Signs YOU Might Be a Terrorist

Before today’s post, two things.

First. Congratulations to “Gat31” for being the lucky commenter on the lock pick set and gas siphon pump ethics post. Send me an email, Gat31, and we’ll see about getting you a gas siphon pump for your bug out bag, car survival kit or for just fun post-apocalyptic beach ball inflating.

Second. From here going forward, comments on all posts 20 days or older are now closed. Why? SPAM! For whatever reason, the site has been completely inundated with spam comments over the past several weeks – BAD. The spam filter isn’t doing its job and I’m tired of trying to find an effective one that works, because NONE work. Spammers have gotten really good at fooling filters. I’ve even seen readers respond to spam, saying “what do you mean?” and such. Damn spam. It must be terribly annoying to anyone that also signed up to get notified up follow-up comments on posts. Did you enjoy all of the “Delaware Lawyers” and similar junk “comments”? Too bad I had to close old posts to comments because of it, but alas – oh well.


Now, today’s post came to me from a SHTF Blog reader, a link from Gun Reports that describes a new FBI “Terrorism” Handout that has been distributed by an FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force to Colorado military surplus store owners. The handout lists the purchase of many popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as indicators of potential terrorist activities. Under the title “What Should I Consider Suspicious?” it states …

People or groups who make bulk purchases of items including:

  • Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
  • Meals Ready to Eat
  • Night Vision Devices: night flashlights, gas masks
  • High capacity magazines
  • Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles

Have YOU made bulk purchases of these items at a Colorado military surplus store? The store owner was advised to:

  • Require valid ID from all new customers
  • Keep records of purchases
  • Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses
  • Watch for people and actions that are out of place
  • Make note of suspicious statements, people and/or vehicles

You can download the brochure by clicking here. Read the Gun Reports article on it by clicking here.

Are these guidelines warranted? Are they even practical? What terrorist is going to stock up on MREs? I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Now, to be fair, the brochure also has some, what I think are, pretty legitimate suspicious activities, like watching someone that might have missing hand/fingers, chemical burns, strange odors or bright colored stains on clothing.

But stocking up on MREs or match containers? I’m not understanding that bit.

– Ranger Man