This is just too insanely outrageous to let slide by without comment. As reported in Sunday’s Denver Post, the Department of Homeland Security has recently trained and released upon our beautiful, freedom-loving state 181 new ‘terrorism liaison officers’ to keep a watchful eye out for any Coloradoans engaging in 'suspicious activity.'
These TLOs could be anyone from firefighters, to police officers to cable installers to Xcel energy employees.
Brace yourself: suspicious activity includes taking pictures or videos that appear to have no ‘aesthetic value,’ taking notes, and appearing to engage in counter-surveillance activities (doubling back, changing one’s appearance). Oh, and overheard threats.
So apparently, some people should still be careful about what they say, as Ari Fleischer once opined.
And, what, if the cable guy overhears me talking on the phone with a friend saying ‘Oh I’m gonna kill him,’ or sees me writing in my notebook outside I’m going to find my phone tapped and strange black cars following me? And the cable installer is going to decide what photograph subjects have aesthetic value? Nothing against cable installers. I'm sure most of them are lovely people. I'm just thinking there might be people more qualified to make that call. Or maybe, just maybe, frickin' beauty is the eye of the frickin' beholder, fer Chrissakes.I’m sure these guys with their rigorous three-day training schedule won't make any mistakes like that, right? Right?
My money says the Bushies find/create a pretext to declare martial law before November. After all, as soon as they leave office they will be vulnerable to a plethora of criminal charges, including war crimes.
If you never leave power, you can continually make up rules that retroactively legalize whatever nefarious shit you might have done, after all.
Meanwhile, here's some Monty Python goodness pertinent to the subject at hand.videosift.com