The TSA (really, could this have gone anywhere else?) detained Rand Paul (the Congressman [correction: he’s a Senator! from Kentucky] and son of the Presidential candidate -) on his way to Washington, D.C. Of course, they say he wasn’t detained, y’know……
“Let’s be clear,” [White House spokesman Jay] Carney said. “The passenger was not detained. He was escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement.”
But Sen. Paul told TheDC that he certainly felt like he was detained. “If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention?” Paul asked.
“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.”
Notice how the White House is defending the TSA, and falls into the same techno-speak: Senator Rand Paul is now, “the passenger”. Who was Not Detained.
But my favorite part is this from Rand:
“In the end, after two hours of this quarreling,” Sen. Paul explained, “they did let me walk through the screener [machine] and it didn’t go off.
So what the TSA is not telling you is the screeners are being used as random devices as well. The [mechanical] screeners will go off randomly, and the [agent] screeners don’t know that it’s a random call but it has nothing to do with what you’ve done.”
And finally, this little gem:
Instead of targeting people who meet a risk profile for terrorism, what they’re doing is they’re just doing these random things.
Well, at least now that these things are happening to members of Congress, maybe Something! will be done about it. One can hope….!