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T.S.A. Expands Duties
Beyond Airport Security

New York Times, by Ron Nixon

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Posted By:pineledger, 8/6/2013 5:10:27 AM

Washington--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.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach

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Article goes on to say that not everyone is happy. We know someone who is, however.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 8/6/2013 5:20:28 AM     (No. 9460342)

VIPR.. viper! cool.. was "Gestapo" already taken?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 8/6/2013 5:43:06 AM     (No. 9460346)

Hundreds of millions of Americans illegally searched at airports and ZERO terrorists caught. That is a great legacy you have TSA.

I don´t go to airports because of the TSAs intrusive searches of my person and my property, unless I really must get somewhere quicker than driving or Amtraking.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 8/6/2013 6:08:48 AM     (No. 9460356)

These outrages by TSA are clearly - ridiculously in fact - unconstitutional.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 8/6/2013 6:58:39 AM     (No. 9460385)

I was at JFK Airport a few days ago. Every TSA agent that is saw (a few dozen) was overweight, slovenly, and generally looked very unprofessional. And why is it that so many of these jobs are filled by minorities?

And I am comparing TSA staff to our State Police, none of which look anything like anybody I have ever seen at the TSA. Our State Police look like military elites (Rangers, etc), and always courteous, professional.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/6/2013 7:03:00 AM     (No. 9460392)

Life under Stalin´s Russia has now come to the U.S. Fifty years from now a U.S. dissident can write a Gulag book and escape to another country after spending the previous 20 years in a FEMA camp.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 8/6/2013 7:19:29 AM     (No. 9460411)

#4 it´s called reparations

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Reply 7 - Posted by: rod reese, 8/6/2013 7:28:46 AM     (No. 9460424)

TSA is a friggin joke. When I go through airports I see these clowns who are unable to hold real jobs acting like cops and accomplishing nothing. As Americans continue to have their freedoms stolen by the corrupt politicians and TSA morons only more of this will happen. Where did America go?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Elvira, 8/6/2013 7:34:38 AM     (No. 9460433)

Testing, testing, testing. What´s the temperature of the water in the pot now?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/6/2013 7:43:46 AM     (No. 9460453)

Where did the funding for this expansion come from?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 8/6/2013 7:55:09 AM     (No. 9460470)

This organization has yet to prove its competence in its initial responsibilities, and now they are being provided tatical gear for sweep and hold actions? My G_d Congress, what are you thinking? Will you hold no federal Agency accountable to the plain language of the U.S. Constitution?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/6/2013 8:08:57 AM     (No. 9460495)

The government has the power we allow it to have. The process to stop this overreach is not palatable to most Americans. Our elected officials are complicent or cowardly which means our options are dwindling everyday. This will not end well because we are different. We have the spirit of freedom flowing through our veins and I don´t believe we will go quietly into the good night. However, when push comes to shove, and it will because that is part of Obama´s plan, it will get ugly. Unless, our Republican leaders get their act together and decide that enough is enough. Barring that, the future looks grim.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/6/2013 8:15:05 AM     (No. 9460501)

We are all suspects now. In the meantime, how many more Hassans and Tsaraev brothers are out there - purposefully being ignored?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 8/6/2013 8:29:41 AM     (No. 9460531)

This is horrifying! Along with all of the government SWAT teams, we are quickly becoming a police state.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/6/2013 8:31:28 AM     (No. 9460534)

I posted this in another article but it applies here too


Take a close look at the Swat units in your community. What do they remind you of?

Black shirt, military equipment, military tactics, hmmmm.

What about HSA? They show up at tea party rallies, or for that matter anywhere where Americans gather.

NSA spying on Americans without benefit of court order or cause!

Let me be clear, this is exactly what Germany had in the 30´s and the Soviet Union used for more then 70 years. We are fast moving toward an all out police state.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 8/6/2013 9:14:33 AM     (No. 9460600)

The TSA will need to change their "T" to something other than transportation if they are going to come barging into sporting events and musical venues!
America is the proverbial frog in the pot of water not noticing the gradual increase in temperature...until it is too late. We will wake up one day and find that we are being stopped for questioning on the street, stopped as we travel between states, and dreading the unexpected knock at the door.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/6/2013 9:29:44 AM     (No. 9460637)

If anything has become clear, it is that Obama uses "mission creep" to expand the federal police state. Next we´ll have Homeland Security policing county fairs. I raised the red flag when Homeland Security exceeded their scope of responsibility by dressing up as police at the Tea Party IRS protests. The military is limited by Posse Comitatus but Obama´s federal police (his personal federales) are not. They can cross state lines on a whim. It´s worth keeping an eye on.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/6/2013 9:34:13 AM     (No. 9460649)

#8; Comfortably warm. I´m on my Obama-phone now.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: EQKimball, 8/6/2013 9:34:26 AM     (No. 9460651)

TSA: Thousands Standing Around.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/6/2013 10:23:12 AM     (No. 9460729)

As the unemployment goes up with Obama´s destructive policies the TSA must expand and provide government jobs with pay and pensions much better than anyone in the private sector can pay. We need a new statistic published each week to track this. What is the ratio of people employed by the public sector vs the private sector. I would bet it is already 1-1 and getting worse. What it amounts to is that each citizen hires another citizen to govern him/her and pays them at least 20% more than they have for themselves. This is not sustainable!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: proud2bninfidel, 8/6/2013 10:37:17 AM     (No. 9460754)

I see these goons often when taking the train to/from DC for work everyday. I don´t intend to identify myself or allow searches without a warrant. Should I be arrested I would hope my ldot friends would contribute to my defense. I can´t afford it but someone has to say no. BTW, I refuse to fly since they invaded airports.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: woodenleg, 8/6/2013 10:42:05 AM     (No. 9460766)

Cynical guess.........Most of these "VIPR" teams, not all of course, but most operate in red states.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JimS, 8/6/2013 11:02:28 AM     (No. 9460806)

Yeah, sure.
Harass innocent citizens.
Meanwhile, leave the border entirely wide open for anyone to cross.
I bet you could drive an IBCM missile launcher across the border.
But closing the border to security threats would be so....raaaaaaaacist.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/6/2013 12:14:26 PM     (No. 9460960)

I haven´t flown since 2007 when I arrived at the airport 3 minutes after the cutoff for checking baggage due to unpredicted fog along my 50 mile drive. It was 5:30 AM and there were more TSA agents than passengers in the terminal. All the agents were sitting on their rears drinking coffee but they refused to make a common sense exception to their rule.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/6/2013 1:20:11 PM     (No. 9461094)

TSA - Thugs Standing Around

I don´t know how it is where all of you live, but at Dulles, which is my local airport, there area a lot of Muslim women in hijabs working for TSA. I´ve even seen a couple of them wearing long black robes and hijabs. It boils my blood. As has been stated many times before, political correctness and diversity are going to get a lot of people killed.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 8/6/2013 3:20:15 PM     (No. 9461306)

Well, thank god for the VIPR teams.

At last, the Santa Fe NM prom will be safe.
Imagine their embarrassment last year when TSA couldn´t move fast enough to provide security for the little monsters:

Think I´m joking?

http://tinyurl.com/k7o28ud


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Reply 26 - Posted by: david kahane, 8/6/2013 4:27:46 PM     (No. 9461402)

Relax, this will all work out just fine. It´s the New Normal!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 8/6/2013 7:20:04 PM     (No. 9461596)

In basic biology you learn about mitosis i.e. cell division which is how organisms grow.

Apparently the TSA is the government oppression version of mitosis.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ladycatnip, 8/6/2013 7:55:42 PM     (No. 9461636)

Maybe TSA will be Obama´s ´civilian force´ - the one he promised would be larger than the military. All those Homeland Security purchases of guns, bullets, and tanks are for TSA when the time comes. Only speculating...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ArtieC, 8/6/2013 8:42:49 PM     (No. 9461677)

VIPR. How childish. Who sits around and comes up with this stuff? Probably at the top of his pay grade.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/6/2013 8:48:24 PM     (No. 9461685)

Cannon fodder if SHTF.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: merc55h, 8/6/2013 8:56:32 PM     (No. 9461691)

Brown shirts in training,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Reply 32 - Posted by: lana720, 8/6/2013 8:57:18 PM     (No. 9461692)

Next, Walmart where they will police fashion.
This is pretty scary when the NYTs isn´t hiding this info.
Life is over unless we stand up and tell our reps to stop writing letters about things like this and represent We, the People.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Trust No One, 8/6/2013 9:07:41 PM     (No. 9461696)

Can´t wait to get stopped at roadblocks by these goons. I just wonder how long before they are on the roads permanently?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Speedypetey, 8/6/2013 9:57:48 PM     (No. 9461753)

You comment on the appearance of the TSA and it all comes down to blind faith. How many of you have read about how dangerous the proton and x-ray emissions are from those full body scanner. And they work how many hours around what they told are "relatively" safe? In a few years problem solved.

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How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come


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