Thursday, November 29, 2007

DHS Asks Firefighters To Spy

The Department of Homeland Security is taking advantage of firefighters ability to enter homes without a warrant, and is training them to report unusual material such as weapon caches or military instruction manuals. They are also to note people "expressing hate or discontent with the United States".
The Homeland Security Department is testing a program with the New York City fire department to share intelligence information so firefighters are better prepared when they respond to emergency calls. Homeland Security also trains the New York City fire service in how to identify material or behavior that may indicate terrorist activities. If it's successful, the government intends to expand the program to other major metropolitan areas.


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