TSA mission creep

Big sister is growing big brother. It appears that on the 10th birthday of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) it is getting a new charter.

“Believe it or not, only 7 years ago, TSOs went by a more deserving title, “airport security screeners.” At the time, their title and on the job appearance consisted of a white shirt and black pants. This was fitting because airport security screening is exactly what’s required of the position. However, this is no longer the case.

In the dead of night, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administratively reclassified airport security screeners as Transportation Security Officers. The TSA then moved to administratively upgrade TSOs uniforms to resemble those of a federal law enforcement officer. They further completed the makeover with metal law enforcement badges. Not surprisingly, government bureaucrats at the TSA left out one crucial component during the artificial makeover – actual federal law enforcement training as is required of Federal Air Marshalls….” The TSA Is Coming To A Highway Near You

This mission creep is in their mission statement and expanded role “…Mission, Vision, and Core Values. The Transportation Security Administration protects the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce…” Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

“…In October Tennessee became the first state to conduct a statewide Department of Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team operation which randomly inspected Tennessee truck drivers and cars.

VIPR teams which count TSOs among their ranks, conduct searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and every other mass transit location around the country. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times has detailed, VIPR teams conducted 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year alone. The very thought of federal employees with zero law enforcement training roaming across our nation’s transportation infrastructure with the hope of randomly thwarting a domestic terrorist attack makes about as much sense as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Environmental Justice tour…..”

The only point left is to arm then and give them the power to arrest. This goes hand and glove with the authority of the government to confine men and women in the jails and prisons of the military without due process.
TSA Checkpoints Now On TN Highways

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