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A top US domestic security chief called Wednesday on ordinary citizens to join law enforcement bodies in fighting an increasingly elusive -- and homegrown -- terrorist threat.
"We need a culture of collective responsibility, a culture where every individual understands his or her role," Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a speech in New York.
Referring to a spate of arrests around the country of US citizens and residents charged with jihad-type militancy, Napolitano said that ordinary people were often the first line of defense.
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These programs are a much larger scale implementation of citizen informants that were used by the East German infamous Stasi secret police or Hitler's SS.
Napolitano stressed she was not advocating "a culture of spying on one another," but said that crucial intelligence came from the bottom up.
"You are the ones who know when something is not right in your community," she said.
"There's actually an important role we can play in educating even our very young about watching for, and knowing what to do, if you're in an airport and you see a package left with no one around," she said.
Originally posted by Frankidealist35
reply to post by Aggie Man
It's essentially that. It's snitching. Regardless of how you look at it. What Napolitano is asking you to do is to work for the government. Did you read what she said? She said you know about what threats are. She wants you to report them. She said for you to report threats at home. Essentially she wants you to work for them.