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Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system not to leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

Another round trip ferry crossing the other day. No security screening at either terminal.

On occasion, the press will do a story on a ferry security drill.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

More here: Washington State Ferries Security

Recent fatality at Anacortes Ferry Terminal:

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

 

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In the News: 1 dead after SUV plunges into water at Anacortes ferry dock

“But witness Farley McClean who watched it happen told KOMO News, “It was not an accident. Period. You could tell.”

“Another witness said the driver appeared to know exactly what he or she was doing.”

“Skagit County sheriff’s officials earlier said they received a call from Anacortes police about a vehicle in the water near the terminal. The Sheriff’s Office sent a dive team to assist with the recovery of the vehicle and driver. A Border Patrol dive team and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the scene.”

@wspd7pio: Witnesses say the driver of a white Jeep approached the #Anacortes ferry terminal at a high rate of speed, broke through the traffic arm & went into water.”

 

June, 2006-

Belligerent motorist blows past toll booth and onto ferry:

Ferry incident exposes security weaknesses

 

Here is a state-run media report from June, 2012-

This video tells us that security personal are on site every day- at 2:56

Jan 25th, 2017:

If security personal are on site every day- why did Skagit County sheriff’s officials say they received a call from Anacortes police about a vehicle in the water near the terminal? What was the Washington State Patrol’s role in making this report?

If the Washington State Patrol was on site- why does the story rely on witness reports instead of a report from the WSP staff on site at the time of the incident?

What was Washington State Patrol staff doing during the moments the following took place:

“The driver later started the engine and drove the wrong way back toward the ticket booths, then turned back around and returned to the staging area and parked again.”

“After a couple of minutes, the driver put the vehicle back into drive, took off at a high rate of speed and went flying off the end of the loading dock, Axtman said.”

“Witnesses say the driver of a white Jeep approached the #Anacortes ferry terminal at a high rate of speed, broke through the traffic arm & went into water.”

 

Maybe security personnel are present at some specific terminal each day. Dozens of round trip crossings from various terminals indicate that in many cases- no security screening takes place prior to boarding ferries.

 

Oct, 2014-

Where were security personnel on the day this motorist blew past the ticket booth, ignoring personnel assigned to proper staging of vehicles:

Video: Man dies after SUV crashes through gate at Southworth ferry dock, sinks in Sound

Post-911 security protocols kept him safe:

Man dies after driving car off Southworth ferry dock

 

Jan, 2015-

No security personnel here, here, or here.

 

This state-run media video shows US Coast Guard gun boats escorting the ferries. K-9 teams are on site to detect explosives:

What is the point in having gunboats escorting ferries if terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry?

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system to not leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

More here: Washington State Ferries Security

 

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Photo- Extinct ferry at Kingston

 

 

DSC_0061 Port Townsend disaster preparation update:

“During a real disaster, the agency would “embed” a local professional news reporter who would volunteer to broadcast information about the event, Hamlin said.”

“The content of that person’s news reporting would be restricted.”

“Everything that goes out will go through me,” Hamlin said.

“We have a list of rules as to what information goes on the air and what does not, and we won’t allow a reporter to broadcast what is happening in real time.”

 

Re: Information suppression protocols-

The Port Angeles Border Patrol would approve.

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

More here: US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA- News tip/story idea

The Press has been Neutralized

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Welcome visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

DSC_0002_005 A busy news week:

Seattle Times-

It’s full speed ahead for SAFE Boats in the law-and-order market

Marine Log-

SAFE Boats International makes milestone delivery

Q13 Fox-

‘We need that power’: New Interceptor vessels designed to stop smugglers built in Puget Sound

Local company builds interceptor boats for U.S. Customs

KPUG-

Smugglers beware: new patrol boats are coming

 

Instead of showing up to ask any questions- Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel.

What role do coastal patrol boats play in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

Same busy news week-

Nearly nine pounds of heroin get past Homeland Security coastal patrol boats & into Snohomish:

Police, agents haul in 9 pounds of heroin potentially worth millions

Snohomish again:

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US-

Seattle media:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Port Angeles heroin-

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

PA police to carry heroin overdose antidote

Clallam commissioners asked to consider heroin problem in next year’s budget

“Clallam County’s death rate from prescription opioid and heroin overdose was 29 per 100,000 in 2013, nearly twice the state’s overdose death rate of 14.8 per 100,000, health officials have said.”

Frequent updates here.

More here:

Bremerton Homeland Security Jobs Program

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA- News tip/story idea

 

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

DSC_0080 copyAnother round trip ferry crossing on Saturday. No security at either terminal.

 

June, 2006-

Belligerent motorist blows past toll booth and onto ferry:

Ferry incident exposes security weaknesses

 

June, 2012-

This video tells us that security personal are on site every day- at 2:56

Maybe security personnel are present at some specific terminal each day. Dozens of round trip crossings from various terminals indicate that in many cases- no security screening takes place prior to boarding ferries.

Oct, 2014-

Where were security personnel on the day this motorist blew past the ticket booth, ignoring personnel assigned to proper staging of vehicles:

Video: Man dies after SUV crashes through gate at Southworth ferry dock, sinks in Sound

Post-911 security protocols kept him safe:

Man dies after car drives off ferry dock

 

Jan, 2015-

No security personnel here, here, or here.

 

This video shows US Coast Guard gun boats escorting the ferries. K-9 teams are on site to detect explosives:

What is the point in having gunboats escorting ferries if terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry?

 

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

More here:

The Press has been Neutralized

Washington State ferries post-911 security protocols update:

Washington State Ferries Security

 

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system to not leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

More here:

Washington State ferries post-911 security protocols update:

If You See Something, Say Something?

 

Similar items posted daily on facebook at:

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound

 

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PINAC Reporter Assaulted by Government Official for Recording Public Facility in Washington

Any signs posted at the ferry dock stating that photography is prohibited?

More here:

Non-terrorist demonstrates lack of security protocols at typical Washington State ferries terminal.

 

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system to not leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

 

Related: A post 911 Puget Sound area

 

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound

 

Another roundtrip ferry crossing yesterday. No security at either terminal.

What is the point in having gunboats escorting ferries if terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry?

 

Oct. 2014-

Non-terrorist demonstrates lack of security protocols at typical Washington State ferries terminal-

Vehicle blows by ticket booth, ignoring personnel assigned to proper staging of vehicles:

Washington State ferries post-911 security protocols update:

 

SWAT teams to drop from choppers in unique ferry terrorism drill

Just the ticket for the day terrorists abandon the sneak attack (Oklahoma City, 911, USS Cole, US Marine barracks Beirut, etc.) and go with a good old fashioned shoot-out between the good guys and the bad guys.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

Training scenario-

Are the bad guys allowed to fire on the good guy’s boats and helicopters?

No hostages, bewildered passengers or suicide bombers in the mix?

How about the bad guys drive a vehicle from the car deck onto the good guy’s boat as they pull up?

See bottom photo here.

Related: Video- Reporters Doing Promotional & Public Relations Work-

 

It will be easy to spot an attempted strike. Expect the bad guys to be sloppy- the packages they send will look like they were put together by drunken 3rd graders, or Wile E Coyote.

 

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system to not leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

 

One of our local TV stations recently informed us about Homeland Security gunboats on Puget Sound.

Video here

This hard-hitting interview was an opportunity to answer most FAQs.

Serious subject matter- covered like an elementary school field trip down to the fire station- except- students might come up with some intelligent or interesting questions at the fire station.

What questions went unasked?

1) How does the gunboat protect the ferry if a bad guy is already onboard? The Washington State Patrol uses dogs to check vehicles at some ferry terminals on some days. Walk-on passengers are not checked at any terminal- at any time.

2) “Terrorists” (If they really are out to get us) can communicate just like teenagers- they can wait in line and ride the ferry just like anyone else. What would stop terrorists from riding the ferry and alerting each other if they see a US Coast Guard escort or Washington State Patrol dogs sniffing cars prior to loading?

3) If a terrorist wanted to get their boat dangerously close to a ferry- they could just put it on a trailer and drive it on- what would prevent this?

4) What stops terror strikes on the days US Coast Guard gunboats are not providing escorts on any given route or Washington State Patrol dogs are not on duty at any given terminal?

 

Once again- no hostages, bewildered passengers or suicide bombers in the staged ferry boat rescue at 0:45

 

Washington State Ferries propaganda video-

 

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Gunboat escorts on Puget Sound