Reports are popping up all over the internet regarding a Homeland Security/TSA VIPR Team at the December 30th, 2012 Vikings vs. Packers football game. Furthermore, additional photos are claiming a surveillance drone was deployed at the Metrodome plaza on the west side.
What are VIPR Teams, you ask? Unlike the warm, fuzzy blue-shirts at the airport, these guys want to grope you on the bus, search your vehicle at an interstate checkpoint while driving home, interrogate you while riding a train, and rummage through your luggage while utilizing “any form of transportation….any location within the United States”, per 6 USC § 1112.
While some might scoff at the idea of a surveillance drone hovering over a football event, or dismiss it as a sports photography drone, I urge you to consider the overall situation. Furthermore, drone aside; having a VIPR team at a random NFL event should send chills up your spine.
I was present, as a police officer, when the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit was held in New Orleans in 2008. The Federal government was so concerned with protests getting out of hand that it deployed mobile command centers with biometric cameras to canvas the crowds. They wanted a database and pictures of those who would dare protest the trilateral North American summit.
The VIPR teams started that same fiscal year, under the same regime whose end game plan is to acclimate the population to seeing surveillance cameras, armed goons, and checkpoints at every public event. Over the last 4-5 years, I’d say they have mostly accomplished that mission directive.
Welcome to the Police State.
Here are a few more links for your reading and viewing pleasure:
CNN Jan 28 2012: TSA rail, subway spot-checks raise privacy issues – CNN.com
(a) In general
The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, may develop Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (referred to in this section as “VIPR”) teams to augment the security of any mode of transportation at any location within the United States. In forming a VIPR team, the Secretary—
(1) may use any asset of the Department, including Federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, canine detection teams, and advanced screening technology;
(2) may determine when a VIPR team shall be deployed, as well as the duration of the deployment;
(3) shall, prior to and during the deployment, consult with local security and law enforcement officials in the jurisdiction where the VIPR team is or will be deployed, to develop and agree upon the appropriate operational protocols and provide relevant information about the mission of the VIPR team, as appropriate; and
(4) shall, prior to and during the deployment, consult with all transportation entities directly affected by the deployment of a VIPR team, as appropriate, including railroad carriers, air carriers, airport owners, over-the-road bus operators and terminal owners and operators, motor carriers, public transportation agencies, owners or operators of highways, port operators and facility owners, vessel owners and operators and pipeline operators.
(b) Authorization of appropriations
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