Tennessee Becomes First State With TSA Checkpoints On Highway

Terrorists can’t afford airline tickets these days, so the TSA is adjusting to stay one step ahead. Tennessee News Press reports:

“People generally associate the TSA with airport security…but now we have moved on to other forms of transportation, such as highways, buses and railways,” said Kevin McCarthy, TSA federal security director for West Tennessee. They are randomly inspecting vehicles on highways in Tennessee.

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  • Vigilantius

    Terrorists are more likely to be found in the imagination than in Tennessee…this is illegal search and seizure, bottom-line.  Yes, report those citizens that look “suspicious.” 

    • Anarchy Pony

      Is there anything that a terrorist would even remotely want to attack in Tennessee?

      • Jin The Ninja

        country music hall of fame?

        • Anarchy Pony

          Just not a very significant target…

          • Jin The Ninja

            unless, like me, CMT gives you a massive migraine:P

      • Travis Wayne Morgan

        oh i dunno maybe oak ridge national laboratory??? 
        not that i’m for this at all – but that cmon man 

        • Anarchy Pony

          Fine you got me there.

      • Electriccoyote

        Graceland of course…terrorists hate Elvis!

        • Jin The Ninja

          rock & roll is the devil’s music.

      • Voidthought

        Besides two nuclear plants and a agricultural hub feeding millions.. I don’t know what they would want with Tennessee. I am against this tyranny.

      • quartz99

        I’m tempted to consider this the next step against the Occupy movement there, because they’ve had some great legal victories against the police and DHS, but setting something like this up would have taken several months at minimum. It makes sense to roll out a pilot program in a smaller state that’s not densely residential.

  • Vigilantius

    Terrorists are more likely to be found in the imagination than in Tennessee…this is illegal search and seizure, bottom-line.  Yes, report those citizens that look “suspicious.” 

  • Imaginary Figment

    America – you really aren’t that important ….get over yourselves !!!!!

    • Tuna Ghost

      Well, the US did crash the world’s economy all by itself, which does suggest it is at least a little important.  

    • Redacted

      They have Internet in Ruritania? I thought you guys had to burn trash for warmth!

  • Imaginary Figment

    America – you really aren’t that important ….get over yourselves !!!!!

  • http://fruitbattv.com/ Solar

    America – ‘Land of the free’ – 1984 Doublespeak for ‘Land ruled by Authoritarian Scaremongers.’  As long as the bourgeois middle classes believe the rhetoric rather than the reality, it is only going to get worse.
    Not just America actually but the rest of the so called ‘free world” as well. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      If you pay close attention it is surprising(or terrifying) how much double think and double speak is really going on.

      • quartz99

        Not really. Rove is on record saying he considers 1984 a playbook for how a govt should be run. And Obama’s been more subtle about it than Bush’s people were but there’s nothing to suggest they aren’t just picking up the same plan.

        Damnit I’ve forgotten the direct quote from Rove. Now I’m going to have to go look it up.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Jesus Christ, Rove should be shot in the face then. Fucked up little fascist.

          • quartz99

            Well, I can’t find the direct quote now, so take my statement as you would any unsupported statement. I know it happened because I used it as a source for an article I wrote a couple years ago but the online source is no longer available. However, it’s trivial to use google to find any number of quotes from Rove about creating reality and that the rest of us are left only to study it and believe their new reality, that as the government they don’t have to deal with reality because they create it. Even without those quotes, it’s pretty easy to watch them implementing 1984 piece by piece.

            But I have to step away from saying he outright said it was a playbook because I can’t demonstrate it now.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Alright, but I can certainly see that twisted little power tripping ham wearing glasses saying that.

          • quartz99

            Definitely. And they engaged in an Orwellian legal campaign to scrub parts of their record from the Internet so I can’t say whether my inability to find the quote is because the pages are all just expired (because this was big news for a while a couple years back, about something he’d said previously), or because they were pulled because of legal threats. My article was pulled because of threats of a lawsuit so it’s possible.

      • Simiantongue

        My favorite double think has always been “The Department of Defense”. Defense, heh, no really. Unless the credo written under their official seal is “The best defense is a good offense” Then I’d say that they changed it from “The Department of war” to The DoD just for that rhetorical 180. Wow we don’t want to be giving people the wrong idea or anything lol. We don’t make war on people, we defend you. Surreal.

    • Richard Smith

      We have gone from “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” to “The Land of the Lie and the Home of the Slave”.   Welcome to Your Ass of Murky.

  • http://fruitbattv.com/ Solar

    America – ‘Land of the free’ – 1984 Doublespeak for ‘Land ruled by Authoritarian Scaremongers.’  As long as the bourgeois middle classes believe the rhetoric rather than the reality, it is only going to get worse.
    Not just America actually but the rest of the so called ‘free world” as well. 

  • Wedger

    If you see something, say something. Isn’t it the job of these so-called professionals to do the seeing?! I don’t ask the government to come to my job and bag shit up for me, so why am I supposed to do their job of spying for them? Everyday the quest to stop terrorism makes this country a little less free, a little more oppressive, and the whole of America look that much more paranoid and reactionary. I am guessing eventually there will be a ‘checkpoint’ at the end of every driveway…

    • Mark

      There is a police state comming no doubt about it.

      • Simiantongue

        That sounds like it would make a really cool lyrics. Given the proper tune of course.

    • Taxfreenation

      For the Gestapo…I mean the TSA….Free spies are better than paid ones.  Several million sets of eyes are better than only several thousand.  Especially when the masses are tricked into believing they are saving their country by  spying on their neighbors or anyone that they don’t like the looks of.   The money saved goes to greasing someones pocket.   Create a fictional enemy.  Use the media to sensationalize it.  Hypnotize the masses into believing it.  Joseph Goebbels good ol’ SS tactics revised for a modern era. 

      • Voidthought

        “Suspicion breeds confidence.” – Brazil(movie)

    • quartz99

      It’s not about you doing their spying. It’s about making everyone scared of everyone else. Any person could be the one who turns you in for thoughtcrime, so your safest course is not to share your doubts or fears about the govt with _anyone_ …thereby ensuring that no revolution ever gains enough people to be effective.

  • Wedger

    If you see something, say something. Isn’t it the job of these so-called professionals to do the seeing?! I don’t ask the government to come to my job and bag shit up for me, so why am I supposed to do their job of spying for them? Everyday the quest to stop terrorism makes this country a little less free, a little more oppressive, and the whole of America look that much more paranoid and reactionary. I am guessing eventually there will be a ‘checkpoint’ at the end of every driveway…

  • 5by5

    [Add Appropriate German Accent Here] “Papers, please!!!”

    • Anarchy Pony

      Schnell! Schnell!

  • 5by5

    [Add Appropriate German Accent Here] “Papers, please!!!”

  • Null

    God, everytime I hear about the TSA it reminds me of why I want to get the hell out of this country.

    • quartz99

      Yeah but where to go? Many countries are moving in the same direction and the ones that aren’t, aren’t accepting immigrants en masse. Not to mention the guilt I’d feel for giving up my country to thugs.

  • Null

    God, everytime I hear about the TSA it reminds me of why I want to get the hell out of this country.

  • Mark

    There is a police state comming no doubt about it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah but where to go? Many countries are moving in the same direction and the ones that aren’t, aren’t accepting immigrants en masse. Not to mention the guilt I’d feel for giving up my country to thugs.

  • DeepCough

    What are TSA agents trying to do in Tennessee, intercept shipments of “The Origin of Species?”

  • DeepCough

    What are TSA agents trying to do in Tennessee, intercept shipments of “The Origin of Species?”

  • Calypso_1

    If this is implemented nationwide you’ll probable see it as part of a jobs initiative for unemployed veterans.

  • Anonymous

    If this is implemented nationwide you’ll probable see it as part of a jobs initiative for unemployed veterans.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Schnell! Schnell!

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Is there anything that a terrorist would even remotely want to attack in Tennessee?

  • Anti-Citizen1

    If you pay close attention it is surprising(or terrifying) how much double think and double speak is really going on.

  • Anti_Secret_Squirrel

    Glad I don’t live in that shit hole state anymore! Ha not only can they illegally search people (well truck drivers for now) but they can take money you make right from your check for medical bills, cable bills, electric bills, and really any other thing you can possibly think of that would or could be a bill. DO NOT move to TN!

  • Anti_Secret_Squirrel

    Glad I don’t live in that shit hole state anymore! Ha not only can they illegally search people (well truck drivers for now) but they can take money you make right from your check for medical bills, cable bills, electric bills, and really any other thing you can possibly think of that would or could be a bill. DO NOT move to TN!

  • Tuna Ghost

    Well, the US did crash the world’s economy all by itself, which does suggest it is at least a little important.  

  • Anonymous

    Not really. Rove is on record saying he considers 1984 a playbook for how a govt should be run. And Obama’s been more subtle about it than Bush’s people were but there’s nothing to suggest they aren’t just picking up the same plan.

    Damnit I’ve forgotten the direct quote from Rove. Now I’m going to have to go look it up.

  • Taxfreenation

    For the Gestapo…I mean the TSA….Free spies are better than paid ones.  Several million sets of eyes are better than only several thousand.  Especially when the masses are tricked into believing they are saving their country by  spying on their neighbors or anyone that they don’t like the looks of.   The money saved goes to greasing someones pocket.   Create a fictional enemy.  Use the media to sensationalize it.  Hypnotize the masses into believing it.  Joseph Goebbels good ol’ SS tactics revised for a modern era. 

  • Contra

    Well know, and to think that we had freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, silly America, just remember, Big Brother loves you, he just wants to keep you safe.

  • Contra

    Well know, and to think that we had freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, silly America, just remember, Big Brother loves you, he just wants to keep you safe.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Jesus Christ, Rove should be shot in the face then. Fucked up little fascist.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Jesus Christ, Rove should be shot in the face then. Fucked up little fascist.

  • Anonymous

    country music hall of fame?

  • Anonymous

    country music hall of fame?

  • Anonymous

    It’s not about you doing their spying. It’s about making everyone scared of everyone else. Any person could be the one who turns you in for thoughtcrime, so your safest course is not to share your doubts or fears about the govt with _anyone_ …thereby ensuring that no revolution ever gains enough people to be effective.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I can’t find the direct quote now, so take my statement as you would any unsupported statement. I know it happened because I used it as a source for an article I wrote a couple years ago but the online source is no longer available. However, it’s trivial to use google to find any number of quotes from Rove about creating reality and that the rest of us are left only to study it and believe their new reality, that as the government they don’t have to deal with reality because they create it. Even without those quotes, it’s pretty easy to watch them implementing 1984 piece by piece.

    But I have to step away from saying he outright said it was a playbook because I can’t demonstrate it now.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Alright, but I can certainly see that twisted little power tripping ham wearing glasses saying that.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Just not a very significant target…

  • Anonymous

    Next the TSA will announce that they will conduct searches on everybody’s shadow.

  • StillAtMyMoms

    Next the TSA will announce that they will conduct searches on everybody’s shadow.

  • Travis Wayne Morgan

    oh i dunno maybe oak ridge national laboratory??? 
    not that i’m for this at all – but that cmon man 

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Fine you got me there.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It always starts with the vaguely plausible…and it always ends with the utterly indefensible. TSA fearmongers will encroach on every aspect of life sooner or later…because that ever spiralling budget hangs on proving that you need to be doing more and more and more.

    Most of this hangs on the magic word…”terrorists”. If we can just break middle America’s insane obeisance to that word we could roll back the damage that has been done to civil and human rights…but as long as people respond automatically from the gut with unthinking fear and suspicion…we will remain immortally locked in battle against an invisible foe that requires us to surrender every shred of privacy or freedom we have ever known.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It always starts with the vaguely plausible…and it always ends with the utterly indefensible. TSA fearmongers will encroach on every aspect of life sooner or later…because that ever spiralling budget hangs on proving that you need to be doing more and more and more.

    Most of this hangs on the magic word…”terrorists”. If we can just break middle America’s insane obeisance to that word we could roll back the damage that has been done to civil and human rights…but as long as people respond automatically from the gut with unthinking fear and suspicion…we will remain immortally locked in battle against an invisible foe that requires us to surrender every shred of privacy or freedom we have ever known.

  • Anonymous

    They have Internet in Ruritania? I thought you guys had to burn trash for warmth!

  • Banphotoradar

    Get out while you can!

  • Anonymous

    Get out while you can!

  • Electriccoyote

    Graceland of course…terrorists hate Elvis!

  • Voidthought

    Besides two nuclear plants and a agricultural hub feeding millions.. I don’t know what they would want with Tennessee. I am against this tyranny.

  • Voidthought

    “Suspicion breeds confidence.” – Brazil(movie)

  • Voidthought

    “Suspicion breeds confidence.” – Brazil(movie)

  • Anonymous

    unless, like me, CMT gives you a massive migraine:P

  • Heath

    Looks like a model to me to sell to the rest of the fearful public. They’ll nab a couple Americans supposedly with terrorist plans. Make national news out of it, incorporate it into a bill, than you can opt in for your personal freedom eZ pass.

  • Heath

    Looks like a model to me to sell to the rest of the fearful public. They’ll nab a couple Americans supposedly with terrorist plans. Make national news out of it, incorporate it into a bill, than you can opt in for your personal freedom eZ pass.

  • Anonymous

    I’m tempted to consider this the next step against the Occupy movement there, because they’ve had some great legal victories against the police and DHS, but setting something like this up would have taken several months at minimum. It makes sense to roll out a pilot program in a smaller state that’s not densely residential.

  • Anonymous

    I’m tempted to consider this the next step against the Occupy movement there, because they’ve had some great legal victories against the police and DHS, but setting something like this up would have taken several months at minimum. It makes sense to roll out a pilot program in a smaller state that’s not densely residential.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely. And they engaged in an Orwellian legal campaign to scrub parts of their record from the Internet so I can’t say whether my inability to find the quote is because the pages are all just expired (because this was big news for a while a couple years back, about something he’d said previously), or because they were pulled because of legal threats. My article was pulled because of threats of a lawsuit so it’s possible.

  • Simiantongue

    Here is something really wacky. I live in MA and I was stopped by Border Patrol officers. One rte 495 out by exit 7 at a weigh station about a year ago. They pulled me over with a bunch of other cars. I was there about a half hour when they eventually got to my truck, searched it completely inside and out even underneath. My glove compartment and center console compartment too. When they came over for my papers I asked “Do you think there might be illegals in the center console?” He told me to be quiet and to step away from him, putting his hand out. Which I did, but he was acting like I was a threat or something. I didn’t say that in an angry voice or anything just the usual Masshole wise ass way.
    I don’t think it was coincidence that I was there for almost fifteen minutes after they had let everyone else go. Seeing as how I was the only one who made a smart ass comment. They didn’t say anything else to me directly during the stop except to say that I can go, but there were two officers who had a “conversation” not ten feet from me about how people should just learn to be quiet and let them get their job done and there won’t be any unnecessary delays. I got the message, belly up, tail between the legs or there will be consequences. Pavlov would be proud.

    • Simiantongue

      Pickup truck not a commercial vehicle.

  • Simiantongue

    Here is something really wacky. I live in MA and I was stopped by Border Patrol officers. One rte 495 out by exit 7 at a weigh station about a year ago. They pulled me over with a bunch of other cars. I was there about a half hour when they eventually got to my truck, searched it completely inside and out even underneath. My glove compartment and center console compartment too. When they came over for my papers I asked “Do you think there might be illegals in the center console?” He told me to be quiet and to step away from him, putting his hand out. Which I did, but he was acting like I was a threat or something. I didn’t say that in an angry voice or anything just the usual Masshole wise ass way.
    I don’t think it was coincidence that I was there for almost fifteen minutes after they had let everyone else go. Seeing as how I was the only one who made a smart ass comment. They didn’t say anything else to me directly during the stop except to say that I can go, but there were two officers who had a “conversation” not ten feet from me about how people should just learn to be quiet and let them get their job done and there won’t be any unnecessary delays. I got the message, belly up, tail between the legs or there will be consequences. Pavlov would be proud.

  • Simiantongue

    Pickup truck not a commercial vehicle.

  • Anonymous

    rock & roll is the devil’s music.

  • Rodv

    everyone in a suit and tie should be reported, they look like terrorists to me, specially politicians

  • Rodv

    everyone in a suit and tie should be reported, they look like terrorists to me, specially politicians

  • JiddlefromRiddle

    See something suspicous?

    Yea, the weird behaviour of almost every gouverment in the country
    The behaviour of the Police…

    The world is getting into a NAZI STATE!

  • JiddlefromRiddle

    See something suspicous?

    Yea, the weird behaviour of almost every gouverment in the country
    The behaviour of the Police…

    The world is getting into a NAZI STATE!

  • Micahfuson

    I used to be proud of being from Tennessee. When did my state become so totalitarian?

  • Micahfuson

    I used to be proud of being from Tennessee. When did my state become so totalitarian?

  • gevalien

    Tennessee, first and then the rest of the country.  The ‘police state’ is now in full effect.

  • http://twitter.com/gevalien gevais

    Tennessee, first and then the rest of the country.  The ‘police state’ is now in full effect.

  • Bf2020

    Why don’t you ‘say something’, when you see the TSA molesting your children in public.

  • Bf2020

    Why don’t you ‘say something’, when you see the TSA molesting your children in public.

  • arfer

    Paperz Pleez. Paperz?

  • arfer

    Paperz Pleez. Paperz?

  • arfer

    Paperz Pleez. Paperz?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Smith/100000100734966 Richard Smith

    We have gone from “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” to “The Land of the Lie and the Home of the Slave”.   Welcome to Your Ass of Murky.

  • Simiantongue

    My favorite double think has always been “The Department of Defense”. Defense, heh, no really. Unless the credo written under their official seal is “The best defense is a good offense” Then I’d say that they changed it from “The Department of war” to The DoD just for that rhetorical 180. Wow we don’t want to be giving people the wrong idea or anything lol. We don’t make war on people, we defend you. Surreal.

  • Simiantongue

    That sounds like it would make a really cool lyrics. Given the proper tune of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Christman/1029721610 Charlie Christman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrbi4f7dIN4….Wake Up this isnt abt the terrorist…This is about the goverment being in control of you…Big Brother…Vote for Ron Paul 2012….  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Christman/1029721610 Charlie Christman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrbi4f7dIN4….Wake Up this isnt abt the terrorist…This is about the goverment being in control of you…Big Brother…Vote for Ron Paul 2012….  

  • Gailhrussell

     This is going to happen everywhere, give it time. There will be no where to run. Whe have had a long good run that looks like it is coming to an end. People keep saying this is all not legal because of the constitution. Sadly that has come to an end also,

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