About Seeing Something and Saying Something in Wisconsin

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Scott Walker on Friday announced that when you “See Something” you are supposed to “Say Something”.

The 3 Wisconsinites who by happenstance were paying attention promptly had a good laugh and double-checked the web for something they really needed to know like what time the Packers play the Saints on Sunday.

That’s the problem when your governor turns himself into the boy who cried “broke”. You assume if it’s something that comes out of HIS mouth, it must be nothing.

There is an actual Homeland Security program called “If you see something, say something.”

Governor Scott Walker's I Spy With My Little Eye Campaign See something say something

Image credit: Michael Martin

 

This promotion of paranoia and/or protection has been fostered by Homeland Security since 2010 and it’s been a homework project for the advertising firm Korey Kay & Partners since shortly after September 11, 2001, according to reason.com.

The “See something, say something” program got its first real “legs” in December of 2002 when New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) put the slogan on buses and subways.

I can imagine the first viewers of these signs in New York were as puzzled as I was with Walker’s announcement.

A Madrid bombing apparently gave them inspiration when “bombs left in unattended knapsacks killed 191 people and wounded 1,800″. Reports of “suspicious packages” on MTA then became the “something” reported in New York City. Previous to that, abandoned packages didn’t even fall in the top 40 reasons for subway/bus delays.

Conspiracy buffs, “I know you’re now thinking “Well, I need to be on the look-out for a false flag”*.

Wisconsin Attorneys General, I know you’re thinking “Do we have cells in this area? Yes. There is significant terrorist activity in every jurisdiction of the United States”.

I tooled around the site “WIWatch” which is supposed to tell Wisconsinites what “something” is. There are some useful tips for would-be bad guy watchers and for those of us who want to avoid looking something-ish.

Here’s a tidbit that caught my eye:

“Taking pictures or video of facilities, buildings, or infrastructure in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person. Examples include taking pictures or video of infrequently used access points, personnel performing security functions (patrols, badge/vehicle checking), security-related equipment (perimeter fencing, security cameras), etc. All reporting on photography should be done within the totality of the circumstances.”

I got to thinking about standing in a public space – perhaps at a protest or sing along – and using a camera in the proximity of any police officer. Because that’s what I do sometimes.

Police do not enjoy the people’s paparazzi. I can find numerous reports of cops assaulting or arresting citizens that take photos of them but in Wisconsin, the most well-known and glaringly stupid incident involved the arrest of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist who was present at an Occupy event. Keep in mind that the photog. in question was toting hefty professional gear and wearing press credentials. And pause to consider that this photog. was at the time in the service of the Pravda of the Midwest and chief endorser of Scott Walker.

There’s also something I want to say here about the Wisconsin Capitol police cracking down on sign holders and Chief Dave Erwin installing panic buttons and the state constitution promising no abridgement of our free speech and right to assemble and so on and how this seeing of things and reporting of same will be used selectively to call certain citizen lobbyists terrorists but…

I don’t know. Do you think I really need to even say it?

Side note:

I just want to write a little memo to clarify something for Channel3000.

Channel3000 said yesterday that “A national public awareness campaign called “If You See Something, Say Something” will be launched by Gov. Scott Walker.”

That announcement made it sound like Walker was handed a fresh new national program by the federal government for its initial launch.

Excuse me as I slip into the vernacular of a disbelieving teenager: Ummmm – like – NO.

A long list of companies, cities, states, and events have partnered with Homeland Security – everybody from the U.S. Open to Indianapolis Transit.

For the record, here’s a list of states that signed onto this before WI did:

Alabama
Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
Indiana
New Jersey
Ohio
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

Another note (BONUS!):

Lot of questions are left unanswered like did Walker get more money from/for Homeland Security after glomming onto their program?

Does everybody realize that Homeland Security $ has for years gone to even tiny communities in WI for surveillance cameras?

Did you know that the other day when I called the National Guard phone # to ask a question somebody answered the phone by saying, “Homeland Security”?

*false flag-
Something disguised to seem affiliated with a group OTHER THAN the one it really is affiliated with. For example, a “false flag operation” is a terrorist act committed by one group for the express purpose of discrediting another group, which is framed for it. – urbandictionary

Resource: Wisconsin Homeland Security website

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