TSA VIPR Program Attacks South Florida

Old Jul 19, 07, 10:22 am
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TSA VIPR Program Attacks South Florida

The ridiculous program, known as VIPR (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response) was tried out in South Florida this morning. It appears that dozens (if not more) of TSA screeners, FAMs, and ICE descended on the Tri-Rail commuter train, with some of them watching the stations and others riding the train and getting off at the various airport stations. No word on any interactions with, or conflicts with train passengers or attempted screenings/searches.

Not only was this a colossal waste of time and money, it's evidence of additional mission creep by the TSA - at a time when they can't even master their original mission with even a slight degree of competence.

Here is the propaganda release triumphing the program:
http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/vipr_cities.shtm
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Old Jul 19, 07, 12:33 pm
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Old Jul 19, 07, 12:38 pm
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At least they gave the Tri-Fail a boost in ridership numbers this month. A few months ago Tri-Rail was begging riders to push their elected politicians for more funding as the ridership counts were too low to get renewed for their grants.

I was on one of these trains this morning. Most of the FAM, ICE and TSA were standing around and talking, not giving a single eye to other passengers or their surroundings. It was a morning long coffee break.
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Old Jul 19, 07, 12:41 pm
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Not only was this a colossal waste of time and money, it's evidence of additional mission creep by the TSA - at a time when they can't even master their original mission with even a slight degree of competence.
And much of the electorate is snoozing at the citizenship wheel rather than expressing outrage and demanding that their representatives curb the TSA's mission.

Talk about Attention Deficit Democracy.
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Old Jul 19, 07, 12:49 pm
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At least they gave the Tri-Fail a boost in ridership numbers this month. A few months ago Tri-Rail was begging riders to push their elected politicians for more funding as the ridership counts were too low to get renewed for their grants.
A bit OMNI, but this issue of ridership boosting schemes to ensure grant renewals w/r/t to transportation toys is a very touchy subject in my fair city as well. I should start referring to our intra-city rail as MAX Light Fail™.

I was on one of these trains this morning. Most of the FAM, ICE and TSA were standing around and talking, not giving a single eye to other passengers or their surroundings. It was a morning long coffee break.
I'll bet a few of them were all misty-eyed for their days of youth when school field trips were legitimized excuses for skiving off real work.
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Originally Posted by bocastephen View Post
No word on any interactions with, or conflicts with train passengers or attempted screenings/searches.
Don't forget to have an appropriate response prepared if they do attempt to "engage" you in conversation.

Clark W. Griswold: "Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get back on the expressway? "... (Vacation)
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Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
Don't forget to have an appropriate response prepared if they do attempt to "engage" you in conversation.

Clark W. Griswold: "Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get back on the expressway? "... (Vacation)
They've already tried playing SPOT with me twice at airport checkpoints. Usually they use my college team T shirt as a 'pick up' line. I honestly feel like someone is trying to pick me up at a bar when they do this.

The conversations don't go far tho...usually my mean scowl ends it right there, and on one occasion at ORD I just snapped "go play SPOT with someone else" and walked off. I'm not in the mood to play games with these people, I just want to be done with the screening process and be on my way.
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The conversations don't go far tho...usually my mean scowl ends it right there, and on one occasion at ORD I just snapped "go play SPOT with someone else" and walked off.
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