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house Bill H.R. 115

Keeping The TSA's Security Operations Off Buses, Trains, and Ferries

Argument in favor

Random screenings on public transit are unconstitutional. There is no evidence that having the TSA monitor ground transportation stops threats to travelers.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/29/2016
TSA can't even do a good job of airport security! They're abusive and incompetent.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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03/01/2016
You can't fly a train into a building, no need to let the TSA expand their reach.
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Mark's Opinion
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04/18/2016
Go farther. Destroy the TSA. They only exist to molest people.
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Argument opposed

The risk of a successful terrorist attack justifies the use of these random screenings. National safety is more important than a minor inconvenience to passengers on buses.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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08/09/2015
Ridiculous! There should be a bill to change their name to KGB. More and more freedoms lost, wake up folks!
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David's Opinion
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01/01/2016
If TSA's work is unconstitional, then all searches should stop -- including airports. Otherwise we should continue their scope of work.
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John's Opinion
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07/11/2015
DO NOT INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THE TSA. You should be getting rid of it. We are 18 TRILLION in debt and we are not safer having them shove their hands in our pants at airports; much less anywhere else.
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What is House Bill H.R. 115?

This bill would remove the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) authority to conduct random searches of passengers traveling on surface transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferry terminals.

The TSA would be barred from performing any security screening operations on ground travel and refocus their monitoring to aviation travel.
The ability of the TSA to perform any other security screening operations would be revoked.

Impact

People who use public transportation, VIPR screening teams, TSA, and the DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 115

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth:

H.R. 2589 would repeal the authority of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary and the TSA to develop Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams and conduct security screenings of public transportation. 

Since 2005, the TSA has deployed VIPR — or “viper” — teams to conduct thousands of unannounced, random sweeps of bus, train, subway and ferry stations. VIPR teams have the authority to enter any transportation facility – anytime, anywhere – and search people and their property.

VIPR teams were part of the federal government’s response to the 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid. Conducting random screenings through VIPR teams weren't deployed to investigate credible threats, but were planned as a deterrent to future terrorist attacks on train stations, subways, and other mass transit hubs.

The LA Times reported that in 2011, the viper teams had conducted 9,300 search operations in the preceding year.

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Press Release

Breitbart Op-Ed by Sponsoring Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

Mother Jones

New York Times

LA Times


(Photo Credit: Flickr user jurvetson)

AKA

Freedom of Travel Act of 2015

Official Title

To prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from performing security screening operations for surface transportation, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
    TSA can't even do a good job of airport security! They're abusive and incompetent.
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    You can't fly a train into a building, no need to let the TSA expand their reach.
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    Go farther. Destroy the TSA. They only exist to molest people.
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    The TSA is unconstitutional. What they do is unconstitutional. Why is this Team Sexual Assault still a thing? They have a 95% FAILING RATE. which means a 5% rate of success. Come on....
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    This is way to extreme. Terrorism is not as big of an issue compared to gun violence in the United States. Having the TSA involved in other public transportation would be a nightmare, and it would show ISIS how their scare tactics are working. There should only be random screenings if someone made a bomb threat or some type of threat in a specific area, however, the screenings should be taken on by the local authorities.
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    Get them OUT of the Airports!!! They are a joke and they act like they are above the law!!
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    TSA needs to be abolished, not expanded. They have yet been to stop anyone, the cannot find explosives when tested, and instead hundreds have been arrested for stealing from luggage. Archie Bunker was right, issue each traveler on public transport a gun, let them handle the terrorist
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    If they can't stop someone from bringing a gun on an airplane good luck with preventing someone from doing that on a bus.
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    DISBAND THE TSA!!! They miss 95% of the concealed weapons in penetration tests!!! They haven't caught a single terrorist!!!
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    The TSA hasn't caught a terrorist yet, although a few on watch lists do work for the TSA. No more should the general public be treated as a suspected criminal with out due process
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    Airports are hell already; let's not extend this to Amtrak, Greyhound, or private cars. Everyone will need"documents" soon
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    Would this be associated with drug sniffing dogs often seen in Greyhound terminals?
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    Ridiculous! There should be a bill to change their name to KGB. More and more freedoms lost, wake up folks!
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    If TSA's work is unconstitional, then all searches should stop -- including airports. Otherwise we should continue their scope of work.
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    DO NOT INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THE TSA. You should be getting rid of it. We are 18 TRILLION in debt and we are not safer having them shove their hands in our pants at airports; much less anywhere else.
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    We need to get our 4th amendment back.
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    Should be a free market issue. Get the government out of it
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    Team sexual assault needs to be out of the airport too. Let the private sector have it. They get hired off adds on pizza boxes. Not the way I want to hire my life's protection.
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    They can't have a full checkers at big airports like Vegas they'd three or two guys working and if you look at Albuquerque airport small and simple and take you about 10-20 minutes but Vegas depends on the number of tsa
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    Random screenings on public transit are unconstitutional. There is no evidence that having the TSA monitor ground transportation stops threats to travelers.
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