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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the a-large-an-oddly-shaped-airplane dept.

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McGruber writes "Travel writer Christopher Elliott touches down with the news that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration was spotted standing around outside a recent American football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers (picture). According to Mr. Elliott, the 'TSA goes to NFL games and political conventions and all kinds of places that have little or nothing to do with ... travel. It even has a special division called VIPR — an unfortunate acronym for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team — that conducts these searches.' He continues, 'As far as I can tell, TSA is just asking questions at this point. "Data and results collected through the Highway BASE program will inform TSA's policy and program initiatives and allow TSA to provide focused resources and tools to enhance the overall security posture within the surface transportation community," it says in the filing. But they wouldn't be wasting our money asking such questions unless they planned to aggressively expand VIPR at some point in the near future. And that means TSA agents at NFL games, in subways and at the port won't be the exception anymore — they will be the rule.'"

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Nazi America (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490327)

Why not just get it over with and change your flag to the swastika, we all know that's where this is heading.

Re:Nazi America (5, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#42490379)

Why not just get it over with and change your flag to the swastika, we all know that's where this is heading.

Well, I think the first step is to change their uniform shirts to a sort of a chocolate brown color, that has a "calming" effect...

Re:Nazi America (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490553)

Why not just get it over with and change your flag to the swastika, we all know that's where this is heading.

Well, I think the first step is to change their uniform shirts to a sort of a chocolate brown color, that has a "calming" effect...

I think they may have all ready deployed their troops - look closely, the next time you THINK you see a UPS man.

Re:Nazi America (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490587)

How was this marked troll? This is making it look like the US is gifting itself with a third, politically inspired police corps. Just like the SS.

Re:Nazi America (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490589)

It's part of American culture and you should be tolerant. Americans are mostly supportive of these security measures since they overwhelmingly voted for either Republican or Democrat, both of which look to expand domestic security. As you are tolerant of Middle Eastern dictatorships and countries like China, you too should be tolerant of America. Your criticism is a sign of bigotry.

Re:Nazi America (5, Insightful)

crazycheetah (1416001) | about a year ago | (#42490657)

Americans are mostly supportive of these security measures since they overwhelmingly voted for either Republican or Democrat

You're forgetting the part where most Americans are brainwashed into thinking that the only point that their vote is going to do any good (or bad for that matter) is if they vote Republican or Democrat. I keep meeting more and more people that hate both parties but vote for them, because "there's no other choice that's not throwing my vote away!" There's a pretty good chunk of people in the US right now that despise our government and are trying all kind of different means outside of starting a revolution to correct it. Unfortunately, that's MUCH easier said than done.

Re:Nazi America (2)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#42491353)

I keep meeting more and more people that hate both parties but vote for them, because "there's no other choice that's not throwing my vote away!"

What states do they live in? If it's a solidly red state, and they vote Democrat, tell them that they are already throwing their vote away. Likewise for solidly blue states and Republican voters.

domestic security? (2)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | about a year ago | (#42490953)

Ok, I get that, and I also get that none of this is about security, but merely about control and power. What I don't get is why the security theater / homeland security smoke screen is so effective, but that's probably just me and owed to the fact that I've been taught history. History tells us where all of this will lead. As we now by now: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

The JEWS are behind this - idiot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490889)

You really need to read history from a source other than JEWS... Hitler and the National Socialists were the exact opposite of everything your Jew-controlled media and publishing houses have told you, for your entire life. The Jews were the ones who had taken over Germany, undemocratically, and were running the banks, the media, the publishing houses, academia, and who told the politicians what to do - does that sound familiar to you?
www.jewishproblem.com
www.tomato-bubble.com

You really need to read up before it's too late. The TSA is a JEW invention, to keep their 'cattle' under control, because the Jew knows that more and more of their 'cattle' are waking up and are fed up of being their slaves.

The swastika represented and still represents peace and beauty - who told you otherwise? Why, the Eternal Jew...

LOL! American Freedom! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490333)

LOL! American Freedom!

TSA at Every Home (5, Insightful)

EmagGeek (574360) | about a year ago | (#42490357)

It won't be long before there is a TSA agent posted at every home, to interview its occupants before they are allowed to leave.

At least it will create jobs. (5, Informative)

khasim (1285) | about a year ago | (#42490415)

My biggest problem is that the TSA has not caught a single terrorist yet.

Everything they do and all the money they spend has accomplished NOTHING except to harass regular people.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490487)

It has also greatly increased the government's awareness of the locations and activities of regular people. In-and-of itself that isn't valuable, but the moment any of these regular people become problematic (by engaging in perfectly-legal protests, for example), the knowledge will be invaluable in shutting them down.

Catching terrorists is only the ostensible purpose of the TSA. The real purpose is to keep YOU and your ilk in line.

And since Americans seem to love trading freedom for security, you may as well get used to it.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490507)

That's because it's working.

I feel safe. Would you rather that something did happen? That would indicate that they failed.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490637)

"Ahh, not a bear in sight. The bear patrol must be working like a charm."

Re:At least it will create jobs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490639)

That's because it's working.

I feel safe. Would you rather that something did happen? That would indicate that they failed.

You need to get out of your parents' basement and read the news once in a while.

All the time, people are forgetting they have their hand guns with them and TSA only catches some of them.

There are also agencies that are also putting inert bombs in checked luggage and TSA rarely finds them.

But you feel safe. So everything must be a success.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490673)

That's because it's working.

An indication that it's working would be one or more terrorists in custody before they could carry out an attack or a device detected at an airport and made safe before it detonated. The TSA can't claim either of those. There haven't been any lion attacks at US airports recently but that doesn't mean the TSA is doing a good job of preventing those.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (5, Insightful)

0111 1110 (518466) | about a year ago | (#42490675)

No, it would merely indicate that a non-lazy terrorist finally got his shit together and blew something up. Damn lazy terrorists. They are so soft and lazy they may as well not even exist. Oh wait...

If we had lots and lots of attacks on non-aviation or non-transportation targets or in the airport security lines themselves then you would have some evidence of a deterrence effect. So far you've got nothing more effective than a magic anti-tiger rock. Except that an anti-tiger rock won't cost you 7.85 billion USD per year. Of course if you wan't to pay that much I could sell you one. After all, you get what you pay for so my 8 billion dollar anti-tiger rock will be way more effective than one you found on the side of the road or whatever. Personally, I would feel just as safe if the US purchased an 8 billion dollar anti-terrorist rock and then dissolved the TSA. It would save taxpayers and travelers a whole lot of money in the long run as well since the rock is just a one time purchase.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491323)

"wan't"

What the FUCK??? What deep crevice in your ass did THAT come from?

Re:At least it will create jobs. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490523)

We're seeing an erosion of our freedom and privacy and your problem is that they just haven't caught a terrorist yet? Does that imply that there actions will be justified if they do? Would it therefore make more sense to give them even MORE power and take away even more personal liberty if that helps and leads to catching terrorists?

Re:At least it will create jobs. (2)

poity (465672) | about a year ago | (#42490745)

I don't think the TSA is used to catch terrorists (doesn't the FBI do that anyway?) as much as it is used to displace potential acts of terrorism to lower profile targets/less critical infrastructure, in order to mitigate 1. public hysteria and 2. economic fallout. The latter probably being the more important consideration. A terrorist could bomb an office building or super market right now and still kill a lot of people, but the economic impact wouldn't be as great as that experienced by the airline industry in first few months following 9/11.

Re:At least it will create jobs. (2)

memnock (466995) | about a year ago | (#42491345)

You make an interesting point with "... less critical infrastructure ...". I'm not saying you're wrong, but by applying what you're saying, the TSA (thus the Feds?) considers a sports arena a critical infrastructure? Sounds like the perfect way for the security theater apparatus to claim just about anything critical infrastructure in order to apply their mission creep and extend their tentacles into everything else around.

Geez, when is the security bullshit gonna stop piling up?

Re:TSA at Every Home (5, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#42490563)

Oh, you're going to the movie theatre? Didn't you say you were a student? How is a student able to afford gasoline and movie tickets?

(I have actually been asked by a TSA agent how I was able to afford airline tickets.)

Re:TSA at Every Home (3, Insightful)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about a year ago | (#42490645)

(I have actually been asked by a TSA agent how I was able to afford airline tickets.)

What was your answer? Did it include the words "none", "damn", "business", "yours"?

Re:TSA at Every Home (5, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#42490739)

...actually, being a Canadian, I started giving my life story until she told me to shut up. I think the only thing people can really do to defend themselves against the TSA is to waste the agency's time.

Re:TSA at Every Home (4, Funny)

paiute (550198) | about a year ago | (#42490939)

...actually, being a Canadian, I started giving my life story until she told me to shut up.

Something along the lines of this:

"I don’t reckon them times will ever come again. There never was a more bullier old ram than what he was. Grandfather fetched him from Illinois–got him of a man by the name of Yates–Bill Yates–maybe you might have heard of him; his father was a deacon–Baptist–and he was a rustler, too; a man had to get up ruther early to get the start of old Thankful Yates; it was him that put the Greens up to jining teams with my grandfather when he moved west. Seth Green was prob’ly the pick of the flock; he married a Wilkerson–Sarah Wilkerson–good cretur, she was–one of the likeliest heifers that was ever raised in old Stoddard, everybody said that knowed her. She could heft a bar’l of flour as easy as I can flirt a flapjack. And spin? Don’t mention it! Independent? Humph! When Sile Hawkins come a browsing around her, she let him know that for all his tin he couldn’t trot in harness alongside of her. You see, Sile Hawkins was–no, it warn’t Sile Hawkins, after all–it was a galoot by the name of Filkins–I disremember his first name; but he was a stump–come into pra’r meeting drunk, one night, hooraying for Nixon, becuz he thought it was a primary; and old deacon Ferguson up and scooted him through the window and he lit on old Miss Jefferson’s head, poor old filly. She was a good soul–had a glass eye and used to lend it to old Miss Wagner, that hadn’t any, to receive company in; it warn’t big enough, and when Miss Wagner warn’t noticing, it would get twisted around in the socket, and look up, maybe, or out to one side, and every which way, while t’ other one was looking as straight ahead as a spy-glass. Grown people didn’t mind it, but it most always made the children cry, it was so sort of scary. She tried packing it in raw cotton, but it wouldn’t work, somehow–the cotton would get loose and stick out and look so kind of awful that the children couldn’t stand it no way. She was always dropping it out, and turning up her old dead-light on the company empty, and making them oncomfortable, becuz she never could tell when it hopped out, being blind on that side, you see. So...."

Your papers, please... (5, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#42490361)

Not far off.

Re:Your papers, please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490427)

Isn't this how every mad regime starts? with expansions to seemingly erroneous security apparatus? one day they're just around, doing little (Like the NSA), the next they're every where, asking you for your travel papers when such papers give you no real security.

I tell you guys, the minute this stuff starts happening in Canada I am out of here and taking my expertise with me.

Re:Your papers, please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490547)

And where are you going to go? Your only options are "at the devil's right hand" and "in his path."

Re:Your papers, please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490677)

Not far off.

If you live in Vancouver, Canada, and you use the skytrain, you have high chance of being asked for your "papers" (ticket) at least once a day if not more by either transit police (with guns and full police powers) or a translink employee. I missed a train once as I was coming up the escalator because I had to dig out my monthly pass out of my wallet. The smartcard and gates cannot come soon enough.

Re:Your papers, please... (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year ago | (#42490723)

The smartcard and gates cannot come soon enough.

The smartcard tickets in Melbourne are difficult to get without a credit card. Police have an interface to track movement of individuals through the public transport system using identity information from the credit card purchases. Personally I paid for my ticket with cash but most people won't.

skytrain has the free airport zone that makes gate (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#42490727)

skytrain has the free airport zone that makes gates harder to do (you have to pay to get out of the airport area but in it it's free)

With gates people can just get on and have no paper to show other then a card that will need to be swiped by the cops.

Slipery Slope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490887)

the next time someone posts how the "slipper slope" argument is a logical fallacy or discounts in some other way, I'm gonna flame his ass so bad that it'll win a barbecue contest in Texas.

Re:Slipery Slope (-1, Offtopic)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#42491263)

As I strap you down blindfolded, I hope you enjoy it as I FUCK YOU UP THE ASS.

Please keep quiet.

Gestapo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490389)

Gestapo. Nuff said

Scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490399)

This is very scary. I do not live in the US but I do live in a country that tends to follow the same paths after a few years. My next vote will be for the Pirate party.

Re:Scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490683)

That is the same as not voting at all.

Re:Scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490927)

And that's the same as saying "Don't vote different than the rest of the sheep herd and, hell forbid, give an alternative a CHANCE".

Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (5, Insightful)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year ago | (#42490405)

It's time for the US to get rid of the TSA, which has caught no terrorists, foiled no plots, cost millions, irradiated thousands with backscatter x-ray scanners, has stolen quite a few personal items and is actively trying to expand its sphere of influence.

Replace it with common sense and profile people. That's how airprort security works, not by wasting millions of dollars.

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490467)

It was time to get rid of it when it was created. The first thing Obama should have done when sworn in was dismantle the Department of "Homeland Security" and fold everything back to how it was before the World Trade Center attacks. With the exceptions of Customs, let the airports handle their own security, and get rid of the "Constitution Free Zone."

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490515)

Spot on, man. Instead we got the NDAA and drone strikes for everyone! Huzzah!

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (5, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | about a year ago | (#42490491)

Good luck finding a politician willing to commit career suicide by dissolving the TSA.

Even in the extremely unlikely event that it's seen as a popular move with the electorate as a whole, do you really think all the campaign contributors with financial interests in the TSA supply chain would let them get re-elected?

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491035)

This is why I hold out no remaining hope that politicians will ever do anything remotely useful.

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (2)

Scarred Intellect (1648867) | about a year ago | (#42490615)

Freedom is inherently risky. My fellow Americans need to realize that. To be absolutely safe necessitates living in an absolutely oppressed society.

What do you want, freedom or oppression?

The way it looks now, too many Americans are leaning towards oppression, because being free is just too scary.

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (2)

jcr (53032) | about a year ago | (#42490707)

cost millions,

Billions, actually.

-jcr

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year ago | (#42490795)

To be fair, some of that would've been used for real security, but they've certainly outright wasted millions...

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490715)

Well they can't get rid of it now, can they? There would be a deluge of people who were undereducated, disgruntled and unemployed. Furthermore, these people are conditioned to see terrorism opportunities everywhere, they have insider knowledge of airport security, and they would have a motive to 'prove' that firing them had worsened security.

"Going TSA" will be the new "going postal".

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491019)

It's time for the US to get rid of the TSA, which has caught no terrorists, foiled no plots, cost millions, irradiated thousands with backscatter x-ray scanners, has stolen quite a few personal items and is actively trying to expand its sphere of influence.

Replace it with common sense and profile people. That's how airprort security works, not by wasting millions of dollars.

You mean Billions. With a B.

Re:Bureaucracy tending towards opression... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491187)

Congress can't get rid of the TSA - they have naked pictures.....

Hey Republican Congress! (5, Informative)

Rougement (975188) | about a year ago | (#42490421)

You're looking for spending cuts to balance tax increases? I think I just found one!

Re:Hey Republican Congress! (2)

Nimey (114278) | about a year ago | (#42490681)

Bah. Republicans only want to cut spending on programs that help people who aren't stinking rich.

Besides, I think almost everyone in Washington is terrified that if they dismantle this monster and any terrorist attack anywhere in the States succeeds, they'll be blamed. The whole situation is reminiscent of the FBI under Hoover, and I suspect the very best we can hope for is more oversight of TSA and Fatherland Security.

Hey TSA: Fuck off (5, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#42490451)

You provide little actual security within your primary area of focus. Confinscating water bottles, nail clippers, groping little boys and girls, strip-searching people and putting unsolicited fingers on and in their privates, and using technology that your own people are now developing cancer from being near. You talk about terrorist threats, but how many terrorists have gotten away with irradiating our citizens? How many terrorists have stolen millions in camcorders, cell phones, and other electronics? How many terrorists have smuggled drugs onto commercial airlines? And the real kicker: Compared to those numbers, how many TSA agents have been caught doing the same?

You bring a level of institutional incompetence to the show that makes the current fiscal cliff negotiations look like someone forgetting to give the change back after buying a candy bar... you're overpriced, underwhelming, and frankly... the "cure" you provide is worse than the disease. And the only reason the TSA hasn't been drop-kicked out the door is because the media keeps people in perpetual ignorance of just how incompetent you guys truly are.

So when you come into my town and say "this will be the norm", I can't help but wonder how long until nobody flies, goes to public events, or even leaves their fucking house-- not because of terrorists, but because of the inconvenience of having to deal with your bullshit. Your organization is incompetent and useless. Go away.

Re:Hey TSA: Fuck off (5, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | about a year ago | (#42490721)

You provide little actual security within your primary area of focus. Confiscating water bottles...

That's pretty much it right there. The NFL probably saw what a great job they did at preventing outside beverages inside airport security, and how much better the overpriced food vendors inside security are doing as a result, and they're probably hoping that the TSA can repeat that success at their establishment.

Re:Hey TSA: Fuck off (1)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | about a year ago | (#42490767)

I can't help but wonder how long until nobody flies, goes to public events, or even leaves their fucking house.

Way to go. Stay home! Shut up! Do not attract attention! When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will.

Re:Hey TSA: Fuck off (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#42491073)

Confiscating water bottles,

The Constitution of the United States of America, guarantees your Right to Bear Arms, not to Bear Water.

But an organization such as the TSA would have been as welcome as a loud fart in church during the silent prayer to the Founder Fathers.

Re:Hey TSA: Fuck off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491089)

I can't help but wonder how long until nobody flies, goes to public events, or even leaves their fucking house-- not because of terrorists, but because of the inconvenience of having to deal with your bullshit.

I, for one have the uncomfortable, creepy feeling that's the entire purpose. Everyone will be "safe" from any threat while traveling, since no one will be doing that, and the population will be 100% under police control. Win-win for the "New Nazis" seizing power all over the western world these days under slogans like "security for everyone", "jobs for everyone", and "we will be tough on crime". Heard those before?

Meanwhile, in Sweden, our current rulers even tried to go to the elections a few years ago in some parts of the country under the slogan "work gives freedom", (hint: means the same as "arbeit macht frei".) until someone happened to look in a history book.

Your organization is incompetent and useless.

Au contraire , I'm afraid.

Catch 22 (3, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year ago | (#42490453)

Loyalty oaths should be required throughout the day. You should have to sign one to go to the shops or eat at a restaurant.

Re:Catch 22 (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490545)

Loyalty oaths should be required...

I work for a California public college.

I had to sign that I would be willing to take a loyalty oath as condition of employment (didn't have to actually take an oath, though).

This shit has been around (at least) since the last time right-wing crazies shit all over our civil liberties-- the "red scare."

Each time the right manages to get a bit more of this shit entrenched. Maybe this time will be the one or maybe 3 more of these right-wing police state takeovers, but eventually we will not be able to come back-- we will be in a permanent police state. "Your papers please!"

Re:Catch 22 (2)

swillden (191260) | about a year ago | (#42490955)

I work for a California public college.

I had to sign that I would be willing to take a loyalty oath as condition of employment (didn't have to actually take an oath, though).

This shit has been around (at least) since the last time right-wing crazies shit all over our civil liberties-- the "red scare."

Each time the right manages to get a bit more of this shit entrenched. Maybe this time will be the one or maybe 3 more of these right-wing police state takeovers

Yeah, those California universities are bastions of right-wing radicalism.

Re:Catch 22 (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | about a year ago | (#42491375)

I had to sign that I would be willing to take a loyalty oath as condition of employment (didn't have to actually take an oath, though).

Loyalty to what? (Not trying to be snarky, genuinely curious).

If it is to the USA.... what about professors from other countries? Aren't they the kind of lecturers who are in demand - but they couldn't logically swear loyalty to a country they aren't a citizen of?

America land of the Controlled (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490457)

TSA is out of control so much for America being the land of the free also the terrorist won making you give up your freedoms for secuity

TSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490475)

Ah jest needs tah cheek yer asshole, sir!

Sieg Heil, Sturmabteilung! (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about a year ago | (#42490485)

Just what the US citizenry needs -- a Red White and Blue equivalent of the good ol' Nazi Brown Shirts.
I'm feeling safer already.

Re:Sieg Heil, Sturmabteilung! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490533)

I'm reporting this one as a saboteur.

TSA - Are you the baddies? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490531)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn1VxaMEjRU

In the USofA, too.... (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#42490567)

I thought the security craze in all its blazing public visibility was limited to the UK and a few other European countries ( especially the Netherlands ). The Control State, AAMOF, looks more and more like a "soft" version of a police state. See the Nanny State in GB and NL. But upon reading this, I begin to think that the USA, too, will succomb to this ligth-chocolate-brown dictatorial regime.

Re:In the USofA, too.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490629)

Well, it seems like a lot of politicians want to ban guns this month...

Re:In the USofA, too.... (0)

Brett Buck (811747) | about a year ago | (#42490785)

It'a being overstated in the most hyperbolic way possible, so it will have this effect.

      However, remove the hyperbole and this does appear to be a very significant expansion of scope. The leftist need to exert control and disdain of the constitutional protects is evident all over. This sort of expansion of role appears to clearly violate the Frouth Amendment, We are in a mad rush to further impinge the second amendment to "save the children" even though the venue for the most recent mass shooting was a "gun-free zone" already. We have, as recently as yesterday, had elected officials suggest that certain political groups (i.e. conservatives) should have their First amendment rights restricted. The abuse of the Tenth Amendment is rampant and effectively being used to infer that Federal government action is effectively unlimited. All of these "Expansions" are in diametric disagreement with the Ninth Amendment, as the right provisions of the Constitution are being interpreted (as is suits the arguers) as the sole rights granted, which is certainly not the intent.

Best of all, the alleged "Paper of Record" for the US, in reality a parochial leftist mouthpiece/propaganda organ, the holy New York Times, has published a screed that suggests we dispense with the Constitution entirely, as "inconvenient". This was the intent, to make it "inconvenient" on those politicians who wish to impose tyranny (like the TSA represents).

      Unless and until legal action puts a stop to this nonsense, we are headed right down the road suggests.

Parallel (1)

mill3d (1647417) | about a year ago | (#42490651)

This kind of reminds me Half-life 2 where the L.E. to civilian population ratio is something like 50%.
If that's the direction we're heading , I wonder who'll be left to grow food, build houses, make furniture... Who'll take care of the monster once the monster has gotten rid of it's "foes".

Re:Parallel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491015)

Kind of what I was thinking. This is the new uniform for the TSA: http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Civil_Protection

Autoimmune disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490691)

Judging by the symptoms, the USA seems to be suffering from an autoimmune disease [wikipedia.org].

I sincerely wish (for you and for the sake of the ret of us) you manage to regain your health. It's a sad sight :-(

TSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490757)

All is normal. Fascist Germany had SS, fascist US has TSA.

It was written over 100 years ago... (5, Interesting)

101percent (589072) | about a year ago | (#42490765)

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue. ... To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under the pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

On Becoming Deviant (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490935)

In shocked discovery, the subject now concretely understands that there are serious people who really go around building their lives around his activities--stopping him, correcting him, devoted to him. They keep records on the course of his life, even develop theories on how he got that way.

David Matza

And in Denver or Seattle? (2)

bdwoolman (561635) | about a year ago | (#42490823)

The question is obvious. During a routine search at a sports event one of the TSA agents finds cannabis on your person? Of course at an airport they would contact law enforcement (happens all the time). Would they turn you over to the local authorities, who would give you back your legal weed. Or would you be turned over to the FBI?

Hyperbole aside, an expansion of the activities of this unpopular and relatively incompetent agency is unsettling to say the least. Most Americans would like them to disappear,. Not multiply. Feh!

Mission Creep (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42490941)

Given any significant and expanding budget, government agencies will suffer mission creep, with various agencies overlapping services and getting in each others way, while taxpayers pay three, four or more times for the redundancy.

VIPR (4, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#42490949)

an unfortunate acronym for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team

It's not an 'unfortunate acronym,' they chose it exactly BECAUSE it spells VIPR. Someone in the system likes that name.

Re:VIPR (1)

m0nit0rman (2809179) | about a year ago | (#42491381)

This. I also am amused by the dark glasses and black caps "uniform" the agents are pictured wearing. The look like doormen who aren't going to let you into a nightclub.

nothing to see here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491077)

move along

As a non-American... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42491107)

I work for a software shop that has people in the US, Canada and Europe. When the subject of travel comes up, in subtle ways there has been a change. There is always an availability or scheduling problem that appears anytime a US meeting is suggested. This began happening about three years ago. Meeting in Canada or Europe never seems to have any problems but...travelling to America, umm, yeah, hang on...Oh no can do.

Government Corruption (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a year ago | (#42491363)

What I find most interesting about all of this is even soon after 9/11 airline security was never soo bad I stopped flying.

It happened many years later seemingly in step with Jherkove group backscatter manovourings under cover of underwear bomber the chapter of egregous nonsense of groping and irradiation started.

It sort of reminds me of locutus/piccard taking datas arm and saying "sleep data" who had been working dilligently to find a command to stop the borg.

I think one of few such command that stands any chance of working to effect systematic change is coordinated insistance on campaign finance reform.

Trying to correct the results of structures which breed corrupt behavior is like lobbing a photon torpedo at a borg cube and expecting it to have any effect.

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