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TSA Releases VIPR Venom on Tennessee Highways

October 25, 2011
Ron Paul

If you thought the “Transportation Security Administration” would limit itself to conducting unconstitutional searches at airports, think again. The agency intends to assert jurisdiction over our nation’s highways, waterways, and railroads as well. TSA launched a new campaign of random checkpoints on Tennessee highways last week, complete with a sinister military-style acronym–VIP(E)R – as a name for the program.

As with TSA’s random searches at airports, these roadside searches are not based on any actual suspicion of criminal activity or any factual evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever by those detained. They are, in effect, completely random. So first we are told by the U.S. Supreme Court that American citizens have no 4thamendment protections at border crossings, even when standing on U.S. soil. Now TSA takes the next logical step and simply detains and searches U.S. citizens at wholly internal checkpoints.

The slippery slope is here. When does it end? How many more infringements on our liberties, our property, and our basic human rights to travel freely will it take before people become fed up enough to demand respect from their government? When will we demand that the government heed obvious constitutional limitations, and stop treating ordinary Americans as criminal suspects in the absence of probable cause?

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. October 25, 2011 9:54 pm

    Random stops on your highways—ho hum, we already have those in New Zealand.

    So how about mobile checkpoints being bussed in and set up at short notice in (say) schools? Shopping centres? Hospitals? Sports stadiums? Railways? Town squares? Beaches?

    The good news, you’ll get all you want because you continue to fund them. Better news, there will never be a shortage of Public Servants willing to serve you by protecting you from your terrorists.

    In ‘the Land Of The Free’ you’re whimpering about diminishing freedoms? What is this, you’re pulling my leg, right?

    Or is it a cunning way to prevent further 9/11 affairs—if you have no freedoms, the rest of us can’t hate you for them, right? Clever!

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