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MLB Prepares New DHS Screening Measures at All Ballparks

Major League Baseball teams began announcing new metal detection screening measures Tuesday, a mandatory league-wide policy expecting full implementation by 2015.

IWWandMLBUsing the Boston Marathon bombing as justification, all venues are now required to subject fans to hand-held metal detection sweeps or walk-through magnetometers, a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s encroaching relationship with professional sports leagues.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan told the Associated Press.

Following a preliminary test phase at several ballparks, teams such as the Seattle Mariners have announced the implementation of walk-through detectors for the upcoming season, a policy the MLB claims no fan opposes.

“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.

Commenting on the new policy in an official press release, Seattle Mariners Security Director Sylvester Servance reassured fans that the screening process was in their best interests.

“The Mariners and Major League Baseball are keenly aware of the current security environment at public events,” Servance said. “We believe this step is necessary, poses minimal inconvenience, and ultimately will serve the best interests of all fans.”

Despite evidence indicating clear foreknowledge, the federal government has continued to use the Boston Marathon as justification for increased police state measures across the board.

Just last year, bags and purses were banned from all National Football League stadiums at the discretion of the DHS. Claiming bombs are likely to be smuggled through items such as seat cushions, fans are now required to carry their possessions in one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

Just this week, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced that a low flying helicopter would be used to monitor radiation levels at the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, an over-the-top measure to stop potential “dirty bombs.”

During the 2012 Super Bowl, thousands of stadium vendors were taught how to spot “potential terrorist activities” during a mandated TSA training program. Fans were also subject to full body pat downs, a policy ordered by the DHS in 2011.

While strangling the public’s Fourth Amendment in the name of alleged security, a recent Freedom of Information Act request uncovered documents that confirmed the State Department’s role in allowing members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist group, to bypass airport security while traveling through the US in 2012.

Despite bee stings being statistically more dangerous to human life than terrorism, the federal government continues in its attempts to create a paranoid society, always keeping the public’s attention away from the proven historical danger, government itself.

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  1. Obama Maintains a State of National Emergency By Stephen Lendman, January 23, 2014

  2. Coming soon to a mall, pizza house, and bar near you.

  3. Maybe they'll discover hot dogs that are unarmed though dangerous at killer prices.

  4. Boycott these events and let them know why. Hopefully they'll either wither and close down or run off the TSA goons.

  5. The only way to deal with this, and to stop it dead in its tracks, is to hit the NFL and MLB in the only way these jackboot-enablers know: right in their pocketbooks' nuts. STOP going to these stinking games! If you want to watch them, stay home and watch them. No fees for parking, no gouging for food and drinks, no outrageous ticket prices, no traffic to and from games, no yahoos worshiping the military, no lines to use the bathroom, no idiot broadcasters using their positions as political commentators, etc., etc. ad nauseam. Since the NFL and MLB get handed billions by the TV networks every single year, there shouldn't be any problem. And if they stop showing them on TV, their sponsors and the like will drop off like lepers' fingers.

    As they used to say, TAKE BACK THE POWER! Oh, and if you really, really need to, get a life and stop living vicariously through "celebrities."

    • I say turn off your TV set and don't watch that crap at all. I don't.

    • I wrote a reply and it wasnt published maybe because I stated that I read that the NFL and now likely the
      MBL get tax breaks and in fact pay zero taxes and to protect that status they comply as they are told. Hence the search of the Fans at their stadiums. I agree with the commentators here, do not go to the games or buy their merchandise. Stand up for your country and her Constitution.

  6. You know what is going to happen- Nothing!
    People are just going to complain and whine- But Do Nothing!
    Boycott the games to get this to stop or you know what will happen next- TSA searches just like at airports.
    But again- people don't want freedom or to be inconvenienced or miss their precious game time. These people make me sick because I have to loose my freedoms because of their useless and cowardliness a$$es.

  7. With a bovine gaze America casually chews, blinks, and defecates.

  8. My wife and I were searched at a Diamonbacks game last summer. They rifled her purse with satisfaction. Once inside the game we had a meal in one of the resturaunts in the stadium and to my suprise the vultures stopped us AGAIN for another search when headed back into the main ballpark corridor. I told them they should be ashamed for treating "free" people this way. They looked at me like I was the person who did not get it. I will not attend any sporting event again, and be treated as criminal. They will not get another dime from me.

    • That's exactly what people must do, push back against the police state by hurting them in the pocketbook.

      Now if folks would give up flying on commercial airlines, that would send a message as well. Pick a popular day not to fly such as Friday, July 4th, "No Fly, Fourth of July"

  9. I'm a huge baseball fan, but people gotta realize how fascist the MLB and NFL are. I already stopped taking my family to games as it was costing me 500$ a trip. Two games pays for a 55" flatscreen and full membership thru Apple TV for 130$. Keep it up MLB and I just stop watching. That much more time for fishing.

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  11. The TSA is a joke, they haven't caught anyone and have somehow forced the sports industry to roll over on this.

    I won't be taught to 'submit' to tyranny. The founding fathers would have a tea party over something like this.

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  18. There was a time when Baseball was the American pastime.

    Not so much any more….

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