Friday, April 27, 2012

More on Surveillance: U.S. Citizens Hesitate To Report Suspicious (Terrorist) Activity

News on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's notorious “See Something, Say Something” campaign: Americans seem to feel some reluctance towards denouncing their fellow citizens, a FEMA survey found out (it is not said how many overall, just the different types of hesitation are mentioned).

For the FEMA .pdf document, click on the following headline:
Improving the Public’s Awareness and Reporting of Suspicious Activity: Key Research Findings from Literature Review, Household Survey, Focus Groups and Interviews

A summary of and comments to the survey can be found at the Center for Investigative Reporting:
Citizens fear reporting 'suspicious activity' will hurt the innocent

An infamous video (funded by the Department of Homeland Security) was shown in 2009 "at the Center for Empowered Living & Learning (CELL), an institution dedicated to addressing the global threat of terrorism, with a museum facility (called Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat) in Denver. The facility includes exhibits on the history of terrorism and its prevention."

But even in Nazi-Germany the population didn't really jump on the Gestapo's denouncing bandwagon: contrary to myth, the willingness of Germans to denounce their fellow citizens was rather not "overwhelming", as recent historical investigations show. (see Denunziation im Dritten Reich - Die Bedeutung von Systemunterstützung und Gelegenheitsstrukturen).


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