March 6, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security has moved its surveillance operations on campus.
On Thursday of last week, DHS boss Janet Napolitano appointed University of Montana President Royce Engstrom to a newly formed council, the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
The council is comprised of 19 university and college heads from across the country and will “advise the department on a wide range of issues from how the DHS can better recruit from campuses to emergency preparedness,” according to The Kaimin, a University of Montana campus newspaper.
The Federal Register notes that the new council will meet quarterly and appointees will serve for between two and four years.
“It is an opportunity to have a conversation about how education can be involved in national security,” said UM Vice President Jim Foley.
The DHS claims the newly minted council is not about monitoring students and professors, but is about “making the academic community aware of their surroundings.”
Napolitano’s DHS has promoted a wide-ranging snitch culture over the last few years. The DHS’ “If You See Something, Say Something” program was designed to foster an atmosphere of paranoia and encourage citizens to surveil and snitch on each other. The DHS has “partnered” with Walmart, national hotels, and even the NFL and the NHL to push its Stasi-like operation.
In addition, the DHS has produced a number of soap-opera like PSA videos portraying white Americans as terrorists.
Recent activity by the mega-agency set-up after September 11, 2001, reveals its true agenda. The DHS is more interested in surveilling antiwar and OWS activists than bearded al-Qaeda miscreants.
Rolling Stone recently published a document released by Wikileaks showing that the DHS considers the Occupy movement as a “potential security risk.”
In April of 2009, Infowars.com posted a leaked Department of Homeland Security document warning of a rise in “right-wing extremist groups” bent on violence. According to the DHS, these “hate-oriented” groups “are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”
The Homeland Security Advisory Council is an effort by the government to move its surveillance operations on campus and counter growing political activism. The latest effort by the DHS has nothing to do with al-Qaeda or terrorism and everything to do with neutralizing political opposition to the establishment.
In the 1960s, the FBI unleashed its COINTELPRO to subvert political activity not only on America’s campuses, but across the nation. The CIA’s Operation CHAOS and its Domestic Operations Division targeted university activists and other Americans engaged in legal and constitutionally protected political activism.
COINTELPRO, Operation CHAOS and numerous other government efforts did not fade away after they were exposed in the mid-1970s. The Department of Homeland Security has taken up the banner and is now openly promoting a Stasi snitch culture under the manufactured threat of “domestic extremist” terrorism. Its real mission is to neutralize any effective political opposition to the government.