Every Something is Terrorism

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The U.S. is at war: with something. It has become the catch-all phrase for acts of terrorism and crimes against the country. It is now used as an excuse for every invasion of privacy and illegal search and seizure.

“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane, more likely on the interstate” says Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. TSA agents are no longer searching Americans only in airports, but now on highways as well. And how is this act justified? Simple, according to TSA Federal Security Director Paul Armes, “Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abate the concern that they had when they saw something suspicious.”

Something. Somewhere. These are the excuses the TSA uses to extend its power. The agents are hitting the road with Visible Intermodel Prevention and Response (VIPR) agents, giving random inspections. All on the lookout for “something”.

The “If you see something, say something” campaign is the beginning of the end of American rights and liberties. You can be pulled over for something, searched without a warrant for something, have your personal belongings seized for something, and be detained and jailed for something. Explicit reasons and proof of evidence has been pushed aside; somebody doing something somewhere has become enough.