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|Subject: Planes, Trains and Automobiles: TSA's Ever Expanding Jurisdiction Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:58 pm|| |
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: TSA's Ever Expanding JurisdictionPlanes, trains and automobiles — the Transportation Security Administration is now inspecting them all. And trolleys, ferries, subways and even private cars.For several years now, TSA has coordinated with local and federal law enforcement agencies to perform inspections and large-scale training operations through its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program, targeting random transportation centers and giving unsuspecting citizens its trademark pat-downs. (AFL-CIO wins representation of TSA agents)TSA conducted more than 8,000 VIPR operations in the past 12 months alone, including more than 3,700 operations in mass transit and passenger railroad venues.In 2009, the total cost to taxpayers was $30 million. And now the agency is requesting funding for 12 more VIPR teams, which would bring the total to 37 squads and a [color:8eeb=green !important][color:8eeb=green !important]budget</FONT></FONT> of almost $110 million a year.TSA began the VIPR program in 2007. TSA Administrator John Pistole, testifying before a House committee, explained the purpose of the program.“Working alongside local law enforcement agencies throughout the transportation domain, TSA’s VIPR teams enhance the agency’s ability to leverage a variety of resources quickly in order to increase security in any mode of transportation anywhere in the country,” Pistole said.Here’s what that looks like in practice:A recent news report said TSA was searching private cars and commercial trucks as they left a port in Brownsville, Texas. According to the report, it was a [color:8eeb=green !important][color:8eeb=green !important]random</FONT></FONT> operation and not in response to any specific threat. Source -- http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/27/planes-trains-and-automobiles-tsas-ever-expanding-jurisdiction/ From M.o.1 -- It's interesting to understand the mentality they were wanting to create w/ the name "VIPR" Team. This was obviously a name they already wanted simply because of how outlandish the name "Visible Intermodel Prevention and Response".....what does that mean exactly? Typically, an acronym comes from the original name but in this case...the acronym was obviously created first and then the name came about. The "Visible Intermodel Prevention and Response" title doesn't even really make much sense.....oh no, they wanted to be called "VIPR" beforehand because of the image that it invokes. Understand this though...the TSA is coming to a city near you and they WILL be out there searching people at malls, on the streets , your personal vehicle.....EVERYWHERE until the American people do something to stop these brownshirts from continuing their Orwellian actions.