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According To This Army Document, Tea Partiers And Twitter Users Are Potential Terrorists

 
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According To This Army Document, Tea Partiers And Twitter Users Are Potential Terrorists
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Words like 'terrorist' can always be turned around depending on who is the "authority."

In the case of documents acquired by Spencer Ackerman of Wired's Danger Room, the U.S. Army takes a very liberal approach to it's definition of possible insider threats.

As Ackerman said about the Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group's "Threat Indicator Card":

[The document's] “indicators” of radicalization are vague enough to include both benign behaviors that lots of people safely exhibit and, on the other end of the spectrum, signs that someone is so obviously a terrorist they shouldn’t need to be pointed out. It’s hard to tell if the group is being politically correct or euphemistic.

Here's a few of the more absurdly undefined words and phrases included as "indicators" of possible "terrorist" behavior :

- "Is frustrated with mainstream ideologies"—Tired of swallowing establishment party slogans?

- "Uses extremist acronyms"—Think you're Taxed Enough Already?

- "Changes type of off-duty clothing"—Don't wear your suit to bed?

- "Expresses a political, religious, or ideological obligation to engage in unlawful violence directed against U.S. Military operations or foreign policy"—Are you a Ron Paul write-in this November?

- "Has peculiar discussions"—Get back to work

- "Dissatisfaction with the status quo of political activism"

- "Social networks"

- "Youth"

- "Competition"

Competition? Youth? Ackerman goes to great pains analyzing and breaking down how these "threat indicators" could just as very well be aimed at the innocent bystander as at some devious deviant.

From Ackerman:

Someone who “takes suspicious or unreported travel (inside or outside the United States)” could be linking up with a terrorist group.

(snip)

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