December 8th, 2010

Wal-Mart teams with DHS to terrorize us all


I’m not normally a fearful person.

But Ruth ‘shh’s’ me when we cross the U.S.-Canadian border because of the powerful and visible listening equipment there. We change to a sports radio station from the political talk radio shows just in case. At airports where I spend a lot of my time, I have to constrain myself lest I laugh or joke about the folly of the new nudie scanners or the ridiculousness of taking off our shoes in the U.S. but not in other countries. Once they confiscated a gift jar of Vermont maple syrup because I had forgotten. I sleepily grumbled at the TSA agent for that 6 am flight only to have her remind me that she could easily make me miss the flight if she wanted to — handcuffs and all.

TSA has the power, however witless they are. The cloud of fear permeates airports. We check our confidence and unrehearsed selves at the door.

Now that fear is coming to a Wal-Mart near you. The union busting, China-enriching importer, retail behemoth is now partnering with Homeland Security to spread fear. The same reticence we are encouraged to feel at airports hits the checkout line.

Now comes “If you see something, say something”  introduced at the checkout register via video from the Department of Homeland Security. Said Janet Napolitano, DHS director, “This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “experts” at TSA seem to not how to identify “indicators of terrorism” with the purchase of machines unable to detect chemical residue as well as trained  dogs. How in the world would the public be good at it? Here’s one for the TSA and Ms. Napolitano: when the entire population is on “orange alert” when shopping, when are we ever allowed to relax, to be ourselves.

Hypervigilance is a symptom of PTSD. We are being trained to act like a traumatized nation. And we are told to snitch on one another. Given the unlimited powers of local police,  I envision that anyone who hates anyone else can set off a series of horrific incidents simply by accusing the hated one of “terrorism.” Imprisonment without a charge (because Obama never restored habeus corpus that Bush banished).

In fact, terrorism — living in fear — is accomplished. And the terrorists are DHS and Wal-Mart!

Keenly-aware WBI staff discovered this pearl of wisdom from the 1935 Nuremberg Laws that replaced youth clubs with Hitler Youth. Through all such groups, people were encouraged to spy on each other and report “disloyalty.” Are we heading down the same totalitarian, ignorant path?

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