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Ron Paul Speaks Against Groping And Gawking

This week, Congressman Ron Paul took a stand against the idea that the remote possibility of a terrorist attack justifies any indignity and sacrifice of personal liberty. He was talking about the genital pat downs and nude x-ray screening that air travelers are subjected to in the United States. Paul said, in his characteristically colorful way:

“If you can’t grope another person and if you can’t X-ray people and endanger them with possible X-rays, you can’t take nude photographs of individuals, why do we allow the government to do it? We would go to jail. He would be immediately arrested, if an individual citizen went up and did these things, and yet we just sit there and calmly say, oh, they are making us safe. And besides, the argument from the executive branch is that when you buy a ticket, you have sacrificed your rights and it is the duty of the government to make us safe.

That isn’t the case. You never have to sacrifice your rights. The duty of the government is to protect our rights, not to use them and do what they have been doing to us.”

4 thoughts on “Ron Paul Speaks Against Groping And Gawking”

  1. tkogrumpy says:

    Really the only Guy I can think of who says all the things a “politician” is not supposed to and still gets re-elected.I really enjoyed his rhetoric during the presidential debates.

  2. Horatio says:

    Is this searching of your naked body the straw that breaks the Homeland Security camel’s back?

  3. Tom says:

    Homeland security is a joke – they hassle and abuse ordinary citizens in the name of “protection” when the real reason behind this shit is so Michael Chertof can reap his millions from the scanners, which places like Ben Gurion airport in Israel don’t use (and don’t need) and that’s where the REAL terrorists reside! Meanwhile at all our shipping terminals millions of cargo containers (the trailers we see on the backs of semis) go unchecked.

  4. kat says:

    I wish this is the man who would lead the US back to the core values it purports. I get nauseated with people who claim it is the price you have to pay for being safe. They are not stopping terrorists or those who seek to do harm. The only ones profiting are the makers of the technology and their shareholders. Look at Israeli security at their major airport and they do not have any of these machines. They have checkpoints and body language training, even their bomb squad has a different regulations that they use to secure an area without shutting down and evacuating a whole airport and yet their “terror threat” is much higher and real compared to North American aviation. Why can we not teach and train and pay qualified guards so that it is seen that more than a time clock job to punch in and out. Why not have military deployed in keeping their own citizens safe instead of shipping them to fabricated wars abroad?
    A gentleman I know who travels frequently for business said he notices it is always the prettiest woman that gets chosen for “random” checks and yet a group of Hell’s Angels were allowed to go through with no scrutiny or himself, who is 6″5 and 220 pounds. I guess she fits their profile better….

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