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The assault on freedom is just beginning

Airport Security

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Our goal is simple: To help you achieve personal liberty and financial prosperity no matter what happens.

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About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • Ken Smith

    I agree with you about traveling in or through the UK. Five years ago, I was flying from Nice, France to Aarhus, Denmark. The quickest and cheapest flights were easyJet from Nice to Luton (the small airport north of London), then take RyanAir from Luton to Aarhus.

    The problem was that I could not book straight through. To get to the other side of the terminal, I had to go through immigration and customs. Two officers, a Polish woman and a Sikh man (yes, their ethnicity was obvious and, no, I have nothing against Poles or Indians).

    I told the woman officer that I was in a hurry. She then told me how she had to wait four hours to clear immigration at Philadelphia. Then, she told me that the photo on my passport was delaminated and if I came back through Luton with the same passport that I would be detained.

    I was getting steamed. I asked if the United Kingdom had a right of return. “What?”, she asked. I said that my grandfather had herded cows on the very spot where the Luton airport has been built. Further, my ancestors had lived in the area for at least 300 years. So, being a native son, I should get more courtesy on my brief (30 minutes) visit to the UK.

    • Steve Smith

      How is a Pole’s ethnicity obvious?

      • Ken Smith

        She had a Polish name and she spoke English with a thick Slavic accent.

  • Rellif

    Israel’s new Cutting Edge Airport Security
    TEL AVIV, Israel The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It’s an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

    Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

    You’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!

    • geepers

      Sounds like a good plan!. I’m in….

  • Malcolm Hawkins

    To the gentleman who regards Britain as a tiresome place to travel:
    To get a visa for my daughter and wife who are U.S. citizens has become dauntingly
    bureaucratic, but it does tend to work in the time stated.
    As to Heathrow, in spite of all the bad press, I was through passport control in 2 minutes recently, and the non-EU travellers did not seem to be having much trouble either.
    Let us hope it lasts. Malcolm Hawkins

  • AlwaysRIGHT

    As a frequent traveler, I, too, am frustrated with the so-called security measures that inconvenience everyone but really don’t do much good. (What is so dangerous about 4 ounces of liquid? And if 4 ounces is so horrific, can’t they conceive of two people each bringing 2 ounces and combining them during the flight? D’oh!) But that said, doing body scans of everyone boarding the plane does make travel safer, so I’m for it. Why are you so uptight about it? I scrolled back up to see if you were male or female. Usually, it’s females whining about that – and I have this to say to them – have you ever done a search for x-rated naked women images on the internet? There are a million of them. So why would anyone give a crap about an x-ray quality image of your (likely fat) ass? Likewise, Simon, what’s the big deal about being scanned? Are you worried about radiation? Educate yourself on those airport body scanners – the radiation exposure is miniscule, infinitely less than microwave ovens, cell phones, and actual x-rays. So, quit whining about having to go through one.
    Lastly, what’s it going to take for people to quit whining about body scanners – I know, imagine this scenario, you board a plane, the guy (in the turban and sandals) behind you refuses to go through body scanner, they pat him down, and let him board. Halfway through the flight, he detonates exposives that had either swallowed or had surgically implanted in him. BOOM! The plane explodes, crashes, and you survive, but are paralyzed and deformed. Then a reported comes to your bedside and asks you how you feel about those body scanners that would have detected those explosives – but the security had given him the option to bypass that in lieu of a pat down. What’s your answer then?

    Another scenario people whine about – why do children, particular babies, need go thru security procedures. Answer is simple – because a terrorist is a wicked evil SOB who wouldn’t think twice about having a child swallow explosives or hide them in another body cavity, or surgically put them in their bodies. Or literally, cut the baby in half and fill the bottom of the blanket with explosives – and tell the security the baby is sleeping. That’s what we’re dealing with – what is it about that you don’t understand? Does it have to occur before you realize that’s the way they think?

    • Appalled

      I’m in the UK and I’m reading your post with utter disbelief. Seriously, you need to watch less “24″ and get out among real people – those with actual feelings toward other human beings. And, ionising radiation is NEVER okay (i.e., there is no “safe” amount, it is all damage).

    • VAB

      And here we go, another idiot ready for facism…..

  • jr

    I agree all the security is scary, but paris is the worlds worst and most disorganized airport in the world! You could not convince me to travel through it I like amsterdam.

    • John Galt

      I agree. AMS is actually a great airport to transit through. I’ve done the HKG-AMS flight a few times now and it’s great. If I need to go to London (which, unfortunately is normally once every 6-7 weeks) then I’ll just take the Eurostar from Paris.

  • DeMartinis

    I stoped flying thru UK 5 years ago. The country has beccome ano big concentration camp. British people are sheep, I lost any respect for them.

  • John

    Totally agree also. I am not British; which may partially explain my relative immunity to the sheeple virus that seems to have contaminated almost everyone. I live in the UK since more than 12 years and have noticed a gradual decrease in personal freedom and rights. I was shocked when there came no reaction at all in the country when suddenly all public free speech within 1 mile of the Parliament was forbidden. The British sheeple worship their Queen, their authorities, their police force, their justice system and their laws without any hint of questioning…

  • Steve Smith

    I posted this article on facebook yesterday, with the following comment: “Is no one in the UK concerned about the total erosion of freedom in that country? Seen from the outside, it is glaringly obvious, but I cannot believe that the populati
    on just sits back and accepts it.”

    Perhaps not surprisingly, no one commented, responded, or objected. It seems the UK population has swallowed the kool aid and is now totally where the machine wants them to be. I reached my breaking point long ago, but the rest of the frogs just continue to sit in what is very fast becoming boiling water.

    • http://imaq.me/ i Maq

      There are very few of us in the UK who see what’s going on, and generally regarded as paranoid conspiracy nuts, it’s typical character assasination against the type of people who know what’s really happening, the majority of the population think everything’s fine and there’s so much media focus on the unemployment and recession that’s where the population’s interest is, and they’re blind to everything else that’s going on around them. And after last year’s riots, we had actual campaigns ENCOURAGING use of violent force by the police and army, someone somewhere played a smart game by instigating the riots, they garnered widespread public support for a police state.

      And if it ever comes down to it, they’ll just turn around to the people and say, you asked for it, now live with it.

    • geepers

      Most the terror is government. In both US and Uk. I can’t understand why people do not see it. I suppose then they would feel they had to get off their lazy assses and do something.

  • test

    It’s truly as if Hitler had won WWII…. but then, Nazi does mean “National SOCIALIST Workers’ Party”

  • JT

    My multiple travel experiences in and out of London could not be more different. Security and Customs personnel were quick, courteous and friendly. Maybe most recently they were on their best behavior because of the Olympics, but it was indeed best behavior.

  • Venom

    I have traveled through Schiphol Airport many times over the past three years. I have seen one body scanner so far. They still rely on the old fashioned metal detector. The one line that was unlucky enough to pick the body scanner, the old and young were escorted past it and sent through a metal detector. The fact that they have a body scanner is bad, but I don’t think it’s quite as bad as you say it is, yet.

    In the UK, Heathrow is pretty bad. I was questioned and questioned and questioned before I could even check my bags. Retarded. I would suggest flying into the smaller regional airports, if coming from Europe, instead, i.e. Stansted. I’ve walked through without stripping down and I’ve seen people go through with lighters, shaving razors, etc. No hassles.

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