want it or not. TSA owns you at this point. You can says screw it I don’t want to board, let me go home with nothing on you and they know it was set off at random and you are detained. Where is our liberty? A rigged screener and now you must prove your innocence or you will be held and detained for non-compliance. Talk about putting our Constitution on its head.
Lets see a false positive and then you must disprove the false positive by subjecting yourself to an invasion of your privacy. After knowing this I will now consider going by rail or driving.
Not gonna comply with TSA goose steeping through the airport.

CaliforniaScreaming on January 24, 2012 at 2:36 am

Should read “goose stepping”

CaliforniaScreaming on January 24, 2012 at 2:46 am

In my home state of Colorado, Islamic terrorism comes to light:


Marhaba! And we’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

NormanF on January 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

California Screaming–

You get it. Sadly, Debbie is resorting to silly rhetorical games, guilt by association, and false analogies to prove her “point”, which seems to be…

Don’t cause a fuss, because that’s what the Occupy protesters do–and besides, I hate Ron and Rand Paul.

Moreover, she seems to be in total denial regarding the origin of most of the current laws she hates. Virtually all of them were passed in response to Leftist protests and posturing.

Finally, like many on this site, she is also in denial regarding the system. Absent term limits, draconian limitations on immigration, and severe restrictions on who can vote, we are doomed.

At present. the system most assuredly does NOT work. If the best you can say is that some RINO will get into office and that is marginally better than a crypto-Commie like our current president, forgive me if I do not jump for joy.

Red Ryder on January 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

Jarhead said what I had been planning to say. I think this caper was orchestrated with Ron Paul’s campaign. After a surge in recent weeks, he lost momentum in South Carolina, and wants to be a serious contender. Maybe they figured this was a way to promote Ron’s sagging campaign. They know that Romney, Gingrich and the rest won’t do something like this.

Little Al on January 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Red Ryder, I don’t agree with Debbie on this issue but I agree with her on 90% of the issues. She is right about the threats of Islam, so I believe we do have to have some diligence about threats. However giving up liberties and allowing the TSA game us is going too far.
Reading Debbie over the years I know she is probably one of the most intelligent and fierce bloggers out there. When I believe she is wrong I will respect her argument because she has a rational line of thinking.

Having said that in that video it is CLASSIC AND EPIC!!

@ 2:32 in the video Debbie (smoking hot) blares out, “People have felt up my breasts. I don’t care!” We still love ya Debbie!!

CaliforniaScreaming on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

Cal Screaming–

I, too, agree with Debbie most of the time, but on this one she really surprised me.

Red Ryder on January 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

Israeli security begins Behavior Pattern Recognition (BPR) BEFORE anyone so much as sets a toenail on airport property. They ask a few simple questions BEFORE one’s vehicle enters the gates. Once an unobserved/uninterviewed person is on airport property, it’s TOO LATE, they tell us!

It should be noted, too, that Israelis use BPR methods in every facet of their communities’ comings and goings in order to provide REAL overall security.

U.S. airport “security” is a complete joke. It’s beyond embarrassing. Points of entry for all sorts of persons and materials are never secured let alone checked. Think about it — while the greek theater begins in the long “security” lines (AFTER people are already on airport property *GASP* INSIDE the airport itself,) plenty of unmonitored people, vehicles, and materials are flowing in and out of the airport and onto YOUR plane.

How many airport vendors are muslim-owned? How many people designing, maintaining, and navigating your aircraft are muslim? How many “security” officials are muslim?

Is it really likely the next terror attack will happen on an airplane? Not very likely. And it’s not because anyone has made air travel “secure.” All this waste and mockery for absolutely NO security.

So what HAS it achieved?

And we wonder why the world laughs at us. Israelis keep trying to explain to U.S. officials that they treat us Americans like ignorant infants rather than like capable partners in securing our own nation.

Again, what HAVE U.S. officials achieved through all this nonsense?

Aurora on January 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Aurora, you are absolutely correct. We should be doing this the Israeli way, if at all.

    Me, I prefer the Razor’s Protocol: stop security screening entirely. Simply state that for any future Islamic related terrorist attempt on the US, Mecca and Medina die. Should we be assaulted with a WMD, 1000 Muslims will die for each person dead on US soil, following the rule of proportion in Israeli/Palestinian prisoner swaps. Do this after nuking Teheran for not following our ultimatum on stopping their nuclear program, so that they will know that we are serious. Further tell them that any oil stoppage or severe punitive price hike will be viewed as an act of war on the USA.

    The destruction of Teheran will underline the message. The annihilation of Mecca and Medina will drive it home.

    You see, one rebuilds countries and wins wars only AFTER beating one’s opponent to a whimpering pulp. That was what Bush did not due in GWII. We won so decisively and surgically the people did not SUFFER, so they felt that the corrupt regime was beaten, not THEM. The Razor’s Protocol, by killing millions of Islamists, would engrave their defeat on their flesh and bone and germ plasm. After that, reeducation and rebuilding the Middle East (except Israel, which already is a Western Civilized country) into a decent civilization could be undertaken at minimal cost to us.

    Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you, Occam’s Tool.

      Why are U.S. officials terrorizing us like this?

      What do they achieve by treating us this way and making us look so incredibly weak and stupid?

      They are giving a huge victory to the muslims who are laughing at us over such humiliating greek theater.

      I will not fly.

      But what about other forms of travel and providing “security” for other public areas like sports arenas, shopping centers, anywhere large groups gather? Will they justify expanding these barbaric methods in the future?

      Aurora on January 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

Red Ryder – Missouri’s Extermination Order, against Mormons, making it not only legal, but a requirement to drive Mormons out of their homes, and the state, or else kill them, was repealed in 1976.

Granted, the law had not been enforced in a long time, but it had remained on the books, and could have been used as a legal defence for anyone who wanted to murdera a Mormon.

Just sayin’. There are ways to change the laws without causing public mayhem.

Michelle on January 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

I forgot to add — under Israeli security (BPR,) no one touches anyone, let alone intimate body areas. There is no need to.

But since when have U.S. officials been interested in WISDOM versus brute force?

Aurora on January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Ms. Schlussel,

I enjoy reading you’re reports on news items that you normally won’t find anywhere else. I too had a negative experience with TSA. I was flying from CLT to ATL and when i went thru the screener, my suspenders set off alarms. It was obvious what set it off, but they had me strip every thing off but my pants, right beside the line of curious passengers! It was humiliating! It was in 2001. I haven’t flown since. A police state, even back then. No thanks to President Bush. On this one, I think you are a bit more nutty than the Paul’s, which isn’t a bad thing. I support Rand, and will cast my vote for Ron Paul in the primary. I will not be a slave to bad law’s. -R. Geyer

Robert Geyer on January 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    So, Mr. Geyer, like Ron Paul you support Bradley Manning and kneel to jihadist scum.

    Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

@ 2:32 in the video Debbie (smoking hot) blares out, “People have felt up my breasts. I don’t care!”
It never occured to me that some women would be indifferent to the handling of the gestapo.

Poncho on January 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I say, fornicate the TSA. I hope that says it all. It was started by the blithering idiot G. Bush to keep us safe, sure!
The more the Senators and Congressman are put out the quicker we can all get back to flying.
Yes, Debbie, we should not submit to this Gang of Obammy.
They will soon be stopping us at bus stations, shopping malls, highways, churches, synagogues, doctors offices, etc. It won’t stop.

Tina on January 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Debbie I agree in the douchery of it all. We should operate like El Al security. My one gripe is technically and legally Rand was in the right in this instance. As a congressman in official transit to the capitol for official session, he cannot be detained in transit as a matter of our oldest laws. Even if he killed someone in route, he can’t be arrested or detained. He would have to be picked up or arrested on the chamber floor after the voting for the day is finished.

Mark on January 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

If he missed any votes due to this I’m pretty sure he can bring those TSA agents up on charges. Note, I said pretty sure. It all originates from preventing politicians from using police to stop members, thereby causing members to miss votes that they knew that member opposed them on.

Mark on January 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

You are way wrong on this issue Deb. First, if he was on his way to the Senate he cannot be held up for any reason.

Second, he is a Senator and can get attention to this growing TSA problem. You DO know that they are now operating at facilities other than airports don’t you? The TSA should be abolished! We do not need them. We are no safer now that we were before 911. The TSA does nothing for the security of the bottom half of the airplane. The scanners are hazardous to our health.

Ken in St Louis on January 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

There are a bunch of us here in Kentucky getting a bit tired of Rand Paul.

Paul on January 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm


You are letting your dislike for Ron Paul cloud your judgment. TSA is compeletly out of control. Rand Paul is a sitting U.S senator and government employees must treat him with the respect that goes with that high office. It has to do with the concept of separation of powers.

Pete on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

What about Article 1, section 6 of the Consitution?

“The Senators 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.-“

Quietman on January 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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