Recruiting “Citizen Ice Patrol” Members

What is the most dangerous aspect of an iceberg?

The part that lies below the surface that you can not see.

Titanic sinking

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Graphic from the Illustrated London News, 1912: Survivors watch from the lifeboats as the ill-fated White Star liner, the Titanic, plunges beneath the waves.

In an article by Jeffrey Mazzella with the Center for Individual Freedom, Judge Andrew Napolitano with FOX News  discusses the Department of Homeland Security report in which conservatives are being considered as “radical extremists”. 

“The document itself cautions the reader that the document is ‘not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval’ of the DHS. The document refers to itself as one of a series of intelligence assessments intended to ‘deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States.” 

. . .  (The released document is only a summary. The majority is still classified) . . .

“The summary (unclassified) document is terrifying. One can only imagine what is contained in the classified version. This document runs directly counter to numerous U.S. Supreme decisions prohibiting the government from engaging in any activities that could serve to chill the exercise of expressive liberties. Liberties are chilled, in constitutional parlance, when people are afraid to express themselves for fear of government omnipresence, monitoring, or reprisals. The document also informs the reader that Big Brother is watching both public and private behavior.” 
    . . .
“My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.”

This got me thinking about icebergs, and a little research brought up some very interesting points.  There is a government agency called the International Ice Patrol, which is a unit of the US Coast Guard, which in turn is under the Departmentof Homeland Security.  The IIP was formed in 1913, the year after the Titanic disaster, with the vision of “eliminating the risk of iceberg collision”.  At first, boats patrolled the “iceberg alley” of the North Atlantic Ocean to chart the location of and southernmost points of the bergs, and to convey that information to the maritime community.  Currently, planes equipped with state-of-the-art technology track the movement of the frigid monoliths.  The organization has been extremely successful for nearly a century, with reports of zero loss of life or property below the limit of all known ice.

Two factors played in the demise of the Titanic.  Many of the icebergs are located near the juncture of the icy Labrador Currents and the warm Gulf Stream, which may create water temperature differences of up to 68 degrees Farenheit.  Incredibly dense fog overlays the region, making navigation difficult.  The other factor is the point of contact between the ice and the ship.  If the collision had been head-on, the steamer would have survived, but the ice gashed a long slice in the boat below the waterline, causing several compartments to fill with water.

I see some great companions to Judge Napolitano’s iceberg analogy.  We are bombarded with so much “Change” from the left that most of us feel “fogged in”, trying to stay on top of the most pressing issues.  We know that the ice mountains are there, and we can feel the energy amassing against the conservatives at every turn, but it has been difficult to prepare for the correct source of the onslaught that we know is building.  What we perhaps didn’t realize is that the array of tools and tricks set up for our destruction would be established “below the waterline” and aimed at a sideways gash meant to be lethal.  Now, thanks to whomever “leaked” the DHS report, we know where one source of the upcoming attack.

It is fascinating to read more about the DHS.  It is the third largest governmental agency in the United States with over 200,000 employees.  The organization chart reveals the extent of Janet Napolitano’s job and the departments under her auspices, a FEW of which are listed here:

  • Science and Technology
  • National Protection & Programs
  • Intelligence and Analysis
  • Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
  • National Cyber Security Center
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • US Secret Service
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • US Coast Guard
    • US Lighthouse Service
    • International Ice Patrol

This is an incredible, wide-spread organization that touches nearly every area of American life in one way or another.  Of particular interest are the agencies in red.  It seems to me that if one wanted to find out anything about a particular citizen, all the tools needed are readily available through this network. 

I find a measure of comfort in the items listed in purple.  Both the Lighthouse Service and the IIP have the function of calling attention to those dangers that lie under the surface of the water which have the potential of ripping apart and destroying the vessels that wander into the vicinity unawares.  Many citizen groups have sprung into action to help keep us informed of the ways the government is throwing dangerous policies into the channels of our lives, and I am very grateful for their diligence.  It is imperative to freedom loving citizens to get involved, share what you learn with others, and to stand firm for the values on which on country was founded.

Ice Patrol or Lighthouse duty, anyone?





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