The never-ending push to turn every public venue into an extension of the Police State is now moving to zoos.
Their justification, public safety of course.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo wants to install checkpoints, metal detectors, bag searches and much more.
Last month the Smithsonian sent a security proposal to the National Capital Planning Commission detailing their plans to turn the zoo into a TSA-style checkpoint.
These security checkpoints would consist of permanent pavilions, each with several controlled guard posts, security screening magnetometers and areas for bag searches comparable to the security provided at Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. (Source)
Zoos to create bus passenger checkpoints
The National Zoo also wants to create bus passenger checkpoints.
The bus lot drop-off checkpoint will consolidate several existing entry points into one. It not only needs to serve large visitor groups from buses, but also accommodate large zoo tractor trailers, service, and emergency vehicles entering the Zoo. This visitor control and security checkpoint requires an open pavilion to protect two screening areas with magnetometers, and booths equipped with electrical and data connections. (Source)
The zoo will join other museums and cemeteries using TSA-style security.
At some museums, such as the Air and Space, African American History and Culture, American History, Natural History, Postal, and American Indian Museums, visitors are required to walk through a metal detector. Those who are unable to go through the metal detector will be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel. Bag checks will be conducted via an x-ray machine at the Air and Space, African American History and Culture, and Postal Museum. At all other museums, bags will be checked by hand. (Source)
The Smithsonian warns visitors not to bring daypacks, backpacks and food into museums.
“Do not bring large daypacks, backpacks, or luggage into the museums, as they will be subject to a lengthy search in each building entered.” And also warns visitors not to bring food, claiming that there are “no accommodations available for eating bag lunches within the museums.”
How long before other zoos follow suit and ban daypacks, backpacks. strollers, beverages and food?
Visitors to the Arlington National Cemetery and other museums have had to remove all the contents from their pockets since 2016. (To find out more about Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History bag and pocket search click here.)
Why are Americans allowing the police state to ruin museums and zoos?
In the not-too-distant future, parents will have the pleasure of bringing their kids to a TSA-style petting zoo where kids will learn firsthand what it’s like to be petted, sorry I meant searched by zoo police/security.
If you think the police state will stop at zoos and museums, I have some bad news for you.
How long before zoos and museums begin installing license plate readers?
Slowly but surely, America’s zoos and museums will be absorbed by DHS and turned into TSA-style checkpoints.