Self-Sufficiency Series

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Domestic Terrorist!

What fun! Once again I’ve been classified as a Domestic Terrorist! Oh the joy.

This little piece of sunshine came from SurvivalBlog and is written by someone with eighteen years in law enforcement. He describes how his training has shifted over the years from local community focus to "a federally dominated model of complete social control." For the last two years, this kind of training has been sponsored by – surprise! – the Department of Homeland Security, possibly the biggest governmental threat to domestic tranquility I’ve ever witnessed (since it cheerfully and without compunction classifies housewives and other ordinary folks as domestic terrorists).

“No matter what topic the training session concerns,” writes this officer, “every DHS sponsored course I have attended over the past few years never fails to branch off into warnings about potential domestic terrorists in the community. While this may sound like a valid officer and community safety issue, you may be disturbed to learn how our Federal government describes a typical domestic terrorist.”

He’s quite right. The amount of mental gymnastics required to turn someone like me into a domestic terrorist is astounding. Apparently there are state databases being kept – and I have no doubt I’m on the list of “suspicious people.” (I write for WorldNetDaily, remember? That automatically qualifies me.) In fact since the term “domestic terrorist” appears in the title of this post, I’m certain that somewhere a government goon is reading this (“Hi!”) and entering a few notes about my subversive nature into his computer file. Wheee!

Here’s the short list of qualifiers for a domestic terrorist. How many of these fit you?

• Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
• Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)
• Survivalist literature (fictional books such as "Patriots" and "One Second After" are mentioned BY NAME)
• Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
• Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)
• Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, anti-Christ)
• Expressed fears of Big Brother or big government
• Homeschooling
• Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties
• Belief in a New World Order conspiracy


Law enforcement officials are supposed to encourage retail stores to alert them when someone is stocking up. Oh the fear of having hundreds of pounds of rice in one’s garage! How scary for the neighbors!

Subversive materials: bulk food

This officer also mentions how frequently common household or business items can be given a terrorist slant. Have any pipes around your place? You must be making pipe bombs! Fertilizer? Explosives! We have a farm, for pete’s sake. How many items around our place could be given the ol’ evil eye and classified as potential weapons? Buckets? Hay bale twine? Manure?  “The training even goes so far as to instruct officers that the items are cleverly disguised as legitimate, such as gasoline stored near a lawn mower, pipes stored in a shop building or gunpowder stored with reloading materials…By using this logic, simply having the ability to do something criminal automatically makes the person guilty of plotting the crime.” So much for being innocent until proven guilty.

The creepiest tactic of all is to take two characteristics of a Prepper and link a third defamatory quality in order to paint someone as evil. In someone's mind, this automatically links all three characteristics regardless of the truth. To quote the article:

• These groups hold the anniversaries of certain dates as significant such a Ruby Ridge, Waco and Hitler’s birthday
• They oppose abortion, support gun rights and are affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan
• They are fearful of big government, espouse support for the Constitution and want to kill police officers
• These groups collect firearms, survivalist books and explosives
• These extremists read books such as Patriots, One Second After and The Anarchist Cookbook
• They are religious zealots, reading the book of Revelation, speak of the second coming of Christ and plan mass murders to summon the end of the world
• These people grow their own food, raise livestock and plot attacks on commercial food production facilities

Continues the officer: Do you see how this tactic works? List common characteristics of libertarian/conservative minded people, then throw in a slanderous accusation. If A and B apply, then you should automatically presume C applies as well. If they were disturbed by the incidents at Ruby Ridge and Waco, then obviously they must celebrate Hitler’s birthday.

This is extraordinary. We grow our own food and raise livestock. So we’re automatically presumed to be plotting attacks on commercial food production facilities?? On what planet?? Or if we oppose abortion and support gun rights, we’re affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan? And they call US paranoid??? “As simple-minded and ridiculous as this line of thinking is, there are some officers who unfortunately buy into this,” notes the officer.

Worse, belief in and even (gasp) possessing a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are clear signs of a domestic terrorist. Not only are we guilty, but we’re probably guilty of child abuse for teaching our girls Civics and having them study the founding documents and even (another gasp) memorizing portions! Shocking! Thomas Jefferson should have been put in Gitmo before he could pen his masterpiece! (It would have saved a bunch of trouble two hundred years down the line.)

Terrorist activities: canning carrots

Honestly, this is getting tiresome. When folks with a legitimate concern for our future are classified as terrorists... well, bring the handcuffs, you might as well lead me away right now because this is no longer America, it's Amerika.

The most fascinating thing about all this is the Grand Circular Argument concept. If you fear your government becoming tyrannical, if you worry about the loss of your God-given freedoms, if you prepare for hard times -- then the government naturally places you in the category of "Enemy or the State," curtails your freedom, and look for ways to confiscate your property. (Circular Argument; see Argument, Circular.)

So, my fellow domestic terrorists, let me leave you with this final thought:

Whatever your opinions were on the folks at Waco or Ruby Ridge, always remember that their insane delusion was that the Government was out to get them. Therefore it was perfectly understandable that the Government had to kill them for holding such a crazy notion.

29 comments:

  1. WOW! In looking over this list of "qualifiers" dh and I meet all but the homeschooling-- which we would like to do. Simply amazing!

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  2. Loved this. I've discovered that I fit the profile. I don't belong to the NRA or have a CCW, but I do own a couple of rifles, and all the rest fit.

    Oh, well... I knew all along my libertarian rants were no doubt attracting attention.

    Um...Just when IS Hitler's birthday? :)

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  3. With such ridiculously broad terms, their guidelines cover millions of us. I hope there's a way to reach those officers who swallow the swill.

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  4. Color me guilty as charged.

    And by the way, here's a note to Janet and her homeland homies: if by some act of God's Divine Justice you should ever find yourself needing my help in a post SHTF situation, rest assured you'll be given the dirtiest and most back-breaking chores and the smallest of food portions for at least the first 6 months. And you will, of course, be tasked with reading aloud from the Book of Revelation after you've finished the supper dishes each evening, for the edification of the family and for your own remedial Biblical education.

    I have no doubt this is infinitely better treatment than I or my family would receive from you or your homie thugs. This is because, unlike you, we're still authentic Americans and believing Christians.

    Can't wait 'till 2012.

    A. McSp

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  5. mmmmm....those carrots sure look good. Viva La Revolution!

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  6. I read that article when it was posted on SB, and I kinda have my doubts about it....made me think this guy is yanking our chains, maybe trying to intimidate preppers.......

    However, I do think anyone online talking about what they see as flaws in the system are probably on someone's watch list now.....since "they" are so determined to spy on everyone's lives and beliefs for "future reference" or "the safety of the masses" or whatever excuse they're using to watch the common man now a days.....

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  7. I'd dismiss it as being silly nonsense if it weren't true. As it is, it's worrisome. Especially since testing scores are being lowered in some areas to allow for more policemen. I really don't think people who couldn't pass originally are going to be smart enough to tell the difference between a terrorist and a sane, prepared individual. This whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. I'm thankful for your blog as I wouldn't have known otherwise, but stories like this are so disheartening.

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  8. Um, as a matter of fact, I do celebrate April 20th (Hitler's b'day). Oh, not because I have any regard for the Butcher of Berlin - quite the contrary - but because his birthday happens to be mine! Plus, I read the Bible, I'm a lifetime member of the NRA, I'm a Conservative, I write to politicians and to newspapers, and I'm a Tea Party patriot. All I can say to Janet and her merry band of JBT's is MOLON LABE!!!! Oops, now I'm probably on another watch list.

    We may laugh right now about this, but it's no laughing matter. I agree with those who believe our country's economy is being systematically and purposely detroyed. TPTB know exactly what they're doing. Study the history of George Soros and you'll see a history of destroying economies (or attempting to) in order to rebuild the targeted nation in Soros' image. He has a messiah complex.

    Also, if you study the way the British Empire instroduced non-native cultures into each of their conquests, you'll see that the same tactic is being used on America today. There is no other reason for the open border policy. Divide and conquer isn't just a slogan.

    LOCK your doors. AND LOAD your pantries. Beware the SWUMMbags bearing gifts. Read the Bible and you'll know what to expect.

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  9. I know for a fact that the Homeland Security training sessions are going on and have been since at least 2006. And they are very secretive. My husband's uncle is in the National Guard. One day his unit was training when he was removed from his unit and put in a vehicle with several others. They were told they had been selected to be the DHS representatives for their hometown. And then was trained how to help the general populace in case of domestic terrorism.
    Several weeks later, my brother in law was going to school to get his heavy equipment license. He was told he had to go through DHS training on domestic terrorism in order to get the certificate to graduate. DHS is preparing to control the people if need be.

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  10. They are afraid of what they can not understand.
    Those that do understand, are even more so afraid.
    They are not believers in Our Constitution.
    They are not believers in God, and then country.
    They are believers of Country only...theirs.
    They are mostly afraid of Freedom and Liberty.
    They are afraid of us.


    notutopia

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  11. I am sitting here shaking my head thinking how sad it is that things have come to this. Like many , I fit "their" bill as a domestic terrorist. I won't tell you what "I" think of "them" ! SWUMMbags is being too kind.

    A. McSp you should add you'll make her memorize and recite EVERY DAY the Constitution Of The United States Of America ( verses say ....Cuba ) and just for good measure toss in the Bill Of Rights just to be sure she can really read. If she doesn't have a copy she can borrow mine, I have both.....framed poster size ,makes it easy to read :)

    Tina

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  12. Great article Patrice! I'm working on eliminating the CCW trap in Texas with the help of my blog: http://texasconstitutionalcarry.blogspot.com/

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  13. We have allowed this to happen by voting in the same men and women time, after time.... We stand by mutely while they pass laws, hold closed door hearings.... We label people like the tea party as crazy, even though they hold a really crazy view such as "Change".... Remember Rome....

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  14. ROFL Anon @ 10:48... You beat me to it... 4/20 is my birthday also :-)

    The stoners celebrate 4/20 also. When is DHS going to go after them?

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  15. Take solace people that you are one one only 150 million people out there classified as such.If anyone has any inclination to think our gubmint has your best interests at heart, the survival blog article should alarm you. Whether you take an active interest or can really care less and stick your numb skull into the sand, we ALL will be forced to make life altering decisions very soon. Let me rephrase that...life THREATENING.If you think I am out of bounds, than please open your eyes and look around you. The world is starting to self destruct all around us. MOLON LABE!!!
    Had Enuff

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  16. Well, I know I'm in trouble because I posted this on my Facebook page. Great article (and I would love to have some of those carrots).
    Kay

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  17. Being a "domestic terrorist" is pretty much a badge of honor for me these days.
    So is being a member of a "hate group".
    You know, those evil, hateful anti-UN, pro-life Christians with an affiliation to 9/11 Truth and anti-war groups.

    Funny you should mention Ruby Ridge.
    What happened at Ruby Ridge was for me my watershed moment.
    I mean after all, what kind of government shoots a woman holding a baby or a young boy in the back? And my tax dollars paid for that?
    Ditto the "Butcher of Waco". I still want to know why hasn't she stood trial?
    At any time David K. could have been picked up in town.
    I guess the dead tell no tales.
    Too bad the dead in that case were so many women and children.

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  18. Well..

    I don't celebrate (or even know) the anniversary of Ruby Ridge and Waco, but I do know about them and consider them to be a warning to freedom loving folks.

    Aaaannnddd.. I'm in with the "no man shall know the day or the hour" crowd on Revelation and all the last days bit. Yeah it'll come, but someone who is preparing is hardly someone who expects Jesus to be back in a couple of weeks. What is the latest whacko prediction? April 21?

    Other than that... yeah, I guess I fit the profile. I didn't see anything about expectation of government manipulation of news and information and cut off of the free flow of same (the internet) - yeah I'm the guy who things dial-up modems, direct peer to peer data communications are needed AND radio communication.

    Yep, just lil' ol' me the out of shape 50 something domestic terrorist.

    I regularly bring out my weapon and wield it in public - I VOTE.

    Rob

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  19. A lot of these items would also include Mormons who are told to keep a years supply on hand in their pantry.

    Particularly back in the 1990s there were a few relatively large right-wing groups that were a bit dangerous.

    But they are using points of belief held in common to brand a much larger group as a danger.

    One example you see a lot is to point out how the Nazis were in favor of something. Thus if you are in favor of the same thing, you must be evil.

    Well of course the Nazis were evil. But the Nazi's also were probably in favor of having their children drink up there milk so they would grow up to be healthy. So is milk drinking evil? And since you have dairy cows, does that put you beyond the pale? LOL

    What is really strange is how they merge the 1990s militia movement with preppers. It is particularly odd because (although often not realized) the prepper community is actually pretty strong on the left as well. They use different language, but the results are often the same.

    The first of the modern-movement home-schoolers were not the religious right, but the hippies.

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  20. It would appear that anyone who has views other that what the left agrees with is considered a potential threat to the security of this country. You have to understand that most of the folks that voted against Obama in the last election are on the list..

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  21. Ha! The last paragraph summed it all up in a nutshell.


    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

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  22. have you or do you ever dehydrate foods?

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  23. Anon 12:49, I've dehydrated bananas (to make banana chips) but I don't have a high-quality dehydrator, just an el-cheapo unit I got at a thrift store. Canning is a hobby I enjoy and so I prefer to preserve through that method.

    - Patrice

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  24. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)April 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Well, I guess us Patriots just gotta stick together now, don't we?

    Molon Labe!

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  25. we are at least all in good company being as we are all defined as domestic terrorist hellbent to prepare for when the doo doo hits the fan. patrice, i have a question about canning...can those 6-10lb. cans of green beans and other veggies be reprocessed for smaller quart and pint jars? i did reprocess some tomatoes and they did great. plus i recycle the big cans for starting seed. caryn in n.e.miss.

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  26. LOL! I particularly love the picture of *terrorist activities: Canning carrots* LOL! :D On a serious note, however, nothing surprises me anymore. *sigh* :) --S

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  27. Ya know if the government continues to define enough people as their enemies, they will eventually find themselves surrounded.

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  28. Well....it got me at that believing the book of Revelation thingy...you mean my government doesn't want me to? Going into hiding now. :-)

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  29. Patrice, I just noticed your comment about a food dehydrator. I have a couple Nesco dehydrators and have been extremely happy with them--you can go to Nesco.com or even pick up a decent used one on eBay for less than $40. Be sure to buy the Clean-A-Screen mesh sheets to keep high-sugar foods from sticking to the trays. If you have a little more money to spend on a dehydrator, I know a lot of people swear by Excalibur. I am hoping to get one soon.

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