A Busload of Cruelty

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Used to be, we needed the TSA to abuse victims this badly. Now, with Leviathan’s faux “shutdown,” park rangers step up to the plate and brutalize a bus of older folks, many of them foreign tourists, caught inside Yellowstone National Park when said shutdown began:

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, [Ms. Pat Vaillancourt, one of the passengers] said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest. When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route. “We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt… “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

The article later mentions that “The Washington Times quoted an unnamed Park Service official who said park law enforcement personnel were instructed to ‘make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.’”

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute tyranny, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government…”

 

5:15 pm on October 8, 2013