Thursday, May 8, 2008

Are you a "terror" suspect?

Are you a potential "terror" suspect?

You might be surprised. According to the information contained in a Texas law enforcement pamphlet, just about anyone (literally) would qualify as a suspect. This has to be seen to be believed:

For more paranoia, consult these pamphlets issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the FBI:

Included in those to watch for are (the Texas pamphlet list is much more extensive):
  • "Anti-government" types (no definition provided, are limited government advocates also "anti-government"?)
  • "Property rights activists" (opposition to eminent domain, perhaps?)
  • "Religious extremists" (who constitutes an extremist? what beliefs are 'extreme'?)
  • "'Defenders' of the US Constitution against federal government and UN (Super Patriots)"
  • Those who "make numerous references to US Constitution" and/or "attempt to 'police the police'"
According to the above documents, potential terrorist paraphernalia could include such common items as:
  • sketch pads or notebooks
  • maps or charts
  • still or video camera
  • hand held tape recorder
  • binoculars
Ever carry around a notebook? How about maps or cameras? Ever use binoculars for bird-watching or star-gazing? Ever carry a tape-recorder in preparation for a meeting, or to make a list for later reference? You may want to think twice about doing these things in public places from now on lest you be taken in for some "enhanced interrogation".

So watch those references to the Constitution (no one seems to know how many is too many), be careful of the company you keep (stay away from women and children in Texas), be sure you're not carrying around any "terrorist tools," (no more taking pictures of the Capitol building for Grandma and Grandpa) and, should you find yourself under suspicion, you can take comfort in the fact that, as an American citizen, you are essentially entitled to nothing.