December 26, 2011: I see there is another link at Drudge regarding this story (although it could be the same one. But there's a bigger picture of the cabinet member in charge of TSA which really captures your attention. All I can think of is that the ACLU must be going nuts. Increased frisking at proms, and TSA authority to detain Americans at Gitmo without charging them with a crime. This is truly incredible. I could care less, or couldn't care less: I have no dog in this fight. I don't go to proms any more. But for those who think about these things, this is quite incredible, especially to be occurring under the most liberal president we have ever had. Illegal immigrants from Mexico are exempt, of course, from any federal statute, which is also fine with me, since I don't have a dog in that fight either.
Original PostLink here.
During peacetime, the Coast Guard is the Coast Guard. During declared war, it becomes part of the US Navy, or at least that's the way it was back in double-u double-u 2.
Reading the story at the link above, my first thought: this sounds like the Coast Guard paradigm. It's not much of a stretch to see these TSA folks becoming a domestic military force, operating within the borders taking orders from the commander in chief.
From the story linked above:
Congress is set to give the green light on funding for a massive expansion of TSA checkpoints, with the federal agency already responsible for over 9,000 such checkpoints in the last year amidst increased fears America is turning into a police state following the passage of the ‘indefinite detention’ bill.Tie this expanded TSA story along with the just-passed law to detain American "terrorists" at Gitmo, and it's starting to look a lot like ....
The increase in funding has nothing to do with the TSA’s role in airports – this is about creating 12 more VIPR teams to add the federal agency’s 25 units that are already scattered across the country and responsible for manning checkpoints on highways, in bus and train terminals, at sports events and even high school prom nights.
The ACLU -- or is it UCLA -- I keep getting those acronyms mixed up -- must be thinking -- "how did it come to this?"
Prom night? TSA? Frisking?