… Because something tells me trying to run one of these will not go over too well with the power-tripping high-school drop-outs hiding behind their blue uniforms and tin badges:
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Tuesday partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and several other federal and state agencies for a safety enforcement and awareness operation on Tennessee’s interstates and two metropolitan-area bus stations.
The agencies conducted a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operation at scale complexes where trucks and large vehicles are weighed. The VIPR operation was also conducted at two regional bus terminals in Nashville and Knoxville.
Yes, this "VIPR"* bullcrap is currently confined to weigh stations and bus terminals, but there was a time not too long ago when it was confined to airports – how long before "weigh stations" get expanded into "inspection stations", and all vehicles are subject to "enhanced screenings"? The slippery slope can only be a fallacy if it is not rushing past you…
What really irks me, though, are statements like this:
"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.
Not to Godwin myself, but do you know what that reminds me of? Nazi Germany. Or, to avoid that particular internet meme, Soviet Russia. In both of those cultures, significant amounts of their citizens’ time was consumed keeping an eye on all of the other citizens so that if anyone slipped up in the smallest, most inconsequential fashion, they could turn them in. Why? Well, on the one hand, it was viewed as a way to curry favor with their governmental overlords, and the only way your situation ever improved was if someone above you liked you, but on the other hand, it was also due to the ingrained knowledge that everyone else was watching for you to slip up to, so if you could take them out first, that is one fewer pair of eyes to worry about. It go so bad in the former society that children were turning in their parents for trivial, but verboten, offenses.
And here we go, happily skipping down the same blood-splattered path.
And no, do not even dare to say, "The terrorists did this to us". We, the American people, have allowed this to happen on our own soil. We, the American people, have tolerated the groping, sexual assault, and abuse of our citizens in the name of "security". We, the American people, have allowed unsafe, dangerous, and cancer-inducing machines to be spread across the country. And now, we the American people, are tolerating gorramed checkpoints on our own soil, limiting our freedom of movement and travel.
I guess I should not be surprised – checkpoints have been commonplace in Kalifornistan for years, now…
* – How much effort did it take to come up with that high-speed-low-drag acronym? And do you really want to "prevent" intermodal freight? Idiots.
(Courtesy of Oleg Volk.)