I was just thinking of the bizarre thing the US Government tried to promote….the tagline was “See Something, Say Something”….and the Government’s notion of WHO you should tell, not the NSA, not the FBI, not GCHQ…no, they promoted that if you saw something YOU considered odd or concerning, you should hunt down the manager of the local Wal-Mart. You cannot make up such lunacy.
First off, your Wal-Mart day or night manager doesn’t give a shit if your neighbors are from the Middle East and are bringing in bag after bags of things like nails, phones,
alarm clocks. Firstly, he will just hope they bought that crap at HIS store, then, he is too micromanaged by the people in Bentonville AR, to give a shit about your notions of conspiracy.
Now, remember when the military was conducting those exercises in a few states, and suddenly, Wal-Marts around the country shut down for more than six months, allegedly because of “plumbing problems”. I’ve known managers of Wal-Mart, and they would have a coronary if they had to shut down for a week…let alone, six months.
Hell, you can almost BUILD a new Wal-Mart from scratch in six or eight months…what kind of plumbing problems would need half a year to fix ?
Secondly, do you realize how crazy the Wal-Mart manager would think you were if you were convinced your neighbor was building a car bomb to blow the neighborhood up.
He or She would patronizingly thank you for advising them about this “concerning situation”…and would wander off…shaking his head, and wishing it was time to go home so he could get a strong dose of Vodka or Everclear into him.
If you look up the See Something Say Something…you will be amused to begin with…because the DHS (homeland security..a term started by the Nazis) actually TRADEMARKED the phrase See Something Say Something….much like that company that copyrighted
the phrase that you have fallen and are unable to get back to a standing position (notice I did not use their phrase because Ive heard they actually sued someone for using it).
As someone who has built his fair share of websites from scratch…from back in the HTML day, to XML, to CMS (content management systems)…their website is laughable. It looks like a 15 year old kid got a shot of Speed, and they told him…just fill every inch of the page with some kind of shit.
At the bottom, fairly small in font size, is the admonition NOT to report suspicious activity to the website. Why the hell NOT ? Wouldn’t a form get to the proper people like DHS or FBI better if you report it right there, than to find a Wal-Mart and hunt down the day or night manager?
There is a link which asks “What is suspicious activity?”
and if you click on it…you see this :
First, in the foreground, a bald headed guide with a beard,
and in the background, a barber cutting someone’s hair.
I’m not clear if the bald guy is a terrorist, or the barber might be a terrorist and might slice the customer with his razor.
This is the text under that picture :
“Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:
Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.
Some of these activities could be innocent—it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. The activities above are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years.”