VIA| Our government is stepping up its plans to search EVERYONE, ANYWHERE, whether you’re travelling by air, rail, ferry or bus.
Beginning this week and almost four years since writers warned Americans that our government wants to search people on trains, its finally become a reality!
The Baltimore Sun reported Amtrak will begin searching all passengers: “Passengers failing to consent to security procedures will be denied access to trains.”
“I don’t know if that level of security we have at airports would be practical at train stations,” said Vernon Herron, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. “Washington DC and New York City—our financial district and our seat of power in Washington DC. Those types of targets are always going to be on their radar.”
What does this mean for anyone taking a government train (Amtrak)? It means EVERYONE will be subjected to airline style boarding procedures. In Europe, you won’t find pre-boarding ticket checks on any international intercity train line except Eurostar (between London and Paris, for border control purposes). By importing the security theater of air travel, DHS, sorry I mean Amtrak will treat EVERYONE like a suspected terrorist!
Just who will be conducting these security procedures? Why, Amtrak employees and police of course. If an Amtrak employee questions you, its because they’re trained to suspect EVERYONE.
Since 2010 Amtrak’s’ Blue Campaign‘ has been used as an excuse to identify suspected human traffickers.
Men — traveling with children will be subject to enhanced scrutiny. Perhaps Amtrak’s employees will engage children in conversation or demand a statement of their relationship status with the accompanying adults.
On July 25, 2012, DHS held an event to update stakeholders on recent activities and to provide a platform for participants to offer individual feedback regarding the department’s Blue Campaign efforts. (This is all about profit & police state surveillance)
Don’t be alarmed if you see men in tactical gear with an attack dog approaching you, it’s for your safety, wink, wink!
Those men in black fatigues are Amtrak’s police or “Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response” (VIPR) teams which conduct baggage searches and interrogate anyone. VIPER has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Oops, sorry I meant VIPR no government snakes here, RIGHT?
Herron points out DHS deploys VIPR teams, which include agents in uniform and bomb-sniffing dogs and agents out of uniform, designed to blend in with passengers.
Below is a picture of a VIPR team:
Doing the math that means, since 2011 VIPR teams have conducted over 32,000+ unwarranted searches! ($$$).