Paul Joseph Watson,Â Infowars.com
A new program in Houston will place undercover TSA agents and police officers on buses whose job it will be to perform bag searches, watch for â€œsuspicious activityâ€ and interrogate passengers in order to â€˜curb crime and terrorismâ€™.
Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of HoustonÂ (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, â€œride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.â€
â€œWhile local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,â€ states the press release.
â€œIf you think youâ€™re going to be a bad actor on buses, get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame,â€ Jackson Lee said during the press conference. The Congresswoman is a staunch advocate of the TSA, havingÂ recently chastised the passage of a new lawÂ that allows airports to evict TSA agents and replace them with private screeners by claiming it would lead to a new 9/11-style attack.
According to KPRC 2 News, METRO refused to disclose on what dates or bus routes the program would be operational. As well as TSA agents, police officers from the Harris County Constableâ€™s Office Precinct 7 will be involved.
According to Phillip Levine of theÂ Houston Free Thinkers blog, shortly after Lee gave her press conference the operation went straight into effect, with DHS and Metro Police officers questioning passengers who were exiting buses about their destinations and their reasons for riding the bus.
â€œWhen I arrived at Wheeler I got off the stage and instantly noticed the massive police presence. The police presence consisted of DHS, metro police, HPD, TSA, and Harris county police officers. They were going on to buses searching and stopping people for questions. Apparently Sheila Jackson Lee was there pushing for more security like what I was viewing. I asked the TSA agent if there was gonna be a bigger presence of metro or TSA. He said both,â€ Levine said in an email.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.infowars.com/tsa-to-search-bags-question-passengers-on-houston-buses/
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