Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, decried the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airport security procedures as ineffective security and a violation of the Fourth Amendment, as he argued that private forces should protect airports.
"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," Paul told CNN's Candy Crowley this morning. "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."
Paul, who has called for the end of the TSA since his son -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. -- was prevented from passing through airport security because he refused a pat down, said that private companies could secure airports more effectively than the TSA. "You know, the people who protect very dangerous chemical plants, they're private sources, you know . . . they do a very good job," he observed, adding that "the assumption that the government has to do this is the wrong assumption."
He reminded Crowley that he "voted against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA," which he dubbed "a bureaucratic monster."
"It totally voids the concept of the Fourth Amendment, searches and prodding and poking, you know, with no permission," Paul also said.