TSA rail, subway spot-checks raise privacy issues

The Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams (VIPR) conducted 3,895 surface transportation operations in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Screenings occurred at some of the nation’s 500 Amtrak stations.


And while privacy groups express their concern, TSA officials point out that the TSA acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, not the Airport Security Administration. And that’s where VIPR comes in.

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