Massive Expansion of TSA Checkpoints and VIPER Teams

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Constitutional & Liberty Issues

Kevin Hayden –

Congress will soon be signing a bill allowing additional funding for a large expansion of TSA checkpoints soon.  Yes, checkpoints.  No longer are the TSA relegated to the lowly airport, as 25 teams have been roving the country side conducting highway checkpoints, setting up shop at bus terminals, sporting events, and even a high school prom.  Congress apparently feels as though you aren’t being reminded on a daily basis that you live in an ever-increasing police state, so they want to add twelve more “Viper Teams” to the roster.

Just this past weekend, I was introduced to just how invasive the new “pat downs” are at the airport after “opting-out” of the naked body scanner.   The TSA agent advised me before starting, “I have to run my hand up your thigh until I meet resistance, both front and back.”  I replied, “Uhh, resistance?  Like my pelvic bone?”  He laughed and said, “Exactly.  Ready?”

I was left conflicted and slightly amused; should I leave my phone number or demand he buy me dinner and a drink first?

“The TSA’s 25 “viper” teams – for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response – have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year,” reports the L.A. Times.

The demand for $24 million in extra funding is in addition to the $110 million spent in fiscal year 2011. The figures are completely independent from the federal agency’s role inside the nation’s airports, which costs taxpayers $5 billion a year. – Lew Rockwell

There has been no evidence that these VIPER Teams have foiled any terror plots, or made this country any safer.  Instead, I constantly get emails from people subjected to intrusive searches, most in violation of the 4th Amendment, while traveling on the highways and using our airports.

I’ve written time and time again about the countless rapists, child molesters, and sexual predators who are hired by the Transportation Security Administration.  I’ve written extensively about senior employees being charged with murder, failed security tests involving firearms and fake boarding passes, and daily thefts from travelers.  The TSA represents the mere illusion of security, nothing more.

Before long, you can expect to see their lovely blue shirts – which, amusingly enough from a psy-op standpoint, should engender trust – on your local toll highway, bus stop, high school football game, subway, and city street.  The only thing that comes to mind are scenes from random, post-apocalyptic movies where martial law has been declared or zombies are on the loose.  But no… this is simply America, circa 2012.  Welcome to the police state.

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