Government pays fake cops to keep Americans out of national park during “shutdown”

Paul Joseph Watson
October 11, 2013

While claiming there is no money as a result of the government shutdown to keep national parks open, the federal government is simultaneously paying for private armed goons to keep Americans out of historic sites located in national parks like Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

The video above shows armed private goons who refuse to identify themselves or respond to the public guarding Independence Hall, which is situated in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.

In the clip, a citizen asks National Park Service employees to identify themselves. The NPS officers refuse to do so and one of them walks away. By this point, some of the private goons had already fled.

The video makers then attempt to question two of the private guards, who also refuse to identify themselves. The guards threaten to arrest the men as they ask, “Who do you work for?”

The guards wear badges indicating they work for Sectek, a private security firm whose clients are almost universally from different sectors of the federal government, including Homeland Security and the IRS.

“Why are there fake cops from Sectek, who’s paying them?,” the citizen asks an NPS officer, who responds, “You are.”

The dozen armed goons with SUV’s seem to be there to do little else than enforce jaywalking laws.

This is yet another example of how the federal government has exploited the government shutdown in order to punish the American people as part of a political ploy aimed at shifting the blame from the Obama administration to Republicans.

How can the federal government justify using tax payer dollars to pay for private security guards to keep Americans out of national parks when no budget has been passed to authorize this? Why didn’t they just use the money to pay National Park Service officers and keep the site open?

The total cost of closing national parks amounts to around $750 million in lost revenue. This doesn’t even include the cost of paying for private guards or extra hours for Park Rangers who have been ordered to patrol national parks “around the clock” and arrest people for using hiking trails.

Armed NPS officers also used “gestapo tactics” to harass tourists and senior citizens who were still in national parks when the shutdown was announced, locking one tour group inside a hotel.

Park Rangers have also been told to ”make life as difficult for people” as possible, underscoring how the Obama administration is spitefully making the American people suffer as retaliation over a government shutdown for which they have zero responsibility.