“If You See Something, Say Something” Re-Branding the Brown Shirts

Kaye Beach

Feb 17, 2010

Think the comparison is extreme? It’s your call.

DHS expands ‘see something, say something’ campaign to fusion centers

Sept 15, 2010

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DHS Expands If You See Something Say Something Campaign

Nov. 15, 2010

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Expansion of “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign to Walmart Stores Across the Nation

Release Date: December 6, 2010

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If You See Something Say Something Expands To Federal Buildings

Dec 8, 2010

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Secretary Napolitano Announces “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign Partnership with NBA

Release Date: February 15, 2011

Read more Here

When the snitching starts getting in your face at
Wal-Mart, you kind of have to start paying attention.  I’m so glad I quit that great American institution back when they started chipping under drawers. Before the next Homeland Security outrage turns our attention away from Ms. Napolitano’s wally-world endeavor, I’d like to take a little peek behind the curtain.

Where did “If You See Something, Say Something” come from?

See Something, Say Something is just a slogan for a much broader project– Suspicious Activity Reporting or SAR.

What is a SAR?

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) is the process of documenting the observation of behavior that may be indicative of intelligence gathering or pre-operational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intentions.

Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)

Integrates state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies’ SAR processes into a nationwide standardized and institutionalized effort


The program is tied into the Fusion Centers’ Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)

The Fusion Center Guidelines states that, “nontraditional collectors of intelligence, such as public safety entities and private sector organizations” will ‘fused’ with law enforcement data” (formerly known as “criminal justice information” which indicated correctly that “law enforcement data” should be concerned with  legitimate criminal investigations)

“The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) builds on what law enforcement and other agencies have been doing for years—gathering information regarding behaviors and incidents associated with criminal activity. . .” (Emphasis mine)

This is NOT what law enforcement has been doing for years! Remember “reasonable suspicion“? How about “probable cause”?

Many, many laws and policies have been changed. It used to be that only legitimate criminals and suspects were permitted to be entered into a system of criminal records. The reason for this is obvious.

The Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in 1993 explained the reason very well.

“Because criminal intelligence information is both conjectural and subjective in nature, may be widely disseminated through the interagency exchange of information and cannot be accessed by criminal suspects to verify that the information is accurate and complete, the protections and limitations set forth in the regulation are necessary to protect the privacy interests of the subjects and potential suspects of a criminal intelligence system.” (Emphasis mine)

Things have changed.

The goal is information sharing across all jurisdictions, inter agency, interstate, international, public-private.  This goal is not limited to Fusion Centers or policing, it is ALL information.

Welcome to the ISE!

ISE stands for “Information Sharing Environment”

“The mission of the ISE is to improve the management, discovery, fusing, sharing, delivery of, and collaboration around terrorism-related information to enhance national security. . .”

Partners in the ISE

“The ISE is a partnership of five primary communities—Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Law Enforcement”. . .These communities, moreover, cut across all levels of government in our federal system, involving state, local, and tribal partners as well as the private sector and international partners. . .”

The Program Manager of the ISE says;

“The scope of the ISE is best described in terms of end-to-end counterterrorism and homeland security mission processes—such as watchlisting, screening, and suspicious activity reporting—along with supporting core capabilities and enablers.”

Of course a partnership like this is too good to limit to simply terrorism.

“Key to progress in building the ISE, has been a relentless focus on identifying, integrating, and sharing best practices. Broad adoption of best practices raises confidence, lowers risk, and accelerates adoption, use, and reuse resulting in a strong return on investment by mission partners. In particular, the adoption of best practices has utility beyond the terrorism information sharing mission, extending both across complementary missions and into new mission areas unrelated to terrorism.” (Emphasis mine) LINK

America, we are now operating under a New Paradigm.

Here is another peep into the “New Paradigm”

Vision 2015

The Vision is “A Globally Networked and Integrated Intelligence Enterprise”

Enterprise is a buzzword being used throughout government these days. I don’t know about you, but the word “enterprise” brings to mind business and profit for me, not government.

Now the UK got the jump on plastering creepy Orwellian eyes posters all over their public transit centers.  In 2002 UK travelers got treated to these uber-spooky ads

Our government has many new policies that few are aware of but campaigns like “If You See Something, Say Something” have many wondering just what the heck is going on.

SAR (Suspicious Activity Reporting) is a pervasive, nationwide snitching program modeled on LAPD’s Special Order #11.

LAPD Special Order #11 was a Los Angeles Police Department order that compels LAPD officers to begin reporting “suspicious behaviors” to create a stream of “intelligence” about a host of everyday activities that will be fed to the local fusion center.

LAPD Special Order #11, dated March 5, 2008, states that it is the policy of the LAPD to “gather, record, and analyze information of a criminal or non-criminal nature, that could indicate activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism,” and includes a list of 65 behaviors LAPD officers “shall” report.

The list includes such innocuous, legal activities as:

– taking measurements

– using binoculars

–  taking pictures or video footage “with no apparent esthetic value”

– abandoning vehicle

– drawing diagrams

– taking notes

– espousing extremist views

Read More about the SARs initiative

But what is responsible for this upending of the presumption of innocence in our country?

There is a connection between the creepy “UK Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes” and the US’s new snitch mandates.

Intelligence Led Policing or ILP

The ILP strategy was first developed in the United Kingdom and then flourished in Australia. . .  (What do those two countries have in common?)

What or Who has been the driver behind COPS and Intelligence Led Policing?

WHEREAS, the IACP recognizes that in the aftermath of the September 11th atrocities, there is a need to address the deficiencies that exist in this country in the collection, analysis and dissemination of Criminal Intelligence; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the IACP recognized the need to address these deficiencies and to ensure that state and local law enforcement is involved in the Intelligence process; and

WHEREAS, at the direction of the IACP Executive Board, the Police Investigative Operations Committee convened the IACP Criminal Intelligence Sharing Summit in March of 2002; and

WHEREAS, the findings of that Summit, issued in a report in August of 2002, led to the creation of the Global Intelligence Working Group, which is a Federal Advisory Committee as defined under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA); and

WHEREAS, the Global Intelligence Working Group has created the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, a plan which is consistent with the IACP Summit Report; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the IACP will strongly support the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan as a valuable tool to remedy the deficiencies in the existing methods of collecting, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence, that the IACP encourages all law enforcement to utilize this tool in creating and/or bettering its efforts in the area of Criminal Intelligence, and that the Federal Government also support these efforts.

IACP Resolutions 2002 – 2010

Others have noted the conspicuous placing of new policy that is contrary to our American form of government that was charged with protecting our legal and natural rights first and foremost.

From 2003;

Big Brother Gets Bigger: Domestic Spying & the Global Intelligence Working Group

by Michelle J. Kinnucan

With virtually no media coverage or public scrutiny, a major reorganization of the US domestic law enforcement intelligence apparatus is well underway and, in fact, is partially completed.

. . . A month after September 11, 2001, the Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended that its leadership convene an Intelligence Sharing Summit in March 2002, described above. Summit participants examined closely the 2002 United Kingdom’s National Intelligence Model. (Intelligence Led Policing)
(Emphasis mine)

The primary outcome of the Summit was creation of the Global Intelligence Working Group, which comprised approximately 30 intelligence professionals. This group developed the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan.

. . .The Summit proceedings were compiled by the IACP in a report entitled, Criminal Intelligence Sharing: A National Plan for Intelligence-Led Policing at the Local, State and Federal Levels Recommendations from the IACP Intelligence Summit (IACP Report). The Summit and IACP Report were both partially funded by the DOJ.

. . .The GIWGs intelligence reorganization effort is linked to the Homeland Security Act, but extends far beyond concerns about terrorism. (Emphasis mine)

A main selling point for the greater use of local police in domestic intelligence is the omnivorous spying potential of the widely adopted Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS model. The IACP Report asserts, It is time to maximize the potential for community policing efforts to serve as a gateway of locally based information to prevent terrorism, and all other crimes, through the timely transfer of critical information from citizens to their local police agency and then across the intelligence continuum.

Read the entire article

The 2001 IACP Report states that;

“that the real need is to share all – not just terrorism-related – criminal intelligence”

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was established in 1994. You may remember the COPS program was supposed to hire 100,000 new police officers around the country. The COPS program has received incredible support and funding from the Obama administration.

Niki Raapana gives us this interesting bit of COPS history;

In the spring of 1999, the City of Seattle began working with COPS to write sustainable development visions for all 37 neighborhoods.

Planning groups followed the guidelines laid out in the WA State Growth Management Act of 1990 combined with suggestions recommended at the 1992 Earth Summit and advisors from COPS.

COMPASS was a COPS creation that expanded the GIS (Geographic Information System) database.

Niki Raapana writes;

One of the core elements of the COMPASS initiative is the creation of a data infrastructure which contains information from a variety of sources. These data will include extant social indicator data (e.g., employment statistics; housing information; land use data; school data; hospital records; asset mapping) and a host of safety information (e.g., incident-based crime data; arrest statistics; calls for service; court and corrections data; victimization surveys; and fear of crime data).”

Read More-“Join the Quiet Revolution” by Niki Raapana

In a 2008 interview then COPS director, Carl Peed talks about the expansion of Community Oriented Policing after 9-11;

“A few months after September 11, the COPS Office funded the International Association of Chiefs of Police to hold a Criminal Intelligence Sharing Summit which led to the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan. Five years later, we held another summit to discuss the progress made and to set the course for the future.”

The International Association of Chiefs of Police with their distinctly utilitarian bent as detestable as it is should not be the focus of outrage though. (Utilitarianism embodies the “the ends justify the means” school of thought) There are an untold number of organizations operating all across our country and meeting with great success in their goals of subverting our Constitution. That they would try is no surprise to anyone. What is astounding is that we have permitted and even embraced their aims.

If we want to restore our country it will be up to us to demand that our representatives stop delegating the authority granted by us over to unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats.

We will have to teach ourselves what is not being taught in our schools and universities-The US Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

We have to know both our legal
and natural rights so that we can demand the appropriate restraint.


One response to ““If You See Something, Say Something” Re-Branding the Brown Shirts

  1. SAR Initiative – Snitch And Rat Initiative

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