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You Look Very Suspicious

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?

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  1. Michael

    Wow. I would definitely have been put into that database yesterday.

    Driving around to many apartment complexes, taking photos out of my car window, jotting down notes about look and feel onto maps printed from google maps (I’m apartment hunting).

    Also got me a few good looks from people passing by :)

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