In an outrageous display of government over-reach, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now targeting patrons of military supply stores. Oath Keepers reports that the FBI is asking store owners to report “suspicious activity” to them in an effort to thwart terrorism. Agents in several states have been handing out flyers asking for the help of military surplus dealers in combating suspected terrorists.
According to the FBI, some of the things that can be considered “suspicious activity” include:
- Paying with cash or with a credit card that is in a different name
- Alters appearance from visit to visit
- Makes racists or “religious” remarks, or uses anti-government rhetoric
- Seems to have little or no knowledge of the items being purchased
If that’s not enough, the government is also asking retailers to keep tabs on anyone who purchases certain items in bulk including:
- Night vision goggles
- High capacity magazines
- Rifle bi-pods or tri-pods
- Weatherproof ammo or match containers
The flyer even suggests store employees ask for identification from all their customers, keep records of purchases and make note of unusual statements and the people who make them. The FBI then requests that they relay this information to them so that they can investigate it further.
As Oath Keepers point out, it’s highly unlikely that the FBI will nab terrorists simply by targeting those who shop at military supply stores. But we know they aren’t looking for terrorists are they? Most patrons simply use them as prepping resources, and are buying things such as MREs to use in case of an emergency situation rather than an overthrow of the government. Oath Keepers remarked that “these are very common purchases, not for terrorists, but for preppers and survivalists who are obviously the targets of the FBI profile, not secret Al-Qaeda agents.”
What is so chilling about this is that the actions on this list are far too common, which means that any ordinary citizen could easily be targeted as a threat to national security. It’s unfortunate that being prepared for a disaster could ultimately brand someone as a criminal.
Even though the FBI is watching, you can still pick up some great deals at your local military supply store and I’m not going to let the government stop me from buying what I need to be prepared for whatever comes down the pike.
I suggest you do the same!
At *your* service,