Coming on the heels of the July 21, 2011 video wherein the Department of Homeland Security characterizes white conservative groups as the ones most likely to be terrorists (read a fantastic article here) is a new initiative by the FBI that is targeting preppers--those folks who put away food and other necessities in case there is a disruption in the supply lines of food/water/fuel, etc.
The FBI is now targeting surplus stores and is asking that the proprietors keep records and start contacting the authorities if someone wishes to keep their identities private when purchasing matches and MREs.
A quote from the fantastic article by Watson linked above (and re-linked here) says it all:
No matter where you look, from East Germany, to Communist Russia, to Nazi Germany, historically governments who encourage their own citizens to report on each other do so not for any genuine safety concerns or presumed benefits to security, but in order to create an authoritarian police state that coerces the people into policing each other’s behavior and thoughts.And that is what our government is doing now. Not letting a crisis go to waste. Using the best of our intentions to pave a road to a freedom-stifling hell. I think they are underestimating the will of the American People and our heritage of freedom, which is now being reborn. The Oath Keepers have a list of things communities should be doing and that includes preparation. Read their whole article at the link, but here's a part of it:
1. Food storage, fuel storage, emergency medical, and communications security and independence (and general preparedness). Since food is the hardest thing to improvise, it comes first, so we advocate doing as the Mormons do, by taking food storage seriously [including some MREs!]Tyranny is tyranny and this country is on that road if people do not resist government's efforts to turn us into drones, slaves, and serfs instead of free citizens.
2. Physical security and Independence – to include neighborhood watches; mutual aid associations; a volunteer sheriff’s posse (under direct command of the sheriff); and county militias established by county ordinances but staffed by self-supplied and self-funded volunteers (as is done in volunteer fire departments all over this nation); state defense forces under command of the governor; and ultimately, a true state militia, established by state statute, and capable of “repelling invasions” [just imagine Mark Potok reading that!].
3. Economic security and independence – as individuals and communities, including barter networks, use of silver and gold as real money, and sound money bills at the county and state levels (as Utah just passed). See www.alt-market.com for details.
4. State sovereignty and nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and actions. The focus here is on restoring the Republic from the bottom up, by voting out oath breakers and voting in constitutionalists, till we have sheriffs, local and state legislators, and governors who have the knowledge, courage, and integrity to keep their oaths, up to and including being willing to defend the Constitution and the powers reserved to the states and to the people (see the Tenth Amendment) by supporting state sovereignty resolutions and nullification of unconstitutional laws.
[Go to www.operationsleepinggiant.com for more details on that program, and please get involved!]
When the government distributes handouts encouraging gun stores and military surplus stores to track, monitor, and snitch on their customers, you know we are in trouble. But the answer is not to hide, afraid to train and practice preparedness. The answer is for everyone to become a “prepper”, as in all the rebellious gladiators yelling out “I am Spartacus!” when the Roman General demanded to know where Spartacus was. The proper spirit of response it be like Founding Father John Hancock saying “here, let me write my name nice and big, so King George can easily read it.”