I am not now nor never have been a Ron Paul supporter, just to qualify my sentiments here about this story (VIDEO report that follows), however, be that as it may, this tape-recorded experience had by an extremely well behaved, clean-cut Ron Paul supporter at the St. Louis airport should give every American citizen pause.
Please watch the whole video, start to finish.
All of us can usually if not routinely understand the trials and tribulations encountered by armed guards at airports but this incident tests the fringes of human understanding as to reasonable, acceptable and legitimate.
Comments from YouTube include this gem:
It should be clarified that TSA employees are NOT law enforcement officers, and have no legal right to arrest or question you while detained; arrest powers are solely for law enforcement (from federal to local, but -not- TSA) and to be questioned while detained, one needs to have committed a crime, and therefore MUST be read their Miranda Rights prior. These guys were just thugs and really, wannabe’s. I had run-ins with them in my dress uniform while in the USMC, if that tells you anything…
…which does not lessen the affront, nor soften the possibility of threat upon citizens in this situation and others similar to it, I add.
I wonder if these TSA people ever so much as stopped and discussed with Barack Obama’s illegal alien Auntie whatever excuse she might think of to circumvent her illegal entries into the U.S. from Africa (which she’s made several times over the years — I am mystified as to how it is she’s been able to fly to and from without so much as an examination of her documentation and circumstances as an illegal alien in the U.S. from Africa).
For reference: the ugly, hideously disturbed report that was issued (later recalled) in Missouri, naming “Ron Paul supporters” and “third party political candidate supporters” as “possible terrorists” who law enforcement was advised to detain and question accordingly, as also people who advocate for the Bill of Rights and other “disturbing” American patriotic exercises such as having “pro-life” beliefs. The Missouri report was recalled but the terms have not been, to my knowledge, officially recanted, as also the same terms were issued in similar reports nationwide in other states — their status remains unknown.
On February 20, 2009, the State of Missouri, via its Department of Public Safety, issued what was called “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement.” In this report, people who supported Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and yours truly (Chuck Baldwin) were referenced as being connected to potentially dangerous “militia members.” But the inference did not stop there. People of conservative ideology were also identified in the State Police report as being potentially dangerous. People who held political opinions opposing abortion, illegal immigration, the New World Order, the North American Union, the Income Tax, the U.N., etc., were profiled in the MIAC report.
Interestingly enough, no left-leaning political ideologies were identified. No Islamic extremists. No environmental extremists. Only people holding “conservative” or “right-wing” philosophies were identified in the MIAC report.
The MIAC report was categorized as “Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive,” meaning the report was intended for law enforcement personnel only.
To again state the obvious, these events are exactly equal to similar events presented in Germany years ago as the National Socialists grew to fascist ‘power’. I again assert: it is madness to allow such to reoccur, here or anywhere else, if and as it can be prevented.
Created in 2005 under (former Missouri Governor) Blunt’s watch, MIAC (Missouri Information Analysis Center) is part of a nationwide network of fusion centers that combine federal and state resources to keep police officers informed about criminal activity and terror threats.
(Missouri’s current Governor) Nixon said the center displayed “overzealousness” in churning out a report profiling possible members of militias that contains no sources, yet makes broad assertions about small-government-minded conservatives.
So the rest of the nation remains silent as to various other states’ interpretations and applications of this same information. Missouri’s at least talking about it as an indication of a problem, the rest of the states: zipped.
Update: “TSA Responds…“