They dispatched more officers to Pakistani neighborhoods and, according to one former police official directly involved in the effort, instructed them to look for reasons to stop cars: speeding, broken tail lights, running stop signs, whatever. The traffic stop gave police an opportunity to search for outstanding warrants or look for suspicious behavior. An arrest could be the leverage the police needed to persuade someone to become an informant.
US Dept of Homeland #Security @DHSJournal “If You See Something, Say Something” #GWOT #Counterterrorism #CivilRights #Discrimination #Profiling
My first instinct when I came across this video was to dismiss it and come up with alternate titles such as, “If you see someone brown, say something.” “If you hear something non-Anglo, say something.” But as I’m trying to become a more responsible person each day, and, above all else, terrorist attacks are wrong and we should do what makes sense to prevent them, I watched the video and wrote a few comments.
1. The video takes care not to portray Muslims as the only terrorists, which is good.
2. For some reason, the terrorists nearly all wear black and have hoodies.
3. At minute 2:44-2:50, surveillance and elicitation are mentioned as possible suspicious behavior. At 7:54, a man in a hoodie taking notes and pictures at the train is portrayed as suspicious. How can a person pursue a public issue without these activities? For example, Justice Clarence Thomas is supposed to come to my city of Augusta, GA to inaugurate a new federal courthouse. The date was unknown, and I was thinking of planning a demonstration. I called people in the city government to find out when the opening ceremony was to take place. Is that elicitation going to put me on some list? (I know I’m already on lists, so it does not bother me.) But will a white person with an Anglo name end up on a list because of elicitation or surveillance or note taking?
4. OK, so let’s assume all us non-white, non-Anglos take one for the team and not care about extra surveillance on us and our being investigated for normal activities. Will authorities, after investigation, inform us that we were investigated and cleared? Is there a process for removing records related to the incident from all the databases? Will these reports affect security clearances and other professional opportunities?
5. Will there be an effort by the authorities to educate our Anglo brothers and sisters who submit the crazy reports so that their paranoid fears of the non-Anglo may diminish?
In the time it took me to write this, CAIR reported two cases of police and private security freaking out over Muslims. One involved an airline passenger in San Diego, and the other a college student in Virginia.
Sept 8, 2011 Addendum: Under Suspicion at the Mall of America
April 29, 2012 Addendum: Charges against Virginia college student dropped
Unmanned drones speak louder than words #Cairo #Obama #Pakistan #Afghanistan #Yemen #Somalia #GWOT #Iraq #Occupation #War
I don’t think we have enough information yet to know the motives behind the murders in Arizona January 8, 2011.
The suspect in custody, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, is a white male with no suspicious ethnic or religious tendencies, i.e. he’s not one of those white Eastern European Muslims or Orthodox Christians.
Some people are speculating on whether or not political rhetoric of politicians and pundits like She-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named and Rush “Oxycontin” Limbaugh should be condemned in the wake of this crime.
I believe, in an ideal world, politics would not use military metaphors. But any attempt to control political rhetoric would not work.
I am in favor of gun control. If Mr. Loughner was crazy, as the USA political right is now claiming, why was he able to purchase a weapon so easily?
Note that lack of mental health services may also be a lesson from this tragedy.
But the real purpose of this post is to ask why the FBI and Attorney General Holder waste so much time and money entrapping young Muslim men in the USA for terrorism charges.
Mahmoud Omar [the informer of the Fort Dix case] was paid over $200,000 plus expenses for the three years that the FBI hired him to befriend the young men who had gone to the Poconos and record their conversations. (emphasis added)
It seems like there are enough politically confused, emotionally unstable white people who are perfectly willing to kill on their own. Imagine how many convictions of marginally functioning WASPs the FBI could have made with informants being paid $200,000 and working three years.
I also want to know how many people are “uncomfortable” when seeing white males, displaying their white male identity through their clothing, appear at political events and museums and private airports.
I think I should add here that I oppose all of these sting/entrapment operations in cases where the informer is pushing people over the edge and manipulating them into law-breaking. If the FBI identifies people who are like this, their family members should be notified and mental health and other assistance offered.
The FBI spends a lot of time and money instigating terrorism plots among Muslims in the United States. I thought it’d be worth it to see how many terrorists kill for political reasons without the added motivation from our government.
This list is not comprehensive. Please tell me what I’ve missed in the comments. The people and events here are not listed in any specific order.
- Jim David Adkisson, Knoxville, TN attack on Unitarian Universalist Church
- Andrew Joseph Stack III, Austin, TX attack on federal building
- Timothy McVeigh and other conspirators, Oklahoma City, OK attack on federal building
- James Wenneker von Brunn, Washington, DC, shooting at Holocaust Museum
- James Cumming, a resident of Belfast, Maine, had supplies for a crude radiological dispersal device and other explosives
- Richard Poplawski, Pittsburgh, PA, kills 3 police officers
- Daniel Knight Hayden, Oklahoma City, OK
- Joshua Cartwright, Ft Walton Beach, FL
- Scott P. Roeder, Wichita, KS, assassination of Dr. George Tiller
- Gilbert Ortez, Chambers County, TX
- Joshua Bowman, Falls Church, VA
- John Brek, Linden, NJ
- Warren “Gator” Taylor, Wytheville, VA
I’m actually getting tired of adding to this list. Here’s a good source.