Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I am going to post this without comment. I think this family recanting their experience with our government offers us a view of both the present and the future for all of us.
Search for Pressure Cooker Leads to Knock on Door From Terrorism Police
It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.
Most of it was innocent enough. I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack. And maybe in another time those two things together would have seemed innocuous, but we are in “these times” now.
I was at work when it happened. My husband called me as soon as it was over, almost laughing about it but I wasn't joining in the laughter. His call left me shaken and anxious.
What happened was this: At about 9:00 am, my husband, who happened to be home yesterday, was sitting in the living room with our two dogs when he heard a couple of cars pull up outside. He looked out the window and saw three black SUVs in front of our house; two at the curb in front and one pulled up behind my husband’s Jeep in the driveway, as if to block him from leaving.
Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house, two toward the backyard on one side, two on the other side, two toward the front door.
They walked around the living room, studied the books on the shelf (nope, no bomb making books, no Anarchist Cookbook), looked at all our pictures, glanced into our bedroom, pet our dogs. They asked if they could go in my son’s bedroom but when my husband said my son was sleeping in there, they let it be.
They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked.
Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.
45 minutes later, they shook my husband’s hand and left. That’s when he called me and relayed the story. That’s when I felt a sense of creeping dread take over. What else had I looked up? What kind of searches did I do that alone seemed innocent enough but put together could make someone suspicious?
They mentioned that they do this about 100 times a week.
Mostly I felt a great sense of anxiety. This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.
All I know is if I’m going to buy a pressure cooker in the near future, I’m not doing it online.
I’m scared. And not of the right things.
CLARIFICATION AND UPDATE
We found out through the Suffolk Police Department that the searches involved also things my husband looked up at his old job. We were not made aware of this at the time of questioning and were led to believe it was solely from searches from within our house.
Via reference from ZeroHedge, please consider pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!
Question? How can we encourage Senator Cochran not to run for office again. IF reelected he would be eighty - two before his next term in office would be over. Mississippi has a history of reelecting Senators until they die or can't get back and forth to the senate building. I think we should begin to break this cycle.
Many of us in Oxford grew up on small farms around the County. So we know poor and we know need. We are generous compassionate people who given a choice would not deny medical services to anyone. However, given the growing number of immigrants we must find other solutions because we are rapidly running out of checks in our check book.
(Read the numbers and some of the links are not working on my browser.)
1. $11 Billion to $22 Billion
is spent on welfare to illegal aliens
each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year
is spent on food assistance programs
such as food stamps, WIC, and free
school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year
is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year
is spent on primary and secondary
school education for children
here illegally and they cannot
speak a word of English!
5. $17 Billion dollars a year
is spent for education for
the American-born children of illegal aliens,
known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY
is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison
inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year
is spent on illegal aliens for
Welfare & social services
by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion dollars a year
in suppressed American wages
are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States
have a crime rate that's two and a half times
that of aliens that are here legally.
In particular, their children are going
to make a huge additional crime
problem in the US .
11. During the year of 2005,
there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens
that crossed our southern border.
Additionally, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens
crossed from Terrorist Countries.
Millions of pounds of drugs... cocaine,
meth, heroin and marijuana crossed into
the U from the southern border.
Verify at Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
12. The National policy Institute estimated
that the total cost of mass deportation
would be between $206 and $230 billion
or an average cost of between $41 and
$46 billion annually over a five-year period..
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION
in remittances to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht..htm
456 days, 19 hours, 20 minutes till the polls open. Seems like a lot of time but it isn't…
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