Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Dreaded VIPER Teams Ordered To Protect US During 4th Of July Holiday

WASHINGTON - Some of the armed officers with dogs that turned up this week around airports, subways and bus stops are part of special Transportation Security Administration teams sent to protect mass transit sites over the July Fourth holiday.

The “VIPER” teams were sent to guard facilities in the nation’s capital and in Baltimore, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said Tuesday.

“It’s not just because of the attacks in England,” Howe said. “Some were planned this week anyway, but I won’t deny the English car bombs affected the decision.” She added, though, that there is “no credible, specific threat for the Fourth.”

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