My hobby used to be getting into nonpermissive environments. That is, places were the carrying of weapons was discouraged. I got fairly good at it, because I got pretty good at figuring out when someone’s security was shit. With that in mind, I want you to take a look at this checkpoint and their procedures. 

Note that the checkpoint is staffed by 3 NG troops from the PA NG. All three of them are armed with only an M4 each. and their weapons are all unloaded. 

They ask the driver for his ID, and claim they are doing a 100% ID check. That is demonstrably false, as they don’t ask to see the ID for either vehicle that preceeded the checked vehicle, nor did they check the ID of the operator of the camera. Then, once the driver produced his ID, the guy barely looked at it. 

They aren’t checking for shit. This security checkpoint is bullshit- it is there for show. Are they all like this?

I had a friend in the guard, and he once told me that when they wanted the NG to appear armed, but didn’t actually want them armed, they would be issued their weapon, but the bolt carrier would not be in the weapon. I am wondering if that is the case here- are these guys all show?

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Jonathan H · January 17, 2021 at 2:05 am

I'm not sure what to think. As I've mentioned before, the deployments and the equipment don't add up… There are several possible reasons or outcomes and I'm not sure which to believe.
I would not be too surprised to find out that different portions of the deployment had different goals or reasons for being there.

Therefore · January 17, 2021 at 2:11 am

After 9/11 I was at BWI waiting to pickup a friend. I watched as the did 100% security check. Including the janitor.

The janitor was pushing a mop and bucket thing. The lip on the platform/cart was more than deep enough to have pistols trashed under and they didn't bother to check in the bucket.

I walked into six flags, they had metal detectors. They insisted I leave my folder, leatherman and swiss army knife. They looked at the top of my camera bag and ignored the second layer which was plenty big enough for a pistol.

From my point of view most security is theatre. Nobody wants the inconveniences of actual security and Missy of the time the people doing security don't have the training nor mental mindset to do security

A Nonny Mouse · January 17, 2021 at 2:12 am

The whole situation is so bizarre, nonsensical, and opaque that I only know one thing: my Spidey Sense keeps repeating "Stay the fuck away from DC or any capital of a blue state."

Miguel GFZ · January 17, 2021 at 4:24 am

Hurricane Andrew all over again.

Jonathan H · January 17, 2021 at 4:05 pm

The most sensible security I've been through was getting into a nuclear plant post 9/11. It was more effective and reasonable than TSA.

I laughed going into down town high rise that claimed they were "high security" when all they did was look at your driver's license and give you a name badge with your name on it.

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