Monday, March 07, 2011

Successfully dealing with a nest of snakes

At least one stand-up Federal law-enforcement administrator has finally had enough of the unconstitutional shenanigans being perpetrated in the name of our "security", as reported by TRAINS magazine:

"WASHINGTON — In late February, the Transportation Security Administration took over the Amtrak station in Savannah, Ga., and thoroughly searched every person who entered. None of the passengers got into trouble, but the TSA certainly did — big time."

The story actually has it slightly wrong - the facts are much worse than that.  The goons not only searched everyone who entered the station, but also passengers who had already arrived on trains and were merely trying to exit and go about their business:

A complete farce.  What were those screeners going to do if someone quite reasonably (and legally) refused to be searched, stick them back on a train? 

"Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor said he first thought a blog posting about the incident was a joke. When he discovered that the TSA’s VIPR team did at least some of what the blog said, he was livid. He ordered the VIPR teams off Amtrak property, at least until a firm agreement can be drawn up to prevent the TSA from taking actions that the chief said were illegal and clearly contrary to Amtrak policy."

We take it we're supposed to be intimidated and awed by the use of macho terms like "VIPR".  Nope.
"A posting in late February to the Transportation Security Administration’s blog, which serves as a public relations tool of the TSA, tried to explain why TSA agents took over the Amtrak station in Savannah. But O’Connor said the “facts” as posted on the TSA blog were incorrect. He said the blog indicated that Amtrak had approved of the operation, but it had not. He called the TSA’s posting on 'inaccurate and insensitive.'"

In other words, the martinets who run the TSA are liars.  Do tell.

Many thanks must go to Chief O'Connor for standing up for what's left of the rule of law in this country.

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