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TSA Invades Roads & Highways With VIPR Checkpoints

~ The Rebel ~ 2011/02/07 13:36:22

Roadside inspections to be expanded from rest stops, say TSA officials


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Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The TSA has announced its intention to expand the VIPR program to include roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, setting up a network of internal checkpoints and rolling out security procedures already active in airports, bus terminals and subway stations to roads and highways across the United States.


Up until now, commercial trucks and other vehicles only were subject to warrantless searches and radiation scans at specially designated “state-owned inspection stations” traditionally set up at rest stops next to highways. These internal checkpoints, run by Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the TSA, involve trucks being scanned with backscatter x-ray devices in the name of “safety” and “counter terrorism”.


These inspection stations are now being expanded to normal roads and highways, unleashing an army of TSA agents who will be given a free hand to litter America with internal checkpoints in a chilling throwback to Soviet-style levels of control over the population.


“Inspectors from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are likely to be more involved in roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, according to TSA officials,” reports the industry website BulkTransporter.com.


”VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams can be extremely effective, serving as a visible presence that is random and unpredictable,” says William Arrington with TSA. “VIPR teams are an essential part of protecting highway transportation vehicles and other critical infrastructures.”


The video below shows the truck inspections which will now be expanded to cover the country’s road and highway network.




The report also notes that, “VIPR team members may or may not be in uniform,” stoking fears about the use of secret police manning checkpoints which would be more befitting of the Soviet Union or the former East Germany.


As we have documented, airport security style checkpoints and inspection procedures are already in place at bus terminals, train stations, and are rapidly being expanded to the streets of America.


Since the launch of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” program, the DHS has also released promotional material which depicts would-be TSA agents conducting searches at public events, including a Buccaneers football game.




Homeland Security is also developing technology to be used at “security events” which purports to monitor “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint. The video below explains how “Future Attribute Screening Technology” (FAST) checkpoints will conduct “physiological” and “behavioral” tests in order to weed out suspected terrorists and criminals.


The clip shows individuals who attend “security events” being led into trailers before they are interrogated as to whether they are terrorists while lie detector-style computer programs analyze their physiological responses. The subjects are asked about their whereabouts, and if they are attempting to smuggle bombs or recording devices into the “expo,” proving that the technology is intended to be used at public events and not just airports. Individuals who do not satisfy the first lie detector-style test are then asked “additional questions”.




If people think they can avoid the TSA by staying away from airports, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening. TSA is clearly engaged in a total takeover of society and plans to have its agents searching, patting down, scanning and harassing Americans at all levels of society, not just at transport hubs but at public events, in the street and on highways and roads across the country.


The implementation of ‘Checkpoint USA’, where citizens are routinely stopped, searched and radiated by federal VIPER teams is further evidence of how America is crumbling into a Soviet-style police state where the presumption of innocent until proven guilty is abolished and the 4th amendment eviscerated. The DHS program also represents a complete violation of the 10th Amendment in that it brazenly contravenes states’ rights.

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  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2011/02/07 13:38:08
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    Extra:

    In Philadelphia, you don’t have to visit the airport to have the government molest you, TSA-style “stop, question and frisk” pat downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things like putting their hands in their coat pocket.







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  • JanHopkins 2011/02/07 16:15:05
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    Sigh. But they open our borders to foreign truckers and give them complete mobility within the USA. How can this make sense to anyone? Remember the atomic bomb? If we have a technology we use it (at least once). I have no hope for our right to privacy. The only thing that might save us now is a super plasma ejection from the sun that will shut down all electronic activity and I hear they figured out how to harden their technology to prevent that. Welcome to the prison world my friends, the Nazi regime were just infants compared to these guys.
  • ThomasSnouffer 2011/02/07 16:05:19
    ThomasSnouffer
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    Here's a "tip" for TSA: For someone MY age (there's a REASON they call them the "golden years"!), who has been known to route "road trips" based on the availabilty of "rest" areas along the way, it's probably NOT a really good idea to "detain" ME, and a piss-poor (NO pun intended) one to do the touchy-feely thing! It may or may NOT be a CRIME for me to do to the TSA what Obama's been doing to ME for the last couple of years, but they're still DAMNED likely to end up with damp footwear!
  • JB'sRats 2011/02/07 15:16:52
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    Only the beginning, just wait until they Unionize, then we will see some real invasive checks.
  • Farnsworth 2011/02/07 14:28:58
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    interesting information. So I'm assuming the TSA is the modern version of the SS
  • bob 2011/02/07 14:19:56
    bob
    +1
    Whose is worse the terrorist ot TSA?
  • Dixienc 2011/02/07 14:15:20
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    +2
    Well hell.......Incompetano personally inspected the stadium before the Super Bowl and there were sniper towers built before the game so is anyone really surprised by this?
  • Angelique ~ Pfffft! ;)~ 2011/02/07 13:56:58
    Angelique ~ Pfffft!  ;)~
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    It was only a matter of time before the Dept. of Homeland Gestapo decided they weren't violating enough of our rights. A few years ago some of us saw this coming and tried to warn people. They just laughed. Wonder if they'll be laughing when they are searched without cause?
  • Striker 2011/02/07 13:56:31
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    +2
    TSA is becoming by far the largest terrorist group in the USSA. Is it paranoid to wonder if TSA is planned to be and will be the government's Gestapo when martial law is declared? It is already in action, of course, and expanding every day.
    Be afraid... be very afraid.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2011/02/07 13:39:40
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    Secret police with their faces covered by black ski-masks are the hallmark of any modern day dictatorship, which is why the sudden appearance of one such individual helping police conduct traffic checkpoints in Houston County by roughing up victims and planting drugs on them is an damning indictment of America’s slide into an authoritarian police state.

    According to a report by Rickey Stokes of the Houston Newspaper Online, Houston County Sheriff Vice Deputy Phillip Small is being assisted in conducting traffic stops by a ski-mask wearing man wearing a bullet proof vest with the words “State Police” written on it. The mask covers the whole of the man’s face apart from his eyes. The man has also been seen carrying a large gun strapped to his back. Photos taken by Stokes confirm that the individual is helping police conduct arrests and warrantless searches of vehicles.

    When Stokes took photographs of the man during a traffic checkpoint at Piggly Wiggly on Montgomery Highway last week, he immediately ran over to Stokes’ vehicle, parked at some distance away from the traffic stop, and started threatening the reporter with arrest if he didn’t delete the pictures. Having committed no crime, Stokes simply drove away.

    In a subsequent conversation with Attorney Doug Valeska about th...














    Secret police with their faces covered by black ski-masks are the hallmark of any modern day dictatorship, which is why the sudden appearance of one such individual helping police conduct traffic checkpoints in Houston County by roughing up victims and planting drugs on them is an damning indictment of America’s slide into an authoritarian police state.

    According to a report by Rickey Stokes of the Houston Newspaper Online, Houston County Sheriff Vice Deputy Phillip Small is being assisted in conducting traffic stops by a ski-mask wearing man wearing a bullet proof vest with the words “State Police” written on it. The mask covers the whole of the man’s face apart from his eyes. The man has also been seen carrying a large gun strapped to his back. Photos taken by Stokes confirm that the individual is helping police conduct arrests and warrantless searches of vehicles.

    When Stokes took photographs of the man during a traffic checkpoint at Piggly Wiggly on Montgomery Highway last week, he immediately ran over to Stokes’ vehicle, parked at some distance away from the traffic stop, and started threatening the reporter with arrest if he didn’t delete the pictures. Having committed no crime, Stokes simply drove away.

    In a subsequent conversation with Attorney Doug Valeska about the incident, Valeska confirmed that Stokes was not committing any offense. He was a member of the media and was not obstructing the traffic stop in any way.

    In another incident described by a black man called Rickey, whom Stokes subsequently interviewed, Small and his ski-mask wearing assistant pulled over Rickey with no probable cause and proceeded to order him to exit his car with guns drawn.

    Rickey was then assaulted by the black-ski mask clad man, who put his foot in Rickey’s back as he was being apprehended. When Sheriff Small temporarily left the scene, the anonymous individual attempted to plant drugs in the passenger side of the vehicle, claims Rickey, who was subsequently accused of possession.

    Rickey was not arrested for possession of drugs, he was arrested for “eluding” the Sheriff and his assistant, suggesting that the attempt to frame Rickey was mothballed after he confronted the black ski-mask clad thug about planting evidence.

    In another incident which took place on Friday night last week, the black ski-mask individual was witnessed involved in a chase of another vehicle. “The chase came down 231 North and onto Horace Shepard Road. On the scene, the masked NINJA Officer was there. Running around with a bullet proof vest, a gun and on the back of the vest “ State Police”, wearing his mask,” writes Stokes.

    “We have learned the masked NINJA is a agent of the Alabama Beverage Control Board (ABC),” reports Stokes. “He is working undercover and does not want anyone to know who he is. That excuse is not acceptable.”
    Having spoken to numerous law enforcement officers, both active and retired, all clearly told Stokes that having secret police conduct checkpoints in America was completely unconstitutional. Stokes says that he has received a number of complaints about the ski-masked man from numerous different people.

    Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes later confirmed that the practice of having anonymous black ski-mask clad individuals involved in traffic stops was completely unacceptable, and that the involvement of whoever the person in the photographs is would be halted immediately.

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  • TerroRi... ~ The R... 2011/02/07 14:35:31
    TerroRising~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    There's a group of these guys that operate out of Orlando. Called the "Duke" boys. Ride in a dark windowed van, all black clothes, full masks, vest that reads OPD. If they come jumping out of that van, it probably isn't going to end well. That was almost 15 years ago, they are in the drug infested parts.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2011/02/07 13:39:31 (edited)
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    This article from the AJC reveals a scary situation where the TSA is now branching out to rural outskirts of metro Atlanta. Off I-20. Are we going to start having check points across the US with illegal car and strip searches? This is a real threat to Liberty and Freedom for every American Left/Right Democrat/Republican and the rest of us...

    ...The operation created a big distraction to motorists heading eastbound on I-20 in rush hour, and many motorists let the AJC and the WSB traffic center hear about it.

    But the operation, which also involves the Transportation Security Administration, is top-secret before it happens, Minerly said...

    Read Article Here...

    http://libertypulse.com/artic...
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2011/02/07 13:38:08
    ~ The Rebel ~
    +4
    Extra:

    In Philadelphia, you don’t have to visit the airport to have the government molest you, TSA-style “stop, question and frisk” pat downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things like putting their hands in their coat pocket.







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