Security at Paulfest updatedSubmitted by Smudge Pot on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 01:22
OK guys try to pass this feeling around if not the link or the words.
YOU ARE ALL VERY CORRECT ABOUT SECURITY AT TAMPA. ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE MENTIONED AND A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN'T.
Do we have the perfect answer yet for all of these concerns? Nope. Will there ever will be? Nope, it's security and anything can happen. There is no such thing as security on this planet. Something can always get to you.
Do we have a core team of trained civilian security people? Yup. There are 34 to date and each of them it trained to the trainer level.
Are we gonna liaise and network with all of the police, sheriffs, EMT and fire personnel in tampa? YES. AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND EVERY LEVEL.
There is one thing that might just be above our own PR image in Tampa and that is the local citizens that need their emergency services because AMONG THERE ARE OUR ETHICS AS LIBERTARIANS: DO WHAT YOU WANT BUT DO NO HARM.
We will be guests in Tampa.
There is an official training regime and a screening process. For security reasons we do not divulge the nature of our training not the schedule of events. Our "Marshals" (our word for our security people) will have the most up-to-the-minute event schedule that anybody has but they won't know until WE need to.
(edit for clarity, we submitted all of the radio frequencies we were using, we told them where our security and medical stations where and they REALLY HELPED US OUT! DEEP PROPS TO DC METRO, DC CAPITOL HILL PD, NATIONAL PARKS PD AND DHS FOR REALLY HELPING US OUT! DEEP ATTABOYS ALL AROUND!)
Will there be government plants in our security training and Marshals?
We kinda hope so, last time we did this they didn't hurt a thing, they just wanted to know what we are up to. We not only networked with police and EMT, we submitted out event plan to DHS and they OK'd it.
And all of you who carry these concerns, guess what? We have ample time to prepare and plan. So volunteer.
My personal word: if it were my choice i might call this whole thing off. I feel my personal choice is to be right alone in my safe little closet or being in Tampa to try to make a difference.
See you in Tampa people and bring some reassurance with you. WE MIGHT BE ALL WE HAVE BUT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO GET USED TO IT.
I will give infrequent updates. For the meantime people, try to pass this reassurance around. This ain't the first time we done this. And from the looks of things, nothing we do is gonna get easier.
I love you and I trust you. Guys, no matter what the problem, we are the answer. Stay tuned for updates, they will come faster as the date approaches.
WE ARE NOT PROTESTING, WE ARE PARTICIPATING.