An article by Marlon Brock, originally posted at titled “10 Prison Security Techniques Being Implemented on the American People,” shows a stellar correlation between the controlling of prisoners…and the controlling of citizens. The encroaching surveillance; the number of laws being dumped into the system; the countless regulations quickly approaching the numbers of stars in our galaxy, and the all around oppressive Police State’s toxic smog enveloping the country…..are a reflection of a well-honed authoritarian creation that could only be realized through technology. This is humanities Frankenstein. It is indeed…Alive.

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Now retired, Mr. Brock’s  21 and a half years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private corrections provides an insider’s assessment of what takes place in prisons vs the Hollywood/TV versions. Combine this with his obvious individualized escape from the ‘sheep mindset’ of all too many USSA citizens; you have someone who is able to connects the dots.

The prison slang for the non-incarcerated is “Free worlders”. Comparatively speaking it makes sense, but if it were true in the purest sense, the country wouldn’t be feeling jittery. The fact that “We the People” are starting to grumble above a whisper, and in greater numbers about losing ‘freedoms,’ supports Mr. Brock’s assertion that our country may in fact be “one giant correctional institution.”

No. 1 – Cameras & Movement Tracking

No surprise that cameras…e v e r y w h e r e…are a mainstay of federal prisons. They condition the inmates to exercise due diligence before thinking about breaking any rules or policies. The “all eyes on you” never let them forget who is in control, and who has the deed to their freedom.



It’s also no surprise that cameras…e v e r y w h e r e…are the mainstay in the ‘free world’ for us Free worlders. But noooo…..the pervasive use of cameras by the government, corporations, military, DHS, and police trying to capture a gazillion ‘Kodak’ moments of their citizens is simply not enough. These spawns-of-Evil entities must track our movements; absolutely have to watch us live our lives using video; and just gotta throw a best-of-the-best “I see you” grids across the cities. So many voyeuristic toys!  License plate readers, roving data collectors, facial-recognition software, iris scanners, ‘X-ray you to death’ machines at airports, and “cop-a-feel” whenever possible policies.  With the expanding usage of these, along with other tools not cited; and yet to be invented technologies; Mr. Brock offers the astute observation, “Today’s youngest generation will grow up never knowing what privacy is.”

No. 2 – Drug Testing

Yeah well…if anyone has perfected the ‘pee in the cup-open your mouth-we want your blood-couple strands of hair’ drug testing process, it would be the prisons. No bodily fluids are off-the-table. Prisoners were the lab rats for the foisting of what has become an abuse of a drug abuse monitoring program.

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Now corporations, hospitals, federal agencies, and many businesses and schools declare us guilty of drug abuse….until we can prove it not so….and God forbid you should forget to tell them about a prescription drug your on….”Not only are you a drug abuser, you are a liar….no job for you.”  The truth is this is a conditioning mechanism to decrease resistance to finding out anything and everything there is to know about us….no matter what bodily orifice must be probed.

 No. 3 – Metal Detection & Weapon Confiscation

It’s a given that weapon detection and confiscation is sine qua non for the prison system. This is not the same thing as keeping weapons out of the system.  Humans, being the creative, imaginative creatures that they are inevitably give the guards a run for their money. All visitors to the prisons/jails are swept-up into the perpetual cat-and-mouse game of weaponry via the metal detectors.

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Ah…the metal detector; once delegated to rational use for a particular setting, has been set free to stake a claim in whatever building the government (federal, state, city, town) decides it is of need….and not just because. No no….what better way to promote angst around weapons; and brainwash a populace into a borderline psychosis about feeling secure, than to ballyhoo “weapon/gun free zones”?

No. 4 – Crowd Control

Mr. Brock offers that prison crowd control is defined by the following: Helmets, face shields, batons, knee guards, tear gas, wedge formations, line formations, half steps, full steps, pinning tactics. Today’s law enforcement’s attempts at crowd control is superimposed over his own memories as a Hostage Negotiation Team leader. HNT and Special Operations and Response Team (SORT) sync training on a monthly and annual basis. Hand signals, verbal commands, and specialized maneuvers are purposed for putting down “disturbances”…FBOP’s code word for ‘riot’…by herding inmates towards a direction determined by SORT.

crowd control

Crowd control tactics perfected by the prison officials has been transferred to the “Free world” as a ways and means of threatening, terrorizing, harassing, and most importantly…..restricting/controlling the Right to protest.

No. 5 & 6 – Checkpoints & Random Pat Searches

In a nutshell…prisoners have pat searches by any staff member, anytime, anywhere. Refusal may be an option….but ALWAYS comes with consequences.


Roadblocks, checkpoint, stop-and-frisk, no-knock warrants…..saying “No thank you Mr. Officer” is an option, but frequently comes with consequences. This is a beautiful thing… the psychopathic PTBs.

No. 7 – Mail Surveillance

100% of inmate mail is opened, searched….and may be read.


USPS’s Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program – established in 2001 to photograph and store each and every piece of physical mail in a database permanently….160 billion pieces of mail each year.  And of course, law enforcement has unrestrained access to the data……sans a warrant.

No. 8 – Telephone Monitoring

Since the early 2000s, all phone calls in the PIC (Prison Industrial Complex) are sucked up by a 21st century technological wonder to be monitored and recorded. Inmates can’t do anything about it and know it.

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NSA capabilities: crack cellphone encryption, hack applications, intercept calls, monitor who-where-when of all phone calls. The citizens of the USSA have been informed of these transgressions and that they continue.  Response?…meh.

No. 9 – Lockdowns

Reasons to initiate a lockdown in correctional institutions:  rumors of an attempt to escape or potential disturbance, significant weather events, onset of a disturbance. Pretty cut and dry.


Mr. Brock says it best:

“The Watertown lockdown was practice for future declarations of martial law. Those tactics had been used and perfected in our prison systems for years. Now the “free world” is getting the prison treatment with little objection from the public. The lockdown was not necessary and served mostly to measure the public’s reaction and to establish a sense of fear and intimidation. I think it worked.”

No. 10 – Snitching

Prisons did not invent snitching.  They have not cornered the market on snitching….but the government has. The government having snitches in prisons is small potatoes compared to having a nation of snitches.


Our government encourages a culture of snitching by: establishing a work environment whereby managers could be punished for failure to report suspicious activity; federal employees and contractors must !be alert to ‘high risk persons or behaviors’ amongst co-workers; snitching (leaks) to the media is tantamount to espionage; and please please good citizen……if you see something, hear something, or just friggin’ suspect something about another citizen….then for God’s sake…. SAY SOMETHING!  Thank you comrades, and God Bless ‘Merica.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, T4C… hope it stays up for a little while.

    Regarding this topic — of desensitizing citizens to martial law — NBC ran this story this week:

    Fake Blood and Blanks: Schools Stage Active Shooter Drills

    It’s important to note that these drills not only condition students but — perhaps more importantly — local law enforcement. They learn to look past dead kids on the ground, kids used as human shields, etc. to take out the “bad” guy. Shoot first, ask questions later.

  2. Great article. Good to see you posting, T4C.

    “They hate us for our freedoms!”, they said. Perhaps the biggest joke ever spoken. Few citizens of the world are actually less free than we are. Fucked six ways to Sunday. Go USA!!!

    P.S.; Per the new rules, I think you posted to much of the original article. I believe we’re supposed to post just a snippet … a paragraph, or two, at most. Just sayin’….

  3. In the last 35 years from 2006 the total number incarcerated has exploded from less than 300,000 in 1970 to more than 7 times that number. Today the US is number one in its total prison population but in the highest number per 100,000 population imprisoned – 690. Only Russia is a close second with 675 while in South Africa it’s 400, England – 125, France – 90 , Sweden – 60 and Italy -40. Is the US 17 times more criminal than Italy.

    I understand that Americans thrive on ideological beliefs and care not for facts, but the choice here seems to be that either we are a nation of law-breakers (and growing) or we live in a “Police State” (and growing). The for profit side of running a gulag began to explode during the Reagan when incarnation rates began to explode. This is part of trickle up economics.

    Trickle up economics is the transfer of wealth from the bottom of the wealth pyramid to the top while creating the illusion of an improving economy. It removes people from the labor force creating the illusion of lower unemployment. It creates unproductive taxpayer jobs as police, legal system, prison guards and prison support. The big transfer is the profits to the operators of the private prison system.

    Windows 8 was designed by sadistic perverts.

  4. “our country may in fact be “one giant correctional institution.”

    We have more people in prison than any other country in history, including Stalinist Russia. So, we are the least free country in the world. There is a lingering sense in people’s minds that somehow they are free because they can eat as much as they want, go to Wal Mart, and stare at their phones day and night. What better way to inject propaganda directly into people’s brains than an iphone?

    It’s hilarious, and people still believe the propaganda that they’re still free. They’re slaves, to technology, to food, to debt, to the government and the IRS. Through the enticements of gluttony, sloth, greed, pride, envy, wrath, the masters and controllers tell people what to do and what to think. The population has been reprogrammed into utter and complete servitude.

    The fascists go after “terrorists” that still believe in freedom and the constitution. Anyone that opposes our dictator Obama is savagely attacked by the IRS and other branches of the police state. People that work for a living are slaves, half their labor stolen from them by the government and redistributed to the FSA. The FSA are slaves to the government, relying on them to provide everything, at their mercy, as they are too lazy to work and give half their money away to the government. The FSA is too stupid to realize they’re in prison, their housing, income, healthcare and food provided by the state. The government crushes any dissent, and crushes the free market system with massive laws and regulations.

    The wars on terror, the war on poverty, the war on drugs, has resulted in incarceration of our population in one form of servitude or another. These wars have resulted in almost unlimited power by the criminals in Washington and our fascist president. People are slaves and don’t even realize it. And worse, they do nothing about it. Most love and embrace their servitude.

  5. and apparently more butthurt to come. ..I know Alex Jones …but even the blind pig…and all that.

    The U.S. Army has built a 300 acre ‘fake city’ complete with a sports stadium, bank, school, and an underground subway in order to train for unspecified future combat scenarios.

    The recently opened site is located in Virginia and was built at a cost of $96 million dollars, taking just two years to complete.

    While the city was ostensibly built to prepare U.S. troops for the occupation of cities abroad, some will undoubtedly fear that the real intention could be closer to home. Although the site includes a mosque, the town looks American in every other way, with signs in English.

    The fact that, as the Telegraph reports, “The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC,” could suggest that the site was built to double both as a foreign city and a mock domestic town.

  6. “P.S.; Per the new rules, I think you posted to much of the original article. I believe we’re supposed to post just a snippet … a paragraph, or two, at most. Just sayin’….”

    I had a finger wagged at me this morning about that. I countered that the article was composed by me and me alone, i.e. it bears no resemblance to the original, not even the pictures, with exception of citing a couple of quotes and the 10 techniques. I also asked if the pictures fell within the guidelines. Still don’t actually know that but it was given the green light.

    You rock! (well you do to Stucky but you’re not whom I referring to here) Thanks boss!

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  8. “…I think your Avatar is a violation, naked woman running through a car wash.”

    Do you wear glasses? 🙂 I have a fascination about the fibonacci spiral. My avatar was an example of it in Google images. Looked refreshing!


    Other examples:



  9. I suppose it’s all fine and well to wax poetically how fucked we are, and quite another to propose any real solutions.

    This individual contributed for 21 years to the same system he now condemns. Reminds me of Robert Gates. Too late, dude.

    Nice avatar, btw.

  10. @ 14:41 “This individual contributed for 21 years to the same system he now condemns. Reminds me of Robert Gates. Too late, dude.”

    I hear ya’. Some people rouse out of their slumber early, some late, some never. Mr. Brock did say this in his article:

    “When I took my first walk through at FCI (Federal Correctional Institution) El Reno Oklahoma as a new employee, I was surprised at how non-Hollywood real prison life is….”

    “As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls.”

    His posted bio:

    I am a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer (HR 218) having worked 21 & 1/2 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private corrections. While in the FBOP I was an officer, records technician, paralegal trainee, Inmate Systems Manager, Correctional Programs Specialist, Introduction to Supervision Lead Instructor, Acting Associate Warden on numerous occasions, Duty Officer, and the Hostage Negotiations Team Leader. I was involved in a number of prison disturbances (riots) and flew the real “Con Air.” Today I am a part time videographer/photographer and an aspiring writer. I love writing and being given the opportunity to post some articles on is a chance of a lifetime for me.

    Sounds like he might be a boomer. I’d find it easier to cut him some slack vs Robert Gates. I venture Gates knew full well what was going down every step of the way.

  11. Nonaanonymous makes a valid point. However regardless of whether one may have at one time contributed to our current problems, if they now recognize the need for major reforms, this is what matters.

    The Admin provides a place for us to vent and also provides detailed and insightful commentary that motivates us to express our opinions. Besides venting, we all have a obligation as informed people to try to persuade those we know why it’s so important to reform they system – the most important reason being that our future is at stake.

    I’m not sure if the Admin or others who post articles here specifically state that they want the kind of truly major reform that includes replacing both democrats and republicans. I haven’t visited this site long enough to know.

    However, I personally believe the system can’t be reformed from within. We all have to try to communicate the types of reforms we envision to everyone we can who will listen. This is extremely difficult since so many are uninformed, apathetic, and loyal to our current system either because of financial dependence on government or receiving some type of taxpayer subsidy, benefit, or guarantee of bailout, etc.

    Only a very small minority in our country are truly informed. Though the effort must be made by each in their own way to wake others up, miracles are hard to come by. One can talk with common sense and intelligence but it’s very difficult to get through to many who don’t have the capacity to either listen – or understand.

    Still until collapse actually happens, those who are informed must do whatever they can to persuade others whether via blogs, emails, snail mail, or one-on-one discussions – even if collapse may be a foregone conclusion.

  12. it warms the cockles of my heart to see that someone has been paying attention to my comments.

    El Coyote says:

    Stephanie says:

    “Regardless of your 10 dollars a month, it is still copyright material.”

    I have no clue, I take her word for it. Just want to say that Dr. Pangloss said, there is nothing new under the sun, if you take a work and tweak it, it is your own. I suggested as much to Z when I said he could take the story of Ray Romano and make it his, at least in his heart. Stucky proved my point when he took Card802′s story of the Mexican Fisherman and with a few changes came up with a new story with a slightly different ending.

    Dr. Pangloss said that all stories have a connection to the human heart and if they derive from stories the general population has heard before, they trigger an emotional response and recognition. Good movies are born this way. Hollywood movies exploit your recognition of the Cinderella story, the ugly duckling story, etc.

    There is nothing new under the sun, sounds like a biblical truth. Even the comments on TBP are loaded with expressions that we have read from Smokey to Sgt. Rock. TBPers did not invent ribald, picaresque, sly, obscene or double-entendre humor. Chaucer and Shakespeare make generous use of it. Cervantes has Sancho going toe to toe with the housekeeper, (a woman with the authority Edna of the sitcom ‘Dads’ enjoys) she tells Sancho that his jokes may make the rich folks laugh but he would only get the bird from her. Sancho replies that since he is hungry, he hopes it’s young and tender.

    Anyway, that was my two cents worth about copyrights and originality. It’s been done before. Here is one parting thought, why do folks get paid millions for their mug when they were not the originators of said mug? Faces, like stories, repeat. Justin B looks like a young Donnny O and Elvis was said to resemble Lord Byron (although I think he resembles Dickens’ James Steerforth).

  13. I got curious about him saying “I….flew the real “Con Air”. Wikipedia to the rescue:

    “The Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), nicknamed “Con Air”,[1] is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with the transportation of persons in legal custody between prisons, detaining centers, courthouses, and other locations. It is the largest prison transport network in the world.”

    “The agency is managed by the United States Marshals Service…”

    “Air fleet operations are located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma…”

    “Usually, the airline employs Boeing 727 or McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 aircraft to transport convicts and illegal residents of the United States for extradition.”

    “In the early 1970s, the U.S. Marshals were offered a transfer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a Boeing 727 aircraft. Though no purpose was originally designated for this plane, one official had the idea of using it for the mass transportation of federal inmates.”

    So deductive reasoning says if he flew (actually flew or flew on?) the real Con Air in the 70’s = Boomer.

    Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System


  14. I have been known to divert from the road when I can see yellow lights up ahead (almost a half mile ahead). Now I learn that is a big no-no and can get you a ticket if not arrested.

    Excuse me for going off topic but I was a bit disappointed when Christine Pasanen won our h.s. short story contest with a tale about school kids having to wear masks in class. The Star Wars storm troopers uniform that appeared several years later seems to have been inspired by her story.

    Don Cheto (Mexican radio personality) said that the source of much psychological pain is in wanting to be in two places at one time. The same can be said about the desire to be here and in the America of 50 years ago while dreading the situation 50 years from now.

  15. Only a very small minority in our country are truly informed. Though the effort must be made by each in their own way to wake others up, miracles are hard to come by. One can talk with common sense and intelligence but it’s very difficult to get through to many who don’t have the capacity to either listen – or understand. -ss

    you will soon be tested by fortune and fame.,,,you will fail and I will see you on the TV


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