The American Dream
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The NFL has announced that it will be implementing “enhanced” pat-downs at all 32 NFL stadiums. Once this is fully implemented, the 16 million fans that attend games each season will be frisked from the ankles to the knees and from the waist up. Apparently this new level of security was brought on by a recent incident where a Cowboys fan smuggled a stun gun into a game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys and started zapping other fans with it. As usual, authorities have responded to a minor security incident by massively overreacting to it.
In the post-9/11 world in which we live, paranoia is standard operating procedure. Those that are responsible for security are far more interested in “covering their backsides” than they are in respecting the liberty, freedom and dignity of average Americans. America is rapidly turning into a high-security prison. When naked body scanners and “enhanced pat-downs” went into U.S. airports, those that warned that we would soon see these types of “Big Brother” security measures pop up at train stations, bus stations, shopping malls and sporting events were dismissed as “conspiracy theorists”.
But it turns out that the “conspiracy theorists” did not even fully understand how quickly all of this nonsense was going to spread. How much “security” is going to be enough? Where in the world is the line going to be drawn? If groping all fans is “necessary” for security at all NFL games, how long will it be before it is implemented at all other sporting events across the United States?
The truth is that no matter how hard they try, those in charge of our “security” cannot keep us perfectly safe. Life is dangerous and bad things are going to happen no matter how much “security” you throw around.
We have a choice. We can live as free men without fear, or we can cower in terror and call for increasingly repressive layers of “security”. If we continue on the path that we are on, this nation is going to become a totalitarian “Big Brother” police state so repressive that it will make our founding fathers roll over in their graves.
In fact, they are probably already rolling over in their graves.
Do you enjoy living in a prison grid? That is what this country is becoming.
Once upon a time, going to an NFL game was great fun. But like with so many other things, “Big Brother” is sucking all of the joy out of that too.
The following is from a USA Today article which describes that new “security” procedures at NFL stadiums….
Under the new “enhanced” pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up. Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up while looking for booze, weapons or other banned items.
Do you want to wait in incredibly long lines to get into a game while security thugs grope fellow fans as if they were a herd of cattle?
I think that I will be more than happy to sit home and watch the games on television.
Where will this end?
If we keep going to the games and act as if nothing has changed, then they are going to see that as a sign that they can tighten our shackles even more.
Yes, of course nobody ever wants to see something bad happen, but do we really have to live like this?
All government agencies that have anything to do with national security should be given a dual mandate. Instead of just focusing on “security” at any cost, they should be required by law to provide security while pledging to never compromise the liberty, freedom, honor and dignity of the American people while doing so.
If those in charge of our security right now cannot protect us without compromising our liberty, freedom, honor and dignity then they need to immediately resign and allow someone else to do the job.
Right now, those that are supposed to be “protecting” us treat us all like a bunch of trash.
Rather than shielding us from “the enemy”, they actually treat us as though we are the enemy.
It started in our airports, but now futuristic “Big Brother” police state security measures are being implemented at subway stops, bus stations, ports, shopping malls, highway rest stops and sporting events.
We are spending billions upon billions of dollars on programs that are turning us a little bit more into North Korea every single day.
Did you know that TSA “VIPR teams” now conduct approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings” every year at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports and highway rest stops?
Should we be proud that in America today, goons in black uniforms conduct “out-of-nowhere” security sweeps at transportation hubs and at public events?
What in the world is happening to us?
In prison, you should expect to be locked down and frisked by security thugs at any moment.
But I thought that we lived in America.
And you know who is going to be flocking to fill these security goon positions?
Yes, you guessed it. For the growing number of perverts and child molesters in America, these are going to be dream jobs.
As a security goon, they can legally touch the bodies of other people and get paid while doing it!
But unleashing hordes of security goons is not enough for the government. Now they want us to snitch on one another. That is what the whole “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign is all about.
When I was growing up, East Germany was a nation that was despised because of their repressive totalitarian police state.
But now we are becoming just like East Germany.
Sadly, things will soon become even more repressive.
Are you ready to be monitored for “pre-crime”? Yes, new technology will soon be watching you at public events that will determine whether or not you have the “intent” to commit a crime. If you fail any of the “psysiological” or “behavioral” tests, you will be flagged for “suspicious activity” and security goons will pull you off the street. This new program was described in a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson….
Homeland Security is also developing technology to be used at “security events” which purports to monitor “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint. The promotional video for the program explains how “Future Attribute Screening Technology” (FAST) checkpoints will conduct “physiological” and “behavioral” tests in order to weed out suspected terrorists and criminals.
In America today, watching for “suspicious activity” has become a very high priority. As I wrote about recently, an FBI document that is being distributed to stores and hotels says that “suspicious activity” now includes….
-paying with cash
-missing a hand or fingers
-making “extreme religious statements”
-purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
-purchasing meals ready to eat
-purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks
Do any of those apply to you?
I have also written about how our children are being trained to accept living in a repressive “Big Brother” prison grid. Life in U.S. public schools is becoming a little more like life in U.S. prisons every single day.
Our kids are being conditioned to accept that it is okay for “authorities” to constantly watch them, track them, record what they do, search them for no reason and put them on “lock down” at any time.
Somewhere along the way, the American people became the biggest threat. Instead of an “enemy” that lives on the other side of the world, we are now being told that our biggest enemy may be our neighbor or the person traveling in the seat right next to us.
Since the American people are the biggest threat, it has become necessary to monitor everything that we do and say.
Just check out what a recent Politico article had to say about how things have changed in the post-9/11 world….
At the NSA, thousands of analysts who once eavesdropped on troop movements of enemy soldiers in distant countries were now listening in on the bedroom conversations of innocent Americans in nearby states.
“We were told that we were to listen to all conversations that were intercepted, to include those of Americans,” Adrienne Kinne, a former NSA “voice interceptor,” told me. She was recalled to active duty after Sept. 11.
“Some of those conversations are personal,” she said. “Some even intimate. … I had a real problem with the fact that people were listening to it and that I was listening to it. … When I was on active duty in ’94 to ’98, we would never collect on an American.”
Are you disturbed by this?
If not, you might want to check to see if you are actually an American.
She proceeds through the upper body part, then moves down to the ankles and up one leg. As she reached the top, her hand hits the middle of my crotch area and she slightly “slides” it away from there. This area had NEVER been touched before, and I only asked her a simple question, “since when can you touch the crotch?” She immediately pulls back, stands up, and calls a supervisor! He comes over, she tells him what happened (although her words were, “she complained I touched her in a personal manner”)…he proceeds to tell me she was following protocol. I told him I had been patted down 2 or 3 times this year, and had NEVER had anyone touch my crotch! I told him, I was sorry, but I was standing on my principles. One thing leads to another, eventually I was able to retrieve my cell fon, and tried my darndest to record the incident, without them knowing I was doing so, but could only get brief recordings, the best one is linked here (Real Player format). You hear the guy at the end hesitate to answer my question..unfortunately I wasn’t aware it had stopped recording!
Eventually the duty supervisor for my airline walked over and introduced himself. He was very kind and understanding. I asked him if this was going to get me in trouble at work. He told me, as far as he was concerned, not at all. He said his wife has a disability, and she also has complained at the intrusiveness of the TSA patdowns, so he fully understood my position. I told him, that as a Christian, this type of touching is totally unacceptable. He agreed!
After just sitting in a chair, waiting around, they brought in the “Federal Security Director” of Sky Harbor!! He proceeds to inform me of my “options.” He tells me that they can have another woman complete the procedure and I can then proceed through, or if I refuse, I would be further investigated and charged with a civil suit!
This type of behavior is absolutely outrageous.
So why are so many Americans still willing to get on to airplanes?
Have we become so desensitized that we are willing to be groped and manhandled like cattle just so that we can feel a little safer?
Sadly, even if you get through all of the scanners, the groping and the searches, you can still be pulled off your plane in handcuffs and interrogated for hours just because someone thinks that you look “suspicious”.
If you do not think that such a thing can happen to you, just read this story. After reading that story you will likely never want to get on to an airplane in the United States again.
It doesn’t seem to matter whether the Republicans are in control or whether the Democrats are in control. We just continue our sad march toward becoming a totalitarian police state no matter who is in charge.
Anyone that still believes that we live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is delusional.
This country is undergoing fundamental changes and everything that our forefathers passed down to us is in danger of being wiped out forever.
You better wake up America.
This article was posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:24 am