Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has a problem. Apparently, their TSA workers appear to be misappropriating items for themselves and the TSA isn’t reimbursing most of them. This is the same airport that has had major security breaches and no one seems to care.
One passenger claimed $11,000 in fine jewelry was lost. Another reported losing $10,000 worth. One said thousands of dollars in clothes and shoes went missing.
MacFarlane found complaints about PC tablets, auto parts and $780 sunglasses missing from Atlanta travelers.
“We’ve run into problems at checkpoints where people are actually lifting items from bags. Recently, we’ve seen TSA people caught at home with the items they stole from people at the airport,” travel industry expert Charlie Leocha told MacFarlane.
Random security checks are voluntary, but a way to keep criminal activity from taking place on-board.
About thirty minutes before the train departed, all passengers were asked to leave their bags on the boarding platform while two different detection dogs, one for narcotics and the other for explosives, sniff the luggage.
Even though most people know that the searches are voluntary, many are pressured into cooperating. If the searches are voluntary, then why is everyone being told that they must leave their bags to be checked? What happens if someone enforces their rights, states that the searches are voluntary, and then refuses the checks?
If drug sniffing dogs were brought in, then the DHS and TSA is clearly violating everyone’s fourth amendment rights by conducting unlawful, warrantless searches and moving beyond the scope of what their job entails. They are allowed to check only for WEI: weapons, explosives, and incendiaries. Anything else, especially drugs, is not part of their mandate.
“The security at airports has increased so the bad guys are now traveling on the trains and buses,” said Robinson.
The DHS also has no evidence that, suddenly, more bad guys travel on trains and buses. That is, unless the bad guys are those who have begun to exercise their right of freedom of movement and stopped flying because the majority of what the TSA does is unconstitutional. The next step, of course, is to track people who drive cars, ride bikes, and simply go out for a walk because bad guys do these things too.
These searches do nothing to provide security. They provide security theater, intimidation, and coercion. These same TSA workers perform checks in Philadelphia in the train station while the tracks below are actually open to the entire world. If you travel on ClubAcela enough, you get to bypass the security checks altogether. At New York’s Penn Station, you can avoid the checks by boarding at the mezzanine level.
Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart. Justice Robert Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials
The TSA is not a law enforcement agency. If you acquiesce to their request, you are complicit in the removal of basichumanrights.
The TSA’s VIPR teams have already been spotted working at professional sports arenas and other train stations with mixed results from the public. Their latest appearance was in Emmeryville, California.
Unfortunately, many people are okay with the TSA violating their mandate and branching out into areas where they are not trained for or needed. They also don’t see a problem with their civil liberties being violated in order to “feel” safer.
Amtrak passenger Vera Molina said she noticed all the black-clad TSA inspectors right away and it’s a presence she appreciates. Asked if she would like to see them more often she said, “I would, can’t hurt, just in case you never know.”
Since its inception, the TSA has not been able to detect a single threat to national security, yet the government’s response it to continually spread the agency farther and farther into areas where it is not authorized to do so. Due to the general public’s lack of education on the matter, they agree with the TSA when the TSA tells them it’s for their own good.
What the TSA at the airports and the VIPR teams are doing is slowly conditioning the American public to seeing the TSA everywhere. If they were to complete this task in a very short time, instead of over several years, there would be a backlash and the government would be forced to relent and remove their teams. By allowing the TSA to creep into existence in every aspect of normal life, most people will not realize what is happening until it’s too late.
The problem is that the vast majority of Americans never have any interaction with the TSA. They believe what their government, ministers/priests, and police departments tell them. They don’t question authority to discover the truth, making it easier for the government to control them. It makes normal citizens sound like crazy conspiracy nuts, when, in fact, they are just concerned citizens worried about the direction their country is taking.
It doesn’t matter to many Americans that this has been happening for several years. Their apathy is exactly why the TSA is allowed to further its mission creep. They either don’t care because it’s happened in severalplacesin the past or they don’t have any experience with it so it isn’t important to them.
These everyday Americans do not know that former DHS chiefs Michael Chertoff and John Ashcroft actually work for, own, or own stock in the companies who manufacture TSA equipment. Michael Chertoff owns stock in the companies that make the backscatter machines at the airports, while John Ashcroft works for the company that sells the machines to the government.
Logically, it is impossible to secure every single open space in the United States. It’s simply too big a task to be accomplished. However, by convincing the American public otherwise, they believe the lie that the United States is secure while a police state creeps in to “protect” them. By allowing this to happen, the terrorist have, indeed, won. All it took was one attack for the United States to buckle on it’s pride of freedom and openness, allowing fear to reign instead of common sense.
Here’s a 100% foolproof solution to stop the TSA from stealing your valuables. Watch as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, explains how you can fly with gold coins, expensive electronics, cameras and iPads without having any of them stolen by TSA thieves (who routinely steal such items and sell them on eBay).
As Shelbi Walser and her mother were trying to pass through DFW airport, they were stopped and detained by the TSA. The TSA claimed that she had bomb residue on her hands.
“I said, ‘What do you mean? What did you test her for?’ ‘Oh she tested positive for explosive residue.’ Okay… at that point you would think they would test her wheelchair, but they did nothing. Everything just seemed to spiral out,” Daniels said.
The mother and daughter said a bomb specialist showed up and several agents began talking on their cellphones all while other passengers were speaking up in support of the girl.
“There were people saying, ‘Really? You’re going to do this to her? Y’all have to take her somewhere private where she’s not out in the public and everyone can see her,’” Shelbi said.
Daniels said the agents then suddenly told them they were free to go and offered no explanation about it being a false alarm or anything.
Naturally, the TSA gave the news station the standard response and no explanation as to what had actually ocurred.
The problem with the TSA is that they still aren’t doing their job. They didn’t retest the girl or her wheelchair. Some official looking folks turned up, talked on their cell phones, and then let her go. And, still, no one knows why she tested positive and what kind of residue she supposedly had on her. If she was such a threat, why was she left out in the open, surrounded by the very people that the TSA is supposed to be protecting? Why was she never retested and, instead, allowed to continue her journey? The public lost confidence in the TSA long ago. It’s a shame the politicians continue to prop it up.