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from the FBI and Homeland Security to help protect the rest of us. Okay, fine and dandy. But I see this as ripe for massive abuse, and I despise the premise of members watching other people and reporting what they see to the government. I learned they have a couple of meetings a month, and every group has its own “handler,” who is an FBI agent. I met personally with two of the upper echelon of InfraGard in Oklahoma City. I posed to them a hypothetical situation: Say your agricultural expert saw something that disturbed him, would the Standard Operating Procedure be for him to call the local police? Nope, it would be the “handler.” Again, a matter of the feds superseding everything else. Maybe these are just a bunch of good-oldboys who want to seem important; they can run around with their InfraGard ID cards and impress their buddies at the club. And maybe the FBI sits back and says, “Well, this saves us a ton of money, we don’t need agents out there because we’ve got these knuckleheads doing it.” But this “handler” business is right out of CIA cloak-and-dagger. As head of a corporation, say you have someone working for you that happens to take a different political viewpoint, you can then call your “handler” and the FBI will begin systematic harassment of that person? InfraGard members supposedly receive warnings about alleged terrorist threats before the rest of us, and in return can ask the FBI to investigate disgruntled or annoying employees. Members also learn what their responsibilities are during periods of an emergency or even martial law. I asked one fellow I talked to, a former sheriff: “At any of your meetings, have you ever been told of a circumstances where you guys could use lethal force?” He said, no, that’s never been discussed. But we were told by a whistleblower that, in the event martial law was ever declared, they would be granted that capability. They could protect whatever aspect of the infrastructure they were involved with, and have permission to shoot to kill, without fear of prosecution. So we’re going to potentially turn loose a bunch of cowboys with guns, who don’t even know Miranda rights? That’s a pretty scary proposition.25 And it’s another step down the road to something like this: A month after Bush left office, a memo entitled “Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activity Within the United States” came to light. Soon after 9/11, the Justice Department secretly gave the go-ahead for the military to attack apartment buildings or office complexes inside the country and, if necessary to combat the terror threat, suspend press freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. “Military action might encompass making arrests, seizing

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