NOTE: I believe this flyer to likely be fake. That just outlines another problem. The problem is the fact that several similar flyers have been released by the government in recent years (with initial ones being assumed to be fake until they were in fact substantiated). So while this may be a fake flyer (causing quite a bit of stir on sites like Slashdot), the real problem lies in the fact that our goverment keeps making such declarations. Losing face with We The People. It’s also possible this was done privately through an educational grant program to teach alertness to terrorism (Grant Number 2007-MU-BX-K002).
[X] Are overly concerned about privacy, attempts to shield the screen from view of
others Me: especially when using ATMs.
[X] Always pay cash or use credit card(s) in different name(s) Me: Trying to get rid of credit cards and use more cash. Wife’s got her maiden name, so she must be suspicious too.
[ ] Apparently use tradecraft: lookout, blocker or someone to distract employees Response: I will have to Google what a tradecraft is?
[X] Act nervous or suspicious behavior inconsistent with activities Me: Ah…the challenges of not being a socialite. You just described most of us NERDS.
[ ] Are observed switching SIM cards in cell phone or use of multiple cell phones Response: Mind you, this describes many friends who have personal and work lines.
[ ] Travel illogical distance to use Internet Café Response: Is the internet cafe free? Raises eyebrow inquisitively as he asks “Please define ‘illogical'”.
Activities on Computer indicate:
[X] Evidence of a residential based internet provider (signs on to Comcast, AOL,
etc.) Me: Not even sure what they mean.I mean aren’t there millions of people who use Comcast and AOL. Perhaps this confirms my suspicions that the government now views most Americans as a threat.
[ ] Use of anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address Response: Well gee, most people don’t want their activities followed, especially at online cafes. Of course, it might also mean they have a porn addiction.
[X] Suspicious or coded writings, use of code word sheets, cryptic ledgers, etc. Me: B h0m3 500N 5w33ty ❤
[ ] Encryption or use of software to hide encrypted data in digital photos, etc. ResponseNo but I figure it’s a better place to save a password list than an unencrypted text file.
[X] Suspicious communications using VOIP or communicating through a PC game Me: Crud, you found me out. I used to chat with friends while playing Halo. Oh, did I mention Halo, where you used guns and grenades to fight aliens. Clearly the aliens represent government agencies.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW DOES ANY OF THESE THINGS. THEN YOU SHOULD REPORT THEM TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES
There was a time when the first thing that came to mine when you said “PARANOID” was some whack hidden in a bunker with lots of guns and room full of MREs. Now I find myself thinking of beauracrats in suits publishing PDFs.
That’s not to say we don’t need to be vigilant. But seriously, how does having to drive past a lit up billboard exclaiming to report any suspicious activity help? I am half expecting the President to announce the formation of the Nightwatch.