July 4th 2002
I took a walk past the security fence surrounding Fort Vancouver this morning about 8:00 am on July 4th. Citing terrorism as an excuse, the promoters of this years fireworks show have placed a large cyclone fence around the normally open park at Fort Vancouver, a reconstructed historic Hudson Bay Co. site.
People entering the grounds will have their belongings searched for the first time this year.
A Lawyer, supported by the ACLU tried this week to prevent the checkpoint, arguing on the grounds of "Unlawful Search and Seizure" without probable cause, but apparantly failed to get an injunction.
I observed as I strolled the grounds this morning, that a "craft fair" was being set up. Pick-up trucks full of boxes and tents were driving past the checkpoints without being inspected, and unloading their goods onto the site.
I asked a man selling handbags if any of his goods had been searched and he laughed and said no. He agreed that it was funny that *his* handbags wern't searched, but other people's were.
As I left the grounds I asked some CMS employess (the security company in charge) about this large and obvious Security breach, but they didn't have any answers. I made the comment that this year's overblown security measures were an obvious joke if individual salespeople can bring in truckloads of uninspected goods and I received "no comment."