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Chuck Baldwin: Tennessee Joins TSA In Creating Random Checkpoints

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In 1836, former frontiersman and congressman Davy Crockett led a band of volunteers all the way from their home State of Tennessee to San Antonio, Texas, in order to join up with William Travis and his small company of soldiers, and help defend the Alamo–and Texas independence–from Mexican General Santa Anna and his army of over 5,000 seasoned troops. To men such as Crockett, Travis, Jim Bowie, and the rest, State independence and freedom was worth fighting and dying for. To a man, they each proved that. Therefore, it is fitting to wonder what Davy Crockett would think about his home State of Tennessee joining with federal agencies in establishing random checkpoints throughout the Volunteer State.

According to a local Tennessee news source, “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.”

The report went on to say, “The Tennessee Highway Patrol checked trucks at the weigh station with drug and bomb sniffing dogs during random inspections.”

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  1. CommonTater CommonTater October 30, 2011

    These are supercharged,

    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.

  2. wolfefan wolfefan October 30, 2011

    Not defending the concept, but where has Baldwin been? Random checkpoints have been around for a long, long time.

  3. CommonTater CommonTater October 29, 2011

    From America the Beautiful to Amerika the Ugly…

  4. Mullet Over Mullet Over October 29, 2011

    Coming soon to a highway or street corner near you.

  5. Alaska Constitution Party Alaska Constitution Party October 28, 2011

    Shameful! How ironic that the National Constitution Party 2012 Convention is to be held there next Spring. Maybe we should move it to a more freedom orented venue…

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