A Sad State of Affairs...

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    A Sad State of Affairs...

    I visited D.C. last week for my son's graduation from Diplomatic Security Service training. Big affair in the ballroom of the State Dept. Couldn't help but to notice the security guards everywhere, and especially the roving guards with sub-machineguns patrolling the grounds of the Federal Reserve. That seemed a bit over the top to me, knowing that the FR probably doesn't have two nickles to rub together these days. But this was just after 9/11, and my son acknowledged that security was indeed stepped up at the time.

    The last time I'd visited the area was probably 45 years ago, and at that time one might have encountered a guard--most likely unarmed--at the entrance to most "important" buildings. They provided more information than security back then. It's a sad state that we're forced to live in these days.
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    It puts things into perspective when you see how far down the slippery slope we've traveled eh?

    You're not the only one who's saddened.
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    Congratulations to your grandson, I have met a few of the DSS guys, and they seem like a great group. It is sad to see the direction things are headed, hopefully that will change back to the right direction. Good luck to your grandson.

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    Last week was the 10 year anniverssary of 9/11. Is it possible the increased security was due to the timing?

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    Congratulations on your son's accomplishment and career choice OldVet. Serving one's country is an honor.

    DC is sadly not what it used to be. Once upon a time government facilities were freely open. Those days are past.

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    Congrats to your son...

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    Congrats to your son on his accomplishment.

    As far as DC goes, I avoid the place like the plague. Last time I was there was about 8 years ago, and that was just long enough to visit the Viet Nam Vet Memorial.
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    Congrats! Tell your son to keep his eyes and ears open, and his head down. Its not like it used to be back when I was active duty LEO, it was a very rare thing back then to have an officer killed in the line of duty, and we didn't have vests at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    It puts things into perspective when you see how far down the slippery slope we've traveled eh?

    You're not the only one who's saddened.




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    Congrats! Hope all continues to go well for him.
    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    especially the roving guards with sub-machineguns patrolling the grounds of the Federal Reserve. That seemed a bit over the top to me, knowing that the FR probably doesn't have two nickles to rub together these days.
    Well, they have to protect their "legal" counterfeit monopoly you know... Heaven forbid someone else could walk out with a printer and print their own money.
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    A few additional comments:
    First week at work and the son makes an arrest. I immediately ordered a new hat for him--one size larger!

    While in DC I visited the VN wall and searched for the one guy I personally knew who was killed there (3 day rom DOR as it turned out). I only knew him by his nickname, but would recognize his real name if I spotted it. Alas, I couldn't find his name, my main reason for visiting the wall. I'll have to reasearch again and find what panel and row his name is on before I revisit.
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