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21 October 2011 @ 04:07 pm
I have no words  
(thanks to siliconshaman for the link)

Can the headline be any MORE slanted?

Liberal media my fat white ass.

Hm. Apparently I do have some words.

Tennessee Becomes First State To Fight Terrorism Statewide

By Adam Ghassemi

PORTLAND, Tenn. – You're probably used 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.

Agents are recruiting truck drivers, like Rudy Gonzales, into the First Observer Highway Security Program to say something if they see something.

"Not only truck drivers, but cars, everybody should be aware of what's going on, on the road," said Gonzales.

It's all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.

"Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abate 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 at the weigh station 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.

The random inspections really aren't any more thorough than normal, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott who says paying attention to details can make a difference. Trott pointed out it was an Oklahoma state trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for not having a license plate after the Oklahoma City bombing in the early 1990s.

Tuesday's statewide "VIPR" operation isn't in response to any particular threat, according to officials.

Armes said intelligence indicates law enforcement should focus on the highways as well as the airports.

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seawaspseawasp on October 21st, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
"Welcome to the Night Watch, citizen."
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: i-own-an-almanacjanetmiles on October 21st, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I mean, VIPR? REALLY? Someone really thought something pronounced VIPER was a good name for a nice, friendly, fuzzy program like "we're protecting you" and "please let us know if you see anything worrisome"?

REALLY?

Assholes.
seawasp: Airwolfseawasp on October 21st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
No, not fuzzy and friendly, COOL and DANGEROUS, like Robocop. That's the image they're shooting for, something deadly and dangerous ON YOUR SIDE.

They're failing to convince me, or you, but that's the idea.

Jim Hetleyjhetley on October 21st, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Remember, the Enemy is everywhere!

(And we've always been at war with Eastasia.)
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: i-own-an-almanacjanetmiles on October 21st, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
And the chocolate ration has been doubled.
Tom the Alien Cat: little green man felinetomtac on October 23rd, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Doubleplus good, eh?

And I did not know that a missing license plate on a moving car was a "detail" in the 1990s.
Bitch Wolfweibchenwolf on October 21st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Intelligence is the one thing that the people making these decisions lack.

Cynical? Me? Heck yeah!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 21st, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hey there -- I don't think I've seen your font in a while. How've you been?
Bitch Wolfweibchenwolf on October 21st, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've been a bit of 'everything', I think. Mostly good beyond an eye inflammation (an autoimmune thing. yay). I've mostly been just reading and not doing much posting around here lately.

So...uh...hi again :)
gh4acws on October 21st, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
seems to me
that expecting people to turn informer for no pay and just 'for the common good' sounds like pinko socialist communism. The proper American Capitalist Way is for the INDIVIDUAL to make profit!

So how much for a call to report something suspicious ?
Is there at least a 0800 number to call ?

German words to look up : Blockwart, Denunziant.

< humming "Kevin Barry" http://ingeb.org/songs/inmountj.html http://ingeb.org/songs/inmountj.mid "Turn informer and we'll free you" >
TSJAFOtsjafo on October 22nd, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
"Papers, Comrade."
Jim Hetleyjhetley on October 22nd, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
We're already working on that Internal Passport thing.
Kats: Ravenwildrider on October 22nd, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
It's times like this I'm pleased to find that Arizona is not the only buttfuck crazy state in the nation.

fatcook: Angry-Annoyedfatcook on October 22nd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
A-men, sister!
Between Alabama,Mississippi and now Tennessee, Arizona is no longer the only barking moon-bat crazy.