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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Government Crackdown on Survivalists?

UrbanSurvivalSkills received several e-mails from readers alerting us to "government raids on private citizens who had been stocking food" because these people fit a profile for domestic terrorist activity. Apparently this story came from an Oath Keepers report on a federal raid on a Mormon (Latter Day Saints) facility in Tennessee and was later de-bunked by Glenn Beck and the Blaze and the
story recalled by Oath Keepers.

However, the roots from this story, and possible others like it, come from government "intelligence" reports about domestic terrorism with survivalists, "gun nuts" and returning "disillusioned war veterans" as potential "lone wolf" type domestic terrorists. One of the government documents that fuel the belief is a joint bulletin from the FBI and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) titled "Communities Against Terrorism" where the bulletin listed potential indicators of terrorist activities related to (purchases at) military surplus stores.

The joint bulletin lists suspicious activity and encourages store owners to call authorities if they have customers who meet any of these profiles:

What Should I Consider Suspicious? People or Groups who:

Provide ID that is inconsistent or suspect, or demand identify privacy.

Insist of paying with cash or use credit cards in different names.

Significantly alter appearance from visit to visit.

Have missing hands/fingers, chemical burns, strange odors or bright color stains on clothing.

Make racist or extreme religious statements coupled with comments that are violent or appear to condone violence.

Make suspicious comments regarding anti U.S radical theology, vague or cryptic warnings that appear to endorse the use of violence in support of a cause.

Demonstrate interest in uses that do not seem consistent with the intended use of the item being purchased.

Possess little knowledge of intended purchase items.

Make bulk purchases of items to include: Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers; Meals Ready to Eat; Night Vision Devices, night flashlights or gas masks; high capacity magazines; bi-pods or tripods for rifles.

See the Blaze story here, as well as a copy of Joint FBI-BJA Bulletin.

UrbanSurvivalSkills believes that if you are not doing anything illegal then you have little to fear from the government, except tanking the economy and running businesses out of business, but it stills pays to maintain OPSEC,....against misguided government instusion and criminal threats targeting you because you are a prepared survivalist.


  1. While I tend to agree (if you're not doing anything wrong...). But then again, how many people did McArthy and his thugs drag out of bed in the middle of the night and lock away in some secret prison. Terrorist is just the new Communist. Which was the then new Socialist or Reb, or Torri, or Savage. All we do is concentrate on whatever group we think is the greatest threat at that perticular time and as a mob justify whatever we do until we feel safe again. Now otherwise patriotic 'gun nuts' get a turn. How backwards is that?

  2. You are kidding, right? McCarthy didn't drag anyone out of bed he merely exposed communist spies. If you get your history from hollywood you deserve to remain ignorant. Here is the exact "torture" McCarthy used: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?" pretty scary!!!

  3. I don't know about 'dragged out of bed' but point in fact, there were 10 people who served between 6 and 12 months in jail (later, their convictions were overturned) with exactly zero Russian spies found.
    Also, there's no record I could find in terms of how many people were 'detianed', or charged with other crimes such as contempt of court by not showing up to their trail. But it was at least several. Charlie Chaplin fled to Switzerland just because of the accusation.

    I believe it's common knowledge McCarthy's 'list' was in fact a shopping, list.

    I used to have a room mate with a decent stockpile of ammo, and interestingly enough he was missing a finger.

    Saving grace however, we were poor college students and never had more then a day or two worth of food in the house.

  4. Again, you gotta be kidding! zero spies found? There were a number of spies found. The media and politicians have spent the last 55 years trashing McCarthy and that is why you remain ignorant. He was stopped because the spies had infiltrated our government and he could not be allowed to continue the investigation. Years later after the USSR collapsed the Venona Intercepts were discovered which exposed the massive soviet spy ring within our government even at high levels. McCarthy was right. The real story is what was the motivation of his detractors and opposition in congress. Were they merely ignorant or were they part of a greater conspiracy.

  5. Oh, now I get it... You're insane.