09 July 2008

Old USSR rebirthing - in the good 'ole U S of A

I remember reading years ago about the distrust people in the old Soviet Union felt of their neighbours, workmates, even family members. In those days anyone could be a spy for the KGB.

Seems to me the following indicates the beginning of a reemergence of the old USSR - in the good 'ole U S of A.

A new class of everyday spies, from paramedics to utility workers, are being recruited to be "terrorism liaison officers." They are entrusted with hunting for "suspicious activity," and then they report their findings, which end up in secret government databases.

What constitutes "suspicious activity," of course, is in the eye of the beholder. But a draft Justice Department memo on the subject says that such things as "taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value" or "making notes" could constitute suspicious activity, Finley wrote.

The states where this is going on include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Dozens more are planning to do so, Finley reports.

Colorado alone has 181 Terrorism Liaison Officers, and some of them are from the private sector, such as Xcel Energy.

The full article is a must-read, regardless from which country you hail.

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