4th Amendment violation. Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses

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Feds to watch for suspicious activity, pre-crime behavior

Paul Joseph Watson


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A new program in Houston will place undercover TSA agents and police
officers on buses whose job it will be to perform bag searches, watch
for “suspicious activity” and interrogate passengers in order to ‘curb
crime and terrorism’.

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the
program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday.
According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (METRO) press release,
agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag
checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and
plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect,
prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”

“While local law enforcement agencies focus on overall
safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their
counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,” states the
press release.

“If you think you’re going to be a bad actor on buses,
get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame,” Jackson Lee
said during the press conference. The Congresswoman is a staunch
advocate of the TSA, having recently chastised the passage of a new law
that allows airports to evict TSA agents and replace them with private
screeners by claiming it would lead to a new 9/11-style attack.

According to KPRC 2 News,
METRO refused to disclose on what dates or bus routes the program would
be operational. As well as TSA agents, police officers from the Harris
County Constable’s Office Precinct 7 will be involved.

According to Phillip Levine of the Houston Free Thinkers blog,
shortly after Lee gave her press conference the operation went straight
into effect, with DHS and Metro Police officers questioning passengers
who were exiting buses about their destinations and their reasons for
riding the bus.

“When I arrived at Wheeler I got off the stage and
instantly noticed the massive police presence. The police presence
consisted of DHS, metro police, HPD, TSA, and Harris county police
officers. They were going on to buses searching and stopping people for
questions. Apparently Sheila Jackson Lee was there pushing for more
security like what I was viewing. I asked the TSA agent if there was
gonna be a bigger presence of metro or TSA. He said both,” Levine said
in an email.

This is a wake-up call for Americans who had hoped to avoid being harassed by TSA agents by not using airports.

TSA agents are now being used to literally occupy America with an expansion of the 9,000 plus checkpoints
that were already operational last year. 12 more TSA VIPR teams
(Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) will be added to the 25 who
are already present at transportation hubs throughout the country.

Back in October we reported
on how Tennessee’s Homeland Security Commissioner announced that a raft
of new “security checkpoints” would be in place over the Halloween
period to “keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters”. Earlier that same
month it was announced that Transportation Security Administration
officials would be manning highway checkpoints in Tennessee targeting truck drivers.

TSA agents have been deployed to shake down Americans at everywhere from bus depots, to ferry terminals, to train stations, in one instance conducting pat downs of passengers, including children, who had already completed their journey when arriving in Savannah.

If the mass rollout of the TSA’s occupying army of minimum wage
morons is not abated, Americans will have to get used to being
interrogated, frisked and treated like criminals by TSA goons on a
regular basis, meaning the United States’ transformation into a
Soviet-style police state festooned with internal checkpoints will be


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com.
He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular
fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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  • say what? 2012/04/18 18:59:46
    Clearly a 4th Amendment violation...
    say what?
    Security on buses is one thing.Random illegal searches is quiet different and should not be tolerated.
  • Cal 2012/04/18 18:59:34
    Gladly give up civil rights for a police state...
    I don't like the biased answers. First off...you already have federal air marshals doing this on air planes and have been before 9/11. Secondly who honestly rides the bus..I mean come on....this 2012. If you are here, on the internet, but still using public transportation....you might want to reevaluate at your finance priorities.
  • MichaelJ 2012/04/18 18:48:40
    Clearly a 4th Amendment violation...
    Of course anything that Sheila Jackson Lee is in support of is of course wrong. She is a true embarrishment to our country.

    If I am riding a bus and I am stopped for no reason to have them check my bag and inquire as to where I have been anhd where I am going is clearly a violation of the fourth ammendment.
  • mae 2012/04/18 18:35:41 (edited)
    Gladly give up civil rights for a police state...
    No one has lost their civil rights. No 4th Amendment violation here... No police state has taken place. Elderly bus riders will be more safe as they exercise their right to ride a bus, unharrassed, un-mugged, un-robbed. If this is what it takes to keep public tansportation safe for us, and our elderly, then be it so. Your take on this is Not in the interests of the elderly, and school-aged females, who are harrassed, bullied, mugged and robbed, and worse daily. This regrettable hoodlum-behavior is nation-wide, not just in Houston. If it works in Houston, I hope it goes nation-wide. What kind of idiot would get on a bus with a loaded weapon and no permit to carry it? What kind of dummy would bring illegal drugs onto a public bus? Those are the persons who need to be searched and questioned, I hope they all get caught.
  • NoName mae 2012/04/18 22:08:37 (edited)
    "No one has lost their civil rights. No 4th Amendment violation here... "

    With all due respect, because you say so? Being randomly searched in public without cause [durrr, typo - clearly understood what what I was trying to say though :D], IMO, is much more gray than either black or white.

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