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Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Subway, Truck, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane

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As part of the TSA's request for FY 2012 funding, TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress last week that the TSA conducts 8,000 unannounced security screenings every year. These screenings, conducted with local law enforcement agencies as well as immigration, can be as simple as checking out cargo at a busy seaport. But more and more, they seem to involve giving airport-style pat-downs and screenings of unsuspecting passengers at bus terminals, ferries, and even subways. These surprise… (motherjones.com) Altro...

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where2sir
Jeff Grana 0
Geesh, "1984" just becomes more and more prophetic every day, it seems like.
JBReinertsen
Guess I won't be going to the asian spa's as much anymore. I love my "pat-downs"
suz
suz 0
Waste of tax money. Let real law enforcement handle it ...
dmanuel
dmanuel 0
In the case of trains and buses, wouldn’t the lessons learned in Afganistan and Iraq come into consideration? The bad guys don’t have to physically carry devices, onto theses modes of transport, to envoke their nefarious acts. Are patdowns at toll booths next? Is anyone familiar with the term ‘slowly boiling a frog’?
meeverett
meeverett 0
I didn't realize people were unaware that law enforcement agencies and the federal government were in an all out cash grab. People are always surprised that they focus on "money smuggling." I'm not sure that people are aware of the fact that tons of "law enforcement" programs these days are directly, and primarily, funded from drug seizures (i.e. money and property the agency 'confiscated'). Things like cars and airplanes that were loaded with drugs are seized and sold for cash, but they seem to prefer just taking money to begin with.

As for the rest of it, I'm not surprised. This will only get worse until the money stops.
fatfogy
Maybe the TSA should check out all the passengers on Air Force One !

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