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Stormtrooper Manuevering Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I've noted that Florida seems to be the testing ground for lots of rather frightening ideas. Medical Service Experiments previously and now a new idea... Letting Law Enforcement do practice runs on Storm Trooper tactics.

The full article is presented below:

Baltimore Sun

Anti-terror shows of force planned
MIAMI // Miami police announced yesterday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant. Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats. Police Chief John Timoney said there was no specific, credible threat of an imminent terror attack in Miami. But he said the city has repeatedly been mentioned in intelligence reports as a potential target.

What I foresee is an attempt at Shock & Awe: Police State Style.
It also will do a good job of 'Conditioning' the public to accept such activity. Once you are surrounded by a group of heavily armed police officers and are commanded to provide an ID Card, you will learn to meekly provide it. Failure to do so will cause a great degree of discomfort and will provide an object lesson to others watching. After several such object lessons, you will be more than happy to provide whatever is requested as the Storm trooper.. uh, Officer, ask "Papers Please!"

posted by Greymagius @ 12:47 PM

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At 3:31 PM, Blogger Greymagius said...
Hmmm, in a second (Later?) story, the checking of ID's seemes to have have changed.

One wonders.. was the ID angle an error in earlier reports or has a flash fire of anger over the idea caused a change in plans. I personally would bet on the checking of ID's during such'Shock & Awe" manuevers. I guess we'll see when such Manuevers are actually done.

A brief quote from the WaPo article:

"People are definitely going to notice it," Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said Monday. "We want that shock. We want that awe. But at the same time, we don't want people to feel their rights are being threatened. We need them to be our eyes and ears."

As an odd side note: The Florida ACLU is not making issue of this proposed program...

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At 5:56 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Maybe because the ACLU has already been sent their yellow stars to wear.......... or is it pink triangles? Well, whatever.

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At 9:48 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
I'm more inclined to believe the 'TRUE" Florida ACLU has already been quietly rounded up and been replaced. I got part of this story from a site that is nothing but 'ANTI-ACLU'.. even they were in shock over this.

I rather hope they are giving ACLU Pink Triangles. I'm then hoping that said ACLU members are pulling out their membership cards from the 'Pink Pistols' as well as a Glock 17. I fear that we are at the point where we must LITERALLY fight for our rights once again.

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At 2:10 PM, Blogger Stithmeister said...
This is a flagrant violation of the 4th and 5th amendments. We are guaranteed the right ot be secure in our persons and property and to be protected from illegal searches and seizure... this seems to be about flagrant a violation as possible. I will round up Congressional addresses now. Maybe send a letter to the editor of Florida newspapers too.

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At 5:57 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Doesn't Florida have a new, broad "right-to-carry" law for personal firearms? Have the law enforcers considered that as a factor in the checks?

Even more fun - what happens if 4-6 armed citizens (hands on pistol butts) surround a security guard /Homeland Sec Agent/ Dade County cop/ etc. and announce "You don't look like you're from around here. Could we see some identification, please?"

How lond will they tolerate concerned citizens acting in the same way the FLASTPO (Florida State police) is acting?

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