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
• 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.