Air Marshal Law In America ?
What ? Marshal Law being enforced in the USA ?
Well, read the rest of this, then you tell me.
Since no sooner have we learned of American Air Marshals acting as accusers, prosecutors, judges, jurists and executioners of a mentally ill man in Miami -- than we now learn this.
Air marshals test patrols on land
The TSA is trying to expand the role of air marshalsUS air marshals are expanding their work to bus and train stations, ferries and other mass transit facilities under a three-day test programme.
What ? You mean you hadn't heard ?
No sweat. Don't feel duped -- again. Nor too dumb either.
When Richard spoke today to an US friend of his who's an American radio broadcaster - and as smart & savvy as it's possible to be - she hadn't heard anything about it either. She said this immensely important info, unfortunately hadn't "reached the colonies yet".
But surely everyone should have heard by now -- because the BBC broadcast this loud & clear enough -- as long ago as yesterday.
The TSA is trying to expand the role of air marshals to bolster home security ....
Okay, now look again;there's more.
Undercover marshals and uniformed officers will be conducting anti-terror surveillance, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.
You may well ask. Try the following, for starters.
Amtrak's North-east Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines; ferries in Washington state; bus stations in Houston; and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.
Eh ? So how many of these armed marshals are mingling amongst us?
Sorry, it's a US state secret. See here for yourself.
The exact number of air marshals working across the US is classified.
But the new name of this new force isn't a secret at all. It seems there's even a certain amount of smugness involved, as far as the title bestowed on this latest lot of gun-slinging, bunch of big brothers are concerned
" Visible Intermodal Protection and Response " teams -- or "VIPER" teams ....
What another absolutely, bloody brilliant brainwave by some sick Bushista barmpot, eh?
I mean, ask yourself the question. How could just the police, National Guard, FBI, CIA, spooks, SWATs, covert-ops, black helicopters, Army, Navy and Airforce ever hope to continue to cope - all alone - without these fine fellows?
Don't worry. We don't expect an answer. That's just another of Richard's regular rhetorical questions. But you already realised that. Erm, didn't you?
But bear this in mind -- if from now on you're ever approached aggressively, by a bunch of bellowing armed bruisers -- you'd better beware.
Do NOT run for your life.
Definitely. Don't do it!
Since the odds are you may stand a much better chance of survival if you simply stop in your tracks, then hang round to see if they're merely regular terrorists, run of the mill homegrown thugs, completely crazy crack-heads or maybe nothing more menacing that the friendly, neighbourhood thieves.
A couple of chaps chatting over coffee in Rick & the old Brit's local cafe today, were clearly heard to say in conversation, words to the effect that these privateer-type law enforcers would be more correctly called -- if they were working only overseas -- 'contractors'.
Hmmmm. While we won't yet call in the jury on that one, we will wonder aloud whether the once fairly thin edge of a certain American authoritarian wedge hasn't grown much thicker, far, far too quickly for comfort.
And incidentally, in the not too distant past, Richard wrote on this blog how close it appeared that the US and UK were to becoming police states. And from certain quarters, Richard received in reply rather a lot of ridicule. So right here and now Richard unreservedly retracts those remarks.
Police state? Naw. Not really. Never. It's now even worse than that in America.
So, get set finish by feasting your unbelieving eyes on the full BBC piece at the link below. Then prepare to defend and to fend for - yourselves, your families and your friends.
And Richard and This Old Brit ?
We think we've seen, heard and said quite enough. For one day anyway.
So good night, and good luck America.