Six years later, the plans that we were discussing at the time come to fruition as the VIPR hits Tennessee -
Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.
Agents are recruiting truck drivers, like Rudy Gonzales, into the First Observer Highway Security Program to say something if they see something.
"Not only truck drivers, but cars, everybody should be aware of what's going on, on the road," said Gonzales.
It's all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.
"Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abet the concern that they had when they saw something suspicious," said Paul Armes, TSA Federal Security Director for Nashville International Airport.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol checked trucks with drug and bomb sniffing dogs during random inspections.
"The bottom line is this: if you see something suspicious say something about it," Gibbons said Tuesday.
The random inspections really aren't any more thorough normal, according to Tennessee Highway PatrolThe Real Effect
Colonel Tracy Trott who says paying attention to details can make a difference.
Trott pointed out it was an Oklahoma state trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for not having a license plate after the Oklahoma City bombing in the early 1990s.
Tuesday's statewide "VIPR" operation isn't in response to any particular threat, according to officials. Armes said intelligence indicates law enforcement should focus on the highways as well as the airports.
Look at that last sentence again -
...intelligence indicates law enforcement should focus on the highways as well as the airports.Let's walk through how a lot of "intelligence" works now a days. We declare war on a country, we capture an individual that is fighting against us. That individual is designated a terrorist by virtue of the fact that he is fighting against us. We torture and threaten these individuals for months at a time until they finally "confess" something. This confession then becomes "intelligence" which is used to justify yet another incursion somewhere. (Coincidentally, a lot of this information is completely bogus.)
So what does this method bring us? Right into the place that the terrorists supposedly wanted us to go. We now have TSA in airports, football stadiums, bus stations, and insanely enough, schools.
But of course, you've known this was coming since at least 2006 -
Watch for increased surveillance cameras, biometrics and the ever-tightening noose of travel restriction. Think of the TSA but on the interstates and highways as the "officials" become more and more suspicious of "the people".