Bob Barr: TSA’s “VIPER” program stumbles again

Bob Barr at the Barr Code:

Recent activities conducted by various law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), illustrate once again that the agency has a decidedly tin ear when it comes to concern for how its actions upset and disrupt the travelling public, or how it is perceived by the American people. TSA seems now to have decided to start searching passengers after they disembark from public conveyances. And, such programs apparently are not in response to any particular threats or actual intelligence, but are merely conducted because . . . well, because they can be conducted.

If there’s one thing government is good at, it’s coming up with clever acronyms with which to label its activities. The granddaddy of all such efforts is the “USA PATRIOT Act,” short for the legislation’s real, tongue-twister of a name, the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.” …

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