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All those terrorists in TN

News Channel 5:

Tennessee Becomes First State To Fight Terrorism Statewide

You’re probably use to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).

“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.

But it seems harassing regular citizens is the real aim:

“Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abet the concern that they had when they saw something suspicious,” said Paul Armes, TSA Federal Security Director for Nashville International Airport.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol checked trucks with drug and bomb sniffing dogs during random inspections.

“The bottom line is this: if you see something suspicious say something about it,” Gibbons said Tuesday.

I’m pretty sure we can do that without your tacticool, scary-named gizmo.

Via Michael.

Oleg: the enemy is here.

18 Responses to “All those terrorists in TN”

  1. Miguel Says:

    If there is one thing I got from living in Tennessee (besides my bride of 25 years) is that if there are terrorist doing bad things in the State, they can take care of them without Government intervention.
    Just sell Terrorist Hunting licenses and let the people take care of it.

  2. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Funny. Had to go to the Local DMV here in Ohio to renew my Truck Plates. You should have seen the Security Theater Posters that were plastered on the Wall.

  3. Axess Denyd Says:

    Can I report a bunch of child molesters and sex offenders wearing blue uniforms and hanging out at bus stops as “suspicious”?

  4. blounttruth Says:

    I wondered how many people called in and stated that they saw suspicious individuals in uniform shredding the constitution? DHS is a joke and like Ron Paul stated it needs to go far far away.

  5. blounttruth Says:

    P.S. careful what you write about the TSA, it could soon be a crime to speak negatively or even in a satirical sense about the department. If this bill passes then prepare for Soviet style silence on sharing information about police corruption, or government corruption which will soon follow. I too often find myself confused about the phrase:
    Congress shall make no law…

  6. Robert Says:

    Can you imagine how much fun it is, tooling around in brand-new equipment, being paid top dollar, immune to any regulation or law because you are fighting terrorism, and being a hero, to boot.

    Now if you could just find a few terrorists to put your brand new jackboots on….or maybe some lions and tigers to shoot! Because unless you can make your bones, the gig isn’t going to stay fun forever!

  7. mizubob Says:

    Don’t even know where to start with this.
    If I had the resources, I would buy a 30 second spot during the next Super Bowl broadcast. Beginning with white block letters on a black background. It would say “You are going to die” fade in at the bottom “someday”. Another screen would appear and it would say. “Is this how you want to live?” Followed by a flash of images of grandma and the kids being assaulted by the TSA. Fade out.

  8. Mike Says:

    Dude, what IS up with TN?

    First, there was that report about cops just sitting on the Interstate waiting to shake down out-of-state drivers — even cops getting into fights with each other to see who got to rob, er, “search” drivers for “contraband” (i.e., cash).

    Then you had that “cyber-bullying” law that criminalizes hurting anyone else’s feeeeeeelings.

    Now you got this?

    Damn, something in the water down there or what?

  9. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    “Damn, something in the water down there or what?”

    Tennessee is a major drug corridor, both north/south and west/east. There is an enormous amount of drugs and money moving in Tennessee.

    It’s not about terror, it’s about the money that stops can generate via forfeitures.

  10. Gerry Says:

    I’m suspicious of folks in faux cub scout uniforms trying to stop my vehicle. They better have a trooper with them and the officer better be able to give me probable cause.

    I’m sure the trucking industry must just love this oversight.

  11. Firehand Says:

    Be interesting the first time they arrest/have arrested some guy because he wouldn’t cooperate with being felt-up/having his vehicle searched on a public roadway.

    Or maybe ‘the first time some TSA molester gets punched out for trying to force a search’. In which case I’ll have to kick in a few dollars to the defense fund.

  12. mike Says:

    and the ACLU is OK with this? where is the lawfare, the press conference and the demonstrations? oh, right, that was during the previous administration, we’re cool with this now. i think the most disappointing thing is the cooperation of state and local law enforcement, i was(and still am)uncomfortable with DUI “checkpoints” this seems to be just an extension of that legal excuse, er, doctrine. whats next, travel papers and internal passports?

  13. Justthisguy Says:

    I tried to leave a comment at Oleg’s place, but my (really quite recently promulgated) does not seem to understand the latest and greatest captcha gizmo he has there.

    Anyway, I concur with perlhaqr. In the ear. And they _are_ chekists.

  14. Justthisguy Says:

    Whoops! I left out the word “browser” after the closing parenthesis. Sorry about that!

  15. chrispy Says:

    There was a time when, if I saw something suspicious, I would have reported it. Nowadays, even if by my own standards I see something “suspicious” I’m going to keep my mouth shut.

  16. Cargosquid Says:

    Report something suspicious? To the TSA? How long will that take to process? From your phone while driving…..illegal is some places, about a suspicious moving vehicle?….and its going to get to the TSA so that THEY can act on it? If its that suspicious…911

    Oh, and you can’t even get the State troopers to react fast enough to catch dangerous drivers that you report on the highway…..

    Security theater at its best….I always did like comedy….

  17. Ted N Says:

    Didn’t the underwear bomber’s own father report him to the TSA and get ignored? So why should we assume they’re going to take any of our reports, much less act on them? FTTSA.

  18. Seerak Says:

    Two by two, hands of blue…

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