As recently reported in the Rational Review, A TSA VIPR Squad consisting of plainclothes inspectors, blue-gloved security officers, behavior detection officers, and federal air marshals descended on bus stops in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month. Local IndyGo officials cooperated with the TSA while VIPR agents patted down the public and searched luggage absent reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
While TSA officials claimed the suspicionless searches and seizures were voluntary, the public was not forewarned of this fact and many suffered through federal gropings in order to finish their journey to their intended destination.
One Indianapolis news station provided a video of the VIPR operation on its website but removed it, along with a related news story, several days later. Fortunately, I was able to make a flash version of the video before it disappeared for good.
The Daily KOS published a commentary on the federal operation as well and several TSA News Releases regarding VIPR Squad activities from the past two years are available below:
- VIPR Teams Enhance Security at Major Local Transportation Facilities
- TSA Supports VIPR Missions in Cities Coast to Coast
- TSA Supports VIPR Missions in Philadelphia
These TSA VIPR Operations represent yet another example of the federal governments increasing disregard for the right to travel that every American enjoys.
Isn’t it time we put an end to faux security measures that demand we give up liberty for security but provide neither?