Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
A so-called “Community Awareness Program” (CAP) has been launched by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (the CELL), a non-profit group directly linked to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The CELL is the same group behind the absurdist fear-mongering video entitled “Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism” which is nothing more than a clear attempt to strike illogical fear into the hearts of Americans.
Now this government-backed organization seeks to instill a pervasive paranoia in everyone in the United States through the CAP program, regardless of the fact that the threat of terrorism is minimal to wholly negligible.
The CELL, quite an interesting choice of a name for a supposedly counterterrorist organization, I might add, is also behind the $6 million Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism exhibit at their “nonpartisan institute” in Colorado.
One critic aptly characterized the exhibit as, “an expensive, museum-size example of America’s paranoia” while pointing out, “Graphic images of a bomb ripping apart downtown Denver seem to fall into the category of fear-mongering.”
This paranoid mindset is exemplified by one of the individuals running the program, a New York native that “refuses to ride on the subway and spends as little time as possible in high-rise buildings.”
Interesting, seeing as no successful terrorist attack since 9/11 has hit a high-rise or a subway. This is the kind of widespread nonsensical thinking that is rampant among the “counterterrorism” and Homeland Security establishment.
It makes even less sense when one considers the fact that skyscraper safety has been improved over the decade since the September 11th, 2001 attacks and last year an alleged terror plot targeting the Washington D.C. subway was “thwarted.”
Of course, like most alleged terrorist plots in the United States, the man charged with plotting the attack was dealing with FBI agents who pretended to be al Qaeda operatives in order to lure him in to planning the attack.
However, this incident, and all the other incidents of government-manufactured terrorism somehow seem to make people behind groups like the CELL and others even more paranoid.
This was evidenced by the statement made by U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, David Kris, who said in response to the alleged D.C. plot last year, “Today’s case underscores the need for continued vigilance against terrorist threats”.
In this case the government-sponsored fear mongering is even more absurd, given the fact that they are now promoting that anyone and everyone could very well be a terrorist.
An administrative assistant in the safety, security and facilities department of the Regional Transportation District, Diana Woodson, told the Denver Post, “It’s not going to be the person you think it’s going to be. He’s your best neighbor, your best pal. It doesn’t always look like the bad guy; it can be someone unassuming.”
Yes that’s right, your 75-year-old portly retiree neighbor could very well be a terrorist planning to kill you and your family! Are you afraid yet?
The Denver Post hilariously writes, “the idea is to make Joe and Jill Public aware that they may be just as important as any super-secret agency when it comes to preventing another attack on the U.S.”
In reality the “If You See Something, Say Something” program is an attempt to twist every American into a paranoid volunteer citizen spy and the CELL’s video was nothing more than an exercise in fear mongering produced with a DHS grant totaling over $30,000 and in alliance with the local fusion center, the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC).
The CIAC is one of 72 fusion centers across the United States which analyze and share information between federal and local law enforcement agencies, or, more accurately, conduct domestic spying operations on American citizens.
According to the Denver Post, the CELL’s paranoia-infused “Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism” video, was “so popular that the Department of Homeland Security asked the organization to create a public-awareness program.”
The CAP program is an attempt to unify the “nuanced and inconsistent” message provided by previous outreach programs conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Urban Areas Security Initiative) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
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