Is NJ law enforcement targeting “Doomsday Preppers”?

Friday, February 22, 2013
By Paul Martin

Joe Wright
Friday, February 22, 2013

As the world visibly collapses all around us, the idea of survivalism — or prepping — has gone mainstream. No longer should either word signify paranoia; rather, these words should signify adaptability in the face of proven challenges. Whether it is the looming food crisis, signs of inevitable dollar collapse, or any range of man-made or natural event, we have a survival instinct for a reason. We would be manifestly idiotic not to hone our innate skills and help those around us develop theirs to cope with the difficult times ahead.

As Michael Snyder pointed out in his article, Why are Preppers Hated So Much? an extreme backlash is shaping up into a trend to vilify preppers by those fearful of what they don’t understand. It is worrisome, too, that this lack of understanding comes not only from those who would willingly find distracting forms of entertainment in an effort to not face reality, but from law enforcement as well. Instead of encouraging a self-sufficient (and armed) population that would work alongside well-trained and well-intentioned peace officers, there is a move to make even the most innocous prepping activities synonymous with domestic terror and insurrection.

An extreme example of this vilification by police (and subsequently the FBI) is highlighted by Abby Martin in her recent conversation with prepper and firefighter, Fernando Salguero, about the Philadelphia resident’s encounter with New Jersey police. He intimates that he has been targeted as a threat based purely off his survivalist lifestyle and previous activism.

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