The picture to the left is one of many examples of how security guards are being transformed into a DHS run ‘police force’. Some states even have police patrolling libraries.
In Portland, Maine it’s not uncommon for security guard Marko Petrovich to uncover suspicious materials, like hypodermic needles and beer cans. Then the gumshoe work begins: Whodunnit? And sometimes whoever done it is still doing it. Long occupancy is call for suspicion. Spend too much time in the john and Petrovich will wind up in there with you, asserting in broken and unabashed English that “you not take shit forty-five minutes.”
Yup, now taking a long crap is deemed suspicious! Is taking a 10 minute crap suspicious? What about two or three women going to the bathroom at the same time, now that’s SUSPICIOUS! I bet DHS would like surveillance cameras in every public bathroom.
This is getting absurd.
People think library security guards are police, this illusion is reinforced when library patrons address Petrovich as “Officer.” It’s an easy mistake, really. He dresses in police fashion — navy blue duty-wear — and his radio is rigged on his left shoulder above a metallic badge. There’s also an array of security accouterments holstered to Petrovich’s belt: flashlight, baton, handcuffs and pepper spray. Petrovich, thirty-six, is one of a handful of full-time security guards at the library.
His job was to “find suspicious things, people smuggling everything.” He suspects that’s why he’s so good at catching wayward people in the library. “I know how they move, how they look at me, how they are expression in the face,” he says. When he looks people in the eye, he reads them. “People can’t lie to me much.” But they can make a scene.
Click here to read about the unintended consequences of surveillance cameras in libraries.
Now anyone taking out a book or using the library makes them a potential terrorist, thank god there isn’t a national program designed to report on anyone, like “See Something, Say Something.”
Where does it end?
Click here to read about the Rand Corporation & DHS’s national police recruitment program.
Private police (security guards) are mercenaries for the American police state.
For Petrovich, the self-imposed uniform is essential. It has an effect on people, especially those up to no good. Enter the library intoxicated and you’ll get a talking to — the warning — and be asked to leave for the day. Petrovich understands that “everybody gonna have booze and come in library.” But if drunkards try to come in again and again, they’ll be met with less and less compassion. Petrovich will say to them: “You know, man, how many times I talk to you? Four or five times? You out.”
While there are plenty of people on permanent suspension, shorter time-outs are more common. “Sometimes I give people one week from the library,” he says. Still, Petrovich would rather talk to people than suspend them, help them learn the rules and perceive the library as a privilege. But what he’d like most is to talk to patrons about other, worldlier things: Napoleon, the Civil War, the Romans. “History is my fashion,” he explains. He’ll talk to people about anything.
Rules don’t mean that people can’t just hang out. They can — and they do — so long as they don’t impose on others using the space. “Share the Chair” signs mark popular seating areas, and indicate a ninety-minute cap on tables and chairs. That’s long enough to get comfortable, but not too comfortable. Kick your shoes off or prop your feet up and you’ll get a tap on the shoulder from Petrovich or another in his DHS trained GOON squad.
“That guy who I issued a suspension for today might come back tomorrow,” said Supervisor Paul Tetzlaff. When that happens, either the suspension process is repeated, or the security guards turn to something with a little more bite: a criminal trespass, or, for those in the business of issuing them, a “CT.” Those who violate a CT are arrested, but before one receives a CT at the library, the security department needs to summon the police. Tetzlaff knows that issuing CTs is something his troops are equipped — and, in Petrovich’s case, dressed — to handle.
What better way to expand the American police state, dress them up in uniforms and give them steel flashlights (night sticks). Let the fun begin!
In November, the city council made the decision to deputize Petrovich and two of his fellow security guards as constables. Constable is a title for anyone holding a particular office within the larger sphere of law enforcement. Beginning May 1, constables in Portland will be able to exercise a touch of real POLICE STATE MENTALITY within the walls of the library.
Opponents worry that the city order will disproportionately affect homeless people. Screw the public! We’re all suspects in the out of control police state!
According to DHS/police, you’re an “EXTREMIST if you distrust our govt.
Law enforcement suppression strategies fall under counterterrorism efforts and are focused on activities once an individual has begun to prepare for or engage in ideologically-motivated violence to advance their cause. (This distinction is important to understand.)
PROBLEM ONE: Some young people may be at greater risk of feeling isolated and alienated, making them more vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists.
PROBLEM TWO: Providing services to individuals before mobilization toward violent extremism is challenging when there is a lack of understanding regarding violent extremism and limited intervention programs.
PROBLEM THREE: Social media and other media platforms are being used to recruit individuals to join extremist groups and to encourage individuals to engage in violence.
PROBLEM FOUR: U.S. policy and events around the globe can frustrate, anger and, at times, influence some to think that there is no effective alternative other than to express grievances or solidarity through the use of violence.
PROBLEM FIVE: Distrust between government and non-government hinders collaboration and effective decision making and problem solving.
PROBLEM SIX: Lack of knowledge in mainstream society regarding religions, cultures and thought systems which are unfamiliar or are maligned in the media contributes to poor perceptions that fuel and mutually reinforce fear and estrangement.
PROBLEM SEVEN: Individuals convicted of hate crimes and terrorism offenses require specialized support and services before and after release from prison.