National Guard story click here.
Don’t the State Troopers, Sheriff, and Police departments in Charlotte have their own Aquatic Rescue Teams? Is this what the National Guard is supposed to be doing?
And if you think the TSA’s mission is just keeping your airport safe…think again. This story has been covered EXTENSIVLEY in the alternative media, but I bet most of my Tea Party friends have not heard it. Click here for the LA Times story.
“Reporting from Charlotte, N.C. — Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way. Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter’s trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials.
When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. “You can go ahead,” Swaringen said.
The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.
“We are not the Airport Security Administration,” said Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte. “We take that transportation part seriously.”
The TSA’s 25 “viper” teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year.”
The Transportation Security Administration (a division of Homeland Security) conducted 9300 unannounced checkpoints in 2011, and now is asking to increase the number of VIPR teams, and for an additional $24 million in 2012 for what they call “surface transportation security”.
Is surface transportation security what they need bullet proof guard shacks for? Oh yes…along with the 450 MILLION rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammunition (banned by the Geneva Convention from being used during war time, click here for the press release), in April Homeland Security began buying an un-disclosed number of Bullet Resistant Booths. Click here for press release.