September 28, 2011
Gestapo zone tactics at NFL games will now include fans being scanned with metal detecting wands, according to a news report in Wisconsin.
“The National Football League is pushing for enhanced security, and starting with Sunday’s [Green Bay Packers] game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted,” the Appleton Post-Crescent reports today.
The “scans” will be similar to those conducted at airports, according to Doug Collins, Packers director of security.
“We think it’s a more thorough process, without having the hands-on in particular. We understand there has been some negativity out there from what the (Transportation Security Administration) has done. … This just eliminates that process,” Collins said. “Pretty much the whole body will be scanned with the hand wand.”
Lt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police said bags will still be searched at the stadium.
Infowars.com reported earlier this month that intrusive pat-downs at football stadiums announced by the NFL was a consequence of the organization’s partnership with Homeland Security.
The metal detector wand procedure conducted on fans at stadiums also appears to have originated with Homeland Security.
In November of 2010, Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano said body scanners would eventually find their way into U.S. public transportation, trains and boats. “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?” she said.
The effort to strip football fans of their Fourth Amendment began after a Dallas Cowboys fan was arrested with a Taser on September 11.
Following the incident, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there would be changes in security procedures at stadiums.
On September 16, Alex Jones called for a boycott of the NFL. Jones argued that the intrusive pat-down procedure is part of an effort to acclimate the populace to the police state.