Seeing a bit more of the get tough, make plans to pack up & leave response to people who have concerns about their communities.

Several comments here about feeling unsafe in Oak Harbor:

“Get self defense training for both of you. Transients are world wide don’t live in fear.”

“Sounds like you should move to somewhere in the middle of Canada.”

My take:

If parts of Oak Harbor take on a reputation for not being family friendly- people may make other plans in terms of dining out, shopping, etc.

Do not want to see this happen because it would impact hard-working people who operate or are employed by local businesses.

Concerns here about speeding in S. Whidbey neighborhoods:

“Time to move!”

Concerns here Re: N. Spokane crime:

“Move if you don’t like it”

I appreciate people who offer up some creative thinking in terms of improving life in various communities.

 

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Photo: Whidbey scene.

 

 

In the news:

There was a gunfight, car chase and SWAT standoff. They found him in the attic

“Police said they found a large amount of drugs and two rifles inside the vehicle.”

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Some “drugs” are domestic, such as marijuana and maybe meth.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

More here:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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

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Photo- Looking for the Coupeville ferry

 

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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It’s always seen as a good thing when veterans take on leadership positions:

“…three tours in Iraq…”

Will there ever come a time when being involved in failed wars that never end is seen as a negative in terms of credibility?

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

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Photo- Oak Harbor parking mayhem

 

Whidbey Island

In the news:

DHS to American Citizens: Let Us Scan Your Faces, or No International Travel

Still trying to figure out how a highly advanced surveillance state & sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan works to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Federal agents swing into action after more than 52 kilograms of cocaine and 45 kilograms of heroin move past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into Chicago and western suburbs:

Feds Bust Giant Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Heroin Ring In Chicago And Western Suburbs

Welcome Home Troops

 

Seattle media-

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

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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Photo- Salt Creek

 

Island County is working to clean things up.

In the news:

Stanwood Camano News-

Property rights at root of cleanup issues
Island Co. discusses ‘team approach’ to difficult cases

Whidbey News-Times-

New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

Sorry, no time for reporters to interview property owners, neighbors, business people, volunteer groups, etc.

 

From comments:

“After reading the article in full, it seems as though the ones who have been violating said code enforcements can just blame it on mental instability , get a big hug and told it’s ok..the tax payers are here for you…hmmph.”

Last time the local paper ran a similar story- it also had a “not much we can do” sort of feel to it:

Property clutter poses problems for county regulators

More here: Can’t Do Anything About the Really Stubborn Violators

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

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Photos-

Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island- no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

 

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Photo- Fog clears at Coupeville Wharf

A new FB page: Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Related:

Oak Harbor- Lots of flags and abandoned shopping carts

In the news:

San Diego teacher detained after refusing to answer Border Patrol questions at checkpoint

“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely responded.

“No. Are you United States citizens?” he repeated.

Huge number of comments here.

People seem astonished that some would decline to answer questions at checkpoints set up away from border crossings and ports of entry.

Many examples can be found here and here.

 

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

Check your state here.

 

Jefferson County Sheriff says No to federal grant money Re: local Border Patrol Checkpoints:

Border Patrol criticism emerges: Sheriff Brasfield declines BP funding

 

In 2008, Washington was one of several legal medical marijuana states.

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint-

At a checkpoint- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

 

2017 update:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

News links and documentation here.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

Related:

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

 

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Photo- Hood Canal scene

 

Q13 FOX News video:

State tightens restrictions on how marijuana shops advertise

Towns and communities have their local sign ordinances, but that’s not good enough.

Children might wander into a retail shop and pose as someone over 21- then buy product?

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays & overseas military operations.

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

Why do people believe The Troops are defending American rights and freedoms– as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

More here:

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & government credibility

 

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence earlier this month.

In the news:

Coast Guard to enforce U.S. pot laws on water

“Federal law says it’s illegal, in any quantities.”

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays & overseas military operations.

Suspicionless boat boardings:

Coast Guard Boardings And Your Fourth Amendment Rights, Part 1

Coast Guard Boardings And Your Fourth Amendment Rights, Part 2

Coast Guard Boardings And Your Fourth Amendment Rights, Part 3

 

Suspicionless boat boardings and 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats fail to keep heroin away from Port Angeles:

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Frequent updates here.

 

Lee Greenwood-

“And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me”

People in uniform give rights?

 

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Photo-

Path to the beach – Deception Pass

 

Questioning failed programs and wondering why newspeople remain silent.

In the news:

19 charged in Mexican Mafia prison gang takedown

Same country that put a man on the Moon in 1969- unable to keep drugs out of prison.

In the case of heroin & meth from Mexico– we’re still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq and Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Pretty weak.

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Imagine yourself at a Marine unit at Camp Pendleton, or Camp LeJeune, NC. Every so often- drug dogs are run through the barracks at 0330, or vehicles moving on or off base are sniffed by drug dogs. A zero tolerance policy in place.

Love to see newspeople go and ask the people who run prisons why all this works on a Marine base- but not in their facilities.

A Navy or Marine CO would be removed if Mexican Mafia drug trafficking was taking place in their unit. Ditto for any person of any rank found to be involved in using or trafficking illegal drugs.

Any high-ranking authorities getting yanked over at the prison for failing to effectively screen for drugs entering the facility? Looks like the three-year investigation may be seen as some sort of success story.

 

Heroin Racket Rolls On-

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- fail to keep heroin out of the US.

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Coupeville Farmers Market


“Our lovely TSA feeling up the wife”

Video here.

More here:

Video of TSA Molesting Man’s Wife, Exposes What Americans Will Endure for False Sense of Safety

One alternative would be to remove the federal monopoly & allow the airlines to handle security -similar to the way Las Vegas casinos do.

This would maintain an incentive to create a safe and comfortable situation for customers.

Elsewhere on the US troops in distant lands keeping us safe scene:

Law enforcement authorities swing into action after strict post 911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security & screening for passports/enhanced & Real IDs fail to keep 87 pounds of heroin out of Michigan apartment complex.

87 pounds of heroin found in raid of Novi apartment complex

Welcome Home Troops

More here: Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Local parking mayhem

 

Just north of Perego’s Lagoon.

Looking north towards Fort Ebey.

A winter view here.

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

In the news:

Video of San Diego police dog biting man in handcuffs creates stir

San Diego Police Defend K-9 Mauling Handcuffed Man

More here:

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

Lies & Propaganda of the Post-911 Era

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

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Photo- Oak Harbor, Seaside, Lynden, or Leavenworth?

 

Vendor info here.