December 29, 2010
An Infowars.com reader was recently visited by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and asked if he wanted to prevent another Oklahoma City bombing. “I work for a large farm store retailer with stores in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico yesterday I had a visit from the FBI joint terrorism task force requesting that we train our staff to help prevent terrorism,” the man writes.
According to the official version of events, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal office building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, was accomplished with a fertilizer bomb. Explosive experts have argued that a fertilizer bomb would be incapable of taking down the building.
When the FBI agent was asked if it is mandatory to teach employees in the prevention of ill-defined terrorism, the agent said, “Not at the moment.” He left behind a flyer (see below) listing “indicators” of terrorist activities related to farm supply stores. He also gave the store employee his FBI business card.
The FBI wants “kids to turn their parents in, they’re wanting parents to turn his kids in,” Jim Snow, owner of Rebel Arms and Sporting Goods in Nob Hill, Arkansas, told 4029.com, a local news station following the FBI visit in January.
The flyer customized for farm supply stores requires employees to ask customers for ID, grill customers on how they plan to use products (specifically fertilizer), observe customers for behavior that is “out of place,” and take notes of “suspicious statements, people, and/or vehicles.”
“Preventing terrorism is a community effort,” the flyer states. “By learning what to look for, you can make a positive contribution in the fight against terrorism.” The flyer does not define what terrorism is or who might be a terrorist.
In October, Infowars.com reported on an effort by the FBI to have tattoo employees inform on customers. “In Philadelphia, the FBI has instructed tattoo shops to rat out their customers if they demand privacy, insist on paying with cash, engage in ‘suspicious behavior,’ make ‘anti-US’ comments, or request tattoos that are ‘extremist symbols,’” we wrote.
According to the MIAC report, the Gadsden flag is a “militia symbol.” The Department of Homeland Security’s Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment report characterizes militias as “white supremacists,” domestic terrorists, and a threat to the president.
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MIAC was part of the federal “fusion” effort underway around the country.
On December 24, we reported on Tennessee antiterrorism officials adding the ACLU to an internet map identifying “terrorism events and other suspicious activity” after the group warned schools to ensure holiday celebrations “are inclusive.”
The previous day, we reported on a fusion center in Florida that snooped on Ron Paul supporters and a Campaign for Liberty event held at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida, in August.
Last week the Washington Post reported on efforts by the government to assemble “a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.”
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced its “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
The campaign was kicked off at Walmart. The program blurs distinction between terrorism and crime. “Is a simple and effective [way] to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities,” the DHS said.
“The DHS reports that approximately 230 Walmart branches have launched the campaign and nearly 600 will do so in the near future,” reports Security Managemnt. “At the locations already participating, a short video message from Napolitano is presented at some store checkout stations. Napolitano’s message reminds customers to watch for and promptly report to law enforcement any suspicious activity in the stores or parking lots.
DHS promises to expand this Stasi-like program. “In coming months, the department will continue to expand the… campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities, and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.”
So-called “public education materials” are now appearing in farm supply and gun stores encouraging employees to act upon vaguely defined “suspicious” behavior and turn people in to the FBI and local police.