October 28, 2009
Gestapo teams, originally confined to airports and then rail stations after September 11, 2001, are increasingly engaged in mission creep. In Virginia Beach this week, drivers on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel are witnessing the police state in action — armed TSA VIPER teams with bomb-sniffing dogs are checking in determined fashion for al-Qaeda, or so they tell the public.
|The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel|
“A VIPER operation began early Tuesday and lasted through the afternoon,” reports WVEC. “As many as 60 people with the TSA, the tunnel police, Coast Guard, NCIS, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Norfolk Police and Virginia Beach Police are part of the security checkpoint thatâ€™s occurring on both ends of the span.”
“This is the first checkpoint at the CBBT [Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel] since the teams were created in 2005,” WVEC notes.
In 2005, VIPER teams began to patrol Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines, ferries in Washington state, bus stations in Houston, and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore. “We just want to develop the capability to enhance security outside of aviation,” air marshal spokesman David Adams told the Associated Press on December 14 of that year.
“The VIPER teams have nothing to do with preventing terrorism, they are there to get people to cower and accept they are under control,” wrote Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson on December 23, 2005. Jones and Watson cited David Adams, who admitted that there was no new intelligence indicating that terrorists were interested in targeting transportation modes.
Last week, the TSA searched passengers in Orlando, Florida, at a Greyhound bus station. Nearly 700 passengers “went through tougher-than-normal security procedures Thursday as part of a random check coordinated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
[efoods]In March, USA Today reported that the TSA would institute a “new, more aggressive effort by airport screeners … to halt randomly selected passengers for a security check just before they step onto their departing plane… Passengers can be selected at random or for suspicious behavior, according to a TSA memo.”
The unconstitutional operation in Virginia Beach does not bother with formalities or “suspicious behavior” — all traffic crossing the bridge is subject to armed cops, Coast Guard, and FBI personnel with bomb-sniffing dogs.
In 2005, police in New York began unconstitutional searches of bags and backpacks of passengers on the city’s buses, subways and commuter trains, according to Bloomberg. “New York stepped up security measures for transportation facilities after the July 7 London subway and bus bombings that killed at least 56 people.”
Over the summer, the TSA began a “security screening pilot program at multiple PATH stations” in New York. “This pilot is part of both the Transportation Security Administration and PATH efforts to ensure the safety of travelers by testing new technologies that identify individuals who seek to do harm to mass transportation systems. There is no current threat to the mass transit system,” Empire State News reported on June 9. “All passengers entering a PATH station taking part in the pilot test are subject to security screening.”
Police and transportation officials in other states have exploited non-existent terrorist threats in order to violate the civil liberties of travelers and commuters. In July, for instance, the Maryland Transit Administration considered “installing audio surveillance equipment on its buses and trains to record conversations of passengers and employees,” the Baltimore Sun reported on July 21, 2009.
As Jones and Watson noted in 2005, the increasing presence of police, military, armed TSA and FBI agents, and other officials has nothing to do with terrorism — it is about acclimating citizens to living in a police state where armed goons roam the streets and use manufactured terrorism as an excuse to remind the slaves who is boss.