posted on Aug, 24 2012 @ 04:56 PM
I'm in suburban MD and it's become part of regular conversation here and not conspiracy fringe anymore. We definitely see more military aircraft
out and about. I have been told by friends who work in certain industries that some of it is due to DHS monitoring the safety of utilities and
transit of petroleum across the country. We just need to get used to that if you live along fuel transport routes.
But the increased police presence is the real talk. It's harassing and a pain for everyone these days. To be a boring suburban sheeple and get
pulled over, or stopped on foot and questioned is very annoying, especially when real crime somehow still manages to take place on a regular basis.
It used to be just the teens who got harrassed like this but now even old bats like myself get police pulling over, popping out of their cars to amble
over and ask meandering pointless questions that inevitably lead up to wanting to know what I'm doing and how long I plan to be there. I'm never
guilty of anything other than enjoying the park or playground with my child for its intended purpose, so it's kind of funny and a bit concerning to
see them clearly wish I was, and acting like they want to scold or correct me for something, but coming up with nada. I've come to perfect this
bemused direct stare that has them shifting from one foot to another and kind of fidget when they talk to me. Lately they have not stopped, just
pulled up in their cars and watched us. So far it's been when I'm alone with just my kid or the dog, so I'm assuming it has something to do with
the never ending war on drugs...perhaps they think I'm waiting on a dealer or something. Who knows. Drug crime is pretty bad around here, and does
involve even seemingly respectable suburban parents, so I do need to keep that in mind.
I've talked to other moms and dads and they report getting the same treatment when they are alone, too. And I've seen shoppers stopped and talked
to by police at the strip malls and shopping centers. That's not happened to me or my friends yet so I don't know what that is all about. As hard
as it is becoming, I try not to be too judgemental, I'm sure they have their reasons and as long as they remain polite and respectful, so be it.
I've got no illusions about where I think this country/world is headed. I'll worry about that when it gets here. For now I just observe and report,
without trying to build too many prejudices without evidence.
And speed cameras are everywhere. Everyone complains its really gotten out of hand, especially with the portable ones placed where the speed limit
changes. I don't see any conspiracy in that, just government greed.