Is this now life in the US?
Hundreds of police, firefighters, paramedics and even utility workers have been trained and recently dispatched as “Terrorism Liaison Officers” in Colorado and a handful of other states to hunt for “suspicious activity” – and are reporting their findings into secret government databases.
“Suspicious activity” is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code, according to a draft Department of Justice/Major Cities Chiefs Association document.
So, who decides what photographic subjects are not of “aesthetic value”?
Or how many “notes” push a person over into terrorism territory?
Or at what point someone’s beliefs become “extremist”?
Does asking a lot of questions like these also qualify someone for that secret government database?