Monday, November 26, 2007

Department of Homeland Fear Is At It Again

Continuing our slide into a fascist state.....

The Department of Homeland Security is asking firefighters to snoop around in homes they're called to for emergencies. The DHS likes the idea because firefighters aren't bound by pesky warrants and probable cause and can therefore report on suspicious material like blueprints, anti-American literature, and potential bomb-making materials (e.g., the bedrooms of every friend I had, circa 1985). Firefighters are just the latest legion of potential snoops the DHS is leaning on -- they've also asked meter-readers to peer into our windows and sheds to find evidence of bad-guy-ery. This stuff doesn't work and won't work: amateur pecksniffs snitching on their neighbors just flood cops with bad intel, and turn the country into East Germany, a land where everyone is on alert lest they say the wrong thing and get turned in to the secret police.


At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Alonzo said...

If there so worried, why don't they do it themselves?

There are many ways that the info they are looking for can be misinterpreted.

..So in my case, If I decide to store cylinders of Nitrogen, CO2, Argon, Helium, some tubing (in which an inference can be made that pipe bombs are in the works) and scrap steel; and lets just say a fire breaks out in the nearing houses (which im not saying will occur nor want do I want to occur), I will get looked at suspicious. But would they make the assumption that I weld at home? Though, lets also add that (just for scenario purposes) they overlook (because its probable that it would happen), the fact that there is a welding machine in the home-I would seriously be a target.


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