Courses funded by organization that produced video suggesting buying gold was a suspicious activity
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
American citizens are being trained that their best friend or their closest neighbor could be a terrorist in ‘Community Awareness Program’ classes sponsored by the same DHS-linked non-profit group which was behind the infamous “Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism” video, a PSA that suggested buying gold was a suspicious activity.
“The face of antiterrorism in Colorado includes a former Washington lobbyist, an ex-Marine from Lakewood whose wife gives him the evil eye when he’s sizing up potential threats at Denver International Airport, and a native New Yorker who refuses to ride on the subway and spends as little time as possible in high-rise buildings,” reports the Denver Post.
The story is little more than a promotional vehicle for ‘Community Awareness Program’ courses being run out of Lakewood Police Department in Denver, Colorado.
The classes are taught by Diana Woodson, an administrative assistant in the safety, security and facilities department of the Regional Transportation District. Woodson doesn’t just communicate her paranoia, she lives it, telling her students that although she hails from New York, upon her return she refuses to ride the subway or enter skyscrapers.
The most chilling aspect of the course is the fact that Woodson teaches her students that their best friend or closest neighbor could be a terrorist.
“It’s not going to be the person that you think it’s going to be,” said Woodson. “He’s your best neighbor, your best pal. It doesn’t always look like the bad guy; it can be someone unassuming.”
The classes are sponsored by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), a non-profit organization that works closely with state and federal authorities to promote “awareness” of terrorism, most notably in the form of a $6 million dollar museum that includes exhibitions simulating Denver being bombed and has been described by critics as an exercise in “fearmongering”.
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CELL was also behind the chilling “Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism” video, a PSA starring Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway which encouraged Americans to report suspicious activity that could be an indication of terrorism.
The production was funded by a $30,400 grant from the Department of Homeland Security and made in association with the Colorado Information Analysis Center.
As we documented at the time, the video suggests that activity such as buying gold, owning guns, using a watch or binoculars, donating to charity, using the telephone or email to find information, and all manner of mundane behaviors is a sign of potential terrorism. Petty criminal behavior such as theft and trespassing is also flagged as a sign of terrorism. In every instance shown, the suspected terrorist is an American citizen.
The fact that American citizens are being taught by shadowy non-profit groups tied at the hip with Homeland Security that their best friend or closest neighbor could be a terrorist is another illustration of how the terrorists have won.
Thanks to the federal government, we live in a society driven by fear and paranoia, with huge amounts of money being wasted on programs like this as well as other “See Something, Say Something”-style snitch campaigns that do nothing to increase security and everything to increase distrust and agitation, greasing the skids for the state to trample the very liberties we are told the terrorists hate.
In reality, as studies have proven, Americans are equally or more likely to be killed by peanut allergies, accident-causing deer, drowning in bathtubs and bowel disorders than they are terrorists.
Watch the ridiculous “Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism” video below, brought to you by the same organization which is now training Americans that their “best pal” could be a terrorist.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.