TSA Thugs on the Loose!

by Ron Paul

If you thought the “Transportation Security Administration” would limit itself to conducting unconstitutional searches at airports, think again. The agency intends to assert jurisdiction over our nation’s highways, waterways, and railroads as well. TSA launched a new campaign of random checkpoints on Tennessee highways last week, complete with a sinister military-style acronym–VIP(E)R—as a name for the program.

As with TSA’s random searches at airports, these roadside searches are not based on any actual suspicion of criminal activity or any factual evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever by those detained. They are, in effect, completely random. So first we are told by the U.S. Supreme Court that American citizens have no 4th amendment protections at border crossings, even when standing on U.S. soil. Now TSA takes the next logical step and simply detains and searches U.S. citizens at wholly internal checkpoints.

The slippery slope is here. When does it end? How many more infringements on our liberties, our property, and our basic human rights to travel freely will it take before people become fed up enough to demand respect from their government? When will we demand that the government heed obvious constitutional limitations, and stop treating ordinary Americans as criminal suspects in the absence of probable cause?

The real tragedy occurs when Americans incrementally become accustomed to this treatment on the roads just as they have become accustomed to it in the airports. We already accept arriving at the airport 2 or more hours before a flight to get through security; will we soon have to build in an extra 2 or 3 hours into our road trips to allow for checkpoint traffic?

Worse, some people are lulled into a false sense of security and are actually grateful for this added police presence! Should we really hail the expansion of the police state as an enhancement to safety? I submit that an attitude of acquiescence to TSA authority is thoroughly dangerous, un-American, and insulting to earlier freedom-loving generations who built this country.

I am certain people will complain about this, once they have to sit in stopped traffic for a few extra hours to allow for random searches of cars. However, I am also certain it merely will take another “foiled” plot to silence many people into gladly accepting more government mismanagement of safety.

Vigilant, observant, law-abiding, gun-owning citizens defend themselves and stop crimes every day before police can respond. That is the source of real security in America: the 2nd Amendment right to defend oneself. The answer is for people to be empowered to protect themselves. Yet how many weapons might these checkpoints confiscate? Even when individual go through all the legal hoops of licensing and permits, the chances of harassment or outright confiscation of weapons and detention of citizens when those weapons are found at a TSA checkpoint is extremely high.

Disarming the highways and filling them full of jack-booted thugs demanding to see our papers is no way to make them safer. Instead, it is a great way to expand government surveillance powers and tighten the noose around our liberties.


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  • jarhead4life

    i think everything Ron is preaching is the only way to fix America and i dont understand if he is talking about doing away with social security so someone fill me in because i paid into social security since i was 16 and got physically disabled from making a living and social security is my only income now and it really sucks and medicare does to but i pay that monthly premium out of my social security what will happen to me under his plan all ive paid to both and just get it after i have to will it effect me or is he talking about the young just starting out not having to pay in and set their own security im confused and really would vote Ron Paul if im correct in thinking he will honor those who have paid their dues and are qualified currently but would love an audit to root out all the false ,fake and lazy just wanting a free ride and how would his plan cover all the children born with severe disabilities

  • w1945

    I believe that the main stream media is completely up to no good. I think they are ignoring Paul for only one reason. They are hoping that they tick off the Ron supporters and if Ron does not get the GOP nomination then his supporters will write him in or just stay home in the General election which will give Obama four more years. They know that no other Republican Candidate can win without the support of the independent voters. Some how we have to get Paul the GOP nomination and put a stop to the biased main stream media once and for all. I honestly believe that any one who votes against Paul in the Primary’s will in reality be voting for Obama.

  • Teresa Fallon

    You have my vote Dr. Paul.

  • BillyCollins

    As a truck driver I have had to put up with DOT and TSA 4th amendment violations for years, welcome to the party America. Oh and how about all those Mexicain trucks that just got clearance onto American highways.

  • Christopher Norte

    bullshit! what are they trying to secure?

  • Reggie Knowlton

    I wonder how they’ll like a gun stuck in their face.

  • Melitta Vahalik

    How are all these bad administration actions going to be undone?

  • Efrain Rojas

    Please Ron, get on the Adam Carolla show.

  • Courtney Keith

    This is absolutely atrocious I for one am sick of this out of control Government.It is time for an end, these liberty stealing so called defenders of security gotta go along with the majority of Washington’s politicians. RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • William Munger

    You know, I think the Terrorists have accomplished their goal.

  • Rashadi Bakari

    Ron Paul is the best man for the job thats running for president of the U.S. of America.

  • Reebis Randazzo

    HEY!!! Who needs “freedom”? It’s ok America. Just keep your faces in your TV watching X-Factor or whatever bs brainwashing crap they have you on now. WAAAAAAAAAAAKEEE UUUUUUUUUUUUP!! OMFG!!!!!’

  • David Cox

    This way they can grope and probe us anywhere and everywhere. All in the name of safety!

  • Don Brown

    It’s another example of the on going out of control government agencies. ATF and their gun running. EPA shutting down a family dairy over spilt milk. Pick any 3 letter agency and I bet you can find something of outrage they have pulled in the last year.TSA is just the is just the flavor of the month.

  • McKGraKucPauNad

    Homeland Police State is having a good ol’ time

  • Liberty

    What other agencies are in the works to take away more of civil rights? If it can’t be passed through Congress than they use their agencies to continually erode at our Constitutional Amendments. We need judges at the local, state, and Federal levels to uphold the laws of the Constitution in which they took a solemn oath to do. Lets start with the repeal of the Patriot Act. The adjective Patriot should be changed to the most Unpatriotic destruction of our civil liberites.

    Ron Paul was right to want to eliminate the TSA. Let the airlines provide their own security. Have your ever been pulled out of line and searched? It’s demeanig and embarrassing. I saw a elderly person in a wheel chair being searched. Eroding of our liberties must stop.

    ELECT RON PAUL FOR 2012!!!!

  • Andrew Clock

    it’s just lovely how Ron Paul is the ONLY one addressing this heinous problem right now…

  • Robert Jockell
  • John Boughter

    Because of the way the TSA is set up, at some airports like Atlanta you have to pass through security to EXIT the airport after an international arrival in the US (i.e. They can’t distinguish between those exiting and those connecting). That’s right, you have to put your tiny bottles in a baggy and walk through an xray machine or take a patdown to LEAVE the airport. I was incensed; couldn’t believe most people just accepted this.