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The TSA’s VIPR program: Mission leap, not mission creep

• by Bob Barr

Not content with hassling air passengers at airports across the country, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now implementing plans to stop vehicles traveling America’s highways and byways, in the hope of finding terrorists and other lawbreakers. The acronym that government brainiacs have concocted for this intrusive program is “VIPR” — short for the “Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response.”

Last month, Tennessee proudly announced it had partnered with the TSA to become the first state to implement an extensive VIPR program. Volunteer State officials have dubbed their program the less catchy “First Observer Highway Security Program.”

To illustrate how this new program works, TSA and the Tennessee Highway Patrol recently spent a day bothering truck drivers and passengers by subjecting their cargoes to exhaustive searches. They also warned drivers — in keeping with a common pastime at TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, of developing a nation of snitches — to “say something if they see something” that looks suspicious.

According to Bill Gibbons, Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security commissioner, these security checkpoints, which are manned by law enforcement units festooned in paramilitary outfits, are absolutely necessary because terrorists are poised to strike our nation’s roadways.


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Comment by David Jackson
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      They've been doing this for years. Though we know from experience that the government couldn't find a terrorist if one took flying lessons or entered the country and over-sttayed a visa, stopping folks at random locations is nothing new. (Therre is seldom anyone more surprised than a "cop" when some sort of "illicit" person or product is discovered at a roadblock.)

      Let's face it, 9/11 is the new scapegoat for every violation of anything, by some comic book government agency or functionary...Before all this, it was computers; and; before that it was just about anything to do with some drug-related item or incident - real or imagined.

      I suspect that, for the TSA, an isolated traffic stop offers an improved potential for copping a feel or otherwise sexually or physically or verbally abusing folks.

      Nobody should be surprised. Everyone ought to be pissed. This is just another on the ever-growing KMA list. 

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