• FBI Has New Plan to Spy on High School Students

    March 11, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, NSA, Post-Constitution America


    The FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies as potential future terrorists, warning that such “extremists” are in the same category as ISIS.

    The FBI’s Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools guidelines try to avoid the appearance of specific discrimination against Muslim students by targeting every American teenager who is politically outspoken, as if that somehow makes all this better. The FBI’s goal is to enlist every teacher and every student as informants. The concept is not dissimilar to attempts by the FBI to require tech companies such as Apple to become extensions of the FBI’s power. FYI, the FBI also now has full access to data collected on Americans by the NSA.

    You really do need to scan through the FBI’s materials, which are aimed directly at our children; my words cannot describe the chilling 1984-tone purposely adopted.

    As author Sarah Lazare points out, the FBI’s justification for such mass teenage surveillance is based on McCarthy-era theories of radicalization, in which authorities monitor thoughts and behaviors that they claim without any proof lead to acts of subversion, even if the people being watched have not committed any wrongdoing. This model is now (again, welcome back to the 1950s) official federal policy.

    The FBI guidelines claim “High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter networks, or conducting acts of violence within our borders… youth possess inherent risk factors.” In light of this, the FBI instructs teachers to “incorporate a two-hour block of violent extremism awareness training” into the core curriculum for all youth in grades 9 through 12.

    Here are the danger signs the FBI directs teachers keep a sharp eye out for:

    — “Talking about traveling to places that sound suspicious”;

    — “Using code words or unusual language”;

    — “Using several different cell phones and private messaging apps”;

    — “Studying or taking pictures of potential targets (like a government building);”

    — “Some immigrant families may not be sufficiently present in a youth’s life due to work constraints to foster critical thinking”;

    — “Encryption is often used to facilitate extremism discussions.”

    And just to make sure the connection with McCarthyism and the red baiting days of the 1950s is clear enough, the FBI materials warn “Anarchist extremists believe that society should have no government, laws, or police, and they are loosely organized, with no central leadership. Violent anarchist extremists usually target symbols of capitalism they believe to be the cause of all problems in society — such as large corporations, government organizations, and police agencies.”

    So, sorry, Bernie Sanders supporters.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      The FBI was considered a joke by most law enforcement agencies twenty years ago. Now the joke is on US.

      03/11/16 11:02 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Speaking of FBI jokes: counter-intelligence. The real threats are found inside these “intelligence” agencies.


      03/11/16 11:23 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      03/11/16 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- we should have pity on the agency trying to recruit viable humans. Who would join such a dysfunctional agency except total losers. It will become worse! In fact who volunteers for any service to the American empire? OK, total losers again.

      03/11/16 6:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      FBI should practice what it preaches.

      Senator Grassely on the FBI’s failure to protect whistleblowers –

      Grassely: One of the issues that your department has raised is that allowing FBI employees to report wrong-doing to their chain of command could lead to too many complaints. You know? What’s wrong with too many complaints? … Seems to me you’d invite every wrong doing to get reported to somebody so it could get corrected.


      03/12/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      J. Edgar must be grinning ear to ear, while the Framer’s are crying out loud. I bet Comey has a secret alter where he worships a picture of Stalin.

      Meanwhile, the American Constitution ashes smolder.

      Time to write a letter to my grandchildren, apologizing for my generation’s lack of will to revolt.

      03/12/16 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Ya know, I have a feeling, knowing how smart and computer savy some of these kids are today, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them beat Comey at his own game. They may actually be the generation who brings down this authoritarian regime. I can only hope.

      03/12/16 10:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      FBI: Don’t be a puppet.

      Clueless but possessing an amazing sense of humor.

      03/12/16 10:29 AM | Comment Link

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