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Transportation Security Administration staff (... TSA’s Useful Idiots?

By Ron Paul

If you thought the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would limit itself to conducting unconstitutional searches at airports, think again.

The agency intends to assert jurisdiction over our nation’shighways, 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 — VIPR — as a name for the program.

[First, your airports. Now, your highways. Next, your private homes]

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 no4th Amendment protections at border crossings, even when standing on U.S. soil. Now TSA takes the next…

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