December 12, 2012
Wendy McElroy, writing for the Dollar Vigilante, has uncovered a TSA move to extend its airport Gestapo zone to the nation’s mass transit system and highways.
McElroy spotlights an application on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register that “constitutes a preliminary step toward systematically expanding TSA’s authority from airports to highways and almost every other means of public travel.”
The effort will eliminate the ability to travel anonymously around the country and remove “one of the last remaining differences between the US and a total police state,” McElroy writes. “The total police state you experience at airports wants to spill into roads and bus stops, to subways and trains. Or, rather, the TSA wants to solidify and spread the fledgling and erratic presence it already has.”
The application for funding submitted to the Office of Management and Budget explains that the TSA “seeks to establish the current state of security gaps and implemented countermeasures throughout the highway mode of transportation by posing questions to major transportation asset owners and operators.”
Data collected from “major transportation asset owners and operators” will then allow the agency “to provide focused resources and tools to enhance the overall security posture within the surface transportation community.”
In addition to examining the security-related assessments of long-haul trucks, the TSA is moving to “conduct on-site assessments with public agencies that run buses, rail transit, long-distance rail and less common types of service, such as cable cars, inclined planes, funiculars and automated guide way systems,” Government Security News reported on December 3.
At this point, the goal is merely “an assessment.” But when did a government agency ever conclude that it didn’t need funding, expansion and more power? This is especially true of the militarized TSA that treats the public as “hostiles.”
McElroy notes that the Constitution does not specifically protect the right to travel. “Although many legal scholars consider it to be a Constitutional right akin to freedom of association, the word ‘travel’ or its equivalent does not appear in the document except to guarantee the right of Congress members to travel back and forth from ‘work,’” she writes.
Random and inept bus station searches conducted to test the public’s willingness to accept unconstitutional searches and theatrical militarized VIPR teams at train stations designed to send a message to mostly timid travelers will soon be a thing of the past.
In the brave new world envisioned by the federal government, all travel in the United States will ultimately require verification and a stamp of approval – in addition to the constant threat of random sexual molestation and body cavity searches. In addition to train and bus stations, the nation’s highways and streets will be closely surveilled with license plate reading and facial recognition technology.
In the former Soviet Union, internal travel was strictly controlled by the state and political heretics were banished to far-flung cities, gulags and mental hospitals. In America, the state is attempting to do the same by stealth as the control freaks in control move to micromanage all aspects of our lives and ferret out any effective opposition to their plan for global domination.
Editor’s note: Infowars predicted the TSA’s expanding police state almost ten years ago. Watch “Police State 4: Rise of Fema” to learn more.