April 25, 2009
Comment: (by Aaron Dykes) While this article does point out the contradiction in the Federal Reserve’s outward behavior with the statements of its spokesman, Mr. Todd, it does not point out the deception on the part of the security guards nor does it capture the full picture of the secretive and over-defense private bank.
It seems that certain effort is exerted here to colorize Alex Jones & crew as "wing nuts" and "conspiracy theorists" when there is no justification for such a portrayal.
It was indeed the security guards and the Federal Reserve bank who should be regarded with ostracizing terms– what right did they have to regard two cameramen as criminals, to be questioned, harassed and threatened? It was their behavior that crossed the line.
The security guards were not forthcoming about their credentials, at first only mentioning that they were there on behalf the bank, who they said was concerned. Despite the fact that security repeatedly told the cameramen they were ‘doing nothing wrong,’ they were threatened with arrest after refusing to identify. By color of law, the cameramen were then bullied off the property. Security was outwardly deceptive in stating that it was private property when in fact the site is a city park on which the Liberty Memorial group maintains the monument.
As for the Federal Reserve bank, it is clear they called for the "suspicious" cameramen to be approached. Other branch locations have also told reporters and individuals that they cannot film. Peaceful demonstrators calling to "End the Fed" were even spied on by Army intelligence at several Fed locations– and that’s just plain wrong.
The only thing unusual about the cameramen at the Kansas City incident (although they made no statements, political or otherwise) is the suggestion that they recognize the significance of the institution, while most of society remains in the dark on their ability to print money ‘out of thin air,’ influence the value of our fiat currency through inflation and loan out potentially exorbitant amounts of money without any oversight by Congress and without any disclosure to the public. In other words, it operates in secret.
Mike Hendricks commentary
Kansas City Star
April 23, 2009
As usual, I’m confused, which always happens when people say one thing but do another.
Take the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. A recent YouTube video suggested that bank officials didn’t like their new headquarters building being photographed.
Maybe it was the arrest threats that led me to that conclusion.
But when I asked bank spokesman Tim Todd, he claimed that taking pictures was “perfectly fine.”
“We have people come and take pictures of the statues all the time,” Todd said.
OK. But then why were two cameramen from Texas hassled this month when they were in town filming a documentary?