April 26, 2013
On April 16, the day after the attack in Boston, the DHS and FBI created a “Joint Intelligence Bulletin” instructing law enforcement and private sector safety officials on how they should identify and mitigate potential terrorist threats.
After stating that behavior outlined in the bulletin may “constitute the exercise of rights guaranteed by the US Constitution,” the DHS and FBI say “possible indicators” of terrorist activity include “[d]iscret use of cameras or video recorders, sketching, or note taking consistent with pre-operational surveillance.” Photography should be considered part of a “totality of behavioral indicators and other relevant circumstances” before “any law enforcement response or action,” according to the bulletin.
In addition, the “suspicious purchases” of items such as “hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane, or fertilizer” should be considered suspect by law enforcement, Fire-EMS, private security personnel, and emergency managers and “forwarded to the appropriate fusion center and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for further action.”
As documented by Infowars.com and others, fusion centers serve primarily to surveil political groups and individuals considered threatening to the establishment. For instance, in 2009, we examined a Missouri fusion center report describing supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists.
In March, the director of the Arkansas State Fusion Center, Richard Davis, said the fusion center in Little Rock does not monitor the activity of al-Qaeda, but rather “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government.”
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) includes over 600 state, local and federal agencies, the U.S. military and the CIA. Following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a follow-up report by the Inspector General revealed that the JTTF and the FBI conduct widespread surveillance of political groups exercising their right to free speech and freedom of assembly under the Fist Amendment. The report also proved the FBI lied to hide its improper activities from Congress and the American public.
The Boston bombing will allow the FBI’s latest iteration of COINTELPRO – a surveillance and agent provocateur program that has operated uninterrupted for more than 40 years – to expand and flourish. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are not primarily concerned with al-Qaeda or even homegrown supposed jihadi terrorism, but political activity that threatens the establishment and the global elite’s political status quo. The Tsarnaev brothers, who are obvious patsies, are being exploited in order to push police state propaganda.
In the weeks and months ahead, we should expect more FBI and DHS bulletins calling into question activity previously considered normal and non-threatening. The point is to create an atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion on the part of law enforcement and emergency response personnel. The government will continue to exploit this manufactured fear and paranoia and direct a response against it in the direction of its political enemies.