Skip to comments.Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?
Posted on 04/06/2011 5:13:56 PM PDT by blam
Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?
Author: Mac Slavo
April 6th, 2011
A few weeks ago Bernard von NotHaus, purveyor of the gold/silver backed Liberty Dollar, was convicted on numerous charges including making, possessing, and selling his own coins, as well as conspiracy against the United States. Western District of North Carolina US attorney Anne Tompkins issued a Department of Justice press release that should raise blaring, high decibel sirens across the entire Union:
Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism, U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country, she added. We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.
The definitions for what is or is not a terrorist are ambiguous as defined by the Patriot Act, and have been progressively, hastily and secretively expanded over the course of the last decade. A terrorist, it seems, is now anyone who actively engages in an activity whether its violent, peaceful, public or private perceived to threaten the legitimacy and/or stability of our government.
An eighteen year veteran of law enforcement recently published an article at James Rawles Survival Blog detailing how perceptions in law enforcement are being molded to fit the new paradigm. The use of the term terrorist to describe a wide variety of crimes, and more alarmingly, the passive behaviors of those who intend to do no harm to the government or the public, is being injected into the broader consciousness and everyday semantics of the American people.
During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training. Law enforcement courses have moved away from a local community focus to a federally dominated model of complete social control. Most training I have attended over the past two years have been sponsored by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), namely the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
No matter what topic the training session concerns, 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.
These federal trainers describe the dangers of extremists and militia groups roaming the community and hiding in plain sight, ready to attack. Officers are instructed how to recognize these domestic terrorists by their behavior, views and common characteristics. State data bases are kept to track suspected domestic terrorists and officers are instructed on reporting procedures to state and federal agencies. The state I work in, like many others, have what is known as a fusion center that compiles a watch list of suspicious people.
So how does a person qualify as a potential domestic terrorist? Based on the training I have attended, here are characteristics that qualify:
* 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 Homeschooling
* Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties
* Belief in a New World Order conspiracy
Reading this law enforcement officers account may seem like conjecture, considering that were supposed to be living in America, historically the last bastion of freedom in the world. But this isnt conjecture, nor are these the ravings of a disgruntled law enforcement officer.
Take, for example, the now infamous MIAC Report, from the Missouri Information Analysis Center, which is responsible for collecting incident reports of suspicious activity and analyzing those incidents to build profiles of potential terrorists and terrorist activity:
The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as militia influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
Police are educated in the document that people are are anti-abortion, own gold, display an assortment of U.S. flags, or even those that talk about the film Zeitgeist, view the police as their enemy and conflates them with domestic terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph and other domestic militia groups who have been charged with plotting terrorist attacks.
Across the entire United States, similar reports are being disseminated to law enforcement, and as incidents of domestic terrorism become more broadly prosecuted, reported, and the terminology is further entranced into the daily vocabulary, more people will find themselves the target of probes, investigations and on terrorist watch lists, no-fly lists, and no-work lists.
In a previous report we facetiously opined and calculated that the terrorist watch list may exceed the US population by 2019. Perhaps we werent so far off with our assessment.
Given the direction things are going, and the sheer scope of the tentacles of the ever-growing police state, its only a matter of time before everyone, regardless of lifestyle choice, preferred reading genre, political leaning, religious conviction, shopping behavior, hobbies and interests, will qualify as a domestic terrorist.
Be advised: You are now a person of interest.
I'm guilty on many counts.
I even have a Constitution Party (Bill Atkinson) political sign in my front yard presently, see here.
I’d like “Fear Of Economic Collapse” for $1000, Alex!
....as in Alex Jones!?
It’s always interesting who they go after in this type of case. They go after Martha Stewart and this man when we all know who should be tried for crimes against this country. Bernake would be my symbolic choice for hanging at the corner of Wall Street and South Drive right across from FDR Drive. It would make a good point.
I’d like to think so.
Yes, Big Brother IS watching you....
Based on the above list of qualifiers, yes.
Jones, Trebek, Rodriguez...take your pick!
So, why isn't George Soros rotting in Leavenworth prison?
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
I’m guilty on all 9 counts.
Ew! Obama and the Dems qualify under this definition. Their reckless deficit spending, at a shocking rate of $5,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country each year, is undermining what used to be the legitimate currency of the United States of America. As a proud free American who clings to God and to guns, and who approved of the Congress reading the Constitution aloud at the start of the current session, I wanted to be in better company than that when America's enemies in DC defined "domestic terrorists".
I’d like to state the obvious. LEO’s, as a group, are a conservative lot.
If you force tens of thousands of them to listen to hours of propaganda touting the twisted views of say, communist Angela Davis, perhaps one of them in that ten thousand may both have a bad case of the flu and be inebriated on cough syrup, so at least for a moment may believe in the Marxist crap she is spewing.
But it will be wasted effort with the rest.
While Obama and all of the other Washingtonian believers in central government control over every damn thing may *want* a federalized national-local police force, they typical LEO didn’t sign up for that.
And when these “terrorism mongers” spew at them that white, middle class blue and white collar people in their hometown are “domestic terrorists” because they go to church on Sunday, own guns, and don’t vote for Democrats, they probably don’t even realize they are describing the *families* of the LEOs.
So, then, you'll be arresting and charging Barack Obama, AKA Barry Soetoro, et al for sedition when? I mean, probable cause has long since been shown that he and his cronies seek to undermine American sovereignty and turn our constitutional republic into a democratic socialist nation. Sounds like domestic terrorism to me.
I’m a dead ringer for a domestic terrorist!
If owning gold makes one a terrorist, then the US Mint, which is part of the federal government, is aiding an abetting terrorists, because it sells gold to the public.
Well, that’s great. The link goes to a pulled thread saying it’s a dupe but a title search comes up with no thread with that title.
Apparently the only ones that would not be a "terrorist" would resemble a castrated communist cowardly atheist earthworm eating semi-vegetarian welfare sucking illegal alien.
This should be a SEVERE wakeup call for all the hang-em high proponents of cherry picking which unalienable rights American Citizens are "allowed" to retain subsequent to a "felony" conviction. Many are right here on this board.
They are classified as unalienable for a reason.
And we are rapidly approaching (sometimes have achieved) stripping rights from American Citizens over misdemeanors.
BTW, Utah just passed legislation stating that what the guy in Idaho did is legal.
And the self-righteous federal nanny-government goose steps on and on...
He left veterans off the list of domestic terrorist qualifications.
LOL. I qualify for that one too.
Thank you! That’s just what I wanted.
No problemo, on a hunch I did a keyword search for Soros. Sadly there’s so many articles on that low life, but luckily it was near the top. FReegards.