Do you own flashlights? Or pay with cash instead of a credit card? And do grocery shopping for the week? I do. You probably do â€“ and guess what, according to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, that could make both of us terrorists.
Recently, a Department of Homeland Security video has been making its way around the Internet; it tells people in no mixed terms that â€śpaying cash is suspicious and weird.â€ť In an assertive, yet calm voice, the narrator tells viewers that, â€śif a patron appears nervous or anxious, or insists on paying cash, contact security personnel. This IS suspicious behavior.â€ť
So basically, if youâ€™ve had a stressful day and donâ€™t have a credit card, you’re done for.
This suggestion, and many others, has been sent out to hotels across the United States as part of the DHSâ€™ ongoing â€śSee something, Say somethingâ€ť program. It even includes an 84-page manual, grandly titled, â€śProtective Measures Guide for the US Lodging Industryâ€ť â€“ which points out that asking for privacy, among other things, is a red flag.
And thatâ€™s really what this boils down to: a war on privacy. A potential terrorist, argue the US security agencies, is much easier to track if he uses a credit card. Credit card use provides Big Brother instant access to the buyer’s contact information, purchase history â€“ and, if need be, the ability to cut off his financial supply in an instant.
Mac Slavo is co-creator of The Daily Sheeple, an alternative media venue for breaking news, opinion, commentary and information. Mac is also the founder of the popular SHTFplan.com community oriented website which aims to help individuals understand and prepare for troubling times. Wake the Flock Up!
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