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House Committee on Homeland SecurityTransportation SecurityIntroducedJune 28th, 2013
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What is it?
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.
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.
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