See Something, Say Something — DHS Fear Mongering
Fear, fear, fear!
A video public “service” message from the Department of Homeland Security asking everyone to
[spy on each other] [be afraid of] look out for “suspicious” activity and report it immediately.
Napolitano says: “If you see something suspicious in the parking lot or in the store, say something immediately. Report suspicious activity to your local police or sheriff. If you need help, ask a Walmart manager for assistance.”
It’s part of a new Department of Homeland Security program to put Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano‘s face on video screens in malls, retail outlets and hotels across the United States.
“If You See Something, Say Something” program, according to the DHS, is about to go nationwide.
It’s about “Keeping the country safe” DHS said in a statement. (Source)
Be sure and check out our article on DHS’s un-popular TSA scanners and related programs and scams:
Keeping the country safe . . .
Is the purpose of a video public “service” message like this merely to promulgate a general atmosphere of fear?
Or are there people who are likely to embrace and respond to it?
- As Robert Gellately of Florida State University has highlighted, Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience. (Source)
- At the height of its influence around one in seven of the East German population was an informant for the Stasi. As in Nazi Germany, the creation of an informant system was wholly centered around identifying political dissidents and those with grievances against the state, and had little or nothing to do with genuine security concerns. (Source)
Professor of Psychology, Bob Altemeyer, in his 2006 research report, The Authoritarians, writes:
Authoritarian Submission (Source: The Authoritarians)
Authoritarian followers usually support the established authorities in their
society, such as government officials and traditional religious leaders. Psychologically these
followers have personalities featuring:
- a high degree of submission to the established, legitimate authorities in their society;
- high levels of aggression in the name of their authorities; and
- a high level of conventionalism.
Everybody submits to authority to some degree. Imagine a world in which people ignored traffic laws and sped through red lights. The cost of auto insurance would shoot through the roof.
But some people go way beyond the norm and submit to authority even when it is dishonest, corrupt, unfair and evil. We would expect authoritarian followers especially to submit to corrupt authorities in their lives: to believe them when there is little reason to do so, to trust them when huge grounds for suspicion exist, and to hold them blameless when they do something wrong.
For example, German war criminals explained why they obeyed authorities when they carried out genocide, “We were only following orders.” Today they’d explain, “We were only doing our job.”
While Department of Homeland Security is ramping up the Nation’s “See something, Say Something” program, expanding into Walmarts and other venues, we warn our readers to be cautious of what you see, what you say, and to whom you say it, as evidenced by recent backlash from the government for an airline pilot’s personal exposé on airport security. Read the rest of this story…
An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security. . .
Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well… (Source: News 10 )
Ahhh… so if we see something of actual importance, like say, a massive hole in our security infrastructure, then we become suspects and are stripped of our Constitutional protections of due process.
In the new America, spying on your neighbors is an accepted practice, while pointing out the deficiencies of our benevolent government is met with heavy handedness, force, the threat of arrest, and the probability of a law enforcement response under the Patriot Act’s terrorism clauses.
Once again, the powers that be have proven that See Something, Say Something is NOT about protecting the American people – it’s about controlling us. (Source)
What happened to WikiLeaks, when they reported something “suspicious”?
Ever More and More Security Theater
Japan Post Services Co. said it will stop accepting airmail packages bound for the United States weighing 453 grams (1 pound) or more starting Wednesday [Nov. 17, 2010] because airlines will stop such delivery at the request of U.S. aviation authorities as part of antiterrorism measures. (Source)
I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?” (Source)
Americans who believe they can avoid being molested by the authorities by simply not flying are going to be in for a rude awakening when they find that body scanners and pat downs have become mandatory to enter shopping malls, sports events, or to simply walk down the street. (Source)
- Next Step for Body Scanners Could be Trains, Boats, Metro
- Submission, Obedience, and Cultivating the Slave Mentality
- Total Police State Coming
- Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiment
- The Wave
Feel safer yet?
Satire (click photo below):