Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The FBI Is Now Spying on High School Students

Here are some choice excerpts from Sarah Lazare's 3-2-16 AlterNet article entitled "The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country":

"Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and 'western corruption' as potential future terrorists, warning that 'anarchist extremists' are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to 'suspicious' countries are more likely to commit horrific violence.

"Based on the widely unpopular British 'anti-terror' mass surveillance program, the FBI’s 'Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools' guidelines, released in January, are almost certainly designed to single out and target Muslim-American communities. However, in its caution to avoid the appearance of discrimination, the agency identifies risk factors that are so broad and vague that virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance, especially if she is socio-economically marginalized or politically outspoken [...].

"According to the FBI’s educational materials for teenagers, circulated as a visual aide to their new guidelines, the following offenses constitute signs that 'could mean that someone plans to commit violence' and therefore should be reported: 'Talking about traveling to places that sound suspicious'; 'Using code words or unusual language'; 'Using several different cell phones and private messaging apps'; and 'Studying or taking pictures of potential targets (like a government building)' [...].

"Similarly, 'Animal Rights Extremists and Environmental Extremists' are placed alongside 'white supremacy extremists', ISIS and Al Qaeda as terrorists out to recruit high school students. The materials also instruct students to watch out for  extremist propaganda messages that communicate criticisms of 'corrupt western nations' and express 'government mistrust.'"

You can read Lazare's entire article HERE.

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