Thursday, January 26, 2012

Video Disputes Police Claim Sen. Paul Irate

Nashville airport releases security footage of Sen...

A security video of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at a Nashville International Airport checkpoint doesn’t show him being “irate,” as police asserted.

The Kentucky Republican ran afoul of a millimeter-wave screening machine Monday morning that went off as he tried to enter the airport terminal. Transportation Security Administration officials asked him to undergo a pat-down, but he refused.

An incident report describes the police response as encountering “a passenger being irate.” But videos released by the Metro Airport Authority late Wednesday show Paul entering the security line at 7:57 a.m. and then alternately sitting and standing in a glass cubicle while being watched by authorities. Paul appears to make a few phone calls as well.

Nashville airport video doesn't show 'irate' Sen. Rand Paul

Since both junior and senior members of the Paul family have been quite vocal about their objections to the TSA invasive practices, you would think that media spin of Rand Paul's detaining would have had at least some basis. Those spinning the story have just been outed as statists and opponents of privacy and personal liberty.

Rand Paul is seen being non-confrontational in the detention area.

A security video released by the Transportation Security Administration of Senator Rand Paul at a TSA airport checkpoint in Nashville appears to contradict an initial report to police that described the Kentucky Republican as being ''irate.''

On Monday, TSA officials detained Paul when the Republican from Kentucky refused a patdown after triggering an millimeter wave body scanner alarm at a security checkpoint.

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