Feds Use Pre-Crime To Target Disgruntled Veterans
Mind Machine Project purports to find domestic terrorists by building psychological profiles from illegally wiretapped phone and email conversations
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, October 1, 2010
The government seems to be obsessed with targeting disgruntled veterans with pre-crime and other unconstitutional forms of surveillance, demonization and harassment, the latest example being an Orwellian software program that purports to identify potential terrorists by analyzing the tone of phone conversations and emails to detect “resentment toward government”.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mind Machine Project, which is currently being demonstrated to law enforcement officials around the country, is primarily aimed at weeding out ‘troubled veterans’ who may be planning to commit terrorist bombings or political assassinations, by illegally wiretapping their phone calls and Internet communications in order to build psychological profiles.
As we reported yesterday, the program purports to be able to identify “resentment toward government,” which is characterized by the technology’s proponents as some kind of mental illness that requires the involvement of “health professionals,” or worse, a trait of domestic terrorists planning imminent attacks.
Why is the government so intent on targeting veterans as likely terrorists? Seemingly unconcerned about Muslim extremists hiding in caves in central Asia, the Big Sis DHS anti-terror machine has been firmly pointed towards the American people, with the government making every effort to subject its own citizens to the measures that were supposedly introduced to fight foreign extremists, the latest example being federal checkpoints that radiate American truckers with x-ray devices at highway “inspection stations”.
Having already had their benefits slashed and their right to self-defense eviscerated with the passage of the so-called “Veterans Disarmament Act,” men and women who served their country are now being treated with more disdain than drug smugglers and illegal coming across the border from Mexico.
In May 2009, the New York Times reported on how Boy Scouts were being trained by Homeland Security and the FBI to disarm and forcibly arrest “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” who were characterized in the exercise as domestic terrorists.
“Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor,” began the article, later describing how the Boy Scouts were told by a federal agent to “Put him on his face and put a knee in his back, I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”