Saturday, March 17, 2012

If You Yawn, You Might Be a Terrorist

DHS Terror Document Lists Yawning, Goose Bumps As Suspicious Behavior
Infowars has obtained a document from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness that lists banal bodily activities such as yawning, staring and goose pumps as “suspicious activity” indicative of terrorism.

The document (PDF), entitled Terrorism Awareness and Prevention, is presented as a guide for both “residents and workers of New Jersey,” along with employees of federal, state and local agencies, on how to “assist in combating terrorism” by identifying “unusual or suspicious activities and behaviors.”

The guide encourages participants to “look for signs of nervousness in the people you come in contact with.” “Signs will become particularly evident in a person’s eyes, face, next and body movements.”

The document then lists examples of suspicious behavior indicative of terrorism, which include, “Exaggerated yawning when engaged in conversation,” “glances,” “cold penetrating stare,” “rigid posture,” and “goose bumps”.
Other possible "terrorist tells" included paying cash for coffee, worrying about online privacy, buying large quantities of supplies (possible prepping), and expressing support for the gold standard.  Clearly, Ron Paul belongs in Gitmo.

I have to say, my experience with government security bureaucracies suggests a mindset of stupidifying paranoia.  At an environmental laboratory, security wanted a card key lock on the exterior door of the balcony of a research library on the second floor.  When asked why, they explained that someone could potentially parachute onto the balcony, and gain access to the public's books and journals.

I suppose if you prepare against the preposterous and it doesn't happen, you get to feel vindicated.

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