U.S. Government May – On a Whim – Label ANY American a Terrorist


Former NSA boss Michael Hayden compared privacy advocates to terrorists:

“If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden, and brings him back here to the United States for trial, what does this group do?” said retired air force general Michael Hayden, who from 1999 to 2009 ran the NSA and then the CIA, referring to “nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years”.

“They may want to come after the US government, but frankly, you know, the dot-mil stuff is about the hardest target in the United States,” Hayden said, using a shorthand for US military networks. “So if they can’t create great harm to dot-mil, who are they going after? Who for them are the World Trade Centers? The World Trade Centers, as they were for al-Qaida.”

Hayden provided his speculation during a speech on cybersecurity to a Washington group, the Bipartisan Policy Center, in which he confessed to being deliberately provocative.

Similarly, Slate reported last year:

If you’ve ever cared about privacy while using the Internet in public, you might be a terrorist. At least that’s the message from the FBI and Justice Department’s Communities Against Terrorism initiative. The project created flyers to help employees at several types of businesses—including military surplus stores, financial institutions, and even tattoo shops—recognize “warning signs” of terrorism or extremism. An admirable goal, perhaps, but the execution is flawed—particularly for the flyers intended to help suss out terrorists using Internet cafes.

The flyers haven’t been publicly available online, but Public Intelligence, a project promoting the right to access information, collected 25 documents that it found elsewhere on the Web. As Public Intelligence puts it, “Do you like online privacy? You may be a terrorist.”

Complaining about the taste of your tap water could also get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

Having “strange odors”  or “bright colored stains on clothes” (what if you eat mustard or ketchup?)  could get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

Indeed, any American could be labeled as a potential terrorist by our government on a whim.

For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

In other words, the “terrorism” label has become so ridiculously broad as to lose all meaning … and some government officials are simply using it to harass anyone they wish to punish.

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

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3 Responses to “U.S. Government Blurs the Lines Between Bad Guys and Average Americans”

  1. William W Haywood says:

    I guess, from your drawing out the lines for who just might be considered a terrorist, that I must be a terrorist. Although I don’t consider myself a terrorist, I see that my attempts to bring real democracy to America is terrorizing the powers that be in power.
    “If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden, and brings him back here to the United States for trial, what does this group do?” I can guarantee you that all hell would break out, as it is going to do any way with all of the revelations of law breaking by our elected leaders. There are over 225 million voters in this country, and you will see the biggest protest this nation has ever seen. And if the government does not listen, and comply, it will probably be the beginning of the biggest conflict to ever take place on the streets of this country. Can’t guarantee that this is what is going to happen, but it feels like it more and more each day. Folks have already allowed many things to go down that they know are all about destroying our democracy.

  2. Robert M says:

    Welcome to Stasi world USA!

  3. AtlasRocked says:

    The old south lynch mobs and Jim Crow laws didn’t need a majority to support them, they needed a small group of thugs and “respectable” proponents to support them, and a large silent majority to ok the politics of the lawlessness, to not object and make sure the lawlessness didn’t get discussed.

    That’s what Obama has working for him, why he is getting away with spying, lying, lawlessness, and massive corruption.