TSA creates atmosphere of fear as the agency broadens its reach into our daily lives.
July 19, 2013
The TSA recently ordered airport valet attendants to search a parked car without a warrant and without prior notification given to the vehicle’s owner.
The owner, Laurie Iacuzza, told News10NBC that she found a search notice on her car parked at the Greater Rochester International Airport after she returned from her trip.
When she dropped her car off at the valet prior to her flight, she received no warnings that her car could be subjected to search.
“I think the public should be aware of the fact that if their car is going to be searched, they should be informed of it,” she said to News10NBC.
This TSA-ordered search is yet another example of the agency’s expansion beyond the concrete confinements of airport terminals and into Americans’ daily lives.
In a statement made to the LA Times, TSA air marshal Ray Dineen could not have explained the agency’s intentions more clearly.
“We are not the Airport Security Administration,” he said. “We take that transportation part seriously.”
That wasn’t just rhetoric.
In 2012, TSA agents dug through the bags and belongings of Houston bus riders while asking intrusive questions about the nature of their trips.
In response, enraged Houston residents stormed a METRO board meeting to complain about the TSA’s random passenger interrogations.
“I don’t feel like by purchasing a ticket or riding a bus that I have to forfeit my Constitutional rights and my protections and be subject to search or seizure,” passenger Derrick Broze told METRO board members.
“We don’t plan on letting this issue die if the TSA stays in our city.”
But the TSA wants to stay and expand, not just in Houston but in every American city.
Later that year, for example, TSA inspectors were spotted at a Southern California train station.
Teams of armed TSA officers prowl subways, train stations, bus stations and other mass transit hubs across the country.
Operating since at least 2010, these VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams use German shepherds to sniff passengers while tearing through their personal belongings.
VIPR teams are also expected to litter the highway with checkpoints to routinely stop, search, and radiate drivers with security scans.
The TSA even admitted in 2011 that the VIPR teams have not foiled any terrorist plots.
But they certainly make their presence known and in the future the TSA may even spread outside of “transportation security.”
Earlier this month, we reported on a video of a uniformed TSA agent handling a dog inside the Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Texas.
According to the reader who submitted the video, mall management admitted that they were providing the agency a “place to train.”
The TSA simply want its armed officers roaming amongst us, searching our bags and terrorizing us in the name of safety.