Sunday, October 4, 2009
New L.A.P.D. terrorism “prevention” program would just create society of snitches
Program gives absolutely zero terrorism prevention instructions outside of what a person would do anyway
by Larry Simons
October 4, 2009
A new “terrorism” prevention program launched by the Los Angeles Police Department called “iWatch” instructs/encourages average American citizens to report on suspicious behavior of their fellow citizens.
Los Angeles police chief William Bratton and L.A. police commander Joan McNamara developed the iWatch program, which has been introduced and endorsed by police chiefs of the 63 largest police departments in the United States and Canada.
watch this promotional video of the iWatch program
What is ridiculous about this program is, the list of “suspicious behaviors” to report are a combination of behaviors you report anyway and activities, even if reported, would not prevent a thing.
According to the iWatch program, here are behaviors to watch for and the places to watch for them
Behaviors and activities to report:
* People drawing or measuring important buildings.
* Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures.
* Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind.
* Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings.
* Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be.
* A person wearing clothes that are too big and too hot for the weather.
* Chemical smells or fumes that worry you.
* People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know.
* Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.
Places to Watch
* Government buildings
* Religious facilities
* Amusement parks
* Sports/Entertainment venues
* High-rise buildings
* Mass-gathering locations—parades, fairs, etc.
* Shopping malls
* Public transportation
Let me just examine each “suspicious” behavior one by one and illustrate how ridiculous this list is:
“People drawing or measuring important buildings”
[Yeah, people do this all the time. Plus, even if I wanted to draw a building or measure it, why can’t I? Does the Constitution not allow this anymore? The last time I checked, the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers were hit without a single person measuring them or drawing a picture]
“Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures”
[And if they are asking those questions in order to be assured that they and their family are safe, they can’t ask those questions without someone being suspicious that they are terrorists? So, the next time you enter a stadium or a big concert hall, don’t ask how secure the facilities are. You have no right to know how safe YOU are in large places. You will be considered a terrorist for asking]
“Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind”
[Oops. I forgot my backpack....I’m a terrorist. Even if a real terrorist did leave it behind to blow something up, it would detonate long before any action was taken after being reported]
“Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings”
[Again, if a device were inside a vehicle, it would detonate long before any action was taken. The Ryder truck used in the Oklahoma City bombing exploded within minutes of the bombers exiting the truck. It would take several minutes at least for someone to even think about reporting it, let alone the incident being reported, police acting on that information, arriving at the scene and the bomb being diffused all within minutes]
“Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be”
[If it’s a secure area, how did they get IN?]
“A person wearing clothes that are too big and too hot for the weather”
[So, this is no longer America where we can wear what we want without being suspected of being a terrorist? Wonderful, just wonderful]
“Chemical smells or fumes that worry you”
[The next time I’m in McDonald’s and I smell bleach in the mop water from the employee mopping the floor, I will be sure to report it immediately. I also hope I don’t spill any gas the next time I’m filling up at the pump. I could end up at Gitmo!]
“People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know”
[Nobody needed to ask any of these things prior to the Oklahoma City bombing or 9/11. Terrorists were able to take down WTC 7 on 9/11 without even flying a plane into it]
“Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials”
[Which could be nearly anything. I would hate to be a cop in any city in America that has a supply or equipment store. I didn’t know a person needed credentials to purchase uniforms. Wouldn’t a terrorist just kill someone wearing a uniform and take it off their dead body if they really wanted to disguise themselves? This is “Brady bill logic”. Why would a terrorist care if he gets a gun legally if he’s going to commit an illegal act with it? Likewise, why would they care if they obtained a uniform legally?]
So you see, the above behaviors/activities to report would do very little or nothing at all to prevent terror. The most it would do would be to victimize scores of innocent people in the name of “terror”.
If the iWatch program had been in place before 9/11, the attacks [even the official story scenario] would have still happened.
Los Angeles police chief William Bratton calls this a 21st century version of “Neighborhood Watch”. Bratton also said, “It's really just common sense types of things”. Well, if it’s “common sense types of things”, what is the purpose of the program? I will tell you. It is designed to create a society of snitches in order to create an excessive workload for police. The workload becomes so high that more police officers have to be trained and hired, further accelerating the police state.
Here’s a video of Bratton talking about crime reduction in Los Angeles throughout the past 6 years.
I find it interesting that he says at the beginning of the video:
“I knew going in that getting the crime numbers down would be a real challenge. The department has historically been understaffed, technology hadn’t been updated, there was no real crime management system in place and the employees of the L.A.P.D. were demoralized and tired of always being asked to do more with less.”
I have one question in response to Bratton’s statement: If police departments are understaffed and police officers have been overworked, what makes Bratton think they can handle the thousands upon thousands of additional phone calls they will get as a result of the iWatch program? Where would the manpower come from?
I personally believe the whole purpose for programs like these are not to see a decrease in crime or terrorism, but an increase in arrests. Arrests look good for police departments, whether or not they actually prevent crime.
Why would they want an end to crime anyway? They are in the crime business. It’s like doctors saying they want a decrease in sick people. Where’s the money in low numbers?