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Congress To Fund Massive Expansion Of TSA Checkpoints

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Congress is set to give the green light on funding for a massive expansion of TSA checkpoints, with the federal agency already responsible for over 9,000 such checkpoints in the last year amidst increased fears America is turning into a police state following the passage of the ‘indefinite detention’ bill.

The increase in funding has nothing to do with the TSA’s role in airports – this is about creating 12 more VIPR teams to add the federal agency’s 25 units that are already scattered across the country and responsible for manning checkpoints on highways, in bus and train terminals, at sports events and even high school prom nights.

“The TSA’s 25 “viper” teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year,” reports the L.A. Times.

The demand for $24 million in extra funding is in addition to the $110 million spent in fiscal year 2011. The figures are completely independent from the federal agency’s role inside the nation’s airports, which costs taxpayers $5 billion a year.

The extra money is being demanded despite the fact that there is “no proof that the roving viper teams have foiled any terrorist plots or thwarted any major threat to public safety,” according to the L.A. Times report, which also highlights how the TSA’s sniffer dogs are used to single out people for questioning if the dog smells the scent of the owner’s pets on their clothing.

The appearance of thousands more checkpoints on America’s highways and at key transport hubs will only heighten concerns that the country is headed towards a Soviet-style police state.

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  • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az

    Common sense tells me that the TSA is really not my friend.

    This is not my creation, I wish that it were. I have added my thoughts concerning ethnic and religious groups and “progressives”. It gives you something to think about if you haven’t, or to recall if you have.
    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, *Common Sense*,
    who had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old
    he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic
    red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable
    lessons as:
    – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
    – Why the early bird gets the worm;
    – Why the 2nd mouse gets the cheese;
    – Follow the money to find out who benefits;
    – Follow the power to find out who benefits;
    – Little Old Ladies, in wheelchairs, are probably NOT terrorists;
    – When an ethnic group, or members of a religion immigrate to your country, with no intention of assimilating and whose goal is to convert you or to kill you, they are not your friends;
    – If somebody calls themselves “Progressives” they are in fact, Communists;
    – Life isn’t always fair;
    – and maybe it was my fault.
    Common Sense* lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend
    more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not
    children, are in charge).
    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
    overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old
    boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
    suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
    fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
    Common Sense* lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing
    the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their
    unruly children.
    It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
    consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but
    could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
    to have an abortion.
    Common Sense* lost the will to live as the churches became
    businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
    Common Sense* took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from
    a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
    Common Sense* finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed
    to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a
    little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
    Common Sense* was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and
    Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and
    by his son, Reason.
    He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
    I Know My Rights, to hell with yours.
    I Want It Now; you don’t deserve it just because you earned it.
    Someone Else Is To Blame
    I’m A Victim
    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

    • Mr Jack

      Do not use public transportation and they will be useless. (imo they already are)

    • Andrea B

      This is exactly what Ron Paul has been warning us about.

      At first, when I spoke out against the TSA, I was told not to fly if I didn’t like it. So I stopped flying.

      Now, it appears that I have to tell my kids on their prom nights that if the TSA is there, they can’t go.

      And the same with sporting events. And now, since I’ve decided not to fly, dance, or support my sports teams, I can’t even drive down the highway without potentially being stopped at a checkpoint.

      Yes…those of us that understand freedom already saw this coming.

      Ron Paul 2012

    • bertrand e cabana

      is it time to load and lock???????

    • FrankT

      Load and lock? Love it. You’ve got be military not hollow woody.

    • Scotty

      thats ‘lock & load’…not load and lock….just sayin’

    • Hank is back


    • Budd

      Jack, using private transportation does not make you immune. They can and will set up checkpoints on our streets and highways. They will not just be looking at truck drivers, but also those in private vehicles such as cars and rv’s. We will soon not be able to travel anywhere in the U.S. unmolested by government forces.

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az

      I did forget to mention the one good thing about the TSA.

      Zer0bama has instituted a “Work Program” (The TSA)for a formerly unemployable class of people. Those people are the Nations Sex Offenders.

      At least we know where they are!

      Thanks, Zer0bama! One good thing out of maybe a thousand just isn’t going to get you reelected.

    • bob velon

      Find a check point or two and take them out. A few less maggots we have to contend with….Form your hit squads……

    • rodney burke

      The first hit squad needs to be on the congressmen to vote to fund something so wrong as TSA, it should be disbanded and Janet Napalitano put in an Arizona prison.

    • Bob McCormick

      Amen The only power government has is that which we submit to

    • charlie

      Grasshopper & the ant? Wacken Hut?

    • texasjayhawker

      “Commom Sense” is

    • texasjayhawker

      “Common Sense” is THE HOLY BIBLE” of my (hopefully our) LORD JESUS CHRIST.





    • Luci D’Mari

      When Paul Revere yelled “The British are coming”, most people rolled over and went back to sleep. Well, the traitors are running the government and very few are telling the Americans the truth about anything and those few are ridiculed into oblivion. We have tolerated ourselves into submission. It is too surreal for our little minds to comprehend.We cannot survive without God’s intervention. But, since we’ve thrown HIM out of everything, HE is leaving us to wallow in what we let happen. We must beg HiS forgiveness and plead for HIS mercy.

    • am2sweet

      Someone should have been yelling, ‘the Nazis are coming’ but no doubt we would have ignored that too. The TSA is being trained by Muslims which makes sense as to the way they have no respect for anyone.

  • SM

    Funding for this type of government action is our fault! It is our fault for electing people who believe that government knows better than we do and that we have no voice in the laws passed after the elections and that they don’t have to listen to us.
    It is our fault for knowing about how a certain candidate thinks and does, by their track record, and then going ahead and voting for the candidate anyway. It is the old story about the scorpion and the frog. After biting the frog the scorpion said “its just my nature.” Our establishment politicians make laws like this because “it just their nature.”
    If we want to stop this kind of law making we must learn to stop electing the people who we should know and have every reason to know what their nature is. When we get a Rommey or a Gingrich running for office we should know by their track record how they will govern and it should be of no surprise when they pass laws that go against everything we hold sacred about our country.
    So remember that obama was elected by people who knew that he didn’t disclose his background and that he refused to put his records up for inspection. They thought that this scorpion would bite.
    We, a large number of the electorate, got what we deserved for going ahead and voting for a candidate that we should have known what he would do.
    Now is our chance to start correcting the errors of the past and making sure that we not only know about the past track records of the candidates, but also NOT VOTING for the ones who have any possibility of repeating their past track records. Rommey, Gringrich, and Huntsman have big red flags about what they will do if elected. The evidence is out there for anyone to find and know without any doubt what their track record is. It is up to us to make sure that they do not get elected.

    • Skipster

      I didn’t vote for these clowns and who are you to tell me that I deserve them…that it is my fault? You go to Hell !!!

  • JIM


    • Mr Jack

      You’re right. The DPS dosen’t like competion.

  • wyllo sanders

    if they are looking for terrorist set up all the tsa around dc

  • Drew

    SmartMass for life says:
    December 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    SmartMass for life says:
    December 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    The shadow government of the world will continue to create the scenarios
    To put such criminals into power. The Council on Foriegn relations
    And the Tri Lateral Commission along with Communist and Nazi influence
    Have tremendous momentum going into the paeadigm shift that will
    Occurr in less than 12 months. In the meantime the United States has
    Been officially I’n a state of emergency since 9/11 2001 . Busch put I’n
    Play and of course Obama has left it there . That’s how he was able on Dec
    14 to enforce the National Defense Act. This was a major step
    Towards a full blown police state for America as you can now be arrested
    And detained ( which will be In one of the FEMA death camps)without trial
    Or legal representation. The FBI says that someone with more than a
    7 day stock pile of food and supplies is a terrorist. Once 50 or more million
    Americans have been detained , killed, or re programmer and chipped,
    The real leaders of the new world order will show themselves for the first time I’n history. Is the fastest tool to educate yourself daily and prepare
    For the tyranny and complete takeover that has been I’n process
    For over 70 years. Beware of nationwide epidemic of the hepatitis That will
    Be unleashed on the American people . You will be forced by federa
    Law to be injected with a mind altering vaccine and then chipped under
    Your skin which is the biblical sign of Lucifer himself.
    Have faith and announce your salvation Through Jesus Christ.
    The new world or One world order will reduce the worlds population
    Over the next 40 years down to less than 2 billion very tame and
    Brainwashed sheeple. Those that cannot be re- trained will be murdered
    And the ones with the ability to lead and organize a resistance will be taken
    Away a few weeks prior to Full Marshall law under the National
    Defense act that Ovommit just put I’n play.
    US military will not fire on US citizens , That’s why they have had foreign
    Troops Inside US borders for over a decade. Under orders of the UN
    And the one world order they will carry out the most violent part
    Of this enormous removal of freedom . Hitler would have a hard on
    If he could see what the British elite, the enslaving 4 th dimensial
    Aliens, the CIA and roughly 33 of the last 42 Presidents have all been
    Working feverishly for. World Domination!!! Is another eye opener for those still asleep.
    Rise Now or be enslaved for a very long time. Do not be fooled by the
    Anti Christ when he appears and vows to save humanity. Those who
    Know God and accept Jesus as their Eternal Savior will know The difference.
    Bless you all and Gods Speed I’n what will soon be the fiight for
    Your very souls.



    • bertrand e cabana

      they didnt hesitate to open fire in waco with tanks flame thowers and theyt will not hesitate again.

    • FormerLadyLaw

      Drew: Fantastic statement & nice to see
      you’ve added in the alternative media
      sites that folks really truly should
      take a long, long look at, and very
      soon. Certainly opened up my tired
      eyes! Keep up the good work!

    • Sue

      Your commentary is bone chilling, yet, I believe correct. God help us.

  • Walter D. Shutter, Jr.

    This is called “mission creep”. It starts small, then gets bigger-much bigger. It’s just the nature of the big government beast.
    How do you stop it? Cut off the funding. But Congress will never do that because most congresscritters would rather cut off their own weenies than risk being seen as “soft on terror.”

  • Donald DeHoff

    First we ALL should demand explanations from out elected officials. Swamp them, the media, the TV and Radio talk show hosts and anyone else who will listen, with pointed questions, and put you findings out for all of us to see. Also ID those in responsible postions if they do not respond. Alert your neighbors to be on the alert for strange and unusal happeningss, and put your findings on the internet. Something massive is in the mill and we are entitled to know what our elected representatives are up to. The holidays are upon us, contact you congress persons through their state offices and when possible, secure a face to face meeting. Let them all know you will be making their responces public. Be civil and cordial, but tell them you are concerned as to why all of this activity is going on and what is it costing us. There may be a logical reason but the secrecy is making me suspecious. Show enough widespread interest and they might back down.

  • vincent

    The conservative movement is led by a ‘man’ wearing a pink tie, a gelding that will not read any of the legislation that he voted for…

  • Tom

    If these HS drop-outs pull you over- DEMAND A SHERIFF’s DEPUTY!!!
    Tell them you don’t recognize their authority.

    • A Patriot

      Welcome to Cuba!

  • Bob N

    TSA has NO law enforcement authority, they can not arrest you, they can take you off to the side in the airport where law enforcement will take you, but they have no capability themselves.
    Run all TSA road blocks, just try not to hit any of the dimwits in the process.

  • Carol

    As trusting Americans,we have let the tsa gain power under the guise of protecting us. In actuality we’ve all got to stand up and shout, “I’m damn mad, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

  • MontanaMEL

    There’s something serious wrong here!!

    Please confirm that these “agents” have no form of authority to “stop” or “block your travel upon any public throughofare”…

    Once we have this issue OUT IN THE PUBLIC, then we just avoid running one of these idiots when they “wonder out in front of our cars”, eh?… Just like a rabid dog chasing a tire…one Judge out the window and 2 quick ones in the face…chasing cars is cured…

  • Co-opted Confederate

    Bad habits and purile vices are contagious Now the Congress is blatently violating the Constitutionand their individual oaths of office!, pretty soon the streets will in all reality be un safe for every one!

    Start a recall campaign for any congress person who voted for thistotalitaian horse pucky! Vote for NO incumbets, for any reason!
    Pray reverently, passionately, dilligently and as often as possible for relief from the Existing treacherous federal government!

  • Al

    I am amazed at he amount of blithering MORONS who blame O’Bama for this!

    Check the voting records dummies!

    All this stuff, TSA, DHS, was started, and is supported by a vast majority of the NEO-CON PROGRESSIVE RINO’s YOU put in OFFICE IDIOTS!

    • Carol

      Spoken like a true Obamaite–placing blame on everyone else, and looking backwards. If Obama is our leader and wants to do away with these things he surely would,instead of expanding the TSA authority. All I can say, I never heard of old ladies getting stripped searched under the other administration.

    • ald

      You just don”t get it do you?

      They are all in it together!

      Who authored the “Gov, can KILL you bill?

      McCAIN, LEVIN!

      Who voted for it? “REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS!

      Wake the he_l up!

  • http://yahoo betty

    think its time to seceded from the union
    we keep our constitution and bill of rights the others can keep obama and his merry band of theivesplus obamacare

  • Larry E

    This could prove interesting come hunting season in many places or for people going out after prairie dogs with usually several rifles and ammunition for them. Of course the TSA/Homeland Insecurity would let it be known that they were detaining well armed terrorists.

    If these clowns and their incompetent masters do that it might become very ugly on the roadways of this country. I do not trust anyone in this administration or their UN buddies.

  • Raymond

    The new world order people are tightening
    their grip on us………………

  • chuck

    drew nailed it, every thing he said is TRUE! GET on your knees & ask JESUS CHRIST into your life, HE is the only one you can TRUST!!!!!!!

  • fliteking

    Knowing the Conservatives are willing to tolerate old ladies being strip searched and young children being manhandled should tell everyone of us enough is enough.

    It is OK to expect CONSERVATIVE to speak out on your behalf, and WHEN THEY DON’T they must go!

  • Bob McCormick

    AlQuida is winning, laughing at us as we shoot ourself in the foot. We will protect ourselves from the boogyman even if it means destroying the country in the process

  • Bob DD

    Double-talker Boehner keeps spending. I’d like to sit the next election out, but OBAMA!

  • Scotty

    think I’ll put a rail road tie where my front bumper used to be…go ahead TSA, step out in front of me on the highway…….

  • Covert1970

    Frame mounted bumper guard, wrap around the fenders, made of 2″ heavy guage steel pipe and with protruding steel spikes six inches long every three inches up, down, left, right !

  • Covert1970

    Each Governer of their prospective state shall mobilize a force of former military personnel, trined and honorably dischared who will arm themselve and follow the direcion of the National Guard of each state ! This to protect citizens against illegal acts by any entity against the writings of The Constitution of the United States of America !

  • R. Roberts

    Is TSA headed toward Shutting Down Americans’
    Right To Travel Freely in their own Country?

    The U.S. can’t become a Police State until the 4th Amendment is either
    eliminated or so watered down it has no legal effect.

    TSA recently refused to provide comprehensive information regarding test results concerning TSA backscatter and other x-ray scanners at airports that might determine if (frequent flyers) could be physically harmed, sustain organ damage from repeated X-Ray scans.

    TSA is now moving forward to establish thousands of Check Points at surface transportation locations. One can’t help recall at similar Check Points the Nazi Military and Police constantly harassed, searched and delayed German travelers, especially persons deemed politically undesirable at roadway checkpoints, when boarding trains and at bus stops. Some Germans were stopped and delay daily, many lost their jobs because they were late or missed work. Germans without probable cause were put on (Nazi do not hire lists) similar to the lists started in 2010 by U.S. Homeland Security. One must wonder if today’s outspoken Americans that defend the Constitution, e.g., writers and Bloggers might later be deemed “Belligerents” by U.S. Government and constantly stopped, searched, questioned at checkpoints without cause or warrants; forced to endure X-ray scans damaging their health and or Indefinitely Detained. It is foreseeable Americans could be intimidated from traveling by TSA.

    Currently one can only guess how much radiation is covertly being transmitted by U.S. Government and police into the bodies of “Persons of Interests” repeatedly scanned” without warrants, x-rayed on the street, in their vehicles, inside their homes. The Obama government ordered 500 backscatter X-ray vans that U.S. Government and local Police will without public oversight or warrants to scan private homes—vehicles, Citizens walking, riding a bicycle, standing someplace. Corrupt government and police too easily can over X-RAY Citizens they deem undesirable.

  • Ken

    Soviet style hell I’m sure these will be all American in style wave through rag heads Driving Fertilizer trucks and detaining UPS drivers…Don’t want to PROFILE!!!