Tennessee has become the first American state to use the TSA statewide, with officers placed in airports, bus stations, weigh stations and on the highways. Using Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR), the TSA is traveling across the state monitoring the highways and weigh stations.

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“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.

I don’t know where a terrorist is likely to be found because, in the entire history of the TSA, they have yet to find a terrorist.

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.
QIt’s all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.

That’s right folks. If you see something, say something and be a good little stasi, citizen.

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.

If the inspections aren’t any more thorough than normal then what is their purpose? The fact is that, by its very existence it is more than normal. We also must point out there are many more people who say extremely suspicious behavior in and around Oklahoma City that day who were ignored. McVeigh was caught simply because he plate fell off after he got onto the highway. The trained police officer didn’t have any clue who McVeigh was or what he had done. He just thought some jerk was driving without a license plate and got extremely lucky.

At what point do people finally get angry enough to tell the TSA to go away? Why are people willingly accepting these intrusive, and possibly illegal, “security” measures into our lives? When will we all have to start carrying our papers with us?

And what the hell happened to “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Deprivation of rights, fear mongering, criminalizing normal behavior, making every American afraid of everyone and everything is not the country I grew up in. It is not the country of freedoms, it is the country of tyranny.

Nothing is going to change without a major revolution and the American people don’t seem prepared to take that step. Those in power won’t step aside until this happens. They will push the fear of terrorism as far as they can.

I have written to my representatives in Washington, including the president. I have told everyone I can possibly think of that they need to act as well. I am constantly confronted with laughs when I say we are sliding down the road to a police state. What more can I, as an individual, do when all my friends, family, and neighbors scoff and say I’m being paranoid and it’s nothing to worry about?