Detaining a U.S. Senator…

The TSA has detained as sitting senator a few hours ago in Nashville, while the Senate is in session. This is in direct violation of Article 1 Section 6 which reads in part “The Senators and Representatives… They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.” So far as I can tell he did not commit a Breach of the peace. He has not committed or was in the act of committing Treason. And, he was not committing a Felony. Therefore, these actions by a federal employee under the current administration are an impeachable offense and due to their severity can go at least as high Janet Napolitano if not to the president himself.

This is the sort of thing that eventually leads to the president simply having all of the Congressman and Senators who oppose him/her to be arrested before an important vote. We must treat it with extreme severity. If, we can not execute all individuals involved we must at least ban them from holding ANY federal job ever again and ban them from receiving ANY federal funds through any program. Maybe we could get a constitutional amendment making banishment a punishment for individuals who knowingly detain any sitting member of  the U.S. congress in violation of article 1 section 6.

Some might think this overkill but, it is better to be safe than sorry.


2 thoughts on “Detaining a U.S. Senator…

  1. Paul wasn’t arrested he was detained in a cubicle. He refused to a search of his person just like every other airline passenger has to be subjected to so a secondary process was initiated just like it would with anyone else who refused. Are you suggesting that Rand Paul is above the law? Above the searches of passengers to ensure the safety of others? Actually, the argument can be made quite easily that he was indeed treading into the area of breeching of the peace by not going through these safety searches. That’s about as big of a stretch as this being an impeachable offense for Obama.

    I’m curious what the reaction to this would have been if it was a Democrat who refused the search.

    • Arrest: to bring to a stop

      By that definition Paul was arrested. Also, Sen. Rand Paul is not above the Law, except in coming or going from the Senate see my notes on the constitutional aspect of this incident. Are you suggesting that the TSA regulations that require a secondary process are above the constitution? I would hope not.

      As to his possibly breaching the peace, according to the definition I was able to find I would say no since as near as I can tell he did not get violent or even raise his voice, also, since his ‘arrest’ was of questionable legality it can hardly be considered applicable.

      The only case of any similarity that I know of for a democrat was the incident with Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney, on March 29, 2006. As I understand the situation she was released after her identity was known and that being within minutes, in contrast with Rand Paul who was held in one area for around two hours.

      As to why this could be an impeachable offense for President Obama, it violates his oath of office to not even attempt to correct this since the TSA is a federal agency under the executive branch. Read the impeachment articles against Nixon. They are filled with references to the oath of office. If Nixon can be impeached on those grounds so can President Obama.

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