METRO launched a national BusSafe pilot program last Friday that saturated its system and resulted in quality arrests, making transit safer for passengers.You wanna guess how many of those arrested passengers felt safer?
a synchronized, counter-terrorism exerciseWhat were the "quality arrests" for during this "synchronized, counter-terrorism exercise?" Since this was a TSA boondoggle, we should be justified in assuming that all those "quality arrests" were for terrorism. Seems like a lot of terrorists to be gathering in Houston all of a sudden, but who knows what those nefarious ragheads will do next, hey? Thank God for...wait...
Law officials performed random bag checks, conducted sweeps with our K-9 drug and bomb-detecting dogs, and assigned both uniformed and plainclothes officers at transit centers and rail platforms to detect and prevent criminal activity.So...no terrorists, then. What a shock.
This VIPR thing gets under my skin in a way that the original TSA airport security theater really didn't. First, there were "security" checkpoints at airports for years before TSA came along, so everybody had gotten used to the sight, and although I used to fly a lot on business those days were pretty much done by 9/11. So from a purely personal viewpoint, though of course I love to hate TSA it never really impacted me very much. And of course VIPR is also unlikely to do so: Since the whole idea of VIPR is to put the fear of government into non-air travelers, they'll stick to high-visibility targets.
But I grew up indoctrinated with the notion that there are two main "tells" for a police state - the bad guys. One is torture: The good guys never torture people. America, of course, crossed that river several years ago.
The other is internal checkpoints. "Your papers, please" is a sign that you're living under SecPol, and no longer in the Land of the Free. The bad guys do that, the good guys would never dream of it.
Yet here we are.