TSA Hits the Road: Show Us Your Papers!

Our handsy friends at the TSA have decided that feeling up grandma and terrorizing three year-olds at airports just isn’t enough to keep their courteous and friendly staff busy these days. Only so many people choose to fly and those fixed positions alone don’t really provide the long term growth potential and ever-increasing flow of taxpayer dollars TSA administrators are looking for. The solution: random interstate highway vehicle inspections. “People generally associate the TSA with airport security…but now we have moved on to other forms of transportation, such as highways, buses and railways,”  said Kevin McCarthy, TSA federal security director for West Tennessee…

To increase national security, the TSA created Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response, known as VIPR, teams, which consist of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detention officers and explosive detection canine teams.

Orwell much? One can only imagine the remit under which those “behavior detention officers” operate. And it’s good to know the media’s doing their part, too. As newschannel5.com titles their helpful piece on the effort, Tennessee Becomes First State to Fight Terrorism Statewide. Who could argue with that?

“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

Gun owners will want to make sure they’re fully up to date on – and in strict compliance with – peaceable journey laws if they’re carrying between states. Gosh, I feel safer already.