Controversial Bumper Stickers Might Make Feds Think You’re a Threat
According to a newly-leaked federal report, controversial bumper stickers may put you in a group of people the feds think is “dangerous” — maybe even a domestic terrorist.
The documents were leaked to the website Public Intelligence, and reveal just how much the federal government might not trust its own citizens. The documents deal with SLATT, or State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training for Law Enforcement, and the bumper sticker section is under the title of “General Right-Wing Extremist.”
From the website Freedom Outpost, who also reported on the story,
“General Right-Wing Extremist depicts suspicious bumper stickers that should warrant further investigation by cops conducting traffic stops.
The bumper stickers read, ‘Know Your Rights Or Lose Them,’ and ‘If You Love Your Country, the U.N. Is Not Your Friend!,’ and ‘Get US Out of the United Nations.’”
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance helped provide the materials to law enforcement. Now, we realize increased security is necessary after 9/11, and in the case of people like Oklahoma City bomber Timonthy McVeigh, there are some citizens who break the law or warrant observation. But the vast majority of these few people were under investigation for lengthy periods of time, and had given law officers and officials numerous reasons to question their activities.
These documents (which were often presented in slide-show form) seem to suggest “political” profiling. It seems to be an ever-increasing practice, citizens who do not agree with the government, or object to what courses of action are taken, are deemed to be “dangerous” or even a terrorism threat.
Judge Andrew Nepolitano, who has served as a senior legal analyst for Fox News among his many ventures, says the federal government has spied on U.S. citizens via surveillance, wiretapping, legal and illegal search warrants and now lately through the use of airborne drones. Some political leaders, most notable Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, have been leading efforts to protect citizens from such intrusions, saying these efforts need to be more focused on real sources of terrorism – not everyday Americans.