The Federal government is hell bent on keeping America safe from dangerous terrorists. The kind of terrorists that like to disguise themselves as happy go lucky electronic music festival goers.
Presumably that is why both TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams AND Customs and Border Protection agents were deployed to Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival recently.
Activist Jon Corbett, who is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the TSA, reports that he personally ran into armed TSA agents in the parking lot of the festival.
The agents told Corbett that they were there because “maybe Detroit police are a little short-staffed.”
“When I followed up by asking them if they were a VIPR team, they perked up a bit, and were as shocked as I was to see them that a member of the public knew what they were up to.” Corbett notes.
“It turned out that, as best I could gather, this was just an ordinary patrol for them.” he adds in a blog post.
Corbett notes that the agents seemed to be monitoring train tracks near the festival.
“But, the question is: do you want to be conditioned to accept armed TSA “police” roaming about your neighborhood? Do you approve of the TSA stopping people in bus and train stations and demanding to search their bags? Will you actually be surprised when a nude body scanner shows up at your local subway station?” Corbett asks.
Upon entering the festival, Corbett then spotted and snapped pictures of uniformed border patrol agents.
When he asked what they were doing there they replied “We’re within 50 miles of the border, and can patrol anywhere we want to. We can enforce both state and federal laws.”
The TSA has also announced its intention to expand the VIPR program to include roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, setting up a network of internal checkpoints and rolling out security procedures already active in airports, bus terminals and subway stations to roads and highways across the United States.
These internal checkpoints, run by Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the TSA, involve trucks being scanned with backscatter x-ray devices in the name of “safety” and “counter terrorism”.
Homeland Security is also developing technology to be used at “security events” which purports to monitor “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint.
If people think they can avoid the TSA by staying away from airports, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening. TSA is clearly engaged in a total takeover of society and plans to have its agents searching, patting down, scanning and harassing Americans at all levels of society, not just at transport hubs but at public events, in the street and on highways and roads across the country.
The implementation of ‘Checkpoint USA’, where citizens are routinely stopped, searched and radiated by federal VIPER teams is further evidence of how America is crumbling into a Soviet-style police state where the presumption of innocent until proven guilty is abolished and the 4th amendment eviscerated.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
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