MLB Prepares New DHS Screening Measures at All Ballparks

Mikael Thalen
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January 23rd, 2014
Updated 01/23/2014 at 8:00 am

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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Mikael Thalen

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Mikael is the lead features writer at Storyleak.com. His articles have been featured on sites such as the Drudge Report, Infowars and Natural News. During his time at Examiner.com, he was frequently ranked the number one political writer.

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  1. Mr.Lincoln says:

    Obama Maintains a State of National Emergency By Stephen Lendman, January 23, 2014
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-maintains-a-st

  2. Robert Moody says:

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

  3. Ron J. says:

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

  4. get3coffinsready says:

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

  5. Big M says:

    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."

    • Patriot1 says:

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

    • johnathan says:

      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. wallry says:

    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.

    • PokeTheTruth says:

      Sadly, I have to agree. They only value what is tangible and has monetary significance. What price does freedom hold for the people? Only when they lose it all will they understand.

  7. joeybolz says:

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

  8. Held Captive says:

    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.

    • PokeTheTruth says:

      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. dave says:

    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.

  10. Online Games says:

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  11. Bush League says:

    MLB = Must Lose Business

  12. Roger says:

    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.

  13. Roger says:

    There was a time when Baseball was the American pastime.

    Not so much any more….

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  18. Mr.Lincoln says:

    I am amazed how few people understand or even bother to read this. This explains our Federal Police state. All I can do is make attempt's like this. Thanks' for your time and reviewing this. Most ignore and do not read for some odd reason. They must be government schooled!

  19. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Sure is. I love doing research before I make comments.

  20. Roger says:

    I can't remember all the times you researched and did links, even on rumors that drove you to call for death.

  21. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Well your memory must not be that great.

    Sorry rog, I am not going to let you wreck the thread.

    If you notice discussion thrived while you were gone yesterday.

  22. Roger says:

    You don't do links unless it's a biased source to derail the thread and offend people.

    You can use any excuse you want.
    Where is your posse on this story, or are you pretending to be sane on this thread?

  23. WeeToddEdwards says:

    So the KFC and MCDonalds links I used to prove you wrong about both companies were biased?

    That means alot coming form a man who uses blogs as sources

  24. Roger says:

    Wee, still desperate to derail and stop debate?

    Why does this site threaten your posse to much? Why do you trolls want to destroy it so badly?

  25. whoknowsU says:

    Troll Roger would like to do it too.

  26. Roger says:

    Poor little alinsky, as a marxist you don't care about our freedoms.
    You're such a busy little useful idiot you never actually stop to wonder about the policies you support.

    Is the world a better place under Tyranny? Why wait, there are places you can go live like that now!

  27. whoknowsU says:

    I like good comedy. Yours is bad but entertaining.

  28. Roger says:

    Poor little alinsky, this isn't comedy, it's tragedy. You're not here to actually learn of listen… so you're just dead weight.

  29. whoknowsU says:

    ROGER is irritated because nobody replies to him.

  30. Props says:

    Roger's old news, a played out mentality. His arguments have cobwebs on them.

  31. RogerDodger says:

    Your comments stand on their own merits?

    Roger, you are so full of shite, that you should have flush handles where your ears are, just so folks could flush you.

  32. Roger says:

    This from yet another alinsky fake name?

  33. RogerDodger says:

    No.
    No Alinsky. Not even close.

    What happened to that website where you camped out all last week, with several hundred comments cluttering up their thread. I see that it is all gone, vanished.

    Were you banned from another one?

  34. RogerDodger says:

    You couldn't manage your own bowel movements by yourself.

  35. whoknowsU says:

    ROGER thinks that he is replying to Alinsky.

  36. whoknowsU says:

    Everybody knows by now that Alinsky is not even around.
    That proves that Roger is a troll.

  37. whoknowsU says:

    ROGER is desperate without WEE.

  38. whoknowsU says:

    He is sure stifling good debates.
    He is still looking for his ship that keeps disappearing. Poor ROGER.
    I think Somalian pirates got it.

  39. whoknowsU says:

    ROGER said in the past: "I'm here to win".
    Do you see any winning?

  40. Roger says:

    Did you ever actually contribute to any discussion or debate on any important topic?

  41. Rogre says:

    You know who else is a joke?

  42. RogerDodger says:

    Yes.
    Roger, the Cyber-eunuch.

  43. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Yep, all of mine have been removed.

  44. Rogre says:

    Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Roger is the smartest guy around. Just ask him.

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