I almost blinked and missed this, but it is all over if you do a Google news search.
Do you remember this? “If you see something, say something”. It’s back.
The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign – designed to get Americans to play a more active role in security – is coming to hundreds of Wal-Marts across the country.
“Homeland security starts with hometown security,” said – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”
You just have to think for a minute or two before you realize how insidiously bad this is!
It sounds good at first, because, yes indeed, we should be vigilant about the people around us. Don’t hit them with our car, help them if they fall down, smile at them when we pass. That’s why this is so insidious.
The implication is that the world, the city, the neighborhood, is intrinsically a dangerous place. We should be very afraid! The implication is that it could be anybody. Be very suspicious. That’s also why this is so insidious. It creates an unnecessary and counter-productive mind set.
Just wait for the false accusations. The witch hunts. The intentional abuse.
Should be interesting…