In 2008, there were 10 VIPR teams and today there are 37 VIPR teams. The VIPR program has a $100 million annual budget and was responsible for—wait for it—“8,800 unannounced checkpoints…outside of airports last year,” reports the New York Times.
In other words, the VIPR teams made 8,800 unauthorized passes at Americans in 2012 in addition to and completely separate from all the gropey and unconstitutional TSA searches that were conducted in 2012.
If you have read the Constitution, you know there is no “Grope or Scan” clause allowing government employees to feel you up, unannounced and without probable cause. VIPR security processes are in violation of the law of the land, specifically the Fourth Amendment, which states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert summed up the TSA’s VIPR program on his August 13 show: “There is one group that is always dishing out the frisky buffet: The TSA. Because they have the safety of this nation in the palms of their hands.”
We run into enough creepers at the airport as it is. I am pretty sure none of us want to give up an even bigger chunk of our paychecks so that the government can send VIPR creepers in blue latex gloves after us everywhere we go—from the D.C. Metro to the rodeo. Can I get an Amen on that, brothers and sisters?