reply to post by TheLoony
If you like to live in a constant state of fear perpetuated by our government, one that has you fearing your neighbors that you don't even know, then
What does "living in a constant state of fear" have to do with reporting suspicious activity?
The ads stated to report suspicious activity not to be paranoid about it.
If i see someone doing something suspicious at my neighbor's house i'm gonna report it and my neighbors would do the same. i know all of my
neighbors fairly well, we have BBQs together, wave to each other and help each other out if asked (you know neighborly type stuff).
We have to watch out for each other (all of us). i didn't see anything in the ads suggesting paranoia or being perpetually afraid of your
On the other hand, being perpetually afraid that our government is constantly against us is forgetting (especially locally) that our government and
police is our neighbors, family and friends.
Showing concern for and safety of our fellow citizens and ourselves isn't the same as "living in fear" and reporting things you find to be
suspicious isn't the same as reporting nonsense about everyone.
Plus, reporting suspicious activity where you live makes good communal sense.
Whether someone believes the Oklahoma City bombing or garage attack on the World Trade Center ('93) was a terrorist activity or a government involved
activity doesn't mean you should ignore possible explosive situations or crimminal activity.
Also, the PSAs being a type of propaganda (all PSAs are propaganda) i would think isn't it about time they changed the face of terrorisim from the
people who we've stereotyped already? A lot of Americans were already suspicious and afraid of *______________ & ____________ *fill in stereotype
and personal bias here.
Or are you thinking by making them non-stereotypical and looking like every/anybody it is just making that many more people we gotta be afraid of now?
Well, i would say, stop being afraid and just be alert to the possibilty some folks want to harm other folks (it's a fact of life). i really think
the PSA was supposed to make you aware and call someone if you see something suspicious. Something i think most people would do anyway. Government
propaganda is always too little too late (or is that done on pupose?)
You know these PSAs are most likely the PC way to address the complaints saying, 'Why is it always non-white foreigners being shown as terrorists?'
It seems there is becoming a "Damned if they do - Damned if they don't" point of view on politics and policy.
Should we become involved or should we turn a blind eye if we see something that doesn't look quite right?
i tend to think the more we become involved the harder it will become for those who operate under the radar to carry on their activity (no matter who
it is). Then if something is a govenment action (false flag or whatever), we as citizens would find it easier to say, 'Hey I reported that and they
did nothing, see, check the files or phone records'.
The worst possibilty is someone reports something that they think is suspicious, yet has a simple explanation. Of course some goofy cops might get
all worked about over it, but you gotta worry about goofy cops anyway, even getting a traffic ticket or jay walking can lead to some cops
So, did watching those PSAs all of the sudden make you afraid of white-middle-class people?
They didn't make me afraid. Actually, i seen them as kind of useless, simple minded and mundane like all government PSAs tend to be.
Do you really think there is some conspiratorial agenda behind them? Did you feel "mind contolled" by them?
i felt the message (or at least the message i seen presented) is that terrorists/crimminals aren't all dark, hairy and swarthy men from foriegn
countries (because they're not).
Do you really think the ads were designed to make you "live in constant state of fear", "treat everyone like a suspect" and think your nieghbors
are "Boogeymen", or did you really just wanna bitch about that "high grade biotch" Janet Napolitano and those who you consider to be "The big bad
boogeyman" (right here in Washington).
Then are you not doing the same thing you say they are doing 'cept you have changed the people to fear as the people you want me to fear?
i choose to fear neither "Boogeyman" yours or theirs, and if i see suspicious activity from anybody that i deem suspicious i will report them to
whomever i feel would do any good. i'll report it to the police, newspapers, NSA, ATS, Reddit, Twitter, even my FB friends or whoever could/would
make a difference at the time and/or in the situation.
The PSAs posted here were pretty narrow in scope and in example, the folks doing the reporting seemed just like everyday type people going about their
business. No one seemd panicked, freaking out or incredibly fearful.
I choose not to live in fear. The big bad boogeyman is not on the other side of the world, they are right here in Washington.
And even though you say you choose not to live in fear, you still refer to them as "big bad boogie men" and Napolitano as being the "Biotch from
hell", so your words suggest you are at least a little afraid. After all Boogeymen and Hell are frightening ideas. Or were you using hyperbole to
make a point? And the point being we should be afraid of "them"?
It's okay, you can be afraid of them. i (me) choose not to live in fear.
And if you're not afraid of them what difference does a dumb government public service announcement make?