Unfortunately, we have all, at one point or another, been made painfully aware of the destructive surveillance state that the United States has become since the alleged terrorist attack on September 11, 2011.
Over the past year or two, however, The Department of Homeland Security, under Secretary Janet Napolitano, has been pushing local police departments as well as individual citizens to spy on their neighbors and local residents, expanding and intensifying this horrible Orwellian nightmare.
They have even gone so far as to release “If You See Something, Say Something” advertisements and extensive documents which outline the various ‘suspicious activities’ people should be looking for.
It has already been made public that Homeland Security has a list of ‘suspicious’ words used to monitor social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter (RT – Target on your cyber back: DHS has a list of words deemed ‘suspicious’) and that this list of words contains everything from “assassination” to “agriculture” and even “pork.”
We also know that we’re supposed to report anyone who avoids eye contact, owns multiple firearms, takes photos or videos, is over dressed, or covers furniture in their home. (National Terror Alert – See Something, Say Something)
Now, the Liberty Battles team has come across a document from December 27, 2010 which suggests that we should report anyone who has coffee grinders and goggles. And no; this is not a satirical article, although we wish it was.
In a December 27, 2010 “Roll Call Release,” the DHS informed law enforcement and first responders that they should be on the lookout for certain people; but it’s not gun owning patriots or citizen journalists; it’s coffee drinkers and scientists.
The document intends to show indicators to the law enforcement and first responders which may suggest that a person is making or has the ability to make CBR (chemical, biological, and radiological) weapons.
The document starts off by saying that witnessing one of the indicators listed in this document alone would not be conclusive, but witnessing more than one of these indicators along with other ‘suspicious’ activity might be.
We’ve already concluded that ‘other suspicious activity’ could be owning guns, practicing citizen journalism, and taking about pork; so what are these new ‘indicators’ that police, first responders, and average citizens should be on the lookout for?
Well, here’s a full list of these ‘dangerous indicators.’
(U//FOUO) Unusual or unpleasant odors, chemical fires, brightly colored stains, or corroded or rusted metal fixtures in apartments, hotel or motel rooms, self-storage units, or garages.
— (U//FOUO) Unexplained presence of equipment, containers, or material that could be used for radiation shielding or protection, such as lead, concrete, or steel.
— (U//FOUO) Unexplained presence of radiation detection or identification equipment.
— (U//FOUO) Damage to clothing, evidence of serious illness, or injuries such as burns, skin lesions, infections, or missing hands or fingers.
— (U//FOUO) Presence of potential precursors for biological agent production, such as castor
beans or bacterial growth materials.
— (U//FOUO) Laboratory equipment such as Bunsen burners, microscopes, and scientific
glassware; personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles, and gloves; household items
such as plant seeds, strainers, coffee grinders, and filters; and common household chemicals
such as acetone located together in places that are unusual, hidden, or disguised.
— (U//FOUO) An individual’s reluctance or inability to explain the presence of toxic chemicals,
radioactive materials, biological organisms, or related equipment.
— (U//FOUO) Presence of CBR training manuals, such as The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook or
The Anarchist Cookbook.
— (U//FOUO) Chemical containers discarded in dumpsters.
— (U//FOUO) Evidence of unexplained animal deaths.
— (U//FOUO) Security measures that appear inappropriate for the location they protect.
Obviously, if you see chemical fires coming from your neighbor’s house and hear them screaming “death to America!” something may be up. But some of these indicators that, according to Homeland Security, suggest that a person may be creating CBR weapons, are just absurd.
Let’s remember that more than one of these indicators along with other ‘suspicious’ behavior could be serious and should be reported immediately, according to this document. So let’s create a scenario, shall we?
We start off with an average person; John Smith. John’s house has just burned down and he was barely able to escape the fire.
He has a few bruises and burns and what little clothes he has left are tattered and ripped. He’s walking down the street with his head down, not making eye contact with anyone, because he doesn’t feel like conversing with anyone in light of the recent tragedy.
In addition to this, he’s constantly coughing because of the smoke inhalation he experienced during the fire.
We now go to another person; Bob. Bob has read the Department of Homeland Security’s various documents and manuals on suspicious activity and he’s always on the lookout for things.
He sees John walking down the street. He doesn’t know John so he doesn’t know that he has recently lost his home in a terrible fire.
Bob believes John is acting a little suspicious so he pulls out his trusty DHS checklist and goes through the indicators. Bob is stunned when he is able to pull together several conclusive indicators.
1. John has bruises and burns on his body.
2. John has ripped and tattered clothing.
3. John isn’t making eye contact with anyone.
4. John has a persistent cough, indicating possible illness.
Bob pulls out his cell phone and dials 911. “I think I’ve found a terrorist,” he says. Bob feels good about himself.
He has saved America from a possible terrorist attack. Bob walks away with a smile.
Now obviously, this scenario is a bit of a stretch – not that this scenario isn’t possible, but it’s unlikely. But it serves as an example that several of these indicators can occur without the person being linked to Al-Qaeda or any terrorist activity.
These ‘indicators’ are simply the Department of Homeland Security’s way of turning everyone against everyone and forcing us into a nightmare Orwellian surveillance state in which everyone is a complete paranoid schizophrenic.
Alex Allen is the director of LibertyBattles.com