Playas, NM Video
This 37-minute documentary video tells the story of a small town in Hidalgo County, New Mexico that, in a time of economic need, welcomed a federal security training facility into its midst. The story of how that came about, and what happened subsequently, is told by the residents themselves, against the background of a starkly beautiful Southwestern landscape.
As you may know, Ruthsburg is the federal governments preferred site for a hard skills facility that will consolidate up to nineteen of the State Departments anti-terrorist training operations.
(From KIDL Web Guy: There is a large disagreement of just what the "Hard Skills" definition is, and if this DVD is an apples to apples comparison of Playas, NM to Ruthsburg, MD. Some argue this story has a better comparison. )
Whether or not you live on Maryland's Eastern Shore, I believe you will find the story of Playas, and the unfolding story of Ruthsburg, not only compelling viewing, but also deeply relevant to the larger issues of trust in government that are being debated everywhere in the United States today.
PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to read the Letter to the Editor below video number 4 (best after you have viewed all 4 videos)... and my comments to Susan Hale.
Playas Hard Skills Facility - Part 1 of 4
Playas Hard Skills Facility - Part 2 of 4
The 4 Videos Above Are The Contents Of The DVD Mentioned Below
Letter to the Editor
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - The Bay Times
The following letter was sent the the Queen Anne's County Commissioners.
It has come to my attention that the DVD on the New Mexico security facility, prepared by Mr. Sveinn Storm, has been given free air time on QATV, with your permission.
I find it appalling that such a misrepresentation of facts would be allowed this broad exposure under your approval, an approval that implies your belief and support of its content. If you take the time to read (attached Internet articles), you will see that this area of New Mexico, around Playas, was dying after the demise of the copper mining. The second article would imply that, contrary to what Mr. Storm says, the border patrol and homeland security workers in the area aren't purposely choosing to drive 30 or more miles for food and housing, but in fact are being forced to because of lack of housing and other facilities near their work.
In other words, it appears that the area could have come back resoundingly if the leaders had had the foresight to prepare for the deluge of opportunity.
To allow Mr. Storm's DVD to be presented and supported by your approval is an affront to the residents of Queen Anne's County who are looking for factual information on the proposed FASTC in Queen Anne's County.
Please reconsider and withdraw your permission for this miss-information to be so broadly, and freely, distributed. I consider its exposure under the guise of QATV a real disservice to our citizens.
Susan characterizes the DVD as full of “misrepresentation of facts”:
“If you take the time to read you will see that this area of New Mexico, around Playas, was dying after the demise of the copper mining.”
I saw nothing in Storm’s DVD that contradicted this . . . did I miss something? I believe that was brought out pretty clearly.
“. . . contrary to what Mr. Storm says, the border patrol and homeland security workers in the area aren’t purposely choosing to drive 30 or more miles for food and housing, but in fact are being forced to because of lack of housing and other facilities near their work.”
OK, again, I did watch the DVD only once, but the impression I came away with was that the people interviewed in the documentary HAD to drive that far because the once-thriving town of Playas no longer had the facilities they needed DESPITE promises that the federal facility would help their town with jobs and an influx of people. Maybe I’d better watch those videos again.
“In other words, it appears that the area could have come back resoundingly if the leaders had had the foresight to prepare for the deluge of opportunity.”
HUH???? The leaders of Playas DID welcome the federal facility with open arms and what they got, instead of all the promised economic development and jobs, was a ghost town that goes BOOM in the night (and day)! The “deluge of opportunity” was welcomed but, like other gov’t promises, it was just hot (desert) air.
She pleads with the County Commissioner’s to “withdraw your permission for this miss-information to be so broadly, and freely, distributed.”
Why? Susan, are you sure you watched the entire DVD?
Will someone else out there PLEASE send a rebuttal letter to the editor and the commissioners?
You can View the DVD Video Here.
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