As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds.
The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.
With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals. Not everyone is happy.
Not everyone is happy? I would think not. All the elements are [quickly?] falling into place for the final move into a police state in the U.S.A. If I were living in America at the moment, I would be packing my bags
Maybe they are hiring all the high school dropouts. The numbers of those leaving school without a diploma is rising and they need a job you know. I think we are approaching a very challenging time here in the Peoples Republic of America.