In the War Of Terror, everyone becomes a suspect.
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So uh, according to the FBI, doing perfectly legal things now makes you a suspect. Of course, at the bottom of the flyer is this sentence:
It is important to remember that just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he/she is suspicious.
Just going to let that sit for a second….
I struggle to even find the words.
I used to say this early after the wire tapping scandal hit the Bush administration: Be careful what you defend when it comes to “fighting terrorism” you Rightwing fucks because eventually these laws will be turned against you.
Did anyone listen? Of course not because people in general are fucking stupid. But I was right. They used to think they were safe, but now the Right is running scarred, fearful be being branded as a terrorist because they like to think they have the balls to stand up to their government.
In the strongest possible tone I can muster over the Internet, I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.
It would be comical if it wasn’t our reality. Case in point, the blog where I found this FBI narc flyer continues with the same retarded thought process, but complaining that the government should be aiming their weapons at ragheads, and not at dyed in the wool, red blooded, patriotic Americans.
Islamist terrorists are not known to hang out in local Army-Navy surplus stores, stocking up on MREâ€™s, high capacity magazines and bi-pods for their long range rifles. As Brandon Smith, over at Alt-market.com notes, â€œThese are very common purchases, not for terrorists, but for Preppers and Survivalists, who are obviously the targets of the FBI profile, not secret Al-Qaeda agents.â€ Spot on. Obviously the current crop of FBI â€œleadershipâ€ considers anyone who wants to be self-sufficient and prepared to be a â€œthreatâ€ that should be relentlessly tracked and reported.
Newsflash OathKeepers, you are the enemy. You are the terrorists. You may not think so, but your government does and that’s all that counts.
Thatâ€™s the motto of the Boy Scouts.
â€œBe prepared for what?â€ someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,
â€œWhy, for any old thing.â€ said Baden-Powell.
Under the logic of this most recent handout, the Boy Scouts should be reported as â€œsuspicious.â€ I can just hear the people at Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who likely helped write this handout, screeching â€œSomeone report Baden-Powell to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force! Heâ€™s advocating an extremist, paranoid â€œprepperâ€ ideology! Oh, wait â€¦heâ€™s dead? Well then, report anyone who quotes him! Such as that subversive remnant of American reactionary radicalization of the youth, the Boy Scouts! Thatâ€™s a hotbed for extremist radicalization. Why havenâ€™t they been shut down yet?! Someone get Cass Sunstein and Holder on the phone!â€
The Founders would have wanted all of us, every one, to â€œbe preparedâ€ for â€œany old thing.â€ They would have wanted us to have night vision, gas masks (which come in handy in many situations), â€œhigh-capacityâ€ magazines â€“ and the powerful military pattern rifles that use them â€“ bi-pods so we can shoot accurately at long distance, and plenty of ammunition in â€œweatherproofedâ€ containers (also known as surplus ammo cans). They would have wanted us to have plenty of MREâ€™s for handy field use, and even â€œnight flashlights.â€ I suppose â€œday flashlightsâ€ are OK with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, but those dangerous â€œnight flashlightsâ€ are verboten, and anyone who buys one must be reported! I certainly hope it wasnâ€™t actually someone at the FBI who wrote that.**
This absurd list sounds like it was compiled by someone at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or by someone at the Brady Center. Iâ€™m shocked it doesnâ€™t also list purchase of â€œthose shoulder things that go upâ€ as a potential indicator of terrorist activity. And it may well have been written by the SPLC. As Oath Keepers exposed in October of 2010, the CEO of Southern Poverty Law Center now sits on the DHS â€œWorking Group on Countering Violent Extremism,â€ which is tasked with designing training initiatives that reach right down to the local community level (as in â€œcommunities against terrorismâ€), to include training local police, social workers, teachers, â€œchild protective servicesâ€ personnel, and mental health professionals on how to use their power and influence to â€œcounter violent extremism.â€
I donâ€™t have to tell you who SPLC likes to label â€œextremist.â€ You already know. Just look in the mirror. If you dare to quote the Founding Fathers, if you still believe in the self evident truths and principles of liberty espoused in the Declaration of Independence, if you advocate strict obedience of the Constitution, if you dare to take your oath seriously, and encourage others to do likewise, you are a radical â€œextremistâ€ according to the SPLC and their â€œHate Watchâ€ website, and they will lump you in with neo-Nazis, skinheads, cop-killers and terrorists. And likewise if you support Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, or Michelle Bachmann, or if you watch Judge Andrew Napolitanoâ€™s Freedom Watch show or like Glenn Beck, since all of them are considered â€œenablersâ€ of extremism by the SPLC. And of course, Oath Keepers has been a target of their smear campaigns from the day of its founding. I consider it a badge of honor. You know youâ€™re over the target when Mark Potok starts screeching about you on national TV.
Still, the irony seems to escape the Right. Get a clue, your government didn’t intend to protect you when Bush was in office, and it doesn’t intend to protect you now. It’s not a Democrat/Republican issue, it’s a power issue. Wake up.