Okay, I'm back and it's interesting... It turned out this wasn't the court house itself but another Federal building serving as an annex for a video
hearing with a Federal Court in California. It's kinda insulting when such things can't even bother TPTB enough to handle in the place they actually
are being decided for. Oh well... Welcome to Federal Gov operations, eh?
Anyway... Entry was a a matter of answering some quick questions about what I did or didn't have (no machine guns or hand grenades this time so I
passed that test
) then off to the metal detector that sat at the end of a que which reminded me of Disneyland rides for how it went back and forth
a couple times. (Just how long DOES that line get anyway?!). It was just me this time so I breezed through it.
Surprisingly, as a side note, I had a belt with a buckle and a jacket with zippers. Both have tripped the County Courthouse system multiple times and
made a pain in the butt. I left them on this time to see if it would trip this one. It didn't.
After being Mag-Scanned, it was across to a touch screen terminal to select the purpose for my visit today followed by a Social Sec check, required to
verify my purpose was valid and existed in their computer as an expected guest. Thankfully, the hearing I was CALLED to ..and wasn't even about
ME...did have me dutifully entered as someone on the guest list.
Apparently, that was sufficient and they took my word that I really was me because a photo ID wasn't required of me. The person I was accompanying and
assisting did have to produce one to enter the room set up for the teleconference link to the West Coast for the Federal Courtroom out there...but
again, I must look like me because no one asked.
So.. That is my experience going into at least one Federal Building to merely assist someone on a Court hearing. It's not done or over but it's not a
matter I'll need to show anything else for today. Once in, you're apparently trusted to remain who you were when you first passed through security.
* Although if you must go outside for any reason, even to the entry way, it's rinse, lather and repeat as necessary.
(Oddly...these weren't Federal Marshals running it either. They're a private firm. I chatted with one for awhile here and I've heard them talking to
mention they're all Reserve/Guard MP's outside this job so that might be interesting to note for something?)
edit on 29-1-2013 by Wrabbit2000
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