Now Everybody’s a Suspected Terrorist

Federal agencies raided businesses and boats in 6 counties located in Tennesse, Arkansas and Mississippi, looking for ties to terrorism this weekend. Reportedly 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were involved.

Called “Operation Sudden Impact,” the initiative will have officers from six counties rounding up fugitives, conducting traffic checkpoints and doing other crime-abatement programs from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday.

What kind of crime-abatement programs? Apparently, they were grabbing up equipment and records from businesses–just in case.

The FBI along with hundreds of officers said they are looking for anything out of the ordinary. Agents take computers and paperwork from businesses.

One store owner said he was told the agents were looking for stolen electronics. While some business owners feel they are being targeted, law-enforcement officers said they are just trying to track down possible terrorists before something big happens.

I don’t know about you, but I miss the days when law enforcement had to obtain warrants to do stuff like this. Some are calling this exercise “martial law sweeps.”

The operation, which involved police, deputies, the FBI, drug agents, gang units and even the coast guard, is just one example of how law enforcement at the state and local levels is being co-opted and centralized by the Department of Homeland Security via massive federal grants.

It also highlights how the distinction between crime and terrorism is becoming irrelevant.

An Infowars reader called in to the Alex Jones show yesterday to alert us to the story and explain that he had gleaned the information from a his friend, a sheriff’s deputy in Memphis, who had described the operation as “training for martial law in America”.

This is what comes of combatting terrorist acts with the military instead of law enforcement. When the Klan tries to blow up an oil refinery, it’s crime. When a Saudi does it, it’s terrorism. Does that make sense? Then if we blur the line between civilian law enforcement and the military until it’s pretty much one and the same, that’s the very definition of martial law, is it not?

7 thoughts on “Now Everybody’s a Suspected Terrorist”

  1. That’s too bad they are not that zealous with the gangs between Rockford, Aurora, Chicago, etc. I think the chances of home invasions by local thugs, gangbangers, and/or drug addicted scumbags are far more likely than an invasion by crazy foreigners.

  2. Heh, or as Chris Rock has said, “I’m not scared of Al Queda, I’m scared of Al Cracka’.” We’ve got plenty of home-grown “terrorists” right here and always have. Only we used to call them hoods, thugs and gangsters.

  3. In my definition of terrorism DeKalb and NIU fell victim to it Feb. 14. The tragic loss of life and its injury to those students and their friends, family has no difference or reference to domestic or foreign. Such events and potential can at best be minimized by whistleblowers and neighborhood vigilance. Considering the consequences, combined with the lack of interest in being a whistleblower and time restraints for neighborhood vigilance, I will accept technology as a watchdog.

  4. Agreed: that’s the point; making a distinction between domestic and foreign terrorists is artificial and obscures the fact that law enforcement is an acceptable way to deal with it and we should fight the notion that we must militarize every aspect of our lives.

    Technology I’ll accept, also, as long as we are talking about cameras used judiciously, good alert systems, etc.

    What I object to are the continual erosion of 4th-Amendment rights and the militarization of law enforcement. I want cops, not soldiers, patrolling our streets; and I don’t want anyone searching or bugging or wiretapping me or my property without probable cause.

    And what’s this jet doing flying over every 5 minutes in the afternoons? Anybody know?

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