Mister .. Can I have my official terrorist detector badge?

(9:30PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

Found this interesting blurb over at the Progressive, the article is a few weeks old so my apologies if somebody has done a diary on the topic.

It concerns the drafting/appointment of certain personnel to assist in the

detection of terrorists in our midst. It makes me wonder if we are all facing a future of being dragged in from of a special house committee to deny that we are terrorists and to give lists of names.

According to the article….

And the latest one to come to my attention is the dispatching of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and utility workers as so-called “terrorism liaison officers,” according to a report by Bruce Finley in the Denver Post.

Their mission is as follows…..

They are entrusted with hunting for “suspicious activity,” and then they report their findings, which end up in secret government databases.

What constitutes “suspicious activity,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder. But a draft Justice Department memo on the subject says that such things as “taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value” or “making notes” could constitute suspicious activity, Finley wrote.

The states where this is going on include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

So. I am about to do y’all a favor. As it happens, I undercovercalico, live in Tennessee and one of my hobbies is taking pictures. I wouldn’t say that I am a photographer because that would imply a level of skill.

And you’re going to need evidence of my activities so I might as well just give it up now…


As you see I am clearly and purposefully cataloging the activities of regular Americans in a public park in hopes I can launch a take over of said park for nefarious activities. I am suspicious. I should be reported. Save yourself now and name me.

The author of the article indicates he did find a description for a liaison officer in East Bay. The over all intent is to include the private sector in these heroic and patriotic duties. I also found a way to save myself.

Terrorism Liaison Officers would be situated not only in agencies dealing with the harbor, the airports, and the railroads, but also “University/Campus.”

And the private sector would be involved, too. “The program would eventually be expanded to include Health Care personnel and representatives from private, critical infrastructure entities, with communication systems specifically tailored to their needs

As it happens I am a health care worker so in between giving bed assignments and checking chemo doses with the staff I supervise, I could become a super duper terrorist officer rating out my colleagues and patients. My colleagues who are RNs, make an awful lot of notes while they are working so obviously not only could health care workers sniff out terrorists, they could be terrorists. Wouldn’t that be fun?

So parents you might also want to reconsider sending the kiddies off to university where they might engage in note taking or even worse they might learn something and ask questions which clearly indicates terrorist leanings.

And the description for the terrorist liaison highly recommends shielding the private sector

and in providing them with an additional layer of security to help in this process.

After all, we wouldn’t want the poor old much maligned private sector to be subject to the silly whims of mere citizens and democratic processes. Wouldn’t that be inconvenient. And unpatriotic. And vaguely pro terrorist, don’t you think?

Anybody recall the Hollywood Ten? Well, they were artists and actors and such so you know those people can’t be trusted.

Please read the entire article here and tell me what you think.

Do we get badges and fancy uniforms?


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  1. Girls of Docudharma calendar.

    According to my math there are at least 12 girls here and several of them have cameras, so why has there been such a long delay in publication?

    • Robyn on July 14, 2008 at 1:21 am
    • kj on July 14, 2008 at 1:49 am

    following 9/11 when for some reason, we had the cable guy in the house.  he was a strange one and my cat decided to roll all over his shoes in a wanton display of shoe-smell fetish, and i’m trying to talk to the guy, and he’s staring at my bookshelf that had most of my books on religion.  now, years ago i got a special freebie deal with one of those bookclubs and got the seven ancient religious books or something for free and no shipping, and then have added a bunch of Dali Lama and Taoist stuff and nature (thank god the goddess stuff was somewhere else). okay so this guy is very, very suspicious of my books.  i’m trying to kick the cat off his shoes without really kicking her or him, and he’s glaring at the books, and i’m trying to tell him that i got them free and oh you know, most religions say the same thing, and then he started glaring at me and said “oh no they don’t” and then i remembered calling Henry Hyde and leaving my name and address and phone number and probably my Social Security Number, i was so pissed, and that’s when i realized if i didn’t have an FBI file on me already, this cable guy was going to get one started.

    fucking cable people.  i do not trust them.

  2. … a memory of being in NYC right after 9/11.

    We really did want to help in any way we could and many of us looked for common sense skills in being more aware – in a city where most folks are moving in an very narrow-focused bee-line on whatever fast-track of the Big Apple they’ve created for themselves.

    It wasn’t so much looking for terrorists, but realizing when in, say a subway or taxi, there might be a time where we’d want to help someone if an accident or some kind of disaster happened.  That kind of awareness.

    And to see that fairly useful skill degenerate to this point … mercy.

    Great essay, UCC.

    • geomoo on July 14, 2008 at 2:48 am

    1. Failing to properly exercise freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

    2. Planning or expressing support for actions in direct violation of the constitution.

    3. Saying anything to imply involvement with torture, including supporting its use by the government.

    4. Overtly or covertly expressing personal support for war criminals, especially a desire that war criminals hold high governmental positions.

    5. Taking actions in blatant violation of the need to decrease global warming.

    6. Actively disseminating false information–citing Fox as a reference will not be an acceptable excuse.

  3. …they’re not out to get you.”  These two guys were in the government, & knew more than most about what the bushies could do (were doing?) with all their data mined/ wiretapped info: (emphasis mine)

    “…two conservative Republican Justice Department officials had become “so paranoid” that “they actually thought they might be in physical danger.” The fear of being wiretapped by their own peers drove them to speak in code…

    “…The men were John Ashcroft’s deputy attorney general, James Comey, and an assistant attorney general, Jack Goldsmith…”

    Shades of Joe McCarthy…


  4. since I teach at a University anyway. And given their test results, for many of my students

    “making notes” could constitute suspicious activity,

    Just think, if all faculty started doing that, we could tie up the system until it would be like their internet sweeps — they have warehouses of information, but not enought time or manpower to asses it. Where do I send for my secret decoder ring and big magnifying glass?

  5. The states where this is going on include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

    Is there some logic as to why it’s being done in these states?  Do they have the highest rates of non-aesthetic photography?

    (but I see from the full article it’s being planned in “dozens more” states too)

  6. Tomorrow night the satellite TV guy/woman is coming to upgrade my receiver for better HD and upgrade the little dish on the roof.  They’re doing this for free, which makes me very, very suspicious.

    I’m planning for the visit now. I will have to watch him/her very carefully to make sure that s/he’s not installing new surveillance software, tapping my phone, setting up some kind of bug in my computer, listing the books in my library, interviewing my family, planting gps on my car, wiring up the dog and cats and putting chips in them.  There will be no intoxicants of any kind until s/he has left and we have inspected his/her handiwork.  Thoroughly.

    How many other people at DD are getting “free” upgrades this week?  Just asking.

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