Steve Bierfeldt of Ron Paul Group Detained At St. Louis Airport

An official with Ron Paul has been detained and harassed by the Transportation Security Administration. Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Campaign for Liberty, was filmed in St. Louis being selected for additional screening.
Bierfeldt was carrying a metal box in his luggage that had checks and cash made out to the campaign.

Bierfeldt had been attending his organization’s regional conference in St. Louis when he went to the airport on March 29.

The director was aware that the Missouri law enforcement officials intended to ID members of radical militia members.

The Washington Times

Militia members most commonly associate with third-party political groups,” said the report, issued Feb. 20 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center. “It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr.”

After being interrogated for almost thirty minutes Bierfeldt was allowed to get on his flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Bierfeldt used his Iphone to record the event and gave a copy of the recording to the Washington Times for review.

Bierfeldt asked the officials after every question if he was legally required to the questions. The officials accused him of “doublespeak” during the questioning because he continued to refuse to answer questions.

The Washington Times

“I was not refusing to answer the questions. I was only saying, as per the law, ‘Am I legally required to answer the questions?'” Mr. Bierfeldt later said in an interview with The Times.

“We are becoming far too eager to give away our liberties in the face of false security. We want to make our plane and we don’t want a five-minute hassle so we are eager to give up our freedom, and that is unfortunate,” Mr. Bierfeldt said.

The officials were angered when Bierfeldt refused to answer questions asking him if “Are you from this planet?” and “You want to play smartass, and I’m not going to play your fucking game.”

The New American interviewed Bierfeldt after the incident about his feelings.

In an interview with The New American, Steve recalled his experience: “I headed over to the airport and had gone through all the different levels of security.”

“One of the agents monitoring the screener called over her supervisor, who took my bag out of the line and brought it over to a side table. He told me he had to look at it. He pulled out the cash box and said he had to look through it. My response was ‘am I being detained, sir, or am I free to go?’”

Mr. Paul, a member of the U.S. House was shocked by the incident.

The TSA stands firm that they were in rights to question Bierfeldt about his employment and why he was carrying such a large amount of money.

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