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Monitoring America… You Might Be a Terrorist If…


Monitoring America:
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation’s history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

‘US new spying bid endangers citizens’ The US government is jeopardizing the lives of private citizens by employing its new espionage infrastructure to collect intelligence on ordinary Americans, a former CIA officer says.
“There are lots of ways for government to use this information and leverage this information to do things to private citizens that should not be done,” said Philip Giraldi in a Press TV interviewon Tuesday.

FBI Agents Train Garbage Collectors To Report Suspicious Activity Former FBI agents are helping local authorities train thousands of garbage collectors across the country as a nationwide internal spy force to report “suspicious activity” to police in yet another example of how America is turning into an East German-style informant society as the country decays from within.

As we have repeatedly warned, history shows that governments training citizens to spy on each other is a sign of a society in terminal decay. Such programs never lead to a more secure society, but instead breed suspicion, distrust, fear and resentment amongst the population. The only “benefit” that such programs have ever achieved is allowing the state to more easily identify and persecute political dissidents while discouraging the wider population from engaging in any criticism against the government.

Monitoring America… You Might Be a Terrorist If…

Walmart, Homeland Security team up for nationwide snitch-and-spy program: This month, Arkansas-based retailer Walmart has announced that they are joining the Department of Homeland Security in their fight against terror taking part in their “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

At the DHS blog, Secretary Janet Napolitano states that “Homeland security starts with hometown security and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe.”

According to the site, this program initially started with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and it was funded, in part, by a $13 million grant via the DHS Transit Security Grant Program.

Plan to Turn Post Office Trucks Into Stasi Data Collection Nodes: On Monday, the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post, told us what we already know – the government has created a massive Stasi-like snoop apparatus in America. “The government is creating a vast domestic spying network to collect information about Americans in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent terror plots,” Reuters reported. “The government is using for this purpose the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators,” and may soon use the Post Office if Mr. Ravnitzky’s proposal is adopted.

You are the homegrown terrorist threat: If you’re an American reading this, then under expansive definitions beingMonitoring America… You Might Be a Terrorist If… used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several states in their counterterrorism training, you just might be a domestic terrorist.

In addition, “People whose political motivation is usually Marxist/Leninist philosophy,” “‘defenders’ of the US Constitution against federal government and the UN,” computer hackers, and “Lone Individuals” should also be reported.

Why Are the Feds Cultivating Their Own “Homegrown Terrorists”? High profile domestic terrorism plots appear to have increased in recent months, but they’ve been largely concocted.

In numerous cases, documented at length by the DN investigation, there are serious questions as to whether the tactic is creating crimes out of thin air. In one case, an FBI informant befriended a Muslim business owner. When that business started failing, the informant, who was himself facing deportation, offered the other man a loan that was allegedly laundered for weapons buying. The exchange led to terrorism convictions.

Karen Greenberg of the NYU Center for Law and Security explains, “the conviction rate for cases that involve informants is almost 100 percent.” But according to James Wedick, a former FBI agent, “90 percent of the cases that you see that have occurred in the last 10 years are garbage.”

iPhone snitch network launched A new iPhone App with the misleading name ‘PatriotApp’ attempts to draw on the power of the patriot movement, turning smartphone users into a gigantic snitch network.

You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies. (also see the TechDirt article on it)

FBI spies on credit card purchases Most United States consumers are using more and more credit cards these days and as a result it seems the US government has been watching where we spend. Federal Law enforcement agencies routinely track Americans in real-time, using credit cards, loyalty cards, and travel reservations all without a court order. This has been revealed in a ten page PowerPoint, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

10 Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced, and Databased: The war on terror is a worldwide endeavor that has spurred massive investment into the global surveillance industry – which now seems to be becoming a war on “liberty and privacy.” Given all of the new monitoring technology being implemented, the uproar over warrantless wiretaps now seems moot. High-tech, first-world countries are being tracked, traced, and databased, literally around every corner. Governments, aided by private companies, are gathering a mountain of information on average citizens who so far seem willing to trade liberty for supposed security. Here are just some of the ways the matrix of data is being collected:SOURCE

Deceptive Practices? Local communities and activists work to reveal the myth of Wal-Mart

John Galt
Activist Post

The myth of Wal-Mart as an indispensable part of Americana that presents the poor with a wide selection of affordable products is coming unraveled.

The revelation that Wal-Mart actually kills jobs and damages local communities is contradictory to their own brand marketing, but in a Yahoo news story Wal-Mart is drawing ire from the very people who it claims to be helping.  The story cites a report released in January by City University of New York’s Hunter College Center for Community Planning, which studied 50 Wal-Mart stores and the impact they have had on the surrounding communities.  The conclusions are striking:

The overwhelming weight of the independent research on the impact of Wal-Mart stores . . . shows that Wal-Mart depresses area wages and labor benefits . . . pushes out more retail jobs than it creates, and results in more retail vacancies.

The HIGH COST of LOW PRICES

This report has led the City Council to condemn Wal-Mart, saying:

‘To me, Wal-Mart is definitely not welcome in this city,’ asserted Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. ‘It is a union-busting, tax-evading, wage-suppressing, job-destroying, civil-rights abusing, food stamp-denying, multi-national corporation that has no place in this city.’

Wal-Mart believes that this independent research was based on “randomly selected statements from . . . flawed studies.”  The report comes at a difficult time for Wal-Mart as it has rolled out a new marketing campaign that portrays the company as a place not only for cheap goods, but for healthy goods.  A press release issued in January announced: Walmart Launches Major Initiative to Make Food Healthier and Healthier Food More Affordable.  CEO Bill Simon stated that, “No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford.”  Yet, according to the independent research conducted from 50 store openings, Wal-Mart has contributed to the very poverty they supposedly wish to alleviate.

This latest research into the impact that Wal-Mart has on local U.S. communities only enhances the other forms of slavery that Wal-Mart is well-known for across the world, with well-documented slave labor being used to create their “cheap” goods by poor people in other countries so that poor people in the U.S. can afford them.  This is an organization known for blatant discrimination against women, and for playing games on every level with people’s wages and healthcare.

Always low wages....ALWAYS

Perhaps most disturbing of all is that they are not satisfied with only enslaving their workers and those who supply their shelves; they recently turned their attention to the consumer as well.   When Janet Napolitano revealed her “If You See Something, Say Something” program for Homeland Security, it was Wal-Mart she chose as the retailer to represent this fascist initiative of private corporations and government working together to spy on Americans.  This program is nothing short of an East German snitch program that turns each American against their neighbor, thereby strengthening the power of the Homeland Security State — not America itself — and already has led to dire consequences.

So, when Wal-Mart announces that it is concerned about the health of its customers and would like to advise you about what your family consumes at the dining table, you had better check the ingredients.

*****NOTE: There are some redeeming values. Lower Prices to Customers and:

All Fancy

http://www.activistpost.com/2011/02/activists-and-local-communities-gaining.html