Skip to comments.TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore
Posted on 12/26/2011 6:24:33 PM PST by Nachum
Reporting from Charlotte, N.C. Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way.
Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter's trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials.
When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. "You can go ahead," Swaringen said.
The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.
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The bulletproof vests have replaced the Black Leather Overcoats.
they makin houscalls now ?
They still say "please"...for now.
That whole TSA crew in royal blue reminds me of the junior varsity teams in high school. The varsity CBP officers at the airport put those bumbling amateurs to shame. Those CBP guys/gals know their business.
Now, that's great.
I'll feel a lot safer when they start profiling, specially middle eastern types.
Most politicians are complicit with this. Most voters are too dumbed-down to care.
I’m not in favor of political theater, but I have a hard time understanding the opposition that frequently appears on this board to the very idea that there have to be searches of luggage and passengers on public transportation, especially airplanes. It is necessary. It’s necessary, of course, because of Islamist terrorism. But it is necessary, and it seems silly or worse to blame the gubmint for that need. And I yield to no-one in my lack of respect for the current occupant of the White House.
I heard a while ago someone say that the only thing the Arab world has contributed to modern civilization is the metal detector. Seems about right to me. But that’s where the blame lies, not with the TSA.
Give it time for “house calls.” Amerika is a police state. Cameras everywhere. The 4th Amendment rendered meaningless. Its time for Revolution.
hard to believe its happening in this country. we are so well you know... WASS
Lots of suspicious behavior...
...at the border. Any of these guys there?
How long have you worked for the TSA?
as long as we are wiling to accept this treatment they will continue moving forward!
The gubmint brought over Islamists intentionally and knowing full well that this would create an excuse for Police State in the minds of people like you. The government continues to flood us with Islamists to further its goal of Police State.
Where is the ACLU on this??
I was in Union Station in Chicago last week and there was a TSA guy with a dog (a mutt) wearing a “Do Not Pet” vest walking around sniffing for bombs. The dog was wagging his tail and having the time of his life.
On the one hand it burns me....on the other with the rise of Islam, Latinos from Mexico, Central and South America and all they bring...this may become common place in the near future. With American administrations unable to cope with a free society, free economy and the push from Marxists/Socialists/Communists to “equalize” everything you’ll be seeing security on every corner even gated communities for lower class citizens to keep out the destitute....
Unless the owners of the train line or station, the owners of the subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations have hired or have asked for TSA to do this, they are in violation of the 4th Amendment and will be getting some surly behavior from some people I'm sure.
The TSA is a first rate joke. It’s unionized, it protects the idiots it employs and does exactly nada to “secure” us. The problem lies with our Government and the PC bullshit that says islam is NOT the problem, and Oh, Look! A bunch of imam’s over there; hey everyone, roll out the red carpet for them!! When we get to the business of hurting feelings BECAUSE their damn “religion” is a hoax and perpetrates nothing but oppression and calling it as such is the day we can stop bitching about half-wits encroaching further and further into our lives. Our Government is to blame, liberals are to blame, communists in this country are to blame. The TSA is to blame for not telling congress it needs to profile (but then again, the TSA is over-run with hand-picked leftists already)
The objections arise because they are not profiling or looking for Islamists. They seem to be going out of their way to NOT do so.
If they were actively profiling it would be different.
It's also necessary because our government chooses not to control the borders, run a sane immigration system, and not punish immigration violators severely enough to discourage them. The policy is like leaving open sores without disinfecting and bandaging and simultaneously treating with antibiotics.
Sounds like the democrats and this administration is “training” the American public in the ways of Hitler’s Germany and the Kremlins frisking and identification papers to be submissive to personal invasion. Next they may being “invading” our homes for countraband and other outlawed materials to “their”, government.
Rhetorical question I assume.
The ACLU is essentially a communist organization. In the big picture, as long as it is their side running government terrorism, they are all for it.
Which is typical of the left. They admire police states.
Remember when George Bush brought over a bunch of Iraqis after Iraqi I? These arabs, plus new comers and old moles are now in charge of Detroit and other places where mosques rule what the arab/muslims think and do.
“Seiko, a German shepherd” I get it. He’s a watch dog.
When he chases his tail he’s just winding himself up.
Who was wearing the vest? the dog or the TSA dude?
I wonder how much the dude is being paid for walking his dog. I need a job and I do know how to walk a dog and my dog knows how to sniff. He's a German Shepherd.
Who,in this glorious world, would pet a dog attached to someone in uniform? The "Do Not Pet" sign is stupid. There are many illiterates roaming this earth.
Is it okay to give that dog a treat? LOL
It was.. I think they are too busy suing towns over the word Christmas..
Jefferson said, “ Those who will trade liberty for security deserves neither.”
And if I missed the sarcasm I am sorry, or else you are an idiot.
Read an realier story from a few days ago on this,
LOL! The dog was wearing the vest. I’ll be honest with you, the dog was a really cute looking mutt, and looked so happy and his tail was wagging like crazy, I was really tempted to go up and pet him. If it was a German Shepherd or a Doberman or a dog with one of those muzzles over his snout, I would never have thought about it.
Any more questions?
You couldn't be more wrong. The TSA is not tracking Islamic terrorism. It is barely even faking an interest in it. A cheap whore could fake an orgasm better.
The TSA has two missions. The first is to intimidate American citizens. The second, which is not yet [fully] implemented, is to track American citizens; NOT illegals, NOT terrorists.
Next on the agenda is the detention of political dissidents, per the military appropriations bill.
There is nothing "silly" about any of this.
"John has a long mustache" said the traveler. "You're free to go" the security agent replied not realizing that the droids he was looking for had cracked the code.
Bush’s Muslim immigrants are used by bush-bots are to justify the Bush-Obama Police State.
Why is it so hard for people to see what is happening before our eyes.
Bush-Obama’s fault. Indeed.
Now we have blue or is it whits shirts these days.
Story line is the same.
Take your precious bill of rights and wrap the fish in it cause it is meaningless crap. Welcome to the 4th Reich.
>> Jefferson said, Those who will trade liberty for security deserves neither. >>
But it’s even worse than that. With regard to the TSA, we are trading liberty for some kind of bullsh-t false security. We’re not even getting any real security out of the deal.
“... I have a hard time understanding the opposition that frequently appears on this board...”
How up to date are you on ‘Fast and Furious?’ This is not just a corrupt administration, this is an administration wildly out of control!
Actually they are. The Border Patrol can set up roadblocks and do random searches within 150 miles of the border. In New England that includes places like I-91 south of White River Junction Vermont. They never really catch any significant numbers of illegal aliens there because Canadians rarely sneak into the USA, and there are an endless supply of back roads and highways between the border and the roadblock. But it is a great place to line up citizens and ask for documentation.
News outlets reported a few years ago that VT Sen. Leahy was stopped at one of the roadblocks and the Border Patrol agent, when asked by the Senator what the legal basis for the roadblock was, pointed to his pistol. Sen Leahy was reportedly not happy.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. ~ Plato
You are an idiot, or perhaps a TSA employee. Oh, wait—they’re the same thing.