The Stasi DHS regime continues to target preppers and people who purchase survival supplies. To date, the FBI and the Dept. of Justice have produced 25 fliers aimed at, and distributed to various industries to promote the reporting of “suspicious activity”. From gun dealers and military surplus stores, to hobby and coffee shops (did you know that paying for your latte with cash means you might be a terrorist?).
The federal government is going completely overboard and is now encouraging the public to report fellow Americans for engaging in the most routine, mundane behavior.
For example; every day we’re warned to protect ourselves against identity theft, but according to these fliers, if you actually take steps to protect your identity by refusing to give out any unnecessary personal information, they label you a terrorist. (on almost all of these government fliers, one of the behaviors they warn to watch out for is: “demanding identity privacy”).
These days, it seems like more and more stores want to get your name, email address, physical address and phone number every time you make a purchase. Well, forgive me, but when I buy something at a store and they start asking for that information, I always politely say: “I’d rather not”. Not because I think they’re trying to steal my identity, but partly because I don’t need to help them send me more junk mail (electronic or otherwise) and mostly because IT’S NONE OF THEIR DAMN BUSINESS!
If I don’t want Sears or Radio Shack knowing where I live, that’s my prerogative as a FREE AMERICAN. It doesn’t mean I have something to hide and it certainly doesn’t make me terrorist.
Now they’re focusing on stores that sell bulk foods. Advising these businesses to demand that their customers show ID and report those who pay with cash, buy MREs, or make “unusually large” purchases…
Whatever that means.
I mean, really, who buys small quantities at a bulk food store? Isn’t buying large quantities the whole point?
That’s like the flier that was distributed to hobby shops, warning to watch out for people who show an “unusual” amount of interest in radio-controlled airplanes. Then, further down the list, they claim that showing no interest in the hobby is also a sign of suspicious behavior.
So for the love of Pete, if you’re all jazzed about RC airplanes, try to contain your enthusiasm! But if you couldn’t care less, you should at least try to feign a little interest.
Oh, wait a minute, I almost forgot… The flier also lists: “Demonstrating interest that does not seem genuine” as suspicious too…
Ok… Better just to stay away from RC airplanes altogether…
I think model trains are still a “safe” hobby… That is, until Homeland Security gets to thinking that someone might use a Lionel H-Scale to deliver an H-bomb. Maybe they should have added: “Buying an excessive amount of model train track” to their list of questionable activities.
However…. I digress.
While it may be entertaining to point out the asinine nature of some of these warnings, it’s also deeply troubling that we are being told to spy and drop a dime on our neighbors. I was going to go off on a tirade about all the legitimate reasons that people have for storing food, or the fact that I can’t think of a single reason why it would even come close to qualifying as “suspicious terrorist behavior”. Not to mention what an utter contradiction it is that the Dept. of Homeland Security labels it as such, considering that both FEMA and DHS have actually encouraged Americans to store food for emergencies in the past. But I don’t think y’all need to have that spelled out for you.
What apparently does need to be spelled out for some people is how infuriatingly repugnant this is to a free society, and what an insidious danger this represents.
To quote that old axiom: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. So if you’re among those who think: “As long as you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about”, let me remind you that back in the ’30s, a lot of folks in Germany said the same thing when they were told to spy on their neighbors…
Until they got hauled off on a train, that is.
And if you’re thinking: “That could never happen in America!”, I know some Japanese-Americans who would beg to correct you.
You know, my grandparents canned and stored “large quantities” of food too… I wonder if ol’ Grandma and Grandpa were secret Islamic terrorists? Elderly Al-Qaeda? Geriatric Jihadists?
Or maybe… Just maybe, they were simply PRUDENT, SENSIBLE AMERICANS.
Click here to view all 25 “Suspicious Activity” fliers.