Congress To Fund Massive Expansion Of TSA Checkpoints


By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau

December 20, 2011, 5:03 p.m.

Reporting from Charlotte, N.C.—

TSA checking trains, buses, subways

A Transportation Security Administration behavior-detection officer patrols a train station in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times / December 11, 2011)

Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way.
Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter’s trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials.
When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. “You can go ahead,” Swaringen said.
The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.
“We are not the Airport Security Administration,” said Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte. “We take that transportation part seriously.”
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.
According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for “surface transportation security,” including the TSA’s viper program, and is asking for an additional $24 million next year. That compares with more than $5 billion for aviation security.
TSA officials say they have no proof that the roving viper teams have foiled any terrorist plots or thwarted any major threat to public safety. But they argue that the random nature of the searches and the presence of armed officers serve as a deterrent and bolster public confidence.

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2 Responses to Congress To Fund Massive Expansion Of TSA Checkpoints

  1. R. Roberts says:

    Is TSA headed toward Shutting Down Americans’
    Right To Travel Freely in their own Country?

    The U.S. can’t become a Police State until the 4th Amendment is either
    eliminated or so watered down it has no legal effect.
    TSA recently refused to provide comprehensive information regarding test results concerning TSA backscatter and other x-ray scanners at airports that might determine if (frequent flyers) could be physically harmed, sustain organ damage from repeated X-Ray scans.

    TSA is now moving forward to establish thousands of Check Points at surface transportation locations. One can’t help recall at similar Check Points the Nazi Military and Police constantly harassed, searched and delayed German travelers, especially persons deemed politically undesirable at roadway checkpoints, when boarding trains and at bus stops. Some Germans were stopped and delay daily, many lost their jobs because they were late or missed work. Germans without probable cause were put on (Nazi do not hire lists) similar to the lists started in 2010 by U.S. Homeland Security. One must wonder if today’s outspoken Americans that defend the Constitution, e.g., writers and Bloggers might later be deemed “Belligerents” by U.S. Government and constantly stopped, searched, questioned at checkpoints without cause or warrants; forced to endure X-ray scans damaging their health and or Indefinitely Detained. It is foreseeable Americans could be intimidated from traveling by TSA.

    Currently one can only guess how much radiation is covertly being transmitted by U.S. Government and police into the bodies of “Persons of Interests” repeatedly scanned” without warrants, x-rayed on the street, in their vehicles, inside their homes. The Obama government ordered 500 backscatter X-ray vans that U.S. Government and local Police will without public oversight or warrants to scan private homes—vehicles, Citizens walking, riding a bicycle, standing someplace. Corrupt government and police can too easily over X-RAY Citizens they deem undesirable.

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