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Rand Paul Continues War On TSA, Groping Of 'Toddlers And Grandmothers'

Posted: 05/ 2/2012 11:29 am Updated: 05/ 2/2012 11:42 am

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued to rage against the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday, encouraging supporters to join a campaign to get it to stop "groping toddlers and grandmothers."

"The American people shouldn't be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane," Paul writes in a press release. "It's time to END the TSA and get the government's hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers."

The Kentucky Republican goes on to encourage recipients to add their names to an anti-TSA Campaign for Liberty petition.

In a subsequent release, Matt Hawes of the libertarian-leaning Campaign for Liberty says the push is necessary because "the government literally has its hands in our pants."

Paul has a colorful history of locking horns with the TSA. He and his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), have been some of the most fervent opponents of the agency, which they have accused of violating the civil liberties of countless Americans in the pursuit of airport security.

Earlier this year, Paul was reportedly "detained" at Nashville International Airport after setting off an alarm on a TSA checkpoint scanner. TSA officials denied reports of Paul's supposed detention, but it didn't stop the elder Paul from quickly blasting out a statement on the incident to his supporters.

"The police state in this country is growing out of control," he said. "One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe."

Paul later wrapped his battle against the TSA into a fundraising plea for his presidential campaign.

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