TSA Agents Pose As Cops To Harass Women
Incident highlights concerns about federal agency becoming domestic security force
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A TSA agent in Connecticut was charged with harassment after he posed as a cop by flashing his badge at a woman in an attempt to intimidate her into driving faster, an incident that highlights concerns about the TSA becoming a domestic security force.
The woman called police after off-duty TSA worker Donald Eichler, 63, began aggressively tailing her vehicle before flashing his TSA badge at her at around 9:30am yesterday in South Windsor.
“He told police he was upset that the woman was driving slightly below the speed limit on Sullivan Avenue, honked his horn a few times and showed her his TSA badge to try to get her to speed up, according to a release from police,” reports NBC Conneticut.
The woman said she felt scared and intimidated by Eichler’s behavior, who was subsequently arrested and charged with driving a vehicle to harass or intimidate. His case is set to be heard on August 8 at Manchester Superior Court.
Considered in isolation, the incident appears to be little more than a petty power trip, but when you factor in the documented epidemic of harassment, criminality and abuse that TSA agents have been caught engaging in both on the job and off-duty, it’s not surprising that the rollout of an army of TSA agents to provide “security” at every level of American society, from train stations to bus terminals, from highways to high school proms, is stoking concerns that the federal agency is set to become the de facto “civilian national security force” that Barack Obama promised in his pre-election speech.
As we have documented, TSA grope downs and body scans are now being rolled out ubiquitously as part of the VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) takeover of the country.
The TSA has also announced its intention to expand the VIPR program to include roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, setting up a network of internal checkpoints and rolling out security procedures already active in airports, bus terminals and subway stations to roads and highways across the United States.
These internal checkpoints, run by Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the TSA, involve trucks being scanned with backscatter x-ray devices in the name of “safety” and “counter terrorism”.
Last month, the agency conducted a “security exercise” that covered 5,000 miles and three states, illustrating how the TSA is establishing a broad mandate setting itself up as a domestic security force.
The fact that TSA agents like Donald Eichler think they are part of a federal law enforcement arm that can intimidate Americans into obedience even when they’re off-duty, like some kind of Gestapo storm trooper, is a damning indictment of the training that the federal agency is giving its employees, and a shocking warning of what kind of individuals are being hired by the TSA to staff their federal security takeover of America.