Massive Expansion Of TSA Checkpoints Being Considered

Friday, December 23, 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…


Bryce Shonka is Liberty Voice's new Editor and also serves as the Deputy Director for Tenth Amendment Center. He is happy to be producing content for a new audience and from a new place (Seattle, WA).

1 Comment

  1. Bob Marshall

    December 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Will the same congress who reported a few weeks ago that the TSA was a disaster and a waste of $ 65 billion tax payers dollar give them this money? Probably. Homeland security already has 240,000 employees under it as well as private agencies working for and with them. One day in the future history will show that America had some of the most gullible and ignorant citizens in the history of the world. They completely ignored the warnings for the founders of that once great nation. How long before a ID is required to get into Wal-Mart or any other place of business? Nov. 04 2008 will go down in American history as the Day of Ignorance in America.

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