Georgia Republican candidate Bob Johnson recently said that he would favor another terrorist attack over the "jack boot" thugs at the Transportation Security Administration (TAS) who search people at airports.
Johnson, who is currently running in a GOP primary, made his statements back in February during a campaign forum in Waycross, Ga., but video (below) of his remarks were reported this week by Politico.com.
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“The TSA is doing something really profound, they’re indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniformed personnel, agents of the government, like sheep,” said Johnson, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Now this is going to sound outrageous,” Johnson added. “I’d rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen. Give me liberty or give me death. Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our Republican or, republic?”
“People are saying, ‘Now everyone wants security before anything else. I want a perfectly safe flight.' You’re not going to have it. We’re going to have jack-boot uniformed people in our backyards.”
A spokesperson for Johnson said on Tuesday that the candidate thought his own statements were “stupid,” but repeated his criticism of the TSA, noted the Business Insider.
“As a 26-year Army Ranger, head and neck surgeon and even a Christian medical missionary, I’ve sworn my life to defending this country and keeping people safe,” Johnson stated. “And as a Constitutional conservative, it angers me that we are giving up our liberty to the bureaucratic TSA and spying on our own people in the name of false security and that has to stop.”