Giessel Says Scrutinize Foreign Students
Looks like another piece of legislation is coming from the Xenophobe caucus.
Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anch) has proposed HB1, which will basically turn the DMV into a branch of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and require extra work for multiple state agencies who will now have to process drivers licenses more frequently, attempt to know law that is not their job; and create a bunch of hassle for foreign students in our university system.
Yes, this isn’t just any nefarious terrorist threat, this is students. Let’s hear from Cathy Giessel (R-Anch/Turnagain), who proudly never had any of her children in the public school system. She’s all for scrutinizing students.
“A lot of times folks think of students: ‘very innocuous,’” Giessel said. “But I also think those folks that flew the planes into the Twin Towers, some of them were here on student visas — is that correct?”
Oh, those terrorist ‘folks.’ It’s good to know that Giessel is basing an entire policy for Alaska on an event that happened 12 years ago in New York City, and she’s not even sure she’s correct about it. Whatever. All she knows is that those sneaky ‘other’ people with their pigment, and their languages, should have us living in terror. For a supposed limited government Republican, she’s adding a bunch of cost and paperwork to soothe her fear of the furriners.
“In moving to require applications for driver’s licenses on a more frequent basis, this essentially increases the workload of local Social Security offices, my office and most importantly the DMV offices,” Carol Holz of the University’s International Programs Department said.
Apparently, Senator Giessel’s authoritarian big government tendencies have skipped a generation.
It’s impossible to look at this type of unneeded big government excess without noting, ironically, that Giessel’s son David is an outspoken anarchist, who used to be an AM radio host in Fairbanks for the talk show “Patriot’s Lament.” This Giessel “completely rejects the state.” He describes his parents as “limited government Republicans” but that they’ve “come quite a way” to his line of thinking. So much for that, I guess. Mom has pulled her jack boots back on.
Here are the self-described “Patriot’s Lament Boys” from Fairbanks.
(L-R Josh Bennett, Militia leader Aaron Bennett, David Giessel, and “our good friend and soon to be regular” Michael Anderson)
While Giessel the elder is willing to add layers of wasted money to bloat the budget of state government in the name of 9/11 and thinly veiled racism, the younger Giessel has a different take on the threat of foreign terrorism.
“No one’s really trying to kill us… except for the state,” he explains. When he was asked specifically about 9/11, in an interview he gave at an pseudo-anarchist conference in New Hampshire, he said, ”There’s Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, right? Those are somewhat believable compared to a lot of things we’re told – 9/11, Osama bin Laden, the Kennedy assassination, you know.” He explained that people just don’t want to believe that their own government would plot to kill its people. “It’s a hard pill to swallow” for most people, he said.
I bet this Thanksgiving’s table conversation is going to be a hoot. Maybe he can wrap the pill in a piece of turkey.
The Patriot’s Lament blog explained in June of last year that, “David is moving on, taking his own advice to leave the country while you can. He will still be checking in from time to time from places unknown.” The “places unknown” turns out to be Canada, where he probably has health care now, and is working for a company testing drones. The mind reels. I still think the younger Giessel would be a whole lot more fun to hang out with than the elder one, and at least his political views are more consistent.
As for “our good friend” Michael Anderson up there in the picture, he also moved on in June, 2012. We don’t really know where he is because he would be the same “Michael O. Anderson” that was convicted militia leader Schaeffer Cox’s IT guy – the one who did all the research to find out where targeted judges, TSA agents, and law enforcement officers lived, what cars they drove, their license plate numbers. You know, stuff like that. He was arrested and set to stand trial for conspiracy, but turned state’s evidence in exchange for his testimony and freedom from prosecution as a domestic terrorist. He got some cash and fled. Four of his other friends were not so lucky, and are currently serving hard time for conspiracy to murder federal employees, and a host of illegal weapons charges.
So, remember. The real threat is all those smart brown people at the University. We really need to make sure we use the legislature’s time to focus on keeping an eye on them, because they sure have been fooling us by acting all innocuous.