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Department Of Homeland Security Announces “If You See Something, Say Something™” Partnership With The City Of Charlotte

Kaye Beach,

The Department of Homeland Security continues to expand it “See Something, Say Something” campaign into every imaginable sector of society.  “See Something, Say Something” is a DHS program designed to encourage ordinary people to report anything they believe to be unusual to the authorities.

Those reports then become a SAR-Suspicious Activity Report, many of which are forwarded on to the FBI to be held in their eGaurdian database for a number of years collecting additional bits of information on the individual.

Think something like this might have a chilling effect on free speech or political participation? Certianly.  That is exactly what such a program is designed for; to keep you fearful and in your place.

“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.” -Robert Gellately, Earl Ray Beck Professor, Department of History

05/21/2012 07:00 AM EDT

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the expansion of the “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign to the city of Charlotte, N.C. Earlier today, DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to announce the partnership between DHS and the city of Charlotte.

“If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign materials will be visible throughout Charlotte – in the Charlotte Area Transit System, in public buildings, on the city website and at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In addition, a 30-second “If You See Something, Say Something™” Public Service Announcement will be broadcast on the local Charlotte government access television station.

DHS also separately announced the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign partnership with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. The partnership will begin in eight different metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Orlando, St. Paul, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. with plans to expand to other cities in the future.

The “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign – originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign – is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

The Department launched the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative – an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation.

Recent expansions of the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign include partnerships with numerous sports teams and leagues, transportation agencies, private sector partners, states, municipalities, and colleges and universities. DHS also has Public Service Announcements which have been distributed to television and radio stations across the country.

DHS will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign nationally to ensure America’s businesses, communities, and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.


See Something, Say Anything You Want (because you won’t get sued)

Kaye Beach

Jan 27, 2011

Not if Pete King gets his way.   He’s a Republican by the way.  It’s hard to tell anymore, isn’t it?

He wants to grant immunity to busy bodies that report you when they think you are acting act weird.

With all of the reports that are sure to pour in since DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano began her Wal Mart telescreen gig, this bill is bound to be a winner.

Pete might try listening to this expert;

“Director Michael Leiter complained that the NCTC receives ‘literally thousands’ of pieces of intelligence every day. Adding innocuous information about the everyday activities of Americans will only increase this burden on intelligence resources.” link

Instead of this one;  (results yahoo search “Pete King+IACP” first hit)

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Meet in office with Jim McMahon, the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and former NYS Director of Homeland Security. Good conversation and cooperation on terrorism. Jim is a terrific guy. LINK

Ahhh!  Second hit is worse!

Press Release of Senator Lautenberg

Police Chiefs Endorse Lautenberg, King Bill To Close ‘Terror Gap’

Lautenberg-King Bill Would Restrict Terrorists’ Access To Guns


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has announced its support for legislation — the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007 (S.1237/H.R.2074) — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Pete King (R-NY) have introduced to prevent terrorist suspects from purchasing firearms.

JoeFranzese writes;

Republican quislings Peter King of New York, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Mike Castle of Delaware have just introduced a new gun control bill that comes right out of this so-called “Rightwing Extremist” report.  I’m talking about H.R. 2159, the shockingly misnamed “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009.”  I call it the “Disarming American Citizens Act of 2009.” Read more about this awful bill

Does Pete King’s “R” stand for Ridiculous?  I knew I smelled IACP all over this guy.

But back to his current travesty…

Pete goes on and on  about Muslim extremists.  Has he been under a rock for the past few years?  It’s not just the Muslims that are at the other end of the end of the of the snitch state spy glass.  Not to say that it is a good idea to let Wal Mart people get away with ruining anyone’s life by siccing the feds on them for buying too many diapers or taking photographs, Muslim or otherwise.

…This might be a good time to look at who is working on the domestic “extremism” problem before you buy on to this nonsense. (See below)

It might not hurt to take a short trip back to the recent past either and see who the domestic extremists are in the eyes of Homeland Security and their Fusion Centers.

Here are just a couple of examples (there are many, many, more)

DHS: Rightwing Extremism report

lawmaker aims to protect tipsters on extremists

(AFP) – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON — A top US lawmaker unveiled legislation on Wednesday to protect individuals who tip off authorities to potential extremist threats from lawsuits, in the event that they turn out to finger innocents.

House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King introduced the “See Something, Say Something Act” as a shield for those “acting in good faith” and with “objectively reasonable suspicion” that a plot may be unfolding.

“Good citizens who report suspicious activity in good faith, should not have to worry about being sued,” King, a Republican, said in a statement released by his office, citing “frivolous lawsuits” in 2007.

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Who decides what constitutes an extremist threat?

Experts…of course.

HSAC -The Homeland Security Advisory Council

The HSAC shall provide organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security.Link

The Council is comprised of experts from state, local and tribal governments, emergency and first responder communities, academia and the private sector. Link

Problems with HSAC?

Private Interests Influence Homeland Security Agenda: POGO Criticizes Conflicts of Interest & Secrecy of Advisory Council

HSAC -The Homeland Security Advisory Council

The HSAC shall provide organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security.Link

The Council is comprised of experts from state, local and tribal governments, emergency and first responder communities, academia and the private sector. Link

Check out the membership!

DHS Announces New Initiatives to Counter Violent Extremism in Communities

Six months ago, the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) “Countering Violent Extremism” Working Group–comprised of chiefs of police, sheriffs, community leaders and homeland security experts–made a series of recommendations to the DHS leadership.

HSAC Recommendations

The overarching goal was to incorporate efforts to counter violent extremism into pre-existing, community-oriented violent crime reduction efforts.

There were many great ideas in this report aimed at increasing public awareness of the threat:

– Develop case studies on recent events (Zazi, Ft Hood, Jihad Jane, etc) and use them to train local law enforcement
– Create public service ads to educate public on the threat and how to recognize characteristics of dangerous behavior
– Share threat info and assist with better security practices for faith-based communities
– Create a web sites for parents, caregivers, educators on human trafficking, hate crimes and predators.
– Develop a comment lexicon and definitions for “radicalization”, “extremism”, etc
– More focus on community-oriented policing

Six months later, DHS released the follow on guidance: Next Steps: Supporting Community-Based Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime (dated August 2, 2010)  DHS Fact Sheet
– DHS is developing standardized curriculum for state and local  LE
– Will host regional summits to discuss best practices
– More focus on educating the community on recognizing threats and how to report (expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign)
– More partnering with communities and sharing threat info