What I didn't know until now was that the TSA is extending its protective scrutiny to the nation's roadways. Take a look at the clip below, which appears to be a bona fide news report this week from Tennessee.
You can check out the original report from News Channel 5 in Nashville. It concerns the "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response" program -- VIPR, get it??* -- and it has an enthusiastic tone. The headline says, "Tennessee Becomes First State to Fight Terrorism Statewide." If this were Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me I would make you guess which of these quotes is really taken from the story and which were made up:
1) "Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate," said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons....This being America in the Homeland Security era, rather than a mocking radio show, you know the answer: All the quotes are real. I'd like to put this clip in a time capsule for a historian of The Great Fear.
2) The random inspections really aren't any more thorough than normal, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott.
3) Tuesday's statewide "VIPR" operation isn't in response to any particular threat, according to officials.
* A wise-guy reader writes in with a different naming suggestion:
They should just call them the State Transit Authority for Safe Interstates and be done with it.
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