The Police State Super Bowl

Yesterday I was watching the news and it seems everybody is talking about the Super Bowl. The one thing that stands out in my mind is the presence of armed troops with “real assault rifles” (they have a selector switch to go from semi to full-auto), assault helicopters and fighter aircraft; not to mention metal detectors, for people, cars and large 18 wheel trucks. There are also dogs and a veritable plethora of other items, all designed to keep us “safe” for the big game.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is something right out of history. Scenes from Nazi Germany come to mind when I look at all this. Even on Fox, when one of the commentators was describing the scene today, she said “If you see something…say something.”

Is this what we have come to? Things like that comment from the newscaster remind me of all those WWII movies about what it was like in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. The only thing that is missing from all of this, is jack-booted storm troopers saying “Papers please.” So much for the “Land of the free,” eh? This kind of intrusion is exactly why I will not ever step foot on an airplane again in my life, nor will I go to any large public event.

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I remember when I was only 18 years old and was home on leave from Basic Training, I went with my wife, at the time, and my little 15 year old sister to a Beach Boys concert at the Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. I was still in my full dress uniform because I hadn’t had time to change into civilian clothes when I landed. As we entered the building, everybody was being patted down (well- it was the 70’s) and when my turn came I opened up my overcoat and the man at the door said “Don’t worry soldier, go right in.” I’ll bet that won’t be the case for this super bowl Sunday. I’ll wager to say that even your 90 year old grandma will be suspect and subjected to a full pat-down (just to make sure the old gal doesn’t have a bomb hidden somewhere under her coat).

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade will be there. Besides offering security on Sunday, three of each type of helicopter will perform a flyover demonstration at the beginning of the game as a salute to our armed forces. The helicopters will be flown by members of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Apache Helicopters will be there. The AH-64D Apache is an advanced attack helicopter made by Boeing. It has four blade and a twin-engine and is recognized by its landing gear which has a tail wheel type of arrangement. It’s a strongly armed vehicle equipped with a target sensor in its front nose and night-vision capabilities. The cost for each is $20 million.

I believe this is only a “test,” if you will, to see just how people will react to such a large police and military presence at a public event. This is exactly how it starts, first they tell you “It’s for your own safety,” then it grows, and before you know it, you can’t walk into a grocery store without police or military personnel at the doors checking your I.D. when you are buying a dozen eggs.

Since the signing of the Patriot Act, we have witnessed the gradual erosion of our personal freedom bit by bit. I have little doubt that before Barack Obama is done with his second term in office, scenes like what we are seeing at a football game will become all too common place. And by then folks, it’ll be too late to do anything about it.

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