Under a budget signed by President Obama, VIPR will be getting an additional 12 teams.
In case you haven’t heard of this controversial program, VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) uses heavily armed TSA agents to conduct warrantless searches at transit stations, including Amtrak, ferries, and Greyhound.
Oh, and of course:
The TSA funding included several hundred million dollars for 250 additional advanced imaging technology (AIT) devices — the whole body imagers that scan air travelers for any contraband concealed on their bodies. The additional funding came from a congressional conference committee that approved TSA plans to move forward with deployment of the AIT machines despite a House vote on June 2 on a spending bill that would have denied TSA the money for the devices.