Is it Safe? Relax, TSA’s VIPR is on it in Chicago

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Oh, a VIPR response . . . this time in Chicago:

It was stunning for those who watched Thursday night as federal agents investigated a possible nuclear threat at Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center.
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Sources say the agents were members of the elite TSA VIPR team on the 5:04pm Union Pacific West line. They were carrying hand-held nuclear-detection devices that picked up a reading (nuclear). —CBS Chicago

Is it safe? (Marathon Man). That is the only thing that matters, right? Please don’t ask this question of any school-kid on the south side of Chicago, but I digress.

Wouldn’t it just be easier to issue “papers” to everybody, restrict movement outside of the county of residence and step up to random no-knock home visits? Then every little Susy helicopter-mom could really feel safe in the police state.

While many do not remember, President Bush tried to resist the formation of Homeland Security, but he caved under the Donk outcry and the fears’ntears of a big majority of the former land of the free and home of the brave.

So take the pain America, while Big Sis drills away on all of us. Hey, you . . . Papers, please!

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bobmontgomery
March 17, 2013 7:55 pm

Ordinary Americans, stopped on the street and asked stupid questions by stupid TSA agents. And the terrorists howl with laughter. If an ordinary medical procedure brings on the Elite Forces, imagine the feints and decoys at the disposal of those who pose real threats. If only we could sequester the TSA and let the FBI do what it does best.

mriggio
March 18, 2013 12:00 pm

Wow, check out nearly all the comments on the original CBS story. Folks don’t seem too enthusiastic about this rapid response or its coverage either. BTW, the doctor-issued get out of jail free card saying you’ve just had a nuclear stress test, and therefore are entitled to emit ‘isotopes’, looks like a rather gaping hole in security. How difficult would it be to forge one of these, hmmmm?