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TSA at Union Station in Chicago; Expanding Role in US?
by Ezra Van Auken
During a visit to Union Station in Chicago, an American citizen had been traveling through the gigantic landmark on June 5th. As the individual passed Amtrak police he noticed something unusual, Transportation Security Administration officers were present with full gear.
While following the agents on foot, he was led to a location where TSA workers were setting up a checkpoint. The citizen also noticed Chicago PD helping the federal agents, assisting in any extra security.
Shockingly, Chicago officials did not warn the public of any events or reasoning as to why the TSA was inside Union Station; leaving many Americans worried about their personal liberties being violated. Since March of 2003 when the TSA was moved under Department of Homeland Security. Strong controversies involving federal workers committing crimes on the job have been recorded, including sexual assault, stealing and the violation of America’s fourth amendment.
Just this week in Louisville, Kentucky a deaf passenger reported Transportation Security Administration officials laughing in his direction. According to the commuter, he wore a tee shirt giving evidence he was deaf. After that small encounter, the passenger placed his bags in TSA’s proper spot for searching, but one TSA officer said he wasn’t allowed to carry-on sealed candy. Agreeing to disperse of the candy, the official explains the agency will donate it to an Air National Guard base nearby. However, as the deaf passenger watches a Federal worker walk away with the candy, he noticed the worker starting to eat out of the bag.
Working to find justice for what TSA workers did, the victim e-mailed their agency, but has not gotten response. This sort of story has been nothing unusual and continues to bring more negative attention to the agency. Last year the state of Texas looked to pass legislation that would ban agency officials from working at airports but the Federal government threatened to close airspace, blocking the bill.