Government Shutdown Theater Was Really National Security Theater?

Jonathan Jarvis, the Director of National Park Services says he’s responsible for closing the open air monuments. According to, he was subpoenaed and testified:

“The monuments and memorials on the National Mall do not take care of themselves,” Jarvis told the lawmakers, who had seized on the spectacle of metal barricades around open-air sites like the World War II Memorial. “Our rangers are there to prevent vandalism and impact to the monuments and the memorials. All of those rangers have been furloughed.”

But I fear may want Jarvis to look better and also not lead to uncomfortable questions for the national security state. The Washington Times includes other statements made by Jarvis. His prepared statement included this explanation:

Even though the U.S. Park Police commissioned officers have been exempted from the furlough, given the limited staff resources during the shutdown, prudent and practical steps were taken to secure life and property at these national icons where security has become increasingly complex in a post-9/11 world.

Right. Because those barricades that were torn down by WWII vets would totally keep out a bomb-toting terrorist.

But let’s not miss the real point of this insane story: There was no terrorist attack. Nothing happened. We lost precious government protections of our brainwashing symbols national icons. Despite the “shutdown,” they are all still standing.

Is Jarvis going to claim any would be rubble right now if it wasn’t for his insultingly insufficient barricades?

Jarvis exposes the bureaucrat’s nightmare. That we defund the national security/spying operations and no one is killed and no buildings are blown up.

Yes, you can always invoke the fear of the uncertain future. Maybe someone somewhere will launch a successful attack. But that is an irrational basis for the kind of amazing and illegal policy changes we have seen. The fact remains you are more likely to die in the US from drowning in your bathtub than from a terrorist attack.

Yet no matter how many times we find that no one is attacked, that no matter how much the NSA’s Commandant  Keith Alexander is told to stop lying about his 54 phone intercepts that foiled terrorist plots, the government never roles back its costly “security” apparatus. It only looks for ways to expand. No matter how many lies Dianne Feinstein is caught telling to scare us into submission, we are still expected to submit.

Barricades to protect us from terrorists make as much sense as barricades to protect us from goblins and vampires.