‘Gestapo Tactics’ — Park Service Rounds Up, Detains Yellowstone Tourists At Gunpoint


One wonders how long it will be before we start reading stories about people getting arrested merely for coming within eyesight or snapping photos at the entrance gate at one of these off-limits public lands the Administration of President Barack Obama is punitively closing down during the phony Federal government shutdown.

A Massachusetts newspaper reported Tuesday on the “Gestapo” treatment locals received at the hands of Federal officers on a vacation trip out to Yellowstone National Park. Unlike earlier reports from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where veterans seemed able to exercise their collective will to thwart Park Service officials who were “guarding” barricaded monuments, these people were actually rounded up and held at gunpoint in a Yellowstone park hotel.

“Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures,” John Macone of the Merrimack Valley-area Eagle-Tribune newspaper wrote Tuesday. “Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.”

From the Eagle-Tribune report:

Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

Well, practically speaking, weren’t they?

Even before the roundup and detainment, Vaillancourt said Yellowstone park rangers showed clear signs that they’d been authorized to act swiftly in response to the Federal government shutdown. In the two days she was able to move about inside the park, a ranger accused senior citizens in her bus tour group of “recreating” for piling out of a bus to snap photos of bison.

Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.

… “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

Gordon Hodgson, the tour guide, later said the Park Service had employed “Gestapo tactics” against civilians, both American and foreign, who left the incident with a dark view that the American notion of individual liberty is quickly unraveling.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Stephine

    Wait. Isn’t it supposed to be government “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Are we not the people? These are federal lands which means they are owned by the people. Last I knew property you own you can walk on. If the punitive government wants to remove all their park rangers and shut all facilities off that is their prerogative. Closing off PUBLIC lands that is just shy of communism where the government owns everything. Last I checked this was not a communist country (but the way it is going with that power monger in the white house it may as well be).

    • garygerke


    • jdn

      Read a few laws on public property or better yet read the Presidential Proclamations AKA Executive Orders . The Government in its view owns everyone and everything without exception . This will not end until the next American Revolution , and that’s if we win .

    • FreedomFighter

      Underground Rumor:Some believe many of the massive fires out west have been Jihadist, Islamo-nazi radicals setting the fires or helping the fires grow. They are looking for firebugs via drone and satellite using high definition thermal imaging, radar…other. Don’t want any civies getting splated by a drone would we? “Probably just a bonus thing being taken advantage of during the political spit the face of closing the parks.”

    • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

      Last you checked? This has been a communist country ever since 1913 when the Central Bank took over.

    • mari

      Yes, yes, of the people, by the people, and for the people…those are the words but we now have a new interpretation. It is one where “the people” are those in government and their cronies, you guys are just the workers who support their way of life. Think “serfs”. Now dance to the music and give them your first born.

  • Sarah Conner

    This is no longer’just shy of communism ‘,it IS communism…obozo IS a communist and if you doubt that,go to the library and get some books on hitler’s third reich,you will see history repeating itself in America…the death camps are already established and staffed with unknown foreigners [likely obozo’s buddies,the sand nigers ]

    • fjwalker1959

      careful, your racism is showing; wow, fer real?

      • Sarah Conner

        Call it like I see it…

        • fjwalker1959

          I think it’s spelled with 2 g’s. just sayin’

          • jimbodc1

            It’s been so long since I’ve seen it in print I don’t remember..PC run amuck…

  • garygerke

    It is only a matter of time before the American people start physically pulling down the oath breaker criminals!

    • 57girl

      Honestly, I don’t think the camel can bear very many more straws. His legs have got to be buckling, by now.

  • rivahmitch

    Not until government minions start dying will they learn to fear the people again. Until that lesson (to fear the people) is given we will have tyranny, as Jefferson warned.

    • Steve E

      And when the government minions are at our gallows and they use the lame excuse that “we were just following orders”, We will make there death even more painful for saying that.

  • steve

    remember what happened at kent st. 1968. it took only 1 nervous national guard to pull the trigger. it’s coming back.

    • KennyLLC

      The difference is “Off the Pigs” was not what one would call “peaceful protest”. The liberal democrat students cornered the guards chanting that Louis Farrakhan slogan, and some idiot lit some firecrackers and threw them on the ground.
      I lived across the street at the time and read some eyewitness accounts.

      • independent thinker

        If I remember correctly they also found evidence the students were throwing rocks and concrete chunks at the Guard.

        • KennyLLC

          I’d have to read some more about. It’been so long and so many liars made it out to be a full frontal military assault.
          Truth is, their protests over the draft were becoming anarchic, and the Black Muslim Nation was stirring up a lot of unrest in Cuyahoga County and the surrounding Cleveland area. Most of the protesters were tighty whiteys with left-wing sympathies, just like stupid Obamanites trying to score John Brownie points.

        • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

          To bad they weren’t shooting at them.

    • rob peters

      And where the hell is Neil Young??!! 4 dead in O HI O! He wrote a song called “Let’s Impeach The President” for Bush.

  • Chris

    This is a breathtaking disgrace and I’m emailing this article to Obama.

    • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

      Sorry, the President can’t read anything but Kenyan.

      • Chris

        Ha Ha……….THAT’S a whole OTHER story.

      • ron

        but he likes the pictures!!

    • CommonSense4America

      That would imply that you think he cares. He doesn’t!!

      • Chris

        Maybe not……….but ya gotta keep tryin’ and I’m not a quitter.

  • KennyLLC

    If they were illegal aliens with an attitude and a protest-Mariachi band they would have been left alone.

    • Chris

      Sadly……….you are soooooooooo right!

  • Robert Wood


  • Bill

    It is time to quit going to national parks for vacations. There are plenty of privately owned places to vacation where you won’t have to deal with the gestapho

    • 57girl

      If you’re in Central Virginia… Check out Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia…. You will absolutely love it.

    • NObama_Holder_Reid_Pelosi_2012

      That is not a solution. These places are bought and paid for in full by our tax dollars, Though it is known as government owned land, we own the government thereby anything that is known as “government owned” is property of the American people. We own the property rights collectively and have the right to peaceful enjoyment of the property we own.

  • Jana

    Yesterday the open Mall that has been closed off now by fences was reopened for Nancy Pelosi and guess who?

    ANSWER: Illegals. Yep, A large group of illegal alliens went through and smiling Nancy was leading them. Of course we all know that her family is from Mexico so she has a vested interest in NOT closing the borders.
    So where were the veterans while this was happening?
    ANSWER: Outside the fence watching.
    This was on Greta Van Sustern Show last night.


    welcome to Amerika,USSA.

  • Josh McNattin

    I think the most valuable thing about this “shutdown” is who it has revealed our elected officials truly to be.

  • JimH

    Gee Yogi, it looks like Ranger Smith is getting out his Jack Boots and swagger stick.
    Oh no BooBoo, that means no picinic baskets.

  • bob

    Might as well get used to it every government agency is heavily armed and has swat units and our police forces are given military equipment. Time to open our eyes and admit we’ve been taken over by treasonous politicians or the silent NSA spy network.

  • 57girl

    And how much longer are we going to allow the imposter in the White House to run the show? Don’t you, my fellow Americans, think it is about time we reclaim our Nation? If the parks are closed, shouldn’t the rangers be laid off? So who is bullying the American Citizen’s now? The frigging Morons standing guard should realize they are betraying themselves and their Nation when they carry out these absurd orders of an illegal President. Surely, they can’t believe that the Government would not /has not betrayed them, as well? We should all be telling Obama to go get screwed, whether we work for the Government, or not, at this point.

  • Dimitrius

    I firmly believe this is all a set up leading to Martial Law…

  • CommonSense4America

    The time is getting very near to once again water the tree of freedom. IF Obama is trying to push us into something so he can call for martial law,,,,,bring it on.

  • CommonSense4America

    The time is getting very near to once again water the tree of freedom. IF Obama is trying to push us into something so he can call for martial law,,,,,bring it on.

  • Tj Timberlake

    This is just disgusting. Much like the nerve of Obama to HIRE guards to keep WWII vets out of open air war memorials. How dare he treat our living heroes (whom w/o there would be no America) with such disrespect ! Anyone who still has any respect for Obama is just as bad. The writing is on the wall for another civil war, and news flash to those of you who help Obama commit his daily felonies, and blatant disrespect for the Constitution, if you think you will be safe when the Sh*t hits the fan, HA, you will not, and if you keep on doing his biding you may find yourself on the end of a rope when all is said and done !!!!

  • ron

    This is a example of how all law enforcement is trained to do as their gov’t says and they try to tell us they are just following “the law”!! In a revolt against our gov’t they would be on the gov’ts side, on the other hand our military, i believe, would side with the people because they have the intellectual to determine right and wrong!! Law Enforcement does not care what is right or wrong, only that they will “enforce” no matter who it is against!