So many things to blog. I have been neglecting this story for some time, so here are some quick thoughts.
One about the bus beheading. Tell me if you have heard this before. An event happens the public panics, they agree immediately to have all their rights suspended and agree to draconian tactics they would never have agreed to.
Let's see, mental detectors, cameras, you can no longer put your stuff on the overheads, and you get patted down? Do I understand this correctly. Greyhound buses have been in existence for years, this was one incident out of how many years of safe travel, and yet all rights previously enjoyed are gone. Remember these changes come after a two year study for greyhound security, and without this incident, do you think people would have willingly submitted to the changes?
[quote] Starting this week, Greyhound passengers in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary are being swept before boarding by hand-held metal detectors.
Passengers are also now required to store their luggage in the cargo hold instead of bringing it onboard, except for small personal items such as purses.
The new measures – which will also follow in other cities – come four months after a young man was stabbed and beheaded onboard a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man.
Greyhound spokeswoman Abby Wambaugh says the extra security isn't because of what happened, but stems from a companywide review that began in 2006.[/quote]
It's almost too easy to get people to give up their rights without question. But those who give up
liberty for a false sense of security shall in the end have neither. The irony of it all.
[quote]The company is now beefing up security measures, including cameras, global positioning units and a panic button that immediately dispatches police to a bus's location. Drivers are also getting more training in self-defence and conflict resolution.[/quote]
I know after 9/11 they were trying to find a reason to implement similar changes, but people didn't agree, scare them a little bit, and viola, they will come to you. It's classic, and from what I can see it works every time. Problem, horrific incident, reaction, solution, already waiting to be rolled out.
The bus beading is something I have never had the time to research properly. There were mentions early on that with his history of mental illness, he might have been a good manchurian candidate, but proving it, is another story. People should be looking into this, but they don't.
[quote]He didn't have many friends and was divorced in 2006. Li had "mental problems," according to those who knew him, but they had not known him to be violent.
His former wife said he used to be gone for long periods of time, took unexplained bus trips and sometimes rambled. He was hospitalized briefly but never sought medical attention. [/quote]
Was he really completely crazy or was something else going on?
Well we now know why he switched seats after the smoke break, but was there a trigger word?
Was he really crazy or being controlled? It's impossible not to speculate when you have an awareness of the history of Canadian mind control experiments, and new technology that might be capable of communicating with a controlled target remotely.
[quote]The voice told Vince Li to get on the bus and sit next to Tim McLean, Dr. Stanley Yaren told Li's second-degree murder trial Tuesday.
"A voice from God told him Mr. McLean was a force of evil and was about to execute him," Yaren, a witness for the Crown, told the judge hearing the case.
Li, 40, believed he had to act quickly to protect himself, Yaren said. [/quote]
Tim Mclean the perfect victim. Was he really a random victim? Was his being on the bus and intersecting with Li random, or preplanned. Yeah that get's into the conspiracy files, but if the questions are not asked, the answers will not surface. Now Li says he thought Tim was a demon?
I believe there is much more to this story, but in the minds of the scared public, the right questions often never get asked, the helpless scared society look to the state for solutions, which usually involve taking away their rights and freedoms, it's perceived to have been done voluntary, and all the focus shifts to the justice system, and not the possibility of much darker, and much more deliberate forces. In the end, if you don't look out for your own rights and freedoms, no one else will, and if you agree to so easily give them away, then at the end of the day, maybe your fate is well met.
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin.