August 14, 2012
Somewhere beneath the English Channel
I’m writing this letter to you whilst throttling at a high rate of speed somewhere beneath the English Channel en route to Paris.
My ultimate destination is actually Tunisia, where I will spend the next few days on the ground checking out how the country has fared since its revolution last year.
Granted, having spent the last several days in London, it would have been much easier if I had simply flown from Heathrow airport to Tunis… yet I’ve deliberately taken this much slower route.
Why? Because the British government is doing its damnedest to outdo the US as the WORST place to travel in, out, and through in the entire world. And if you plan on traveling, this is important information to know.
In the UK, the government is in the process of installing body scanners at all airports. And unlike in the US and the rest of Europe, you cannot opt-out. If they tell you to go through the scanner, you have to go through the scanner… or else you don’t fly.
On the Heathrow airport’s FAQ page, in fact, they say:
“If selected for body scanning, you will not be offered an alternative method of screening. Refusal to be screened will result in you not being allowed to travel. We appreciate that this may appear harsh, but it is necessary in order to maintain security levels.”
That’s enough to make me never fly out of the country ever again. Hence, the Chunnel route. I opted to hop the train to Paris and spend a few extra hours traveling rather than be radiated by some sociopathic bureaucracy.
Let’s be honest– transportation security is not security. It’s not even a charade of security. It serves but one purpose: to make sure that all the little people out there know exactly who’s in charge: the government.
Even at the train station, British policemen were patrolling the arcade as if they were in downtown Kandahar, clad in all black commando uniforms, combat boots, and loaded automatic weapons at the ready.
Security staff was fondling travelers (you still have to go through metal detectors and pat downs), rifling through suitcases, and barking commands at the mass of passengers with a piercing shrillness that can only come with a false sense of superiority.
Again, this has nothing to do with security. It’s just programming… training people to submit to authority, desensitizing them to further erosions of freedom. Sometimes the tactics are blunt, sometimes far softer.
In the Netherlands, for example, the Dutch government’s efforts to program its population shows true mastery of subtle propaganda. At Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, they simply no longer use the term ‘body scanner.’ Body scanner has negative connotations; people think about radiation, and that’s bad for morale.
“Security scanner” on the other hand, is a neutral term. Nobody thinks about it hard enough to realize that a ‘security scanner’ is the exact same machine as a body scanner. It’s just clever marketing.
The propaganda is full of images of good little citizens being radiated by smiling security professionals… and parents happily looking on as their children enter the chamber.
The Dutch government has further published an amazing piece of work entitled “What is being done to counter terrorism… and what can you do?” which lists everyone from teachers to janitors to scientists as government spies who snoop and eavesdrop on citizens.
Later in the Q&A section, the brochure asks, “Are we becoming a police state?” and then answers with “No. We must be vigilant for safety’s sake…” Well, there it is. The government says this isn’t a police state, it must be true. Crazy.
Anyhow, my train emerged from beneath the English Channel about 15 minutes ago and we’re now in northern France near Calais.
As you probably recall, Calais was the site of Operation Bodyguard, the strategically critical deception carried out in 1944 to draw Hitler’s attention away from the Normandy invasion that would take place further down the coast.
This whole region is a monument to that long fight against tyranny and fascism… and it’s sadly ironic that, 68 years later, the greatest enemy of freedom has now become those very governments which are sworn to protect it.
The assault on freedom is just beginning. History shows that as governments slide into insolvency, the state traditionally attempts to INCREASE its level of control over the people– wage controls, price controls, capital controls, border controls, etc.
We’re already seeing the early signs of these tactics now. Yet as the crisis continues to unfold in Europe and then turn its attention across the Atlantic to the US, we should expect that the political elite will turn up the volume. Radiating passengers is just the beginning… a prelude.
With this expectation in mind, it’s prudent to take precautionary steps. One of the best things you can do is buy and store some precious metals overseas, outside of your government’s control.
Taking this step will protect you against gold criminalization, civil asset forfeiture, frivolous lawsuits, capital controls, and inflation.
And even if Martians come down to save the world from itself, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll be worse off for storing gold in a secure private vault in Switzerland.