The Obama administration is watching us

[The following article, reproduced in its entirety, was originally published at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/30286.  -ed.]

Department of Homeland Security is not only prepared to enforce the enhanced security procedures at airports, but is involved in gathering intelligence about those who don’t

DHS & TSA: Making a list, checking it twice

By Doug Hagmann  Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Following the publication of my article titled “Gate Rape of America,” I was contacted by a source within the DHS who is troubled by the terminology and content of an internal memo reportedly issued yesterday at the hand of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Indeed, both the terminology and content contained in the document are troubling. The dissemination of the document itself is restricted by virtue of its classification, which prohibits any manner of public release. While the document cannot be posted or published, the more salient points are revealed here.

The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”

The introductory paragraph of the multi-page document states that it is issued “in response to the growing public backlash against enhanced TSA security screening procedures and the agents conducting the screening process.” Implicit within the same section is that the recently enhanced security screening procedures implemented at U.S. airports, and the measures to be taken in response to the negative public backlash as detailed [in this directive], have the full support of the President. In other words, Obama not only endorses the enhanced security screening, but the measures outlined in this directive to be taken in response to public objections.

The terminology contained within the reported memo is indeed troubling. It labels any person who “interferes” with TSA airport security screening procedure protocol and operations by actively objecting to the established screening process, “including but not limited to the anticipated national opt-out day” as a “domestic extremist.” The label is then broadened to include “any person, group or alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel disruptions at U.S. airports in response to the enhanced security procedures.

For individuals who engaged in such activity at screening points, it instructs TSA operations to obtain the identities of those individuals and other applicable information and submit the same electronically to the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, the Extremism and Radicalization branch of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis (IA) division of the Department of Homeland Security.

For “any person, group or domestic alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel “disruptions” at U.S. airports (as defined above) in response to the enhanced security procedures, the [applicable DHS administrative branch] is instructed to identify and collect information about the persons or entities, and submit such information in the manner outlined [within this directive].

It would appear that the Department of Homeland Security is not only prepared to enforce the enhanced security procedures at airports, but is involved in gathering intelligence about those who don’t. They’re making a list and most certainly will be checking it twice. Meanwhile, legitimate threats to our air travel security (and they DO exist) seem to be taking a back seat to the larger threat of the multitude of non-criminal American citizens who object to having their Constitutional rights violated.

As I have written before, it has nothing to do with security and everything to do with control.

Editor’s note: Keep in mind that when I (Michael) distributed my original account of my encounter with TSA screeners in Memphis on October 15, I included my personal information for all the world to use as they wish to confirm or investigate my story, or simply to check me out in general. If the criminals in Washington have it, what would be the point of hiding it from millions of my best friends and neighbors?

About Michael S. Roberts

Suspected terrorist/domestic extremist. Proficient sinner. Father of 6. INTP. Autodidact. Fed up pilot. Chatty by nature...
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9 Responses to The Obama administration is watching us

  1. lids says:

    TSA is increasingly looking like a Trojan Horse. Standard tactic by government organizations is to portray people with opposing views as extremists and try and isolate and mock them. Particularly like the new phrase “domestic extremists”, are they planning on giving that tab to pilots with years of military service behind them?

    We had all this with the previous Labour Government in UK. (Even more left wing than Obama’s). They even phone tapped the Chair of a rail disaster group, a middle aged woman, just because she created a few headlines.

    Just assume your emails are being read by your government and have fun leading them on a merry dance.

    Good luck with the opt out day,

    Regards

  2. Richard says:

    Crikey and i thought the UK was bad, but this has got so extreme i am on the edge of cancelling my trip to the good old US of A in January to visit family and my Nephew of one year old who i have not yet met due to what is going on in your once great FREE country. Which is a shame as i have been travelling to all parts of America since the late 80′s but I shall not be any longer if this carries on, it is getting to the stage where you have more freedoms and rights in places like Russia and China as they have started turning themselves around, yeah yeah i know i know the likes of China is still a communist state but then look at your own government, it is not that much better when you dig deep nor mine come to that matter. It is not just the TSA it is happening all over America with news crews being arrested for filming demonstrations, police out of control shooting first asking questions……….well forget that one, the Mexican borders wide open allowing all kinds of terrorist trash to just boldy walk on into the USA yet the American people have to suffer this humiliation at airports whilst the borders are left wide open with American citizens being slaughtered on a almost daily basis and the so called government does nothing except cause tyranny against the American people at airports. Why oh why they can not take a leaf out of Israel’s security policies, they work, they have to work they are a country surrounded by countries that want them wiped off the face of the earth. Profiling is the only way to go. Locking down the Mexican borders is the only way to go, scanning all cargo underneath passenger luggage is the only way to go, Employing legal citizens with qualified experience to work with TSA is the only way to go NOT illegal aliens then giving those illegal aliens air side permissions & authority to fly planes, kind of defeats the object of the need for the TSA in the first place does it not? I mean if the TSA cant even get that right what hope is there!? Thus far it has been proven that TSA have employed illegal aliens air side, sex offenders to work pat downs/scanners and to top it off illegal aliens giving permission to fly.

  3. DI says:

    In response to “The Obama Administration is watching you”, I propose this subheading:
    “The American people are watching the Obama Administration!”

    Recent polls I’ve read reveal, that between 61% and upwards to 90% of the American public is quite upset with these TSA “abuses” at airports. That amounts to between 180-200 million American’s who are “fed-up” and outright disgusted with the intrusive and abusive violations of law by this administration. That’s one huge army of people! O’bama’s approval ratings (39%) are dropping like the Titanic and it’s only a matter of time until his ratings hit the giant iceberg.

    Since millions of American’s are flying this Thanksgiving season, many airports have suspended use of these Gestapo tactics. I believe this temporary suspension has more to do with the “ire” of the American people, then with an attempt to push people through the airports faster. This quite possibly is a DELIBERATE SCHEME to squash the rising anger against this administration and their aggregeious violations of the Constitution of the United States.

    What is happening at our airports is outrages! We must continue to unrelentingly speak out against this evil, vile assault on our persons and liberties. Those who desire to label the American people as “domestic terrorists/extremists” are,in my opinion, the guilty ones! ( Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold come to mind). I pray God they are brought to justice soon! May God bless the American people as we wait for Him to weld His Mighty Sword on those who are committing evil against us!

  4. lids says:

    Oh well, this is the Brit pilots responding, we are getting there, slowly! (With a little bit of help from our American friends..)

    British Pilots warn on Body Scanners and Security
    25th November 2010 at 02:28pm by Chris Pratt

    The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) today hailed the ‘commonsense’ of the United States’ Transport Security Authority which has declared that airline pilots need not go through body scanners set up in the USA and that a new system will be introduced that allows free movement of US pilots inside the States based on pre-checks.

    Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: ‘This is a real victory for commonsense. Both BALPA and pilots in the USA have been pressing their governments to exclude professional pilots from body scanning and it is good to see the US Government has accepted our arguments.

    ‘I can tell our Government that this news has added to British pilots’ frustrations at the increasingly bureaucratic, inefficient and stress-inducing UK security regime which continues to see the pilot as a security threat rather than part of the solution.

    ‘On top of this the UK Government has failed to carry out independent verification of the cumulative impact of these machines and how individuals going through ionising scanners can keep count of their personal cumulative exposure.

    ‘Although body scanners have not yet been installed at crew security lines in the UK they are increasingly being rolled out in passenger security areas, which British pilots also regularly use. The Government’s policy is that if anyone refuses to use these scanners they will be told they cannot fly. In the US an alternative ‘pat down’ is available, albeit this is being applied in an unacceptably intrusive way that many US citizens say is like “groping”.

    ‘If the UK ploughs ahead with its plans it is going to face similar levels of civil resistance as the US administration faced. The UK should learn.

    The Government should call a halt on any further development until independent health and safety checks have been done and people can be reassured that there is no health risk.

    ‘And the Government should come to an urgent agreement for UK pilots flying into the US to be on the same footing as our US cousins.

    ‘Unless the British Government gets a grip on this then they will face a strong reaction that could see UK aviation grind to a halt.

    ‘The Allied Pilots Association (APA) in the US advised pilots to refuse to go through scanners and that seemed to get their Government’s attention.

    ‘The fact is that airline pilots are the last line of defence in aviation security and are part of the solution, not part of the problem. We know that, the public sees that, and our administrators in the UK have got to get real.’

  5. Mark Mackey says:

    Here’s a link to the older memo that got BigSis in hot water before…
    http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/041609_extremism.pdf

    I guess she didn’t learn her lesson. We should expect no less from these “Nazis” the Pres has surrounded himself with, and no one should be surprised at the “stepped up” tone in the new alledged memo, angered yes, surprised no. I wonder how long before a friendly insider releases the actual memo and Napolitano is forced yet again to make the obligatory apology. I can’t wait for the spoof movie depicting Napolitano Lego Character reading from the memo- educating her little SS wannabees.
    This one was pretty good.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXDLQPfqc04

  6. Joe Dettelis

    I called Hagmann out on this via email and post on Naomi Wolf’s FB wall, 11/27-28/2010. It is most probable that Hagmann has no memo and his story is a piece of fiction. “Hagmann” has not responded to my challenge.
    http://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author
    Here is one of my posts there concerning this after it was posted by Kalen, who was looking for source corroboration.

    “Btw Kalen I found no other sources- it seems all the other blogs/net postings on this just quote and refer to Doug Hagmann’s Canada Free Press blog who wrote the article on the link you posted and who strongly implies w/o literally saying …so that he possesses this mysterious memo- he also claims he can’t “disseminate” it in any way bc of it’s “classification”. Pretty obvious Hagmann is a clever BS artist and has no memo. Which brings the so called lists and “domestic extremest” labels into question that got shot all over the net last week.

    However, that does not mean something like this is not going on, you would have to conjecture- it only means Hagmann has no memo of which “dissemination of the document itself is restricted by virtue of its classification.” Clever wording– No wonder he says the document “Can’t be posted or published” Pretty hard to do that if you don’t have one. I would confront Hagmann on this. [And I did.]“

    • I’m not going to stake my own reputation on its authenticity one way or another. I will say that I was on a radio program where Mr. Hagmann was the main guest and I thought he was pretty straightforward the entire time I was with him on the show. That doesn’t mean anything, of course, but it was based on that favorable impression that I took this story seriously enough to republish it here.

      More to the point, I think he makes it clear enough himself that his information is hearsay based on a conversation about a classified memo. I don’t recall him saying that he is in possession of the memo itself – only that his source told him about its general contents. There are many pages in my manuals and guidance from the airline that are labeled “Security Sensitive Information” which I’m not at liberty to distribute, but I can and do talk about TSA’s BS all day long. It’s not like it’s hidden exclusively in my company manuals anyway.

      So no, there’s no hard evidence of anything here. But, as you said yourself, “that does not mean something like this is not going on, you would have to conjecture- it only means Hagmann has no memo…” I’ll read his article again to confirm that he isn’t claiming anything more than, “Somebody told me about an internal memo that said…” Is it newsworthy? No, I suppose it isn’t. But for someone like me and many others who’ve put a bit of our own skin in this game, it’s at least noteworthy.

      In any case, my approach has been to make it as easy as it can possibly be for anyone to check up on me – not just the fuzz. I’ve seen no need to be anything other than completely transparent about my experiences, intentions, motives, etc. ‘They’ can watch me if they want, but the more they do, the more I think they’re the ones who are getting paranoid, freaking out, and behaving irrationally. I don’t really see what the big deal is anyway – all I’m doing is telling the truth.

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