Rand Paul to TSA Head: “I Feel Less Safe”

How Many TSA Agents Does It Take to Pat-down a Baby?

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), thinks flying is a privilege, and therefore, apparently, those of us “privileged” to be doing it ought to be subjected to whatever humiliations his agents can dish out.

Sen. Rand Paul, during his questioning of Pistole in Senate hearings this week, quoted the Supreme Court’s contrary view:

The right to travel is so important that it is assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. A virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.

Sen. Paul continued in saying:

I feel less safe because you’re doing these invasive exams on a six year old. It makes me think you’re clueless, that you think she’s going to attack our country and that you’re not doing your research on the people who would attack our country.

Here are the proceedings:

Senator Paul was clearly raised right—parents, follow that lead!

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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