The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has become a leviathan with several long, squid-like arms, squeezing even the tiniest parts of our lives as citizens. If you’ve done any traveling at all, doubtless you are painfully familiar with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
If the DHS is the national Sheriff, a.k.a. national police force, then the TSA is one of their crummy little deputies, irritating at best and at worst infringing on our civil liberties.
The TSA is one of the many agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency, like the DHS, was created in response to 9/11. TSA is primarily interested in air travel, but the administration has authority over the security of all traveling Americans. With an annual budget of 7.55 billion dollars and over 55,600 employees, the TSA enlists screening officers in airports, teams of explosive specialists and canine handlers, and armed federal air marshals on planes.
Most of this comes as no surprise, although the annual budget of the TSA does make one stretch one’s eyes. But there’s some things they’d rather you didn’t know.
The DHS now uses the TSA as an advanced guard. The TSA investigates various private as well as government databases, including but not limited to things like employment information, car registrations, tax identification numbers, property records, past travel itineraries, physical characteristics and intelligence and/or law enforcement information to start following travelers before they even arrive at the airport.
Under the direction of the DHS, TSA conducts virtual strip searches with full-body scanners, subjecting American travelers to all manner of searches including whole-body scans and “opt-out” pat downs at airports and train stations.
Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) task forces are employed by the DHS to carry out soft targets. These VIPR teams are made up of surface transportation security inspectors, behavior detection officers, explosive detection dog teams and federal air marshals. The teams are charged with securing “soft” targets such as stadiums, bridges, malls, etc. Eventually check points and screening stations will be at all so-called “soft” targets, like restaurants, schools and retail shops, as part of the government’s ongoing effort to police all areas.
Just imagine going out to lunch or your children showing up to class and being subjected to a surprise ID check and pat down by agents with semi-automatic weapons.
It is perhaps a little unfair to hate the TSA. After all, they are only carrying out the master plan the DHS drew up years ago. This master plan entails the creeping establishment of martial law in the United States and the persecution of the people.
Together We Can Survive Anything,
P.S. A nasty global event could soon shock the U.S. dollar. The next “D-Day” is due to hit October 2018, exactly 10 years after the crash of 2008.