A recently leaked memo that is a joint effort by the DHS, the FBI, the National Counterrorism Center and all other emergency and law enforcement agencies outlines U.S. Government plans to turn the nation’s emergency responders into opportune spies for local, territorial, tribunal, state, and federal government agencies.
“Efforts to gain expertise with explosive, incendiary, and chemical/biological devices may lead to injuries and emergency treatment, which may provide potential indicators of violent extremist activities to responding emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. Scene size-up and patient assessment provide first responders the opportunity to view both the scene and any patient injuries. EMS personnel and other first responders should consider the totality of information gleaned through direct observation and the statements of patients, witnesses, and bystanders to evaluate whether an injury is a genuine accident or related to violent extremist activity. First responders’ assessment of the scene and a person’s injuries should correspond with the reported explanation of the mechanism of injury. First responders’ knowledge of the mechanisms of injury and illness serve as a baseline so that when compared to onscene statements and surroundings, inconsistencies can be noted—and if suspicious—reported.”
The above quote is political jargon for “we will carelessly use your poor condition of health to exploit information about you that we will store for our own purpose – without any specific need – because we are the government.”
That quote does not inspire confidence for the multitude of people who will have legitimate injuries in the future. Let’s face it – if the State wants to turn injuries into interrogation opportunities, people will hesitate to call for EMS when something awful does happen. This could work against the EMS’ time-sensitive objectives to help
patients in the first place.
Additionally, this further grants the very real possibility of government intimidation, considering police already have been known to create fake emergency situations in order to enter citizens’ homes. Now, they and medical personnel can interrogate you if you appear injured as well. How is that for fighting terrorism and protecting national security?
And that is not all the document discusses.
Trauma Assessments: Explosions can result in unique injury patterns involving penetrating wounds, blunt trauma, amputation/avulsion, and burns—as well as the possibility of ‘blast lung.’ …
Medical Assessments: Small scale or rudimentary production of biological warfare agents may result in inadvertent human exposures, particularly among poorly trained or novice scientists working with home-made laboratory equipment. Sudden on-set of symptoms may assist in determining exposure to chemical agents or biological agents. Multiple patients with similar chemical/biological exposure symptoms at any incident may be an indicator of violent extremist activity and unexpected infections with non-endemic agents without verifiable travel exposures or unusual clusters of cases should prompt further investigation.
Again, to simplify – “We will consider it suspicious if a person happens to want to heal his or her own injuries without having the incident recorded. If a lot of people happen to be sick with the same illness, they could potentially be manufacturing biological weapons.”
Also, it appears that the Department of Homeland Security took the necessary precautions to prevent the media and the public from catching wind of its aggrandized and seemingly benign objectives:
“It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). It is to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need to know without prior approval of an authorized DHS official. State and local homeland security officials may share this document with authorized critical infrastructure and key resource personnel and private sector security officials without further approval from DHS.”
So, in short, the plans of government are increasingly labeling everyday citizens as ‘extremists’ who all apparently want to cause harm to the United States.
The military and United States government has made it clear in manual after manual, scenario after scenario that they perceive American enemies to be gun owners, limited government conservatives, libertarians, and Christians.
One of the most egregious confirmations of this was back in 2012 when a report published by the Department of Homeland Security funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), stated that Americans “reverent of individual liberty” and others adamant about protecting their personal freedoms, are “extreme right-wing terrorists.”
In the paper, Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008, researchers used definitions from another START study, 2011’s Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, to characterize what traits should be considered when describing right-wing terrorists.
These definitions include:
- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack
- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”
- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty)
- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”
- People who “oppose to abortion and support the second Amendment”
- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”
- People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
Both papers were funded with grants from the US Department of Homeland Security provided to START.
Federal authorities, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, during both the Obama and Bush administrations, have been involved in producing a deluge of literature portraying liberty lovers and small government advocates as terrorists.
One of the most flagrant examples was the infamous 2009 MIAC report, published by the Missouri Information Analysis Center which framed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as potential terrorists.
The rush to denounce legitimate political beliefs as thought crimes, or even mundane behaviors, by insinuating they are shared by terrorists, has accelerated in recent years.
Under the FBI’s Communities Against Terrorism program, the bulk purchase of food is labeled as a potential indication of terrorist activity, as is using cash to pay for a cup of coffee, and showing an interest in web privacy when using the Internet in a public place.
If there is any hope of stopping this detrimental plan, it must begin with a serious reconsideration of the pejorative term ‘terrorist.’ Unless this is done, the definition of ‘terrorist’ may soon look like you and your family.
Guest Post Written by Martin Matuszewski, Contact Martin on Twitter @EMatusphere