Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Just Keeping You Safe": The Cheka Checks In

"What are you doing here?" Paul asked the armed stranger who had materialized outside his workplace.

"Just keeping you safe," replied the interloper, who had invaded the property without invitation or explanation. 

The visitor was clad in what Paul described as a SWAT-style dark blue jumpsuit, mirrored sunglasses, and a baseball cap. He had arrived in a white SUV equipped with running lights and displaying police markings advertising that it belonged to the Department of Homeland Security. 

Paul (who asked that his last name not be used) was the only employee who saw something amiss as the Homeland Security officer busied himself peering into windows and doorways, taking pictures, and making notes on a clipboard. 

Understandably annoyed by the functionary's unwarranted intrusion and patronizing reply to his question, Paul continued to demand an explanation. The visitor persisted in his Oracle at Delphi routine, offering cryptic, dismissive responses to Paul's questions. 

Through sheer tenacity Paul managed to obtain a business card identifying the visitor as Mark Cerchione. His title is -- take a deep breath -- Inspector for Region 10 of the East Command for the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, Federal Protective Service. This vital human cog in the State's apparatus of public order has an office located at 550 West Fort Street, Room 370 in Boise. 

Roughly an hour after Paul's encounter with Mr. Cerchione, and about fifteen minutes after Paul related it to me, I contacted Mr. Cerchione on his cell phone. 

They come in black, too.

"That's very interesting," Mr. Cerchione replied when I identified myself as a writer in Idaho who had been told that a Homeland Security official had paid a visit to an appliance repair company in Boise. "I'm not allowed to talk about specifics but I can refer you to the regional office in Seattle. This was just a normal, routine procedure -- nothing special."

"It hardly seems `routine' for the Department of Homeland Security to pay a visit to a workplace," I commented.

"Look, this was just a normal part of my day," insisted Cerchione. "Asking me about this is like asking a Boise City police officer why he looked in on a construction site."

"But you're not a Boise police officer -- you're a Fed," I pointed out, leaving aside the fact that a similar unannounced visit from a local cop could likewise be cause for concern. "That makes this newsworthy."

"Well, I can't comment about this, but I'd be happy to put you in touch with the office in Seattle," he repeated, promising to do so in exchange for my contact information. 

From what I've been able to learn,* Mr. Cerchione is an Idaho native who served briefly in the Army as a military police officer before being employed by the Idaho Falls Police Department. He also worked as a security guard at the Idaho National  Laboratory in Arco.

Cerchione's most recent position prior to signing on with the DHS appears to have been with Securitas, a private insurance company that in 1999 acquired the Pinkerton Agency (which rose to prominence as Abraham Lincoln's wartime secret service). 

On the basis of our brief phone conversation, Mr. Cerchione strikes me as affable and quite professional -- exactly the kind of decent, competent person upon which every secret police bureaucracy relies.  

Think of it for a second: What kind of government refers to its subdivisions as "Directorates"? That designation is as alien to the American political vocabulary as -- well, the expression "Homeland Security" itself. The term "Directorate" makes a much better fit for the components of the Soviet secret police, whether known as the Cheka, KGB, or FSB. 

The subdivision of the American Cheka that employs Mr. Cerchione is the DHS's equivalent of the KGB's Ninth Chief Directorate, which supplied bodyguards for the CPSU's ruling elite and maintained security at significant government installations. In fact, the current version of that Directorate under the FSB (the re-named KGB) has exactly the same title as its American counterpart: Federalnaya Sluzhba Okhrany, which in English is generally rendered "Federal Protective Service."

The workplace visited by Mr. Cerchione is located next to the offices of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, an outpost serving various federal regulatory agencies. It's impossible to believe that Boise plays host to a Jihadist sleeper cell that covets an opportunity to attack the Natural Resources complex. It is marginally more believable that the bureaucracy stationed therein could provoke the hostility of some over-taxed, over-regulated productive citizen. 
What this means, in any case, is that Mr. Cerchione -- who, remember, is employed by a Directorate tasked with protecting federal personnel and buildings -- wasn't there to keep Paul and his fellow members of the productive class "safe"; he was there to surveil them as potential threats to the safety of the tax-consuming class. And by his own account, this is part of his "normal," everyday routine in the service of the Homeland Security Cheka, which presides over a vast and metastasizing surveillance state.

"If you see something -- say something," commands Commissarina Napolitano from Wal-Mart telescreens across the Rodina. Citizen Concepts, one of the ever-expanding school of corporate remoras battening onto the Homeland Security leviathan, has introduced a so-called "Patriot App" for the iPhone that will simplify things for informants by permitting them to interface directly with the hive mind. (Among its corporate "goals," Citizen Concepts lists "decreasing variance in human behavior to mitigate risk and error" -- or, rendered into intelligible language, eliminating non-conformity as a threat to the public interest). 

Did some vigilant citizen detect dangerous levels of non-conformity on the part of someone in Paul's workplace, and do his duty to the Collective by summoning the Federal Protective Service? We don't know, and those who do know refuse to let us in on this critical state secret. But this is exactly what happened to Boise resident Dwight Scarbrough four years ago. 

Mr. Scarbrough, a scientist employed by the U.S. Forest Service, is a retired Navy veteran and outspoken peace activist. During the early years of the Iraq war, Scarbrough made himself commendably conspicuous by adorning his pickup truck with signs and stickers demanding an end to that atrocity and the prosecution of the criminals responsible for it. 

By expressing sentiments of that kind as emphatically as possible, Scarbrough provoked criticism from some fellow employees. Complaints about Scarbrough's protest stickers led to an admonition from his supervisor that he bowdlerize one bumpersticker seen by some as borderline obscene (the strip contained the inventive neologism "BUSHIT"). Since he wasn't interested in giving needless offense, Scarbrough did as his supervisor recommended. But his gesture apparently didn't placate Scarbrough's co-worker, who remained aggrieved by the peace activist's unabashed displays of non-conformity.

On February 7, 2006, Scarbrough received a phone call at work from a man identifying himself as an officer with the Department of Homeland Security. The officer informed Scarbrough that he was in violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, and risked receiving a citation unless he met the officer in the parking lot of the federal building where he worked. 

"I grabbed a friend to be a witness, and took along my tape recorder," Scarbrough recounted to Pro Libertate. "When we got down there, there were two officers, both of them large, armed young men. One of them made a point of separating my friend from me, as if the two of us -- guys in our 50s -- constituted some kind of threat. He kept my friend twenty feet away from me, holding his arms out as if performing some kind of crowd control out of fear that we would overpower them."

"Officer R.," the agent who had called Scarbrough, "was a very large guy. I'm a sizeable fellow myself, but he dwarfed me; he was probably close to 6'5" and had to weigh something on the far side of 300 pounds." The agents "were in uniform -- military-style blouses with shoulderboards, badges with Homeland Security insignia, and sidearms."

Since it seemed as if the two Chekists were primed for a confrontation, Scarbrough -- who recorded and transcribed the entire encounter -- made a point of sitting down at a table "so there was no way I could be a threat," he explained to me.

As the transcript documents, this gesture of de-escalation provoked immediate disapproval from Officer R., since it meant that he no longer had the initiative:

Officer R: Step back here, please.
Scarbrough: Let's have a seat.
Officer R: I'd like to talk to you.
Scarbrough: Let's have a seat.
Officer R: Sir, come over here please.
Scarbrough: I don't want to come over there. I want to sit down. 

Apparently thinking it wasn't worthwhile to press the point, Officer R. told Scarbrough that he was in violation of a provision of the Code of Federal Regulations dealing with "posting or affixing signs, pamphlets, handbills, or flyers on federal property." Scarbrough had done nothing of the sort; the materials described by Officer R. were affixed to Scarbrough's privately owned vehicle, which was in the parking lot of the federal facility where he worked.

For a minute or two, Scarbrough -- who had already discussed matters of this kind in detail with his supervisor -- tried to reason with the obstinate, concrete-headed Chekist, to no avail.

"I've just given you an order and told you to remove those signs from the property," he growled. 

Following several additional minutes of fruitless dispute, Scarbrough relented, moving his car into a privately owned parking lot next door. This act of armed bullying was also an exercise in content-based political censorship. No similar threats were ever made against any of the dozens of people -- including employees -- who parked in the same lot with bumper stickers expressing support for the Bush administration, the Iraq war, and opinions on other contentious political subjects.

Scarbrough took his story to the press, and his case to the ACLU. Public exposure of the incident caused the valiant defenders of the sacred Homeland to take refuge behind locked doors. 

 When a reporter for the independent Boise Weekly, which broke the story, tried to speak with someone at the Boise office of Homeland Security, "a woman emerged from a nearby cubicle and spoke to me through a tennis-ball-sized hole in the window. She would not confirm the name or identity of the officers, nor their badge numbers...." 

The reporter for the Weekly contacted an official of the U.S. Marshals Service, who confirmed the essentials of Scarbrough's story -- and then "referred me to the Department of Homeland Security's media spokesman in Texas" for any further details about an incident that had occurred thousands of miles away. This makes a certain kind of sense, once one understands how matters of this kind are handled in a Soviet-style centralized bureaucracy.

After going public, Scarbrough resumed parking in his accustomed space. Eventually the matter was dropped entirely. In retrospect, Scarbrough told Pro Libertate, "I should have taken the citation and challenged it in court. The attorney at the ACLU told me that `this is the kind of stuff we live for,' but the matter was moot because no citation was ever issued."

Scarbrough points out that his experience with Homeland Security came at a time "when the department was young and it was flexing its muscles all over the place. There were several incidents at about the same time involving people who were arrested, cited, or harassed for peaceful acts of public dissent, most of them involving opposition to the war." (Those incidents, and many others like them, are documented in You Have No Rights, an infuriating and indispensable book by Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive magazine.) 

Four years ago, Scarbrough's experience struck those who learned of it as an anomaly, a bizarre instance of overkill. Paul's encounter with his friendly neighborhood Chekist illustrates that invasive and intimidating federal surveillance has become -- to use Mr. Cerchione's expression -- a "normal, routine procedure" for those of us sentenced to live in the contemporary Homeland Security State. 

(Author's note: This is a slightly edited version of the original essay, correcting some minor factual errors. To wit: Mr. Cerchione arrived in a white SUV, not a black one, and he hovered at the periphery of the workplace, rather than going indoors. Also, Securitas acquired Pinkerton, rather than the reverse.) 
*I sent Mr. Cerchione an e-mail seeking confirmation of his biographical information; a day later, I had received no reply.

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Dum spiro, pugno!


idahobob said...

Thanks for the address of the Gestapo in Boise.


Toaster 802 said...

Quoted and linked at

Lemuel Gulliver said...

"Mr. Cerchione.... wasn't there to keep Paul and his fellow members of the productive class "safe"; he was there to surveil them as potential threats to the safety of the tax-consuming class."

Mr. Grigg, never did you say a truer word. The entire apparatus of the Federal Protective Service and its various Directorates is there not to protect US from terrorists, but to protect the Government, and its owners, the 1% of the richest people in America, (who own 40% of the corporate stock and other assets of this nation) and those corporations, and their top executives, FROM US.

For example, this news: "Vice President Joe Biden confirmed on Meet the Press this Sunday that he and the White House agree with Mitch McConnell's assessment that Julian Assange is a "high tech terrorist."

Mr. Grigg, are you 'terrified' of Julian Assange? Liberranter, are you 'terrified' of Julian Assange? MoT, are you 'terrified' of Julian Assange? ANYONE out there reading this, are you 'terrified' of Julian Assange? Ah so. Me neither.

The only people terrified of Julian Assange are the lying, fucking sacks of shit who pose as our 'leaders' and their Directorates of their 'Federal Protective Services.' They try to organize every fucking iota of our lives so they can continue to rob us blind. To steal our jobs, our houses, and our savings, murder our children and our wives and husbands, to throw us in jail and torture us, unless we meekly hand over the fruits of our blood, sweat and tears. Every last shekel. They want it ALL.

At least Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and all other highway robbers in history, just shot their non-compliant victims. They did not render them to dank prisons in Bulgaria or Egypt, to have their genitals electrocuted and their fingers broken, to be frozen, or cooked, or drowned, to death. Literally HUNDREDS of prisoners of the Leviathan State have been murdered under 'interrogation' in this way.

Just wait, sheeple. Say nothing. Do nothing. Believe everything they tell you. It's not your problem. Sleep easy. Arbeit Macht Frei. BAD NEWS: Soon it will be your turn. Soon the Reichssicherheitshauptamt will come for you, and there will be nobody left to speak out for you.

There is a monstrous evil of immense proportions afoot in this world, headquartered in these United States, where there is more power and money available to steal than anywhere else on the planet, and in all the millenia of history. It is so black, filthy, stinking and vile, the average human being cannot begin to imagine it.

Neither can most of the people who serve this Creature. Most of them, like Mark Cerchione, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and all the foul scumbags sitting on Capitol Hill, have no idea of the horror, the vileness, the monstrous evil of The Beast they serve.

But serve it they do.

- Lemuel Gulliver.

PS: Please excuse my language. It is the only way I can begin to say how I feel. Be glad I made an effort to control myself.

Anonymous said...

Maybe there is some truth that ex-Stasi did in fact help create the DHS. Worth looking into.

Mark Matis said...

When is it time for the filthy maggot pigs to rot in hell for what they've done to this country?

castiron said...

The United Regions of America.

Anonymous said...

So the Chekists are "working" the Boise area, eh? People too content, peaceful, or going about productive pursuits? Not enough strife to suit them?

I remember, back in 2003, how the TSA, the DHS by extension, appeared so comical and inept (not that it changed) and over the years has become more belligerent. That the DHS would become more intrusive comes as little surprise. It was during a swing through the Big Bend area of Texas that I passed through Alpine and "LO"... Big bright shiny new buildings and a surprising amount of DHS goings on for what once was such a sleepy town. Today? Who knows. My money, and certainly everyone else, has been spent on further mischief by these thieves and liars. All to build their little ivory towers at our expense.

I'm reminded of something I read where it was pointed out that the Gestapo didn't have the manpower to spy on everyone but it was the ordinary "patriotic" German who turned in his fellow man for things as base as seeing themselves get a promotion or destroying suitors for their love interests. Think it impossible today? Not in the least. People are people and evil doesn't parse what nation you're from before acting.

JpKnowMad said...

First time here. Found your article on LewRockwell. I'm now following your blog. Keep up the good work. I'd be honored if you left a comment at my blog

Either way, thanks for what you do.

dixiedog said...

Informative article, Will. I do have to ask though if these marked DHS vehicles are more "prominent" or more commonly seen out West because I haven't seen any marked DHS vehicles in my area. Now, I know there are plenty of unmarked cars from many agencies, local, state, and the Feds, but I'm talkin' specifically about these plainly marked DHS vehicles.

The unfortunate reality is that folk who are continually lamenting the troublesome and, indeed, often lethal Leviathan don't (or rarely) take into account the fact that the the people themselves are their/our own worst enemy.

As MoT touched upon above, Leviathan would be virtually powerless over the populace were it not for the army of willing informants, snitches, and other "anonymous" crows and buzzards that plague every community these days. I'd bet there are more snitches, informants, crows and buzzards today than at any time in the past, even during wars of yore. That's how low-down many regular folk have sunk. They report on those that they either don't like outright, or they merely presume one to be breaking a Almighty State mandate by virtue of ones non-conformity or association with a group collective or what I call "the flow."

The statists amongst the run-of-the-mill peons are what REALLY provide Leviathan with its true power. I'm sure Mr. Cerchione has plenty of dependable and reliable (and damned) mundanes in the Boise area (as anywhere) who wouldn't hesitate to anonymously feed him info about other folk, given a "rewarding" opportunity to do so.

Lastly, as should be clear even to the blind by now, the heavy hands of Leviathan(s) are about to hug the Internet snugly....ugh.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

A good friend just sent me this website & I really like it.

Revolution is Coming to America!! History does repeat itself & there is a book just out about Americans who actually take a stand against federal tyranny/martial law.

Need to read this & see what your real destiny is in history. I recommend it.

I am also tired of my local police department dressed up in "...SWAT-style dark blue jumpsuit, mirrored sunglasses, and a baseball cap.." as though I (and you) am the Enemy of America!

Great article & will pass it on to my friends. Thanks!!

liberranter said...

Lemuel, tell us how you REALLY feel! :)~

I am also tired of my local police department dressed up in "...SWAT-style dark blue jumpsuit, mirrored sunglasses, and a baseball cap.." as though I (and you) am the Enemy of America!

Ah but, my good friend, we ARE the Enemy of Amerika (the single letter change is essential here). We ARE the Enemy of the state-corporatist thugs, the one-world governators who seek to rob us of every last penny of our wealth, obliterate every last shred of our God-given rights, keep us in perpetual slavery, and ultimately exterminate us. These blue-clad, paramilitarily-outfitted dregs of society you describe are the enforcement arm of those overlords. They are creatures who are either devoid of any ability to contribute anything useful to a free (and free market) society, who are too anti-social to fit in among communities of decent and honest human beings, or whose indolence is simply too deeply entrenched to enable them to face life like real men (and sadly, there are some women amongst them too) and forge their own way in the world in a manner that doesn't involve acts of theft and assault against their fellow man.

The only possibility of a silver lining to this very dark cloud is to awaken as many of the sheeple as possible, to make them see what is happening in front of them in plain sight, to disabuse them of the myths that have been force-fed to them by their own brainwashed forebears and reinforced by twelve-plus years of systemic torture in government indoctrination centers. Then AND ONLY THEN will this unearned respect for "authoritah" evaporate and these blue-clad gangsters begin to be treated like the criminal "enemy combatants" that they are!

Unknown said...

The question might be.
Who funded the bolshevik revolution?
Who were the leaders of the secret police? Who invented the gulag system?

How many Christians died in their because of their believe? Who were rothschild,baruch,schiff,warburg,marx,lenin,trotzky?

Unknown said...

Oh and i forgot.
Who are the leaders of the white house today?
Liste @5:15
As the talmud teaches us..

Lemuel Gulliver said...


I have struggled mentally with the same 'Jewish' attitudes and behavior as you, and I think I have come to a resolution of them. First, some words from The Talmud:

"Take the life of the Kliphoth [Christian] and kill them, and you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him." - Sepher Or Israel 177b. In Zohar 1,25a the rabbis go even further and teach that all "gentiles" are to be "wiped off the face of the earth." This admonition is clarified in Zohar 11, 64b: "For if these [the "gentiles"] propagate in greater numbers, it will be impossible for us to continue to exist because of them. For they give birth to sucklings the same as dogs."

The ultimate murderous attitude of the rabbis towards the so-called gentiles can be seen by the following extreme admonition, noted by historian David Paul: "The Talmud requires that a Jew who passes near an inhabited non-Jewish dwelling must ask God to destroy it. But if the building is already in ruins he must thank the Lord of Vengeance.... [t]he Talmud [also] commands every Jew that passes a non-Jewish cemetery to curse the mothers of the dead."

In a book called Hatanya, which was written by the Lubavitcher Rabbi M.M. Schneurssohn of New York, this learned man of God teaches that all non Jews are totally satanic creatures deserving death and "in whom there is absolutely no good." He goes on to say that even "a non-Jewish embryo is qualitatively different from a Jewish one. The very existence of a non-Jew is 'inessential,' whereas all of creation was created solely for the sake of the Jews."

As another example of the murderous Talmudic attitude at work, internationally known Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg declared, "We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy are not the same thing." And Rabbi Yaacov Perrin adds, "One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail."

The great rabbi Moses Maimonides, quoted and revered by so many Christians, even though he taught that "gentiles" were animals, says in Hilkhoth Akum X,1: "Do not have any pity for them [gentiles], for it is said (Deut. VII,2): Show no mercy unto them. Therefore, if you see an Akum in difficulty or drowning, do not go to his help. And if he is in danger of death, do not save him from death."


Lemuel Gulliver said...


Ah, but you see, Deckard, Jesus was a Jew. All His ancestors were Jews. About 98% of His first disciples were Jews.

And not all present-day Jews follow the Talmud or the Rabbis quoted above. many are Reformed Jews.

What is the answer or the solution to this puzzle? It is this: It is not the RACE of the Jews that causes them to have this attitude towards non-Jews, but their RELIGION. This was Hitler's great error, which caused that well-meaning idealist to surround himself with criminals and become the instigator of one of the greatest racial crimes of history. There are millions of fine people of the Jewish race, but once you get them going with their religion of domination and exceptionalism, watch out.

Of course, one could say the same thing about Muslims.

And one most certainly could say the same thing about Christians.

Read what Darrell Conder has to say about Christianity and the evils perpetrated by Christians at the link I gave you above. It is even WORSE than what he has to say about Judaism.

I mentioned before on this blog the instance of the soldier in Iraq who was torturing an Iraqi, and when the Iraqi asked, "Why are you doing this to me?" the soldier replied, "So you will know the love of Jesus." That turns MY stomach. I can't imagine what effect it would have on a Muslim.

CONCLUSION: Before we condemn all the people of the Jewish Race, we should rather expose the evil tenets of their religion with which so many of them have been brainwashed, just as people have exposed the evil tenets to be found scattered in the Koran, and the evil tenets to be found in many of the writings of Christan 'leaders' down through the centuries.

IT IS NOT A RACIAL QUESTION, but a question of True Believers of ALL religions, who consider "The Others" of other religions, or races, as mere animals to be exterminated, or sub-humans to be robbed, murdered, tortured, and exploited like cattle. (And Nationalism, Socialism, Fascism, or Republicanism can be religions, too.)

Can you see that?

- Lemuel Gulliver.

Unknown said...

Dear Lemuel,
I respect your clear words and citing of the talmud.This shows me that you are much further than most of evangelical leaders today.
But your further defense apologetic "Jesus was a jew" is so typical. First of all Jesus became man for all mankind and not a jew at first as you emphasizes it.He is and that's what is it all about God.He knew that they would become his hard headed enemy.They could not stand that Jesus is the main fulfillment of prophecy and not the jews.Sure there are not all followers of the racist talmudic belief-system but when jews became followers in Jesus there are no longer Jews they are born again like all other man.Than their are the messianics.Should i tell you what.I would not trust them? Why? Cause it happen to be that many jews converted to Christianity to infiltrate it. That's what crypto-jews did in the book of esther, that's what they did as young-turks committing an Armenian genocide and that's what they did with catholic church.As a whole today they are and always wanted to be their own messiah. Their messiah is a satanic political figure reinventing the whole creation after destroying it.You comment what christians have done was even worse shows me that you are ignorant and might one of them. Why ? Cause you mentioned hitler and subliminally the sanctified holocaust never recalls that more than 60 millions Christians were slaughtered threw the evil jews.Jesus knew what they would do in future. Therefore he called them the synagogue of satan and their father is the devil.You believe Jesus? I do and that's what history tells. When Christians further bow down to such hate-crime groups like the adl,aipac and splc they might do even more mischief than they already did. continued..

Unknown said...

If have a question for you.
Is the bible a jewish book?
I don't think so. Here is why.
It is certain that we don't get the New Testament from them cause it condemns the jewish religion throughout the whole New Testament. That's the reason why there are efforts from the adl and other jewish-groups to label the New Testament as anti-semitic. Now is the
Old Testament from ? No it is not either. Their great historian Josephus writes, "So the Jews prepared the work. Jew is the name they are called by from the day that they came up from Babylon."
Cause no jew by religion existed before the return from the Babylonian captivity, shortly after 536 B.C.
The only books of the Old Testament that were written after the return from Babylon are, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah (all of them historical, rather than doctrinal) Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. In none of these do the jews receive anything but rebuke for their wickedness, for their apostasy from the religion of the Old Testament. The late rabbi stephen wise, formerly the chief rabbi of the USA said, "The return from Babylon and the introduction of the babylonian talmud mark the end of Hebrewism and the beginning of judaism."
So judaism is the babylonian Talmud, man-made traditions of the elders, the sanhedrin, the huge group of self-esteemed rabbis and such radical sabbateans like chabad lubavitchers who have occupied the white house who are eagerly waiting for their messiah to come who will be the anti-christ. Don't tell me that the mostly atheist jews don't like this all. Don't tell me they don’t hate the Christians and Jesus Christ. Don't tell me they are not behind the pornographic industry and the human trafficing and slavery.(old and modern forms)Don't tell me they are not behind the gigantic media lies and deception and financial fraud.

Anonymous said...

"This vital human cog in the State's apparatus of public order.."

Ahahhaa. Great writing as always, Will.

I think it was P.J. O'Rourke who said something like: "...the beauty of a police state is that every pissant eventually gets their own little ant hill to piss from."

Put aside the occupying army of donut munching dog killers who already plaugue us, there are so many as of yet unoffical pissants in this country who's sole goal in life is to get their own little ant hill that it chills my very blood.

The remnant is in for some very tough times ahead.

Anonymous said...

When I watched WWII movies as a child I often thought, "Just Get Out of There! Leave the country! Jump the fence!"

And such like that.

Now here I am as if in one of those scenes from one of those movies and I'm not listening to my own advice.

"The remnant is in for some very tough times ahead."

I think perhaps I'm a victim of my own nationality (nationalism?) as much as I've tried to distance myself from it.

When SHTF and I'm in dire straights, I'll know one thing, it's my own dang fault for staying put.


R.E.O. Speedwagon playing in the background, "Riding the Storm Out'

I'm really disappointed in many of my fellow Americans for not noticing where the path we are on leads to in spite of those like Will Grigg and others who have tried to shine the light on things.

only following orders said...

Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down


Posted on December 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Updated today at 9:39 AM

Early Wednesday morning, a computer glitch shut down a security checkpoint for a couple of hours at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The line snaked out the door as many travelers waited for more than an hour and some missed their flights. One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport.

Claire Hirschkind, 56, who says she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees.

Hirschkind was hoping to spend Christmas with friends in California, but she never made it past the security checkpoint.

"I can't go through because I have the equivalent of a pacemaker in me," she said.

Hirschkind said because of the device in her body, she was led to a female TSA employee and three Austin police officers. She says she was told she was going to be patted down.

"I turned to the police officer and said, 'I have given no due cause to give up my constitutional rights. You can wand me,'" and they said, 'No, you have to do this,'" she said.

Hirschkind agreed to the pat down, but on one condition.

"I told them, 'No, I'm not going to have my breasts felt,' and she said, 'Yes, you are,'" said Hirschkind.

When Hirschkind refused, she says that "the police actually pushed me to the floor, (and) handcuffed me. I was crying by then. They drug me 25 yards across the floor in front of the whole security."

An ABIA spokesman says it is TSA policy that anyone activating a security alarm has two options. One is to opt out and not fly, and the other option is to subject themselves to an enhanced pat down. Hirschkind refused both and was arrested.

Other travelers KVUE talked to say they empathize with Hirschkind, but the law is the law.

"I understand her side of it, and their side as well, but it is for our protection so I have no problems with it," said Gwen Washington, who lives in Killeen.

"It's unfortunate that that happened and she didn't get to fly home, but it makes me feel a little safer," said Emily Protine.

The TSA did release a statement Wednesday that said in part, "Our officers are trained to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. Security is not optional."

The TSA says less than three percent of travelers get a pat-down.

Anonymous said...

I am a retired Federal employee. When I worked for the Federal Government, the Federal Protective Service FPS) was an agency of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) which was responsible for building, leasing and upkeep of Federal buildings. FPS officers were known for being potbellied middle aged gentlemen that had a hard time staying awake at their stations. By the time I retired from the government in 2004, security of Federal building had largely been left to GSA contractors. Times sure have changed.

What really bothers me about this home security farce is that it was triggered from the 9/11/2001 so-called terrorist episode, which was itself a false flag operation in which elements of the U.S. Government was involved in the deliberate controlled demolition of the twin towers and World Trade Center building 7. Passage of the Homeland Security act was propagated by release of anthrax spores was a scare tactic which forced Congress into submission.

It might be that the next major terrorist attack on United States soil would also be the false flag operation that would lead to marshal law and the end of a "free country" indefinitely.