"The TSA has conducted 8,000 of these security sweeps across the country in the past year alone, TSA chief John Pistole told a Senate committee June 14. They are part of its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program, which targets public transit related places.
All of which is enough to make you wonder if we are watching the formation of the â??civilian national security forceâ?? President Obama called for on the campaign trail â??that is just as powerful, just as strong and just as well fundedâ?? as the military.
The VIPR swarm on Wednesday, the TSAâ??s largest so far, was such a shocking display of the agencyâ??s power that it set the blogosphere abuzz.
In a massive flex of muscle most people didnâ??t know the TSA had, the agency led dozens of federal and state law enforcement agencies in a VIPR exercise that covered three states and 5,000 square miles. According to the Marietta Times, the sweep used reconnaissance aircraft and â??multiple airborne assets, including Blackhawk helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as well as waterborne and surface teams.â??
When did the TSA get this powerful? Last year, Pistole told USA Today he wanted to â??take the TSA to the next level,â?? building it into a â??national-security, counterterrorism organization, fully integrated into U.S. government efforts.â??
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