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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Are you discontent with the U.S. government? Don't have a fire in yr home ...


Dear Friend of TPC,

You heard right. Keith Olbermann reported the story last night and Raw Story has a blog about it. Here's an excerpt:

It was revealed last week that firefighters are being trained to not only keep an eye out for illegal materials in the course of their duties, but even to report back any expression of discontent with the government.

A year ago, Homeland Security gave security clearances to nine New York City fire chiefs and began sharing intelligence with them. Even before that, fire department personnel were being taught "to identify material or behavior that may indicate terrorist activities" and were also "told to be alert for a person who is hostile, uncooperative or expressing hate or discontent with the United States."

Unlike law enforcement officials, firemen can go onto private property without a warrant, not only while fighting fires but also for inspections.

Olbermann reported that if it's successful in NYCity, they will expand it to other major metropolitan areas -- UNLESS WE STOP THEM!

If you go to the Raw Story blog, you can watch the interview Olbermann had with a former FBI agent about this issue. This guy now works with the ACLU.

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1 Comments:

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

I thought I heard right. I'm probably fooling myself that I can confess my thought crime without being arrested. At the very least, I bet I am on a watch list. I have not tried to fly anywhere or leave the country but with Sinclair Lewis in my library, do you think they will let me? I doubt it, not when some 800,000 Americans are on a watch list and they are adding 20,000 names a month. This is how it happened in Nazi Germany. Small steps. Take away this right. Take away that. Create a scary enemy and keep everyone scared. Anyone want to take any bets on whether there will be an election next year? I bet not! Get used to it. President Hero Bush for life.

 

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