Jah help me I’m going to comment on the fence jumper.
Josh Marshall notes that he was stopped in Virginia in July with 11 guns in his car and a map with the White House circled, and later near the White House fence with a hatchet in his belt and asks:
Obviously there’s no preventive detention for map circling and carrying hatchets. But I would think there would be an effort to put Gonzalez on a list of people to watch very closely when they got near the White House. Did that happen?
Let me stick up for the Secret Service here: where are they going to start? We live in a country where there was a run on guns and ammo the minute the current President was elected, and where a solid percentage of the population (not to mention some elected officials) was seriously convinced that he was some kind of foreign-born sleeper agent. We don’t have a Stasi or KGB here, nor do we want such an agency, so we can’t “keep tabs” on a couple of million shitheads and their tens of millions of guns. Plus, please remember the caterwauling, whining, pissing and moaning that arose when DHS wrote a report detailing the obvious: right wing idiots with guns are a real danger.
So, did the Secret Service have a file on Gonzalez? If they did, they must have kept it in a very big database, and it’s easy to see how it got lost in the shuffle.