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FBI ‘spot the saboteur’ guide: Cash, snorkel, US Constitution

Published time: February 13, 2012 16:51
Edited time: March 18, 2012 17:11
Shoppers line up at the cashiers' checkout at a Target store in Miami (Joe Raedle/  Getty Images / AFP)

Shoppers line up at the cashiers' checkout at a Target store in Miami (Joe Raedle/ Getty Images / AFP)

Fancy a quick scuba lesson before going on a last-minute trip to Hawaii? Paying in cash for a snorkel? Just shaved mustache because it doesn’t go with a dive mask? Big Brother will spot a terrorist: “See something, say something” policy in action.

­The 25 flyers issued by the FBI and the Department of Justice give no mere Orwell creeps. Every area seems to be bursting with bombers: airports, beauty shops, construction sites, banks and internet cafes. Your tattoos master meets a bunch of them every day. Terrorists have taken to your favorite shop with train models across the street – remember how you pressed your nose against the glass after school? Now press harder: see something, say something, do something for your country.

­'Constant vigilance!' – from fiction to action

The FBI and Department of Justice have streamed the "terrorist profiles" to every federal, state and local law enforcement agency across the country previous week. No one wants armed dangerous freaks invading a shopping mall on a Sunday, but now think about this. Are you:

- constantly impatient with your hair color?
- nervous in public spaces?
- inclined to show off before your girlfriend, even when taking your first ever dive?
- prone to staring around?
- obsessed with taking pictures?
- eager to keep your passwords to yourself in an internet cafe?

If yes, then you have all the chances to fall on the wrong side with the community and be referred to the police.

No encryption, no anonymity (forget about Skype, patriots), no cash, no hanging around, no heritage disputes at construction sites. Know your shopping list, show genuine interest, don’t avoid talking to assistants, but don’t ask for exits and sales days – you are not looking for crowds.

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FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Internet Café (Click to enlarge)
FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Internet Café (Click to enlarge)

So the War on Terror is getting inward-bound and tens of millions of law abiding Americans will get a flavor of it. Putting aside proper instructions to identify a potential terrorist (nervous, sweating, unsure of own name and story, wearing too much clothing) and terrorist activity (using abandoned houses to store unidentified goods, driving a car without number plates, leaving packages in public areas) – where is the bottom line to assess “extreme” behavior?

The handouts stress to Americans that people who make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, radical theology, vague or cryptic warnings that suggest or appear to endorse the use of violence in support of a causeare, well, terrorists. So, good-bye Occupy Wall Street, you won’t be flashing headlines any more soon. Not after several arrests on “assaulting police” charges.

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FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Sleepers (Click to enlarge)
FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Sleepers (Click to enlarge)

Be careful to forget your Constitutional rights, too. Only those, who are looking for a thrashing from homeland security, know them by heart. And never, ever speak ill of Washington’s policies:

Fury at the West for reasons ranging from personal problems to global policies of the US is an attitude indicator of a “sleeper,” a person who camouflages their involvement in terrorist activity.

By the way, you will never believe who fits the description of a sleeper as an adjoining puzzle piece. War veterans! Consider those who have spent quite some time in countries where militant Islam rules, are missing hand/fingers, have burns and are inclined to show undesired interest in all security stuff – like “hey, which is the police frequency over here?” So, welcome home, Afghan troops.

Think wider – stay in limits

The leaflets conclude with two disclaimers fitting quite neatly with each other. First, just because someone’s…way of life is different, it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.

Then, The activities outlined on this handout are by no means all-inclusive.

So if you see a guy, meddling in the shop with a lobster, a witch’s hat he is using as a bag and a newspaper he is holding upside down, and somehow you feel he is conspiring for a delayed bombing out, tip him off to the police.

But if your dad has given you a hooked nose and dark curls and then one morning you trade for a model plane with the “maximum range remote control” for your little bro… Just don’t get a nasty shock if your neighbor reports you. It is not the FBI’s fault that Mr. Thompson is such a raging xenophobe, who does not care what next door people look like.

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FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Shopping Malls and Entertainment Facilities (Click to enlarge)
FBI’s Potential indicators of terrorist activities related to Shopping Malls and Entertainment Facilities (Click to enlarge)

With the new 25 lists of security commandments, Americans now have a handout for every trip to the outer space. Still, the instructions daze even some ex-law enforcers:

I spent some years in law enforcement, and some of those devoted to counter-terrorism. I can assure you that most federal, state and local law enforcement personnel abide by their oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution’ and are steadfastly accountable to that oath. In other words, they understand that broadly labeling as ‘terrorists’ those who support constitutional limits on government is offensive to that oath, reads the dedicated story in the Patriot Post.

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