Parks Director Claims He Had to Shut Down WW2 Memorial to Fight Terrorism


Apparently terrorists can’t get through sawhorses. Also apparently the Parks Service has the people to forcibly shut down local businesses, but couldn’t spare the people to monitor the WW2 memorial for suicide bombers.

The National Park Service director told Congress on Wednesday that he had to shut down the open-air memorials on the Mall during the government shutdown because of terrorism, saying that closing them was the only way to protect them “in a post-9/11 world.”

Director Jonathan B. Jarvis also said his agency had received intelligence showing an increased threat of danger since the shutdown began — though he would not tell two House committees what those warnings were.

Wait. Wait.

The National Parks Service is now receiving intelligence warnings about terrorist attacks? Did this intel by any chance consist of emails from the Southern Poverty Law Center about a mass veterans attack?

Mr. Issa said the monuments on the Mall remained open during the 1995-1996 shutdowns, and wanted to know why Mr. Jarvis acted differently this time.

The director said the threat of terrorism makes things different.

“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,” he says in his prepared testimony.

The threat of terrorism isn’t even in the NPS’ department. It would fall to the FBI and the local police who would alert the NPS to be on alert. That’s about it.

And did the National Park Service shut down Yellowstone because of a terrorist threat? What were the terrorists going to do? Bomb Old Faithful? Why did the Grand Canyon have to be shut down? Why did the NPS forcibly shut down private businesses on Federal land? Why did the NPS try to shut down Claude Moore Colonial Farm which is volunteer run?

Fact of the matter is that even Jarvis admits that park cops were deemed essential personnel. So the NPS’s law enforcement end wasn’t affected. It had plenty of park cops to

1. Hassle joggers

2. Mount a 24/7 siege of the Pisgah Inn in North Carolina to keep the business closed

3. Try and fail to barricade Mount Vernon, which they had nothing to even do with

Jarvis is just breaking out crazier and crazier lies.

  • pupsncats

    Just an inkling of the coming police state.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    He should be fired for that boldfaced lie, but obammy will give him a promotion and raise.

  • antioli

    Speaking of Plausible lying ,Obama was good at it;this guy fails big time.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Those terrorists! Shrewed and sneaky, …and ingeniously disguised as WWII vets in wheelchairs, using walkers, brandishing canes, hobbling along at 1.5 miles an hour, and escorted by their 72 virgin caregivers! Jarvis must have had a snort of crack before he testified.

    • A Z

      If terrorists killed WW2 vets, the whole nation would be angered and the terrorist group would be hunted into extinction.

      That is the whole country except for the liberal intelligentsia. In 3 days to 2 weeks they would slowly and progressively more openly start wring their hands about why we brought this on ourselves.

  • A Z

    Director Jonathan B. Jarvis needs give up who gave him the orders to close the open air WW2 memorial or he needs to be politically crucified.

    As Rush Limbaugh said he had no intention of doing anything like this when he joined the park service 20 years or so ago. He feels that if he does not obey a political order he will lose his job. Are they going to take his pension too? If they would then he should know the same people who would do so will also ruin the country.

    He needs to give up the people who told him to shut the open air memorial down. He needs to divulge the contents of the email to the Senate and House intelligence committee.They are cleared to see those emails.

    Those emails will point to who is manipulating intelligence for political purposes.

    We, the American people, have a right to know.

    He can perjure himself or obstruct congressional fact finding.

    A man in Director Jonathan B. Jarvis’s position should have enough money saved and be old enough to not care about losing a job because of White House staffer.

  • vulgar_imposter

    And if they had left the parks open and reports of an elevated terrorist threat had emerged, Daniel “I’m Completely Obsessed with Obama” Greenfield would have scribbled another testy story complaining that the parks had been left open. You see, folks, Lil’ Daniel (or Horowitz Lite) has devoted his entire life to criticizing Obama. It’s his job. It’s his life. It’s an obsession with him. Daniel probably had dreams of a fruitful journalistic career when he was younger. But he didn’t quite possess the necessary skills, talent, and work ethic for that. Now, he writes for a website that’s just one rung above the offiical website of the United Klans of America. That makes Lil’ Daniel bitter and mean, but essentially harmless. If Lil’ Daniel had never been born, the world would be exactly the same as it is now, except that someone else would be wiping Horowitz’s gargantuan rump.

    • kuffar geoff

      you mean by sucking the teat of the statists progressive elitist media hacks that plague our tv on a daily basis? you probably like that knuckledragger ed schultz.

      • Jay

        Pierce Morgan will be gone a year from now.

        MNBC will give him the axe.

        The next to follow will be Ed Schultz.

        Vulgar will be in mourning.

        • Bryan Schmick

          Mr. Morgan probably will not be upset about getting cut from MSNBC since he doesn’t work for them. He works for CNN.

    • Bryan Schmick

      Pres Obama certainly makes it easy to write articles against his regime. It would be better if our pres made an effort to be successful.

    • Biff Henderson

      The din of spin is music to your ears. The faithful lapdog knows which rump to sniff, right Sparky?

  • Bryan Schmick

    And here I thought THE ONE eliminated the terrorist threat. Sarc off.

  • TruthandFreedom

    Makes sense due to the fact that Obama has stated that those who believe in the constitution, Christians, and veterans are all terrorists!

  • Dave

    You forgot that they also had personnel in to let the immigration protest scumbags in on their little day.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    I wouldn’t trust Darrell Issa to run a hearing on anything. He has proved himself a traitor by voting in favor of the McConnell-Reid budget deal.

  • Tony Baker

    It is time for the Park Service to be disbanded and The Parks returned to The States

  • Pyro Rob

    I’m sure interrupting the view of Mount Rushmore was also required to prevent terrorism. You know, terrorists might blow themselves up on the highway…

    Remember people, these idiots are being paid with OUR money. Now you have to ask why.