People trading their liberty and freedom in exchange for silly, trivial things in this country is not new but it continues to astound me nonetheless. Whether it’s the Nashville, TN “Guns-for-Circus-Tickets” drive supported by the local churches in 2009 or an article on the upcoming sporting events in which people not only attend an event in which they will be treated like potential terrorists but they PAY to allow themselves to be violated (not unlike the TSA for those who choose to fly), the disbelief for me is the same.
The upcoming Rose Bowl and its accompanying parade is no exception but with the recent revelations on and admissions by federal agencies in just how far they are willing to go should give some new context to the unaware masses of just where we’re headed…and where we are arriving.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Protecting the Tournament of Roses Parade against terrorism has always been a daunting task.
The event draws an estimated 700,000 people who line a 5.5-mile route in Pasadena’s bustling shopping district. There are no gates of entry, and those who attend don’t need tickets and often bring along coolers, blankets and other items.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, official began heightening security measures, including flight restrictions over the parade, the use of mobile chemical monitors and more surveillance cameras.
The report starts out seemingly benign unless you understand that the “security” measures that have been previously enacted as well as those that will be newly enacted this year are built upon the false premise that 9/11 was a genuine terrorist attack that did not involve the cooperation of U.S. intelligence agencies (who are supposed to keep us safe, right?). As a rule of thumb, any time you see or hear someone say “Because of 9/11, we now do this…” you can rest assured they are further infringing upon you and your rights.
The article continues:
But this year, federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are introducing new protections both along the parade route and the Rose Bowl game.
Officials stress there is no specific threat against the events. Rather, the increased security is due to a change in which federal officials declared the Rose Parade – along with a few other events such as the Super Bowl – as “rating 1” events where extra precautions are required.
Did you catch that? You are being provided “new protections” for a specific threat that does not exist. Our friends, the federal “officials”, have simply decided that the Rose Parade is like unto the Stupor Bowl in that it is considered a “rating 1” event (whatever that means), which means that you should just be extra scared and believe that they will keep you safe.
The article goes on to regurgitate the “official” San Bernardino narrative until we get to the meat of what they’re really going to be doing to you if you choose to attend:
Many of the upgrades build off the Rose Parade’s longtime security plan: more cameras, more monitoring devices and more personnel looking for problems.
Mark Selby, Homeland Security’s deputy special agent in charge, said the agency for the first time will use a massive scanner that can examine trucks coming into the area near the Rose Bowl.
Homeland Security will also have technology capable of tracking cellphone calls in the Pasadena area. Officials have a plan to immediately seek court warrants if they need to monitor phone activity, Selby said.
There will be heavily armed rapid response squads hiding in the wings, undercover agents mingling in the crowd and devices capable of detecting small amounts of radiation.
License plate readers across the area have gathered data in search of suspicious activities. At the Rose Bowl, game ticket holders will be given clear bags for their possessions.
So, more cameras (no mention of how many, where they will be located, what you shouldn’t be doing in front of them, etc.), more monitoring devices (monitoring what?), and more personnel looking for problems though we have no idea who these people will be, whether they’ll be identifiable or not or what they’ll be looking for (which brings to mind the JADE-Helm exercises this year in which military personnel were training to “blend in to civilian populations”). They’ll also be using a “massive” truck scanner (though there are no details on whether this will be a drive-through style or a drive-by style capable of looking through other objects such as homes while emitting back-scatter radiation) and DHS will have technology to track cell phone calls, which they make to sound like a rare occurrence! And make no mistake about it- there will be no warrants needed in the name of “security”. If they are utilized, they will be retroactive, disguised to appear as legitimate.
Of course, there will be the heavily armed personnel ready to strike at any given time as well as our friendly “under-covers” scanning the crowd for detectable radiation (pity the poor old man or woman who may be undergoing medical radiation treatments). Then we have the finishing touches of license plate readers and the sheep who submit and agree to carry their personal, private items in clear plastic bags. This one really bothers me as the father of 5 girls knowing well what kind of personal items they would be needing to carry with them. However, these people are making a conscious choice and submitting to such requirements of their own free will.
The article concludes by reiterating that the police state is prepared to react with force and you should be very afraid of, well, what really isn’t there. Oh, wait. Yes it is: the dreaded “lone wolf” that very well could be the guy standing next to you.
Yes, it’s probably him.
To supplement the usual 1,000 or so Pasadena police officers and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, two dozen federal agencies will be working at the parade.
“This will be the largest security operation in the parade’s and bowl game’s history,” Selby said. “Thanks to a deployment of new technologies, we will have the ability to watch the entire route and if the worst happens respond rapidly with force.”
“While technically (Homeland Security) uses a multifactored test that looks at everything from available assets to event size, the East Coast, and New York and Washington, D.C., in particular, until now, were regarded as facing a disproportionate threat risk,” he said. “In the past, most of these events had an eastern focus.”
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said San Bernardino underscored the need for close communication with federal authorities.
“There [are] lessons to be learned out of any situation… let me be clear my biggest concern is a lone wolf, nonstate actor,” he said. This kind of threat, he said, is the most difficult to detect through intelligence.
But Sanchez said that is where the public can help.
“It is crystal clear to me that in every incident we have seen over the last decade; somebody knew something in advance of the situation. We have seen that in San Bernardino,” Sanchez said. “So I would implore our community members…you have the real authority, you have the capacity to detect” terror plots.
And there you have it. If you think you see something, say something! Don’t worry about whether it makes sense or not, just call 911 before you have time to think!!
Folks, we have to take a step back and evaluate what is really happening here. They are using fear to gain control of every aspect of our lives and we are submitting to them en masse! While people in the rural communities are more apt to see these things as they really are, it’s those in the big, urban settings that are empowering the government and its agencies which will continue until they choke the rest of us off. We know it’s true and we also know it is only going to get worse from here.
The good news out of all of this? I’m not able to find any “active-shooter” drills going on in the area on New Years Day so you should be safe if you so decide to help perpetuate this lunacy.