Says people who use cellphones and e mail should be under suspicion
A Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Law Enforcement pamphlet gives
the public characteristics to identify terrorists that include buying baby formula,
beer, wearing Levi jeans, carrying identifying documents like a drivers license
and traveling with women or children.
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This latest assault on common sense arrives on the back of a Virginia
training manual used to help state employees recognize terrorists that listed
anti-government and property rights activists as terrorists and includes binoculars,
video cameras, pads and notebooks in a compendium of terrorist tools.
Shortly after 9/11 a Phoenix
FBI manual that was disseminated amongst federal employees at the end of
the Clinton term caused waves on the Internet after it was revealed that potential
terrorists included, "defenders of the US Constitution against federal
government and the UN, " and individuals who "make numerous references
to the US Constitution." Lawyers everywhere cowered in fear at being shipped
off to Gitmo.
If you live in Texas and you use a mobile phone, the Internet or text messaging
then you could come under the scrutiny of a cadre of informants trained to identify
terrorists based on those very precepts.
Why are the definitions so vague?
Because law enforcement personnel across the country have been trained to treat
absolutely anything as suspicious in order to foster a return to a society not
unlike the East German Stasi,
where one in fifty citizens was an informant for the state.
In Alex Jones' film 9/11:
The Road to Tyranny, FEMA officials give instructional classes in which
they label George Washington and the founding fathers as terrorists because
they killed British colonizers.
Previous manuals of this nature highlighted any political activity as potential
terrorism. This creates a climate of fear and discourages people from exercising
their freedoms or becoming involved in local government affairs.
This manual goes a step further in identifying behavior endemic to any typical
American family as potential terrorism.
In essence it defines the characteristics of being "normal," "nice,"
and wearing normal clothes and behaving in a completely normal manner ("fitting
in") as benchmarks of a suspected Al-Qaeda member.
These descriptions seemingly only protect by omission a nervous suicide bomber
casing a shopping mall. Everybody else in the mall behaving normally could be
terrorists but the sweating, paranoid, evasive mass killer is completely above
suspicion according to this preposterous manual.
In December 2003 the FBI
warned Americans nationwide to be on the lookout for people reading Almanacs
as this could indicate an act of terrorism in planning. Almanacs are popular
glove box inventory of any vehicle and this ludicrous fearmongering was met
with a raucous response from satirists and news commentators.
This manual is an unnecessary piece of anti-American trash and it should be
removed from circulation immediately. Politely email
the Texas Department of Public Safety and suggest this be done forthwith.