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_FBI wants businesses watching for customers paying with cash_.
Government calls buying 'night flashlights,'
making 'extreme religious statements' indicators of terrorism.
_By Bob Unruh_;Posted: August 12, 201; 11:00 pm Eastern.

Just days after the White House announced a community-based approach
<htp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/filese ... rtners.pdf>
to combating terrorism in the United States, the FBI and other agencies
are asking managers of surplus stores to spy on their customers,
watching whether they pay in cash, make "extreme" religious statements
or purchase products such as waterproof matches.

And the request from the government also is going to gun shops,
fertilizer suppliers, motels and hotels, authorities say.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced a new plan titled
"Empowering local partners to prevent violent extremism in the United
States." In it, Obama wrote, "Communities ? especially Muslim American
communities whose children, families and neighbors are being targeted
for recruitment by al-Qaida ? are often best positioned to take the lead
because they know their communities best."

The report warns that while the Constitution recognizes freedom of
expression, "even for individuals who espouse unpopular or even hateful
views," it also is the responsibility of government to deter "plots by
neo-Nazis and other anti-Semitic hate groups, racial supremacists, and
international and domestic terrorist groups."

"The best defenses against violent extremist ideologies are
well-informed and equipped families, local communities, and local
institutions. Their awareness of the threat and willingness to work with
one another and government is part of our long history of
community-based initiatives and partnerships dealing with a range of
public safety challenges," the report says.

One of the apparent elements of the White House strategy is a series of
brochures being handed out to farm supply stories, gun shops, military
surplus stores and even hotels and motels. The brochures ask
proprietors, clerks and others to watch out for "potential indicators"
of terrorism, including "paying with cash," having a "missing
hand/fingers," making "extreme religious statements coupled with> comments that are violent or appear to condone violence" and making ulk
purchases of "Meals Ready to Eat" or "night flashlights."

The following was handed out to surplus stores by agents of the FBI in
Denver in recent days.

The flyer was reminiscent of the Department of Homeland Security's 2009
report "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate
Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment"
<http://wnd.com/images/dhs-rightwing-extremism.pdf> that suggested the
return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating
into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of
terrorist groups."

The report from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis defined
right-wing extremism in the U.S. as "divided into those groups,
movements and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on
hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups) and those that
are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of
state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It
may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue,
such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

The DHS report had followed only by weeks a report from the Missouri
Information Analysis Center that linked conservative groups to domestic

The Missouri report warned law enforcement agencies to watch for
suspicious individuals who may have bumper stickers for presidential
candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin. It further
warned law enforcement to watch out for individuals with "radical"
ideologies based on Christian views, such as opposing illegal
immigration, abortion and federal taxes.
Officials with Oath Keepers.org> <http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/08/10/7769> noted the document as
similar to one earlier given to gun store managers in Utah. Authorities
in Denver confirmed to WND that related brochures are going to surplus
stores, hotels and motels, farm supply companies that handle fertilizer
and gun shops.

"This new handout expands the absurdity by now also targeting customers
of military surplus stores, and by specifically targeting the purchasing
of very common, and very popular, preparedness items such as Meals eady
to Eat (MREs) as 'potential indicators of terrorist activities,'" said a
statement from Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.

"Islamic terrorists are not known to hang out in local Army-Navy surplus
stores, stocking up on MREs, high capacity magazines and bi-pods for
their long range rifles," the statement said. "As Brandon Smith, over at
Alt-market.com notes, 'These are very common purchases, not for
terrorists, but for Preppers and Survivalists, who are obviously the
targets of the FBI profile, not secret al-Qaida agents.'

"Spot on," Rhodes wrote. "Obviously, the current crop of FBI
'leadership' considers anyone who wants to be self-sufficient and
prepared to be a 'threat' that should be relentlessly tracked and

An FBI spokesman in Denver confirmed to WND that the flyer is genuine.

"It has been disseminated throughout the United States by the FBI. The
flyer and the information on it, stands on its own merit. It was created
by FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Denver Division has placed
our contact information on the flyer and distributed it to local
businesses within the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

"I assure you the process and the information has been well vetted by
the Department of Justice before being released."

In addition to contact information for the FBI, the flyer also had a
telephone number for the Colorado Information Analysis Center,
<https://www.ciac.co.gov> a law enforcement "fusion" center where
director Dana Reynolds told WND it's just part of the
information-collecting done by the government.

He said when tips are turned in about suspicious activity, they are
evaluated to determine whether there should be a police investigation.

"If it turns out to be nothing, if there's no probably case, then the
contact is ended there."

However, when asked about profiling for suspicious behavior, such as
that done successfully by security authorities in Israel, he said that
was not being done, and why it is not being done "is a good question."

One-time Colorado congressional candidate Rob McNealy,
<http://www.robmcnealy.com> who also is a decision-maker in the
Libertarian Party, told WND he came across the flyer to surplus stores
among his circle of friends and quickly confirmed it was genuine.

He pointed out to WND the irony that the government, through the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, specifically advises citizens to collect
"ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables"
<http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/food.shtm> as well as "flashlight and
extra batteries" and "matches in a waterproof container."

Then the FBI asks store managers to report the "suspicious" activity of
buying the same items.

"It's almost like entrapment," McNealy said.

He warned that such practices could be used as attacks on free speech,
the right of association and other constitutional provisions. And he
believes authorities are targeting Americans who choose to prepare
themselves for emergencies.

"Al-Qaida terrorists are not running around buying MREs," he said.

McNealy said he has information "from somebody who sat in on one of the
[fusion-center type] training things in their class they will talk about
all the groups out there who are dangerous to cops, sovereign citizens,
neo-Nazis ? and Oath Keepers and tea party groups."

"They lump them all together," he said.

Oath Keepers reported last year that it appeared the Southern Poverty
Law Center had become "officially" part of DHS. That was because the
chief of the SPLC "now sits on the DHS 'Working Group on Countering
Violent Extremism' along with the leaders of other so-called non
government organizations," the group reported.

The move came after a government agency accused a father of being
associated "with a militia group known as Oath Keepers."

"It should come as no surprise to see Joint Terrorism Task Forces in
states now listing the purchasing of firearms, high capacity magazines,
bi-pods, night vision, MREs, weatherproofed ammunition containers, etc.
as 'potential indicators of terrorist activities' since SPLC is almost
entirely focused on going after the militia movement and the Patriot
Movement, and is also focused on relentlessly demonizing and smearing
nearly any individual or group on the political right that advocates
strict adherence to the Constitution or who advocates for the right to
bear arms, for state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws,
etc. which is why SPLC also has a special animus toward Oath Keepers,
which it has labeled as one of the most worrisome groups out there,
because it contains active duty police and military who advocate for
strict obedience to the Constitution and who pledge to refuse to obey
unconstitutional orders," Rhodes wrote at the time.

"They see all of us on the patriot right as being terrorists or
potential terrorists, and they intend to use all the power of government
to control, suppress, marginalize, investigate, track, and if possible,
prosecute us all until they stamp out our beliefs and views," Rhodes
told WND.

"How far we have come from the Founder's ideal of a 'well regulated'
(well equipped and well trained) citizen militia where ALL able bodied
citizens were expected to keep and bear their own weapons, ammunition,
field gear, and other supplies essential to personal military capability
and competence. And the Founders expected us to keep that military gear
at home and to actually train together in its use so we would 'be
prepared' for anything, you know, like the Boy Scouts motto. That motto
is a sad remnant of the Founders' ideal of a prepared citizenry," Rhodes

"Under the logic of this most recent handout, the Boy Scouts should be
reported as 'suspicious,'" he wrote.

"The Founders would have wanted all of us, every one, to 'be prepared'
for 'any old thing.' They would have wanted us to have night vision, gas
masks (which come in handy in many situations), 'high-capacity'
magazines ? and the powerful military pattern rifles that use them ?
bi-pods so we can shoot accurately at long distance, and plenty of
ammunition in 'weatherproofed' containers (also known as surplus ammo
cans). They would have wanted us to have plenty of MREs for handy field
use, and even 'night flashlights.' I suppose 'day flashlights' are OK
with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, but those dangerous 'night
flashlights' are verboten, and anyone who buys one must be reported! I
certainly hope it wasn't actually someone at the FBI who wrote that.

"Funny thing is, who exactly do the authors of these handouts think they
are talking to when they ask gun store and military surplus store owners
and staff to spy on their customers and serve as a network of government
snitches? These stores are usually owned and staffed by veterans, who
are also very preparedness minded ? in other words, just like the
customers the government wants them to inform on. That's like handing
the MIAC report to Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin supporters and asking them
to keep an eye on those pesky, subversive, and potentially dangerous Ron
Paul and Chuck Baldwin supporters. It's absurd," Rhodes wrote.
The U.S. administration has made clear in a numberof cases that it is
concerned about conservatives as a potential danger> <http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=316589> and ven has
argued in court that it wants the authority to track American citizens
in order to develop "probable cause" needed for search warrants.

That argument is being made before the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute
over whether police investigators and other authorities should be
allowed to track American citizens who have not done anything that would
ordinarily prompt a judge to issue a search warrant.

"The court of appeals' decision, which will require law enforcement
officers to obtain a warrant before placing a GPS device on a vehicle if
the device will be used for a 'prolonged' time period, has created
uncertainty surrounding the use of an important law enforcement tool,"
said the government's brief in the case, U.S.A. v. Antoine Jones.

"Although in some investigations the government could establish probable
cause and obtain a warrant before using a GPS device, federal law
enforcement agencies frequently use tracking devices early in
investigations, before suspicions have ripened into probable cause. The
court of appeals' decision prevents law enforcement officers from using
GPS devices in an effort to gather information /to establish/ probable

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Post#2 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:19 pm

FBI adds ‘preppers’ to potential terrorists list

“An FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force handout being distributed to Colorado military surplus store owners lists the purchase of popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as ‘suspicious’ and ‘potential indicators of terrorist activities,’” an exclusive report by Oath Keepers reveals.

Essentially, the government is conflating Americans who believe in being prepared for disruptions in normal circumstances with potential domestic enemies who bear scrutiny, and are recruiting those they patronize to spy and snitch on their customers. As potential terrorists. For such suspicious activities as buying storable food. And paying in legal tender.

This is not a new tactic. Oath Keepers themselves have been targets of a campaign to portray their organization and membership as “militia extremists” and haters, due in large part to the smear efforts by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It has been used against people who champion the Constitution and warn against the United Nations. And it’s not confined to the FBI, but is also used by the Department of Homeland Security and so-called “Fusion Centers” and…

But the point is made. Support the regime and its regressive edicts or be suspected as a “hatriot.”

Which in turn, makes you suspect, someone the authorities must be “tipped off” about.

And naturally, dangerous people on the “Terror Watch List” can’t be allowed to have guns!

What kind of dangerous, racist, violent, extremist, terrorist hater would suggest otherwise? And if he does, we expect you to turn him in, Citizen. And while you’re at it, put yourself on report. We’ll figure out why after we’ve had a chance to speak with your neighbors. Speaking of which, tell us about them...

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