Skip to comments.TSA 'Viper' team makes appearance in Emeryville (CA)
Posted on 01/18/2013 7:46:54 PM PST by Red Steel
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- People are used to seeing TSA inspectors at airports but on Wednesday, a specialized team made their presence known at the Amtrak station in Emeryville. Train stations are difficult to secure because they're so wide open but on Wednesday, the TSA showed up unannounced to let the public, especially potential troublemakers, know that they are keeping an eye on the rails.
Amtrak passenger Vera Molina said she noticed all the black-clad TSA inspectors right away and it's a presence she appreciates. Asked if she would like to see them more often she said, "I would, can't hurt, just in case you never know." As part of their nationwide "Viper Team" effort, the Transportation Safety Administration put about a dozen agents at the station to see and be seen, although some of the inspectors also work undercover.
"The visible deterrent is making a presence known at the station, getting on the train, talking to passengers, lettings the bad guys know that we're here, and letting the passengers know that we're here
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This article is pure government propaganda.
I guess the media forgot to tell us about some train bombing or something.
“Ver ah yo pepahs?!”
It sounds like some adolescent boy makes this crap up. “Duz ther yooniformz gotz SKULLZ??” Barney Fife with an arsenal.
Yup. Absolute propaganda. The only thing these TSass clowns know is yelling at people to remove their shoes and place their laptops in a plastic bin.
Just what bankrupt Amtrak needs. Another reason not to take the train.
>> TSA showed up unannounced to let the public, especially potential troublemakers, know that they are keeping an eye on the rails.
I feel safer already, knowing they’re there in Washington.
...because I’m 1700 miles away from them. :-)
Next they’ll be walking through the trains picking people at random and saying “your papers, please.” And the irony of it will be lost on almost everyone....
Vera Molina may appreciate their presence, but they scare the living $hit out of me. I have quit flying, not out of fear of a terrorist attack, but out of fear of the government and their jackbooted thugs at airports. Now it looks like rail travel is also out. Now it looks like my only options are drive or take the Bloodhound bus.
I said Washington, I meant California.
Cut me some slack, the two words sound alike and the spelling is so darn close.
Emeryville is in California. It’s the last stop on the California Zephyr which originates in Chicago. It used to be one of America’s great train trips.
Obviously they are high capacity automatic assault TSA...
None of the comments on East Bay News were positive, all were negative.
“Looking for trouble where non exists,” as one commenter put it.
Phewww...I feel so much safer now.
>> Emeryville is in California.
Yep, just like the article said. What can I say — I learned my reading comprehension skillz in publik skool. :-)
Mrs. L and I have ridden that train half a dozen times. You have no idea how this much this article disturbs me.
May your chains rest lightly Vera.
I wondered where the staff of Soviet-era Pravda had gone after the fall of the USSR. I think I have the answer.
They have been on the ferries in the Bay Area as well, again, looking for trouble where none exists.
Actually,I would wish the chains remind Vera and her ilk every moment just how stupid they were to exchange freedom for the “protection” of slavery.
Unlike airplanes, where the only place you can access them is when they’re parked on the ground, trains (and ferries and tractor-trailers etc) can be attacked anywhere, without needing to buy a ticket or be on board. If the TSA really wanted to protect them, they’d be walking the miles of rail/highway or searching the river/lake/bay bottom instead of pointlessly harassing the passengers.
Watch the video. I saw exactly ONE passenger as the thugs were walking through the train.
This is one of the reasons we are $16,000,000,000,000 (is that enough zeroes?) in debt. The government subsidizes a train that no one rides and then they send a dozen “agents” to make sure there is no trouble.
The trouble is that there are NO PASSENGERS you morons!
These are angling to unionize. Before you know it they’ll be everywhere and people are gonna get busted up, kids hurt and dogs shot.
You’re an idiot. /S. LOL
Just messing with you. I figured you to be in the Midwest somewhere.
chris37 ~:” Obviously they are high capacity automatic assault TSA... “
Dont send them to Mayor Bloomberg in NYC ~ or they’ll be spending the next five years collecting unemployment while sitting in the hoosekow.
Thank Goodness we know that the rails are safe.. /sarc
Hey , if they are there , who’s guarding the Trailways /Greyhound bus station ?
Consider the source - abc.com
Enough said !
We are ruled by idiots.
Terrorists hijack planes because that is almost the only way you can make the nightly TV news with an airplane.
But who would hijack a train? That would be stupid even beyond what we see in DC.
Explosives set off under a bridge, which is over deep water or a canyon, would be the way to cause big damage to a train.
KGO radio is a Marxist Propaganda station shilling for Big Brother.
“Ohh! Yes! I like to see the brown shirts presence all around me....
Either that, or they will be his personal escorts at our expense.
with regard to subways, I’m not sure why the the tracks and loading decks are not fully separated by security fencing.
How many deaths must occur at the loading decks of subways before you take common sense action, Mr. Cumo?
Great thing about trains as opposed to planes, is you can blow one up without committing suicide in the process. I guess that escaped the notice of our government einsteins, who seem to assume the terrorist is going to buy a ticket to ride when he doesn't even have to.
Who the hell is going to blow up a train, for terrorist purposes, when there is only one or two passengers on the entire train?
You will take this train to Cuba or else. I demand a million dollars and a hand cart. LOL
“Just what bankrupt Amtrak needs. Another reason not to take the train.”
Yeah, I decided to try Amtrak from Oakland to Los Angeles last year just to see what it was like. While the train was comfortable, I don’t have TWELVE HOURS in my life to expend getting from the Bay Area to LA! It’s nearly always slow (top speed is limited to 79 mph which is almost never). It has to stop to let every freight train go by because Amtrak “rents” the rails from the freight hauling railroads. It’s just a disgrace that anything could be that bad from the standpoint of getting you from one place to another! I guess the only “plus” is that it’s a boon for minority employment!
Oh, you took the "Coast StarLATE"? < grin >
A nice trip, if you have all that time to kill, plus don't mind arriving in Los Angeles at 2:00 a.m.!
“The visible deterrent is making a presence known at the station, getting on the train, talking to passengers, lettings the bad guys know that we’re here...”
And the next day you’ll be gone.
no kidding, you’re totally right. oh yeah i love seeing the tsa guys around...
My first thought is that they want people to get use to seeing the brown shirts everywhere so when they haul us away in their train cars no one will notice.
“Looking for trouble where non exists, as one commenter put it.”
They’re actually NOT looking for trouble. They’re looking to intimidate. They must have been accompanied by the local ‘authorities’ as they have no arrest powers. One big happy family of law enforcement.
Emeryville: Once the home of Trader Vic’s...
Still a great way to see the country ... especially portions of the trip that pass thru the Sierra or Rocky Mountains.
I remember B0 gushing about high speed rail: “...and, no pat-downs!”
I said “Just wait.”
Oh dear Lord.
I take commuter trains to work every day, and I always dread the day when I’ll get to my station and see these blue-shirted, barely high-school educated thugs with their stupid VIPER station setup, barking orders to the travelers just trying to get to their destinations.
>> Youre an idiot.
On a GOOD day. :-)
>> You have no idea how this much this article disturbs me.
Thankfully I don’t travel every week like I used to. Some of it I miss, but not the TSA.
When seconds count, help is just minutes away.
I guess the TSA was worried someone might commandeer the train and crash it into a tall building.