August 12, 2011

Don't Listen to the Government. If You do, You're Going to Be Labeled A Terrorist Threat.

Mike Vanderboegh pissed me off last night. No, it wasn't anything he did. He simply emailed a link to his story about how the paranoid Obama Justice Department has decided to label a significant part of the population as a terrorist threat for buying common disaster preparation items.

Yes, while one branch of the government urges you to develop a disaster preparedness kit, another is poisoning the local police against you for doing so.

The FBI handout, entitled "Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores" also instructs surplus store owners to:

"Require valid ID from all new customers.

Keep records of purchases.

Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses.

Watch for people and actions that are out of place.

Make note of suspicious statements, people, and /or vehicles.

If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement authorities."

The handout also instructs surplus store owners to consider as "suspicious" anyone who "demands identity 'privacy'" or anyone who expresses "extreme religious statements" and those who "make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, [or] radical theology."

The list of items that the Feds consider possible indications of terrorist intent are common items set aside by disaster preparedness:

  • Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
    Weatherized ammunition optimized for long-term storage to avoid corrosion is very common, as is the bulk purchase of ammunition in general. Matches work best when they aren't soggy. horrors!
  • Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)
    Without question, the single most common disaster preparation foodstuff, almost always bought by the case. Want to eat after a hurricane? You terrorist!
  • Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks
    Night vision gear and flashlights are essential for search and rescue for those disasters not conveniently scheduled during the daytime, and have the added benefit of not ruining the night vision of those using them, causing temporary blindness as bright normal lights can. Gas masks can filter out the deadly toxins in molds (which is why you saw construction crews using them after Katrina) and some work as well to filter out particulate smoke and deadly chemicals from fires.
  • High capacity magazines
    They are commodities, and your are supposed to have a minimum of five for each firearm for many shooting classes. A person with a half-dozen magazines ("high capacity" is a made-up term) or more for his or her weapon and steely nerve can face down crowds of thugs and looters like those that have set London ablaze.
  • Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles
    Make up your minds! you don't want people to have magazines, because you don't want them shooting with any volume of fire. Now you're trying to tell me you want to take away the weapons stabilization platforms that enhance accuracy? Is the FBI trying to encourage innaccurate shooting?

The more I see from this Justice Department, the more it concerns me that they are devolving into armed enforcers (and occasionally covert criminals) for the Executive branch, and that they are creating opportunities to envision solid citizens as threats to their power.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 12, 2011 10:01 AM

They are monitoring people who stock food.

Am I the only one who remembers Stalin using famine and starvation as a weapon against his people?

Posted by: Phelps at August 12, 2011 11:05 AM

While they are at it, they should just go ahead and forbid owning anything made by Magpul, Surefire, and Underarmor.

An alternative explanation is that the BATF agents own stock in all those companies and releasing bullitens like this is one very effective way to boost sales.

Posted by: Professor Hale at August 12, 2011 11:55 AM

"They are monitoring people who stock food."

Was it last year Congress passed a law giving the feds authority to shut down shipments of food?

For safety, of course. I'm sure there's no nefarious intent.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at August 12, 2011 09:38 PM

Everyone should continue to hoard beans, rice, water, and bullets.

Posted by: Parker at August 13, 2011 12:00 AM

I read the list and suddenly came to the realization that I am a terrorist. What do I do now? Should I turn myself in? Wait, I don't have a bipod as the army taught me how to make one with a sling that is superior to a fixed structure. That might let me off the hook.

Posted by: david7134 at August 13, 2011 11:45 AM

I think this POTUS is against all private property ownership. Anyone who owns anything, or buys or owns anything without taking his mark, will be next on his hit list.

Posted by: laura at August 15, 2011 12:43 AM