Saturday, August 13, 2011

How do you know if a customer is a terrorist?

According to the FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force, these are some of the ways to determine if a customer might be a terrorist!

This is being handed out to military surplus store owners in Colorado, and while it seems common sense to many of us, you can never reinforce or repeat this information enough!

Some of the list includes the following:

“Make bulk purchase of items to include:

Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers

Meals Ready to Eat

Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks

High capacity magazines

Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles”

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.”

Is this an overreach by the federal government?

The source for this is a website by the name of Oath Keepers. They see this handout as an attack on ordinary citizens who are merely focused on preparedness for disasters, and a government overstepping its bounds.

I disagree! I personally see this as an attempt by the government to make sure that those who may not be as vigilant as they need to be on the domestic front of the global war on terror step up and become so. It may be a feeble attempt, but it is an attempt nonetheless!

What do you think?

Is this a government overstepping its authority or is it a government trying to step-up homeland security?


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  1. Why not ask if he is a tea party member? That's how the left does it.

  2. Is this a government overstepping its authority or is it a government trying to step-up homeland security?

    I would say both, since governments in their zeal usually tend to overstep.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Snoopy. In this case I would most likely say the latter.

  4. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog