L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 55, September 15, 1999
Fire Still Burning
The School-Security Scam
by Victor Milan
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
Let's cut to the chase: the new deluge of fascist security measures
deluging our nation's public schools will do absolutely nothing to
preserve the physical safety of any students. It will not save a
But then, it's not intended to.
No such measures "for the children" -- from conventional gun control
on down -- are meant to save any actual individuals. Why would
our government want to protect individuals, when its staunch, if not
always explicit, belief is that individuals are of no value except as
elements of their groups? (That excludes, of course, individuals who
belong to the ruling classes or their servitors; every bureaucrat is
precious, but we can burn Branch Davidian or Serb babies like
cordwood and feel way good about ourselves. But I suppose that's
"group identity" again.)
A big clue is that schools are now being subjected to airport-style
security -- which likely means, since the repression sewer flows both
ways, we can look forward to mandates that airline passengers'
carry-on luggage be transparent -- if it's allowed at all.
We may remember that our invasive, disruptive, and debasing airport
security procedures were introduced to "combat hijacking." At one
point that might have made at least moderate practical sense,
although for a free people to submit so readily to such privacy
invasions was a major bad sign. But nowadays anybody serious about
airborne terrorism infiltrates the ground crew; and either storms the
plane themselves, or plants weapons for the actual triggermen, who
waltz through the metal detectors without raising a peep.
Airport security measures have swollen grossly in the Nineties.
First, it was in response to the "threat" of Iraqi terror-squads
during the War for Bush Jr.'s Offshore Oil Wells. Near the end of
that operational victory and strategic loss, then-FBI director
William Sessions was asked on TV how much evidence of actual Iraqi
terror squads in the US the FBI had turned up. The Director said,
"None." Which is the same amount of such evidence turned up to date.
But the "temporary security measures" remain.
Travel by air got more inconvenient and degrading after TWA 800
crashed: our beloved Fuehrer rushed through a new "anti-terrorist"
package, conveniently waiting in his pocket like LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution. But now the feds hysterically deny that terrorists were
involved in the downing at all, and to be sure not one scrap
of evidence of an onboard bomb has surfaced -- about the same as
evidence supporting the government's official "mechanical failure"
explanation, as opposed to a hundred-plus eyewitnesses who say they
saw a missile hit the aircraft.
According to the government's own party line, the security
impositions it rammed home after the wreck would have done nothing to
prevent it. But they haven't gone away, have they?
Notice a pattern? Any time a headline-grabbing mishap occurs, the
government uses it as a pretext to expand its power -- or rather, the
exercise of its power, since government believes all power belongs to
it by right.
But the Columbine Concentration Camps so popular now are even more
transparently phony and fruitless.
First off, anybody who ever suffered through our public "schools" has
no excuse for not knowing that gangs -- including those wolfpacks of
jocks who rove the halls abusing anyone they dislike and committing
mayhem up to, at least, brutal battery and rape while school
administrators look the other way -- don't need guns, or
knives, or any weapons to commit violence on lone victims. I know
that first-hand. Weapons don't particularly benefit numerous
aggressors; they do enable victims to defend themselves more
But here's the real nonsense about these security checkpoints, and it
applies to airports as well as schools: let's say real
malefactors belly up to the detectors, open their coats, and pull
out, say, sawed-off shotguns such as the Littleton shooters used?
What happens next is that the uniforms personning the checkpoint
vanish down the hall trailing loud screams and brown streaks.
Think that's harsh? Reality so often is.
The armed protectors of this "civilization" some of us are so proud
to be part of didn't do too much at Columbine, did they? One uniform
is actually said to have exchanged a couple of shots with the
perpetrators -- to no effect. The elite Littleton SWAT unit cowered
behind cars pissing down the Nomex legs of their midnight-blue Ninja
BoyT SWAT suits and quivering like whipped dogs for hours after
Harris and Klebold had neutralized themselves. But they were sure
hard-core when it came to brutalizing such students as they hadn't
allowed to bleed to death with their four-hour fugue of cowardice and
As always, one determined victim with a gun could have a put a stop
to the killings right away -- as such an armed individual could have
stopped cold all of the various mass shootings the media have been so
pleased to showcase. As armed Americans halt intended acts of
aggression dozens of times each day all across America, in the vast
majority of cases without needing to fire a shot.
But the victims in Littleton -- and Atlanta, and that California
kiddy center -- did as they were told: went forth about their lies
unarmed, mentally and spiritually as well as physically, trusting in
their uniformed governmental protectors. So they died.
The Orwellian measures being heaped upon the fascist nightmare that
our government schooling system already is will save no lives. Nor
are they intended to.
But then, the public schools were never intended to "educate"
children in the sense in which most of us understand the word. From
Martin Luther to the public-education movement of the 19th century to
the DoE and NEA educrats of today, the goal has been to produce
compliant subjects: taxpayers, consumers, and conscripts. Cattle for
These new measures are intended to up the amperage of abject
compliance, in hopes of conditioning our children to march without
question into the gas chambers when our rulers begin weeding out
useless eaters in the name of sustainable development.
Victor Milán is working on his
searing next novel, THE WAR FOR AMERICA
There's no need to circumvent Posse Comitatus any more. The new trend
is to train police in military-style operations, equip them with
military style weapons and send them on military style "search and
destroy" missions. -- ed.
See also Cato on paramilitary police:
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