Thursday, July 3, 2008

But We Don't Live In a Police State

I wonder if our police, fire fighters and utility workers will receive training as Terrorism Liaison Officers like they have in Colorado where they keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

"Suspicious activity" is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code, according to a draft Department of Justice/Major Cities Chiefs Association document.

Those look like fairly objective criteria that any one of us could use to spot a terrorist. Look closely and you'll see suspected terrorists are practically running rampant among us. I often see people taking pictures in public, people taking notes in restaurants, people talking about hell and damnation, and people wearing special devices on their ears walking down the street talking out loud about something I know nothing about so they must be talking in code.

As a matter of fact, every time the water and gas guys come by my house they are taking notes. Wait a need to make a call.

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