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BUS SECURITY AND THE DHS

By: MySpace Stu! *

December 18, 2006

 

 

I must say that the Bush administration does an excellent job of knowing how to instill fear. Why do I say this you ask, well let me explain.

 

If you are to take a trip by airplane you have to go through multiple security steps, let alone have your background checked. In these security checks you are asked to remove at least your shoes and belt. Your baggage is checked through X-ray scanners, you are limited to what you can carry on any airplane. If your name is on a secret government list you might even be arrested or at least detained.  All this is accepted due to what transpired on 9-11-01. Though I am one who refuses to use ANY form of transportation provided by the airlines since 9-11 due to the above reasons and that Bush and Co. are the oversight committee for security, I have chosen to keep my feet on the ground since then.

 

Now that we understand why I am not going to use the airlines then one would understand the only other mode of transportation within the continental United States is ground transportation, train and buses. This is where things get real interesting. We know how much terror was inflicted on 9-11 by supposed terror cells. We also know by way of the intel Bush allowed to be spread to the press that there were supposed to be at least 10 other hi-jacks that dark day in September of 2001.  Well why do they not also include trains and buses on such stringent security procedures as airlines must bear.

 

Here in NYC I set out to take a vacation on the south east coast. I went into the Port Authority here in NYC to get my tickets, I had all needed identification, I was purchasing them in advance so I did not have my luggage at this time.  I waited in the line and finally made it to the counter. At the counter I was under the belief that I would have to show identification to purchase my tickets, I mean this is NYC, the same NYC that once were home to the WTC. I was asked if the tickets were for me or another person, to which I answered they were for me. To my amazement I was not asked for ID but only for what name I would prefer to have the tickets made out to. I jokingly said a fictitious name such as Jackie Chan, mind you I am by far not one who can pass for Asian decent in fact I am of European decent. Well sadly to my findings the attendant was ready to print the tickets in that name, they even asked on the spelling. I stopped the lady from printing them out and supplied her with my real name, still at this point I had not been asked for proper identification.

 

Well the few weeks to my trip passed in no time since I booked the round trip. Once again I went to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC, this time with my baggage and proper ID. I was almost sure that I was going to need to show ID this time.  My trip was an early departure and I found that the main baggage check in counter was closed when I arrived. I asked one who worked for the bus line where do I go to check in my baggage and was directed to the spot. When I got there I was then told to take my baggage over to one other person standing near a gate. Although the scales and any other devices where not at the person I was directed to but where I was directed from. I went to see the person I was directed to and all I had to show was I had a ticket to go on a bus, he then gave me a baggage tag to affix to my luggage. I went with a backpack as well as a strolling luggage, I presume I did not need one for the knapsack for most people take that as a carry on, which I also intended to do. Now to await the bus.

 

Upon waiting for the bus, which was 40 minutes, I saw not a sign of any security but I did see multiple homeless persons. The boarding finally began once the bus parked at the gate. During the boarding process all you had to do was to supply the driver with your ticket which I did. Well I am now on a bus heading out of NYC, a trip so far that I did not have to show any proof of who I am.

 

Upon our many stop-overs all that was requested was a re-boarding pass or your tickets. This was the case until Florida. Before I speak of what they do in Florida you must understand that you are legally allowed in the Southern states such as Georgia to purchase fireworks and I even saw a sign stating TNT (for those of you who might not know that is another way of stating dynamite an extreme explosive).  At the multiple stop-overs you have some which have no clear bus terminal but have a spot where you can purchase tickets from a cashier. Alright so far I had not had to show any ID nor have I had my baggage scanned or checked, and my baggage is sitting in the belly of a bus, which could contain TNT if I had gotten on in a state where you are allowed to purchase it.

 

Now back to how Florida, the state where Bush has his brother as Governor. At all the bus line depots in Florida you are required to have your luggage weighed, still not scanned, and you are personally checked for any metal on your person through the use of a DHS contracted agent who passes a wand over your body.

 

One must ask this...

Why in NYC is security so lax but in Florida where there was NO terror attack security is more stringent? 

Why is it that baggage is not ever scanned as it is in airports?

Why is it not mandatory that all locations where a person is to enter a bus scanned?

 

Could it be that it would be impossible to say “the ground is falling?”

 

For reasons of security I will not go into more thought provoking questions that pertain to the multitude of open risk factors that are available by using the bus infrastructure of the US. I know I mentioned the trains in the beginning of this article and though I have not lately taken any trains in the past few years I would like to say that passengers I spoke with upon my bus trip mentioned that there is even less monitoring when taking a train, at least that of which you see. I can easily say after the bus trip that I feel that it is a total line of garbage that this DHS agency is trying to feed people in regards to providing safe and secure transportation.

 

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