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PROFILED: Does The FBI Consider You A Terrorist?

 

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Terrorism remains a major threat to national security in the United States. While citizens may appreciate the diligent efforts of the FBI to thwart more terrorist acts on American soil, the vast majority will be astounded by the list of common activities the federal agency considers possible terrorism indicators.
Many of the items on the FBI’s “What Should I Consider Suspicious?” agent training list are routine tasks for preppers, as well as the average American citizen.

The FBI terrorism lookout list

  1. Purchasing coffee with cash on a regular basis: Apparently citizens who prefer cash to accruing credit card debt or debit card fees are considered potential suspects. Until the 1950s, credit cards which could be used at more than one store did not even exist.  The Diners Club card was the first multiple location charge card and was geared towards salesmen and businessmen who often conducted meetings at restaurants and not the average family. The card was not made of plastic and had to be paid in full at the end of the month. American Express created the first plastic credit card in 1959. Initially, charges on the card were solely for entertainment and travel purposes, and the bill also had to be paid by the end of the month. A national credit card system was formed in 1966 by Bank of America. Cash was still king well into the 1970s. During this era of cyber hacking and identity theft, paying for coffee (or anything else) in cash is just good old-fashioned common sense.
  2. Paying cash for a rental car or a tattoo: Once again, merely opting to live within your budget and a desire to protect your identity from cyber hackers should not place Americans on an FBI watch list. Presumably, rental car agencies require a driver’s license before leasing a vehicle to anyone. Law enforcement officers often have a valid reason to review rental car records and tattoos related to a particular gang or group while investigating criminal cases… with a warrant, of course. While law-abiding and patriotic Americans do not want to place obstacles in front of officers and agents, we also do not want to be considered potential terrorism suspects simply because we opt to use cash for such activities. Searching through computer records is a tedious and time-consuming task. There is no reason to further clog up the process by tossing in all the names of thousands of citizens who just prefer to use cash and not credit cards.
  3. Taking inappropriate photos or videos: FBI agents surely should be made aware of individuals who appear to be doing surveillance of buildings, water plants, or various forms of infrastructure. Such surveillance could pose a threat to national security. There is a very fine line between possible surveillance and innocent picture or video taking. While questioning someone (and even requesting ID to run) who appears to be engaging in potential surveillance activity is understandable, Gestapo tactics should not be used when a citizen opts to shoot a video or take photos of any government office , facility, or piece of infrastructure for educational, professional, or sightseeing purposes.

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Being somewhere you “don’t belong”:

    Exactly who does not belong where involves quite a  subjective set of decision-making skills. Profiling is a necessary law enforcement skill, in my opinion. Profiling does not equate to racism, as liberals would like the general populace to believe. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are trained to quickly ascertain threats and size-up potential suspects encountered during the commission of a crime A border control agent looking for an illegal immigrant would be likely to carefully review a person of Hispanic descent as a possible suspect. All Hispanic folks encountered in a border town are obviously not illegal immigrants. Profiling training allows agents to differentiate between a possible suspect and the individual walking down the street. The manner in which the individual is treated when stopped or investigated determines whether or not civil rights violations occurred. The Department of Homeland Security presence at a Tea Party rally in front of an IRS officer recently illustrates how quickly an individual or group can be stereotyped or targeted based upon not a matching physical description, but a warped threat assessment. None of the Tea Party protestors were hampered during the demonstration, but the reason for the presence of federal agents was never explained. Perhaps it was a case of “being somewhere you do not belong.”

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    Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

    Illustration: National Institutes of Health

    The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.

    Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf)  is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

    Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

    This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.

    “It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”

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    Published on May 7, 2013

    Ben Swann – Reality Check
    For months now, the Internet has been buzzing with rumors of massive ammo buys by the U.S. government.
    Now, some members of Congress have taken notice and have begun holding hearings about just how much ammo is being bought and for what purpose.

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    DHS Whistleblower: War On Terror a Charade

     Veterans Today

    by Tim Brown

    Julia Davis, a former Customs and Border Protections Officer, was falsely declared a domestic terrorist and subjected to retaliatory efforts against her by theDepartment of Homeland Security. Her home was raided by a 27 man “special response team.” She was twice falsely arrested and imprisoned, but later exonerated.

    She is now anational security expert and has put out a historical documentary titled, Top Priority: The Terror Within.  She claims that the “War On Terror” by the Department of Homeland Security is a charade and that the agency seems to be targeting concerned American patriots.  

    Davis says her documentary is about her time with DHS in dealing with applicants from countries with ties to terrorism, who are seeking to come into the United States. [Editor’s note: Of course, the whole “War on Terror” is a fraud, but what she is exposing is that NOT EVEN DHS BELIEVES THAT IT’S REAL!]

    She says that they had “very specific alerts” that on July 4, 2004, members of Al-Qaeda [Editor’s note: which is itself a creation of the CIA] would be attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the US. The land port where Ms. Davis worked is the largest and busiest land port in the world, San Ysidro Port. She says that Islamic clerics say this is the best place to breech the US border because of the large number of people coming through.

     


    She says that she began to input the information into the DHS database, which she was required to do as a supervisor, and she noticed that she had a high number of people from terrorist countries set to come through her port on July 4. She says there were 23 people from terrorist countries who were to be admitted into the US on that day. She said the average number of people coming from terrorist countries would normally be 5-10 per month. So to have 23 in a ten hour span was “alarming.”

    But it goes further. Davis says that none of these people were subjected to routine checks that were in place for applicants from terrorist countries. According to Davis, “They were supposed to be fingerprinted. They were supposed to be asked why they left the US, why they were coming back, where they were living… all these different procedures that would have taken approximately an hour for each person. None of it was done.”

    In fact, in some of the cases, the individuals didn’t fill out the paperwork or provide the documents they were supposed to in order to come into the United States.

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    DHS Training Video Targets “Militias”

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    Published on May 1, 2013

    A training-style video available on a media page of the FEMA HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) website, and linked to the Department Of Homeland Security features a fake news report depicting “gunowners” and “militias” as terrorists planning bombing attacks on public centers. While confirming that a similar video’s source was indeed a FEMA/DHS webpage (it was), I discovered another video which pushes the boundaries even further; depicting a raid on a militia headquarters which turns up “evidence” of a chemical weapons factory, as well as schematics of various civilian targets.

    As of the date this video was posted, it was available for download on the the FEMA HSEEP website, linked to a DHS.gov subsection. The exact date when this video was produced is not clear. Here are the original links (Video is listed as “Video News Raid”):

    https://hseep.dhs.gov/pages/1001_HSEE…

    https://hseep.dhs.gov/hseep_Vols/righ…

    https://hseep.dhs.gov/hseep_Vols/defa…

    Brandon Smith
    Oath Keepers Associate Editor

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    Friday, May 3, 2013

    DHS Training Video Depicts ‘Militias’ As Chemical Weapon Wielding Terrorists

    Brandon Smith
    Activist Post

    A training-style video available on a media page of the FEMA HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) website, and linked to the Department Of Homeland Security, features a fake news report depicting “gunowners” and “militias” as terrorists planning bombing attacks on public centers. While confirming that the video’s source was indeed a FEMA/DHS webpage (it was), I discovered another similar video which pushes the boundaries even further; depicting a raid on a militia headquarters which turns up “evidence” of a chemical weapons factory, as well as schematics of various civilian targets. Both videos can be viewed below:

    I can’t see any actual “training” utility to these videos, except that they condition DHS agents (and perhaps other law enforcement officials) to immediately associate the “militia” and the gun rights community at large with vicious terrorism.

    Take special note that “gun possession” is mentioned in both videos as if it is a crime, while showing weapons and items that are perfectly legal to own today, including semi-automatic rifles, sniper scopes, night vision, flack jackets, and armor piercing rounds (rounds manufactured before the ATF cut-off date are still legal for anyone to own). All of these items are described in the video as seized “contraband”. Also take note of the absurd scene in which confiscated shooting dummies of various skin tones are displayed while an officer states “ethnicity was open, they hated just about everybody… “.

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    New Documents Reveal Homeland Security Deeply Involved in Boston Bombing

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    April, 2013 DHS documents provide evidence of foreknowledge and complicity in the deaths and injuries sustained in the 4/15/2013 Boston Bombing

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    DHS Doctrine published 2 days before Boston bombing

    Citizen investigators are doing a fine job at exposing the inconsistencies in the story the Feds and corpse media would like us to believe.   Regardless how we attempt to identify the suspects, one perpetrator has essentially confessed to their part in the crime – The Department of Homeland Security.

    New DHS  documents published in April 2013 expose the involvement of  Homeland Security as complicit in the reported deaths of  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and the related murder of MIT officer, Sean Collier.  This assertion of complicity extends to the 260 reported injuries due to the organized, staged events by crisis actors who were contracted to carry out unannounced,  misleading, confusing and dangerous activities in the vicinity of the Boston marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.  HSEEP Doc PDF

    Failure to notify the pubic of the planned exercise per DHS own requirements contributed to the uncertainties, confusion, deaths and injuries.  With full expectation that the simulated bombing would be executed in public, DHS failed to inform local spectators and millions of television viewers of a planned, simulated catastrophe that somehow went “live”.    Below is an except from DHS “Notification” form:  HSEEP-DD10  Rev. April 2013

    Note: “The Public Announcement letter can be distributed to residents surrounding the exercise site to inform them of an upcoming exercise. For large-scale exercises, the announcement can be published in the local newspaper prior to the exercise. A sample announcement is provided.”   (document PDF)

    Furthermore, the deliberate confusion created at the finish line increased opportunity for terrorist activity – whether real or as a False Flag pretext for a political agenda.

    To date DHS director, Janet Napolitano has failed to explain why DHS should not be held accountable for the death, injury and destruction of property resulting from the deliberate and criminal deception of the American people.

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    Jersey City police brass identify a pro-militia clique in the department and say they’ve been stopped

    By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal
    on April 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated April 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    jersey-city-police-patch.JPGSeveral members of Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit have been seen wearing patches showing allegiance to the anti-government extremist “three-percenter” movement.

    UPDATE: ‘Three Percenters’ founder says cops did nothing wrong

    A clique of officers who calls themselves “Three-Percenters” in the Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit sprouted about two years ago, officials have told The Jersey Journal.

    “They were separating themselves from the others in the unit and we put a stop to it immediately,” Jersey City Police Deputy Chief Peter Nalbach said.

    The deputy chief said there were officers who were disciplined over the matter.

    Three-percenters are an “anti-government extremist” movement that has grown since President Barack Obama took office, according to the Anti Defamation League, a nonprofit that combats what it believes to be anti-Semitism and bigotry.

    The three-percent movement promotes the idea that the federal government is plotting to take away the rights of American citizens and must be resisted, the ADL says on its website.

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    By: Dana Loesch (Diary)  via RedState.com (reprinted with permission)

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    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon repeatedly denied knowing anything about Missouri illegally sharing its citizens private CCW information with the federal government, even after his own head of Missouri Highway Patrol contradicted him in a public hearing. Now we’ve learned that Nixon not only knew about the violation of Missouri law, but he was thanked in a letter by Janet Napolitano:

    DHS- Letter to Nixon- REAL ID Compliance — ongoing MO CCW Scandal
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    Missouri law — signed into effect by Gov. Nixon himself — prohibits full compliance with the Real ID Act. This includes sharing Missouri’s conceal carry list, which officials under Nixon did, with his full knowledge, according to this letter.

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    Suspected Saudi Terrorist Al-Harbi Visited White House Numerous Times

     

     

     

    ” Saudi national Abdul Rahman Ali al-Harbi, who was briefly held as a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings and then downgraded in less than 24 hours to a witness, visited the White House on numerous occasions since 2009, The Rightscoop reports today.

     

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    Published on Apr 24, 2013

    Glenn reads the evidence on the Saudi national that shows that Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano is lying about the Saudi national, and broke many important particulars regarding this third suspect in the Boston Islamist Terrorist Attacks of 4/15/2013.

    Rancho Mirage, California considering the strictest anti-drone ordinance in the US

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    Madison Ruppert
    Activist Post

    The Rancho Mirage City Council could pass an ordinance that would be by far the most restrictive of any in the United States, even banning the use of recreational drones in residential areas.

    If passed, Rancho Mirage, California would join Charlottesville, Virginia and Seattle, Washington in restricting drone use along with the some 30 states considering anti-drone legislation.

    There has even been talk of anti-drone action at the federal level, all in an attempt to push back against the massive rise of drone use in the United States by countless entities both public (ranging from US Marshals to law enforcement to the National Guard to the Department of Homeland Security to the military and more) and private (from potential use by media outlets to colleges and universities to commercial operators of all kinds).

    While the vote on the proposal was delayed, according to My Desert, it is still quite noteworthy due to its highly unusual focus on the use of drones over residential neighborhoods.

    “I didn’t find any ordinance such as this adopted by any municipality in the United States,” said the plan’s author, City Attorney Steve Quintanilla.

    However, as My Desert points out, there was also a bill introduced in the Texas legislature which seeks to ban both possession and use of images of private property captured by drones without the permission of the property owners.
    The proposed ordinance in Rancho Mirage would entirely ban the flying of “unmanned aircraft that can fly under the control of a remote pilot or by a geographic positions system (GPS) guided autopilot mechanism” up to 400 feet above residential zones.

    Drones flying higher than 400 feet fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration.

    While cameras are currently not covered in the proposed ban, they could be added, “But some of the cameras can be pretty small and hard to see, so that could be difficult to enforce,” according to Quintanilla.

    Published on Apr 4, 2013

    An American activist says the US is branding the Occupy Wall Street movement as a domestic terrorism threat just as it has always labeled all anti-regime opposition movements and figures in the country as terrorists. The comment comes as new documents show that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spied on peaceful Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters during the height of the anti-capitalist movement in the country. The documents released by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on Tuesday revealed that the DHS routinely spied on peaceful First Amendment activities and required daily briefing on the extent of media attention being given to OWS activities. The PCJF obtained the 252 pages of documents under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filing with the DHS, the sprawling Federal agency ostensibly created to combat terrorism after the September 11 attacks.

    Press TV has conducted an interview with John Parker with the International Action Center to further discuss the issue.

     

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    Enemies of the Warfare State: Government Spying on Peaceful Political Dissidents

    John Glaser, April 03, 2013

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    Just-released declassified documents reveal new details about government surveillance of peaceful political activism in the name of fighting terrorism:

    Government documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) through its FOIA records requests reveal that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency created after the September 11 attacks under the rubric of combating terrorism, conducts daily monitoring of peaceful, lawful protests as a matter of policy.

    Functioning as a secret political police force against people participating in lawful, peaceful free speech activity, the heavily redacted documents show that the DHS “Threat Management Division” directed Regional Intelligence Analysts to provide a “Daily Intelligence Briefing” that includes a category of reporting on “Peaceful Activist Demonstrations” along with “Domestic Terrorist Activity.” (p. 68)

    The nationwide surveillance system has become the contemporary version of J. Edgar Hoover’s Gestapo-style FBI, watching, subverting, and harassing political dissenters in an extra-legal environment that disregards the First Amendment.

    The DHS has used the inflated powers granted to it post-9/11 to expand the definition of “domestic terrorist” to anyone who disagrees with the government and acts on it. Senate investigations on what are called “fusion centers” – essentially DHS intelligence-sharing centers – concluded they did not act to disrupt terrorist plots and spent most of their time monitoring and trying to disrupt political dissidents, specifically “Ron Paul supporters, the ACLU, activists on both sides of the abortion debate, war protesters and advocates of gun rights.”

    Muslim communities across the nation have been acutely spied on, intimidated, and persecuted by the FBI and DHS, as revealing Associated Press investigations have repeatedly demonstrated. More than that, as Trevor Aaronson’s new book The Terror Factory painstakingly documents, Muslims have also served as a scapegoat under an elaborate system of entrapment that targets vulnerable lowlifes with little capacity to do harm absent FBI enabling.

    In the summer of 2011, The Washington Post reported on “a mysterious, ongoing nationwide terrorism investigation [by the FBI] with an unusual target: prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers.”

    The apparent targets, all vocal and visible critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South America, deny any ties to terrorism. They say the government, using its post-9/11 focus on terrorism as a pretext, is targeting them for their political views.

    They are “public non-violent activists with long, distinguished careers in public service, including teachers, union organizers and antiwar and community leaders,” said Michael Deutsch, a Chicago lawyer and part of a legal team defending those who believe they are being targeted by the investigation.

    Think of the resources – billions of dollars and massive human effort – wasted on abridging the free speech rights of America’s political dissidents. This is what happens when the government is given the power and a blank check to perform seemingly legitimate functions like protecting us from terrorists.

     

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