The High-Tech Police State Begins at the Mall During Christmas

Kurt Nimmo
TruthNews
Saturday December 8, 2007

 

As should be expected, in the wake of the mall shooting in Omaha, our rulers, or rather their “experts,” are calling for our “beloved malls” to be turned into Gestapo zones same as our airports.

“Shopping centers, which are considered by security experts a ’soft’ target for terrorism, already implemented tighter security measures following the attacks of September 11, 2001,” reports AFP. “But American shoppers are reluctant to accept even measures that would force them to go through metal detectors or be frisked by guards to enter their beloved malls, said Malachy Kavanagh, spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers.”

Of course, they may very well change minds with a few more shootings by deranged teenagers cranked up on pharms or another “Pearl Harbor event” of the sort that ushered in the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act (or more accurately the decider-commander martial law act), and will no doubt ensure speedy approval of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, or the Thought Crimes bill.

“While Shoppers who were surveyed in focus groups indicated they would rather not have to go through metal detectors, they appeared willing to accept them if the government raised the terror alert level,” Malachy Kavanagh averred. “Measures installed after September 11 include closer coordination with local police, the use of high-resolution cameras that can read car license plates in parking lots and the inspection of delivery trucks. Some malls even have bomb-sniffing dogs.”

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All of this dovetails nicely with the latest FBI warning issued last month that al-Qaeda may strike during Christmas, unleashing horrific violence because they hate our freedom to shop and deck the halls.

“If you look back through the years, this is a tactic and practice of Al-Qaeda to express threats during the Christmas season,” FBI special agent Ross Rice said at the time, adding that the information had not been corroborated.

Indeed, completely uncorroborated threats, in fact pure and unadulterated nonsense, as the well-documented CIA created terrorist group, never sufficiently connected to the events of September 11, 2001, appears entirely impotent, more a Freddy Kruger cut-out designed to scare the little ones at Christmas than pose a sincere threat.

Even so, the Pentagon is on the case. “The Defense Department … has a system in place to support local law enforcement officials in case of a terror attack in a shopping center, said Paul McHale, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary for homeland defense,” never mind, once upon a time, there was something called Posse Comitatus as our ancestors realized allowing the military to commingle and even supplant local police was not a good idea.

In order to soften the hard edges of the prospect of combat soldiers at the mall, Mr. McHale told AFP such may not be necessary, at least not now. “But McHale, whose position was created to supervise the Pentagon’s homeland defense activities, said deploying heavily armed patrols was not the solution.”

“We cannot remain the kind of nation that we are, that we want to be, that we intend to be in terms of freedom, if we emphasize security by turning civilian gathering places into armed fortresses,” McHale said at a news conference on post 9/11 security on Thursday.

“The better approach is not to try to harden shopping malls, turn them into armed compounds with a security presence that is chilling in its very character,” he said.

“The better approach is to achieve that kind of defense … through the lawful collection of information that gives us advance warning that an attack may occur.”

In other words, say hello to the neighborhood snoop system, soon to become a vital component of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, flushing out al-Qaeda types high and low — or, at minimum, those of us who share a “discontent” with the government, now to be detected by the neighborhood fireman as he conducts inspections, no Fourth Amendment required in order to rifle through your books, videos, and underwear drawer looking for “hatred” directed against the government. In order to realize this enmity, the Ministry of Homeland Security is busy at work tutoring our fire-fighters and paramedics.

“These random acts of violence can strike anywhere — at schools, office buildings, post offices — anywhere law-abiding citizens are present,” Simon Property Group, which owns several US malls, said in a statement after the massacre. “Law enforcement and security prevention measures, no matter how good, cannot forestall a tragedy such as this from happening.”

Well, at least, not short of erecting a high-tech police state, an all-pervasive and all-knowing electronic Panopticon.

Unleash a few more “random” killers stupefied by mind-altering drugs and killing helpless women and children — preferably at the same time al-Qaeda strikes because they hate us for our freedom — and many of us will be begging for a police state, as Heinz Kissinger knew all too well when he declared for his masters, the Bilderbergers:

“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.”

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