“See Something Say Something” Campaign Could Allow People to Label ANY AMERICAN a Suspected “Terrorist” … Just Like in Nazi Germany or Stasi East Germany

List of Actions or Beliefs Which May Get You Labeled a Terrorist Grows Daily

Every American could – literally – be labeled a suspected terrorist under current governmental criteria.

Specifically, the following actions may get a U.S. citizen labeled as a suspected terrorist today:

Holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

See Something, Act Like a Snitch in Nazi Germany, Stasi East Germany or Iraq

I initially thought that Paul Joseph Watson was overreacting when he claimed that a Homeland Security video paints the following activities as signs of potential terrorism:

  • Opposing surveillance
  • Talking to police officers
  • Wearing a hoodie
  • Driving a van
  • Writing on a piece of paper

But Watson makes a brilliant point about Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something” campaign, and how accusations of terrorism actually spread:

As Robert Gellately of Florida State University has highlighted, Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

At the height of its influence around one in seven of the East German population was an informant for the Stasi. As in Nazi Germany, the creation of an informant system was wholly centered around identifying political dissidents and those with grievances against the state, and had little or nothing to do with genuine security concerns. [Indeed, the American government has been using anti-terror laws to crush dissent and to help the too big to fail businesses compete against smaller businesses (and see this. And the Department of Homeland Security has been distracted by activities which have very little to do with terrorism.)]

This is the kind of society the Department of Homeland Security is, whether deliberately or inadvertently, recreating in 21st century America.

Gellately’s website notes:

“I started to read these files about all the victims in just one region of Germany that the Gestapo had processed,” Gellately says. “It would have taken a large force of secret police to collect information on so many people. I needed to know just how many secret police there really were. So I asked an elderly gentleman who would’ve lived through those times, and he replied, ‘They were everywhere!’”

That was the prevailing myth.

“But I had evidence right there in my hands that supported a different story,” Gellately explains. “There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.”

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As he was uncovering who was acting as the Gestapo’s unsolicited agents, he also began to discern what motivated neighbor to inform on neighbor. The surviving myth told the story of informers who were motivated either by a commitment to the Third Reich or by a fear of authority.

But the motives Gellately found were banal—greed, jealousy, and petty differences.

He found cases of partners in business turning in associates to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors; neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments.

And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said.

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Backing Hitler also challenges conventional views on the nature of modern dictatorships. Perhaps as a way for us to believe that “it couldn’t happen here,” we have viewed the Holocaust as an atrocity that was the work of a handful of evil men. Gellately, however, presents persuasive evidence that Hitler and the Third Reich were able to build a consensus for their policies.

“They began with small violations of the rights of Jews and other minorities, and then ratcheted up their racism and persecution only when they saw implied consent from the German people.” Gellately says. “Many Germans disapproved of Hitler’s fascism and brutality, at first. But after the long economic depression following the First World War, the German people allowed the thriving economy and return to law and order under Hitler to mute their concerns. People had jobs and the streets were safe. Hitler was managing a fine balance of consent and coercion.”

The same dynamic played out in Iraq. People turned their neighbors in to the American military pretending they were Al Qaeda, based on petty jealousies or just wanting to get a reward. Specifically, neutral observers say that most of the Iraqis tortured in Iraq were innocent farmers, villagers, or those against whom neighbors held a grudge. Iraqis received a cash reward from the U.S. military for turning people in as “suspected terrorists”. See this movie.

The number two man at the State Department under Colin Powell (Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson), the commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and official U.S. military records all confirm that virtually all of the people turned in and subsequently tortured were innocent.

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  • poison ivy

    This is exactly how dictatorships are built and prevailed. The common belief of a single evil man and his handful of fellows rising up from the gutters to establish a reign of fear and terror is just ridiculous. In history, such men always were financially and/or in substance supported by groups already in power. However, the destruction of freedom and society was never named thus by these people, of course.

    Take some time and translate the names of some (in)famous laws and issues of Nazi-Germany: “Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutze des Deutschen Volkes” (Ordinance of the Reich President on the Protection of the German People = restriction of freedom of the press and freedom of assembly), “Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat” (Ordinance of the Reich President on the Protection of the People and the State = abrogation of civil rights granted by the Weimar Constitution), “Schutzhaft” (protective custody = custody without probable cause). The Berlin Wall in Eastern Germany was officially referred to as the “Antifaschistischer Schutzwall” (Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart). It is up to you to compare those with the Patriot Act. And hey: As an American patriotism cannot be bad, can it?

    All dictatorships were built on fear and mistrust since if there is no one you can openly speak to you will not be able to discuss critical issues, get involved with dissident actions and so on. As a single person you are just less dangerous than a bunch of you. These systems thrive on the most despicable traits of human society exactly as described in your article. It is a symptom of a system on the vigil of downfall to emplace paranoid legislation and encourage people to spy on each other, and I am afraid to have to say that the US-American government is doing exactly this for more than a decade now. I wish you, the American people, all the best to overcome this situation. It is reassuring to see that there are indeed sane people left who are open minded enough to learn from history and put the actions of the powers-to-be into question.

    God bless America.

  • Eric

    As an aside, Col. Wilkerson was not the number two man at State – he was the chief of staff. That is not a number two position, it is the head assistant (similarly, the chief of staff at the White House is not the number two man in the Executive branch). The number two man at State was Richard Armitage.

  • John Ennis

    Read Hanna Arendt’s “Tolalitarianism”. She defined ‘isms’ v. well several decades ago. End ‘Das Homeland Security’.

  • Noni

    This is already being done. The National Security Agency in Maryland has not only corrupted surrounding police forces with “high tech toys” in order to persuade them to either “look the other way” or actually engage in illegal harassment of… Not terrorists, but rather reporters who write articles that “displease” NSA, dissidents (the ACLU is virtually dead in Maryland due to NSA thug activity), or believe it or not – Federal and their own employees who date to ask awkward questions at work. For the past decade the Security force at NSA, called Q Group, has been transformed from a group dedicated to physical security of NSA campus and employees as well as the background checks for potential hirees, but they now have a third mission – the vicious harassment of any of the three groups already mentioned. Under L. Kemp Ensor, a psychopath brought up through the ranks by the twisted former DIRNSA (Director of NSA) General Hayden, NSA Security took on the characteristics of Hitler’s brown shirt thugs. There was also a concerted effort to liaise with surrounding neighborhoods and militarize neighborhood watch into a snitch and harassment organization working hand in hand with NSA. To get an idea of the tactics – get a copy of David Larson’s “Cause Stalking”, which Q Group adopted in full as their preferred means to deal with potential whustleblowers (meaning, patriots with high standards in personal morals). In January 2011 yet another internet article came out about how NSA managers are demanding sexual favors from not only young women but now young men as well. Any employee who dares complain or file a complaint is targeted for “the treatment”. The EEO at NSA is run by Security – the wife of a highly placed Security manager who does her husband’s bidding in derailing EEO complaints. The Office of the General Counsel is also part if the conspiracy and immediately alerts Security to the fact that an employee has reported something that could embarass a protected member of the. Timbal cabal running NSA. The person’s complaint is then brushed off, but an intense effort to harass, belittle, insult, demean, slander, libel and isolate the person is begun. False and purposely concocted accusations about the person’s loyalty are created by and then spread by Q group personnel. The nearest militarized neighborhood watch group is then alerted to a chance for the leaders to earn under the table home improvements, such a new flooring, new additions, new rooves, tuition for college age children, etc. they just play their parts recruiting locals to spy on and snitch on as well as overtly harass the targeted person. The ultimate goal is to fabricate reason for NSA to illegally fire the person who dared to report the wrong-doing of a superior. NSA’s great experiment has shown that as a nation we have indeed lost our moral compass and will participate in the gas-lighting of honest, decent people to help the corrupt stay in power. One such town in Maryland is Columbia – very definitely an NSA company town, whoring their morals to big brother, and with full cooperation of the Howard County Police, who are very open to being told who may or may not be afforded their Constitutional rights as big brother NSA sees fit. Read the aforementioned book – there are parts of America right now devoid of humanity and engaged in this kind of depraved “sport for profit” in service of Big Brother. I personally know of several NSA employees attacked in this manner as well as a Department if Justice employer who dared report criminal activity to the right internal authority – except, that authority was as totally corrupt as the NSA internal authorities and she was targeted for vicious harassment as well. As for Maryland authorities to whom this criminal behavior is reported – they decline to get involved in Federal matters – according to the Maryland Attorney General. So, Brown shirts and what was called “Red Squads” in the Soviet Union are HERE and growing. THIS is your tax dollars at work…,

  • srqrebel

    Noni,

    Thank you for bringing this strange but chilling phenomenon to my attention!

  • https://ondemand.thefitfem.com/ Fitness Program

    This a ridiculous set of criteria to determine if someone is a terrorist. If someone does things that a majority of people don’t do, that does not make them anti-American. Being pro-life or taking part in protests does not make one a terrorist.a href=”http://www.thefitfem.com/index.php?/going_to_miami”> Fitness Program

    • Undecider

      You need re-education. Please call the FBI for voluntary submission immediately. (joke)

 

 

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