TSA Metastasizes To Inculcate Fear At Train Stations And More

The Commissars of the Transportation Security Administration have authorized themselves to work in train stations. Instead of manning check points, they are randomly raiding stations and searching and groping victims selected by chance. And the cancer is spreading elsewhere as well. According to the New York Times’ propaganda piece, it is wreaking “security” on “sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals.”

The story starts with an Amtrak station:

“As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.”

“Random security sweeps” by armed and armored agents? That is America?

 “T.S.A. officials [claim] that the random searches are “special needs” or “administrative searches” that are exempt from probable cause because they further the government’s need to prevent terrorist attacks.”

Read the Fourth Amendment; this reply is nonsense.

By any rational calculus, it is not remotely worth the expense or the hassle to make train station security as rigorous as airport security. So they are just randomly groping people.

But there is no way to even justify the security need. If the train stations don’t warrant airport-level security, then they don’t justify these roving ruffians either. And if they do warrant that kind of security, then these raiding parties are no substitute.

This is nothing but a show of force against the American people.

“T.S.A. officials would not say if the VIPR teams had ever foiled a terrorist plot or thwarted any major threat to public safety, saying the information is classified. But they argue that the random searches and presence of armed officers serve as a deterrent that bolsters the public confidence.”

That is exactly the opposite of their effect and their intended effect.

We were already perfectly confident when we attended sporting events, music festivals, and rodeos. Truck drivers already use highway weigh stations without even giving a thought to fearing foreign terrorist attack. I traveled by Amtrak recently and had an enjoyable trip without any worries about terrorism. Nor did any of my travel companions show any signs of such paranoia. We were already completely confident of our safety.

We did not fear.

The government sees us—perfectly happy and confident in all these situations. It realizes it must fix the problem. “How can we make these people more intensely afraid more often?” VIPR is one part of their solution. They send out armed and armored agents to make people more afraid, because people who are constantly afraid are more compliant and welcoming to government power.

It is called terrorism.