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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the won't-ever-be-misused-ever dept.

Government 501

An anonymous reader writes "Sheriffs in 13 Northeast Florida counties announced an online system Thursday for residents to report suspicious activity they think may be terrorism-related. The site provides examples of red flags to watch for, such as people with an unusual interest in building plans or who are purchasing materials useful in bomb making. Important places to watch include hobby stores and dive shops."

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Really??? (2)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750891)

Can't they just call 9-1-1???

Re:Really??? (3, Insightful)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751005)

911 is for emergencies. They are looking for tips.

Re:Really??? (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751273)

911 is for emergencies. They are looking for tips.

Here is tip, comrade, everyone is a terrorist, but me!

Re:Really??? (5, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751015)

No, you use 9-1-1 for real threats involving actual terrorists.
This is for increasing the level of fear in citizens in order to make privacy invasion more acceptable.

Re:Really??? (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751111)

This is for increasing the level of fear in citizens in order to make privacy invasion more acceptable.

And since it will be the police getting the reports, how do you figure it will increase the level of fear in citizens?

Re:Really??? (3, Insightful)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751151)

the media

Re:Really??? (4, Insightful)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751153)

The same way it happened during the Red Scare?

Re:Really??? (5, Interesting)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751161)

For one, they'll probably report some statistics for "dozens of reports of possible terrorist threats each day".
Secondly, the mere existence of the reporting tool means people get reminded of terrorism more often.
Finally, "Where there's smoke, there's fire"; this is the smokescreen (bad pun, sorry).

Re:Really??? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751167)

1) The fact this program ('report suspected terrorists') exists must mean that there are terrorists out there. I'm afraid.

2) I need to buy a new pressure cooker for the big meal I'm cooking... what if I get reported as a possible terrorist?? I'm afraid.

Re:Really??? (5, Insightful)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751181)

This is for increasing the level of fear in citizens in order to make privacy invasion more acceptable.

And since it will be the police getting the reports, how do you figure it will increase the level of fear in citizens?

The first time local law enforcement says, "Reports of terrorism are up 900% this year; we need an increased budget to deal with the increased threat."

Re:Really??? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751299)

This is for increasing the level of fear in citizens in order to make privacy invasion more acceptable.

And since it will be the police getting the reports, how do you figure it will increase the level of fear in citizens?

They'll have less resources to assign to the 90% of the time they have given to domestic disputes and even less to the chuckleheads who are cutting you off, talking on their phones, while drunk and snorting coke, while driving.

Every new law should be bound to carry funding to enforce it.

Re:Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751263)

Nah, this is a tool for taking swatting to the next level.

First terrorist (1)

dbIII (701233) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750899)

Ben Kingsley looks like a very convincing one in Florida if Iron Man 3 is anything to go by. Bit of a different role to Ghandi :)

Re:First terrorist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751093)

It's not Ghandi, it's Gandhi!

Re:First terrorist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751121)

Gandhi.

Re:First terrorist (1)

lexsird (1208192) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751177)

He's a good actor. You know it's good if he's in it.

Quick, everybody report somebody. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750901)

With enough reporting, they might catch a single person who once thought about some act of terror. But wait, isn't that different from a terrorist attack?

Oh well, let Florida sort it out, they're good at that.

The Haystack (5, Insightful)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750903)

Because the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to dump increasing amounts of hay on top.

Re: The Haystack (4, Interesting)

pollarda (632730) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750949)

Is Bruce Schneier quoted as much as XKCD or is XKCD quoted as much as Bruce Schneier?

Re: The Haystack (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751109)

It is kinda funny to see so many references to needles and haystacks crop up since Schneier said that, but despite the unoriginality of the people who quote it, I think the reason it's so often quoted is that Schneier managed to finally articulate something a lot of intelligent (but not so eloquent) people have been thinking for a long time. Ditto with XKCD -- it taps deep into the geek mind and displays the results with wit and elan. People read Schneier (or XKCD) and because they are well-written and well presented, they think "oh my gosh, he *gets* it." So of course they're going to repeat it.

Anyway, snark all you want, but the unoriginality of an oft-quoted argument has no bearing on the merits of said argument.

Re: The Haystack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751237)

...and the merits of the argument are shit.

Dumping more security camera footage on top of the pile of footage you already have is not adding more hay to the stack with a needle in it. In all of the hay, both the current stack and the new stack, there are going to be some needles. You plan to dig through the stack and find as many needles as possible. Therefore, adding more hay isn't a bad thing, since it also adds more needles for you to eventually find.

Re:The Haystack (0)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751039)

Or add more needles. Maybe you've heard that eye-witness reports can be helpful to police?

Citizens’ tips solve an average of two crimes a day [examiner.com]

Re:The Haystack (4, Interesting)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751171)

An eyewitness report of an actual crime and a tip on some subjective activity that is arguably suspicious are two different things entirely. In florida, sitting and reding the Koran on my front porch would probably be enough to get me called in.

Re:The Haystack (1)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751253)

Whereas if you're Florida pastor Terry Jones, and you decide to barbecue another Koran...

Re:The Haystack (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751243)

It's one thing to report someone breaking into a house, backing up a truck filled with electronics to their garage, or seeing somebody get beat up; but what we're talking about is reporting your neighbors. And we're talking about Florida.

So, some woman is wearing a Hijib? Looks suspicious to Bubba.

Brown skin? Hoodie? Suspicious.

While in Florida, and I'm a white guy, I was taking pictures of a local historic house. The neighbors - all old people - were all peaking out their windows and hiding when I looked their way. The local cops didn't do much because they were the ones that told me about this house.

You see, the public lives their lives watching TV and the fanciful things that happen there and they have a problem disguising between reality and fantasy. Why, for example, the current president of the NRA is under the impression that just owning guns (I'm all for it, but I'm a realist) will help in fighting tyranny. ANd he used the Revolutionary war as a example. If he actually read a book instead fo basing his opinion on what's shown action movies, he would know that in the beginning, the British were mopping up the armed rebel citizens of the American Colonies with very little if any causalities. It wasn't until this German mercenary started drilling the Americans and teaching to actually fight that things turned a little bit better - of course, the French Military and Navy (professional soldiers) were the ones who tipped the balance in our favor.

Why? Because the British were sending trained soldiers and the Americans were a bunch of farmers with guns.

Don't me started on the people who think just owning a AR-15 with the over priced M-4 package, spending an or so at the shooting range will prepare them for "fighting against tyranny".

Re:The Haystack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751379)

While just owning a gun won't make someone ready to 'fight against tyranny,' it's a much better start than having to fight tyranny without one.

Re:The Haystack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751389)

Don't me started on the people who think just owning a AR-15 with the over priced M-4 package, spending an or so at the shooting range will prepare them for "fighting against tyranny".

Not much point in getting training if you don't have any equipment when you need it.

Re:The Haystack (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751097)

That's if the goal is actually to find the needle, rather than simply expand the business of government.

If you listen to what they say, you will be fooled. If you watch what they actually do, you will be enlightened.

Re:The Haystack (5, Funny)

c (8461) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751125)

Because the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to dump increasing amounts of hay on top.

I thought it was to burn the entire field to the ground, then sift the ashes over a magnet?

Re:The Haystack (2)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751163)

Are you suggesting the police forces adopt a "scorched earth" tactic?

Re:The Haystack (4, Insightful)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751225)

Who says they haven't [wikipedia.org] ? Rounding everyone up and decide who to actually arrest later sounds like scorched earth tactics to me.

Re:The Haystack (4, Insightful)

Jaysyn (203771) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751367)

The edges of a "kettle" would be the absolute best place for a suicide bomber to strike. You'd get to kill a ton of tightly packed innocents & as a bonus, eradicate quite a few LEOs at the same time.

Re:The Haystack (1)

cob666 (656740) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751137)

Because the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to dump increasing amounts of hay on top.

In this case: the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to tell the people that the haystack is filled with needles and reward them for giving you information on the location of a needle in the hopes that one tip will give you the location of the ACTUAL needle.

Re:The Haystack (2)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751191)

and the result of that is a shitload of hay

Oh, good. (2)

illumastorm (172101) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750911)

What can possibly go wrong?

Re:Oh, good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751047)

What can possibly go wrong?

"Well, ya never know!"

What Could Go Wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750917)

Let's see ... where's that 'Anonymous Coward' checkbox?

All Of Them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750919)

This is our chance!
Report Them All !!!

Re:All Of Them! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751119)

You mean the sheriffs? The politicians? The newspaper editors? Who exactly do you want us to report all of?
Maybe it should be a poll:

Who should we focus on when making reports about terrorism in Florida:
* The local police department.
* A state or federal police-related department.
* The local judiciary
* State or federal judiciary
* State politicians
* Federal politicians
* Newspaper editors
* Cowboy Neal

Pressure cookers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750921)

And anyone foreign-looking who buys a pressure cooker...

Overload (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750929)

Anonymous will overload the system by making loads of fake reports, and get this police-state spectacle over with quickly. It can never work.

Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750935)

What could possibly go wrong?

Might be a good idea (-1, Troll)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750939)

7 Caught Trespassing At Quabbin Reservoir; Patrols Stepped Up Across State [cbslocal.com]

BELCHERTOWN (CBS) – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates.

The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs.

Re:Might be a good idea (3, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751117)

chemical (water processing etc) engineers are interested in one of the country's largest man made chemical(water) processing structure.

shocking!

Re:Might be a good idea (2, Interesting)

fl!ptop (902193) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751405)

chemical (water processing etc) engineers are interested in one of the country's largest man made chemical(water) processing structure.

I'm a chemical engineer, and I too visited several water and wastewater treatment facilities while in college. The whole class went at the same time on these "field trips." But, from TFA:

Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

All of the "field trips" we took were during the day, and never "shortly after midnight." And, the trips were made while we were still in school, not after we graduated. The actions of these people seem very suspicious to me.

Re:Might be a good idea (1)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751363)

7 Caught Trespassing At Quabbin Reservoir; Patrols Stepped Up Across State [cbslocal.com]

BELCHERTOWN (CBS) – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates.

The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs.

Looks like the Massachusetts State Police were able to spot this one on their own.

Though my suspicion is that these gentlement just got directions to a B&B in Enfield, and didn't realize it was at the bottom of the reservoir now.

Ripe for abuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750943)

Not from the US, but I see this being spammed to high heaven. All them terrorists need to do is file enough false reports that (in conjunction with the many "It's probably nothing but..." calls from 'genuinely concerned' citizens) and any genuine calls will get lost in the noise.

Maybe the real purpose of it is to spend some slush fund, in which case it will obviously be a success.

Dive and Hobby Shops, Eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750957)

Watch out for people going in to diving shops here in Florida! That's some suspicious activity.

If you don't want to be tagged (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750961)

Drop out of school. Anybody who wants to learn any math and language at all is obviously suspicious. The buttons on the Mcdonalds cash register don't have any numbers or words on them. Curiosity kills more than cats.

Re:If you don't want to be tagged (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751025)

Drop out of school. Anybody who wants to learn any math and language at all is obviously suspicious.

Then wouldn't dropping out of school be suspicious?

Re:If you don't want to be tagged (3, Funny)

Jaysyn (203771) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751383)

Then wouldn't dropping out of school be suspicious?

Not in Florida, unfortunately.

Facepalm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43750971)

Please also note that all of the documents about what to watch for and how to act are provide by the U.S DoJ and Homeland Security.

It is a local implementation of a federal program.

I feel much safer now knowing that my reluctance to disclose personal information to some sleazy dive shop is regarded as suspicious terrorist activity.

Awesome.

Dear Sen, McCarthy (5, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year and a half ago | (#43750975)

I have here in my hand a list of all the people I suspect of terrorism. It includes many of my business competitors and personal acquaintances I find annoying or otherwise repulsive. For example, you'll see on page 5 I've included Ms. Johnson from down the street who lets her dog shit in my yard and never cleans up after it. I've noticed her making furtive glances at my front window while the dog is dumping and I'm pretty sure she's making notes of when I'm not home so she can steal the propane tank from my Grillmaster and use it in her reign of terror.

Re:Dear Sen, McCarthy (4, Insightful)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751197)

It also includes all the people who live near me that I think are Muslim. I don't have any evidence that they're doing anything bad, but I'm scared of them because of what Osama bin Laden did to us, so I think you should investigate them for terrorism.

My list also can include, for an appropriate fee, any prominent members of political groups that opposed you in the previous election.

Re:Dear Sen, McCarthy (1)

dhermann (648219) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751371)

People who don't clean up after their dogs are terrorists.

Re:Dear Sen, McCarthy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751397)

Spot on. An old lady used to call the cops on a Colombian living next to her, saying he was a drug dealer. She called at 2am indicating fake transactions. They even sent a swat team to storm his house. The police already knew him and the issue, but they were required to go and check every fake call from the lady.

Well color me not surprised. (2)

miffo.swe (547642) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751041)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi [wikipedia.org]

Read it, think, reflect.

Re:Well color me not surprised. (-1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751219)

The Stasi was primarily an organ of political control, not an anti-terrorism or ordinary local law enforcement.

Trying to draw a parallel is nonsense.

Re:Well color me not surprised. (3, Interesting)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751275)

I'm sure Stasi PR didn't refer to the organization that way.

Re:Well color me not surprised. (5, Insightful)

miffo.swe (547642) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751339)

"The Stasi was primarily an organ of political control"

Do you think for one second that Stasi did not use the exact same rhetoric as NSA, Homeland Security etc? What they did and what people in east germany thought they did are not at all the same.

Ooh great (2)

maroberts (15852) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751053)

I am just looking at my hate list and deciding who deserves more more than just a minor SWATting [wikipedia.org] ....

True terrorist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751069)

So did the citizens start reporting that law enforcement and law makers activities as suspected terrorism?

Sigh..Florida. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751073)

As a relatively reclusive person with an electronics "lab" in my garage with the door always open I can see it now.. Police barge in and force me to the ground. "what is this device? it's used for making bombs isn't it!" "no sir.. that is called an oscilloscope." Hell, that might be enough to ship me off to gitmo, but I'm white so probably not.

This just in.. (1)

auximage77 (1544557) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751079)

all of Florida's landscaping business now under suspicion of being terrorists. Multiple instance of fertilizer being purchased have been witnessed..

Auto-SWATing. . . (1)

Salgak1 (20136) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751091)

. . . .What a breakthrough! NOW, you don't need to hack VOIP to SWAT somebody, the most you need to do is spoof your IP address. . . .assuming the system is smart enough to log and geo-locate IPs in the first place. . .

There your country goes... (4, Insightful)

GodGell (897123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751095)

...right down the drain.

I genuinely don't know what to say to Americans now. It's not like they can just pack up and move to the next country over. But I sure as hell wouldn't be staying another week if I was there... what a sad ending to a country with great promise.

Re:There your country goes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751179)

Some of us are just waiting for our 401ks to be fully vested

Glad I'm in Pennsylvania (5, Insightful)

scotts13 (1371443) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751101)

...Otherwise, I'd be spending all my time talking to the cops. I'd probably set off every single alarm that's on their "suspicious activity" list. I'm active in hobby rocketry, and sometimes transport my engines in surplus bazooka shell cases. Plus, the girlfriend is a dive instructor.

Hey, anyone remember the 50's and 60's? One the AWFUL things were were told about the Soviet system was the constant suspicion - people encouraged to turn in their neighbors, children encouraged to turn in their parents... (SIGH)

Re:Glad I'm in Pennsylvania (1)

ai4px (1244212) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751267)

Don't forget the press that was in the government's power too!

Just remember white-heads in Florida ... (1, Insightful)

tgd (2822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751105)

If they're young, or wearing a hoodie, or darker skinned than you, or listening to that rock music... they must be up to no good.

Re:Just remember white-heads in Florida ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751309)

"Shooting a crackhead that attacked you should be punishable offense" said the dumbass liberal dem

Re:Just remember white-heads in Florida ... (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751353)

There's zits everywhere.

Obligatory post (1)

DiEx-15 (959602) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751115)

This will not end well.

Witchcraft? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751133)

Wow, if you replace the word 'terrorism' with 'witchcraft' - it sort of reads like a document from Salem, MA circa 1692.

Re:Witchcraft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751217)

"Sheriffs in 13 Northeast Florida counties announced an online system Thursday for residents to report suspicious activity they think may be witchcraft-related."

Re:Witchcraft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751423)

Burn them!

Friend Computer... (1)

CodeHxr (2471822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751159)

My neighbors are mutants. And Commies. And they talk of these security levels that I know can't exist...

Re:Friend Computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751393)

you traitor!

Re:Friend Computer... (3, Funny)

ghmh (73679) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751417)

The Computer wants you to be happy. If you are not happy, you may be used for reactor shielding.

Their first domain choice was taken... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751169)

...so they went with stasi.com for the domain....

Double (2)

Jericho Whiplash (2874539) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751173)

Double plus good! Vote "Fascist" for a seventh glorius decade of secure stability!

Available to all (1)

Transfinite (1684592) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751227)

Looks like a report submition can be sent from outside the US. This will be abused massively.

Getting Straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751229)

Lyrics to a song a couple of decades ago ... http://www.gugalyrics.com/lyrics-854992/*p-k-limited-getting-straight.html.
"This may no longer be the land of the free
  Thank God it's still home of the brave"

"If you ask amateurs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751241)

to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldn't be surprised when you get amateur security."
- Bruce Schneier

United we stand.... (1)

ai4px (1244212) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751245)

United we stand, divided we fall. Now we can all not trust one another.

Dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751257)

But it is Florida after all.

I've activated plans to call Florida a shithole. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751259)

And if you have ever visited the place you know I am correct.

Florida Stasi then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751295)

Just how is this different from the system employed in East Germany before the Wall came down?

The USA needs to watch out. It is heading for 4th world status.

Ahh a world of "Gladys Kravitz" (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751319)

This is just what we need. All of the Gladys Kravitzs' [wikipedia.org] of the world unite to create suspicion and problems with your neighbors. A system that lets you anonymously turn in those you hate. Shit, the KGB would love this.

It reminds me of "Cheech and Chong's Next Movie:" In an effort to get the cops to come to the hotel for the protagonists activities, i.e., breaking into a room, Paul Rubens in his Pee Wee Herman motif tells the police: "Look I think they're Iranian!" Next thing you know SWAT and dozens of squad cars show up.

So, grab some popcorn and lets watch to see what happens next when some poor guy is shot or arrested for welding in his garage.

Time to elect 13 new sheriffs (1)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751327)

This is a good example of why I prefer to live where the local top police official is elected, not appointed.

Perhaps we could call (4, Interesting)

ai4px (1244212) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751331)

Perhaps we could call the terrorist hotline and report a black car with tinted windows. I just saw the driver looking around suspiciously as he sat in the car and just before he closed the door, I noticed he was carrying a pistol out in the open and had what seemed to be a sawed off shotgun in the front seat. He spoke using a lot of codes, as if they were second nature to him. I strongly suspect this individual to be involved in a rather large, well organized group who seems to want to harass and harm people. I think he's either a terrorist or a government agent in an unmarked car.... it is so hard to tell the difference these days.

Only the police and military... (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751337)

Only the police and military should have hobbies.

Names (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751343)

Can we get the names of those 13 sheriffs, and some background information, so we all can properly report them as suspicious.

Don't forget the brown shirts (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751355)

Didn't Germany have a similar program to this, where a citizen could report suspicious behavior on their fellow citizens?

Sigh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751357)

Hi,

I'd like to report someone who has overseen his followers kidnap people from foreign countries, round them up into a prison in a another country, kept them there for 10+ years without trial, abused them, tortured them and broken all their human rights (without even being able to prove it was them that actually did anything).

Then invaded their "home" countries and blown up lots of innocent people who might or might not have been associated with them and generally used the threat of terror (i.e. we'll bomb your homes until we find him) to have their demands met (which seem to include the persecution of a particular religion).

The name? Do I really need to give you that?

V science fiction series (1)

grag (597728) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751369)

This definitely reminds me of the V science fiction series from the 80s. Society looks down on science and scientists, and society puts full faith and trust in the authorities. People are ready to snitch on their neighbors over the slightest bit of suspicion.

The only difference from the series and real life, the enemy isn't an external force; it's us tearing ourselves apart in fear. Meanwhile, the power hungry simply use that fear to gain more power and wealth while everyone else is distracted and takes little notice.

I am waiting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751377)

I am waiting for the day people are brought to court for knowing how to build bombs.

I am Confused..and want to Do It Right (2)

NEDHead (1651195) | about a year and a half ago | (#43751391)

Should I report Mike Holmes alone, or do I need to name each member of his crew

Elect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751395)

If the government doesn't trust the people, it should elect a new people

Back in the U.S.S.R. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43751401)

Turn in your Comrade, get extra bonus special pay.

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