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.
The Congressman also spoke on other issues including Iran and the State of the Union address. He also made it clear that he will stay in the presidential race until the GOP national convention.
Having bypassed Florida in a strategic move, the Congressman has been campaigning in Maine and Nevada, where he has a much better chance of challenging Romney and Gingrich.
“I really do believe we’re going to do quite well there and have a good chance of winning,” Paul said in regards to his campaign in Maine.
Over the weekend, Paul also topped a presidential straw poll in Virginia conducted by the Madison Liberty group. The poll included president Obama as a candidate.
Paul is the only other candidate to be on the March 6th ballot with Mitt Romney in Virginia.
Watch the full CNN interview below:
Article written by Steve Watson
January 30, 2012
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.