See Something; Say Something? NO DO SOMETHING!

In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. In my opinion, and based on yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, the campaign – just like the department of homeland security –  is a complete failure.

Billions upon billions of our tax dollars have been spent by the Department of Homeland Security, much of which has been squandered away spying on innocent American Citizens, classifying conservatives and survivalists as a national threat, buying billions of rounds of ammunition, launching Environmental Justice Units, and a slew of other wasteful programs; all of which have failed to catch a single terrorist.

See Something, Say Something Campaign symbolizes failures of the whole organization.

DHS See Something, Say Something Campaign

From the days of the color coded terror charts, to the newest DHS innovation, the See Something, Say Something Campaign, DHS has done nothing but confuse the public on what it is they should be looking for. Case in point is the Boston Marathon bombing attack.

Within hours of the event, it was pretty clear who law enforcement suspected in the bombing. In fact, early reports from the New York Post even stated that a Saudi National was being guarded at a local hospital.

Hours after the event, The Boston Police Department put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for a Middle Eastern man carrying backpacks. Despite the fact that DHS had overwhelming evidence of who might have committed the attack, they refused to tell the public who it was they were looking for.

If they expect the public to say something when they see something suspicious, shouldn’t they inform the public of who it is they should be looking for? We have an administration that is so politically correct, that they can’t even release a description of the suspects for fear of offending a certain group of people.

See Something, Say Something?

People need to start becoming a little bit more aware of what’s going on around them.

We live in an age where people are so egotistically involved in themselves that they fail to notice anything going on around them. I heard an interview with a guy that was only blocks away from yesterday’s bombing; 30 minutes after the attack the guy was still walking around blissfully unaware that 2 bombs had just gone off blocks away from where he was standing. Smoke filled the air, the blasts could be heard from miles away, and bloody people were lying in the streets, yet this guy was completely unaware of the attack. This pretty much characterizes the American Public.

Put down the IPod, take out the ear buds, and pay attention!

If you’re a regular reader on this site, you’ll know that we frequently talk about situational awareness, something that most Americans fail to grasp.

It amazes me that in a crowd of thousands of people, not one person noticed a Middle Eastern man carrying multiple backpacks, and then leaving those backpacks sitting on the sidewalks. This is something that in my opinion should have been pretty easy to spot.

If people paid a little more attention to their surroundings, stuff like this would be far less likely to happen. Just like the gun debate, we must be able to protect ourselves, and we cannot rely on the government or law enforcement to keep us safe. Basically, they are there to clean up the mess, and even that they have a hard time doing.

How can you keep yourself safe?

Read our article on Preparing for Active Shooter Situations and Terrorist Attacks. Many of the tips in that article are directly relevant to what happened in Boston, and many of the tips should be incorporated into your everyday life.

Don’t be paranoid, be vigilant. The fact is we live in a world filled with people who thrive on chaos and destruction. While I’m not saying you should walk around fearing what could happen – because that’s the opposite of being situationally aware – I do advise being aware of your surroundings and staying vigilant when you’re out in public.

Also consider the following tips from our article on Flash Mobs, because a lot of those tips also apply to terror type events.

Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. If you get the slightest premonition that something may be wrong, you need to listen to your instincts and act fast.

Keep an eye on the crowd. If you notice an abnormal increase in the number of people in your area, or if you notice a loner that doesn’t seem to belong in the area, this could be the first sign that something isn’t right. Immediately scan the area and try to get a feel for the types of people who are walking around. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, it’s probably a good time to make your exit.

Beat them at their own game. The last thing I want to mention is using the same technology that these criminals / terrorists use to your advantage.  Although these events seem to spring up out of nowhere, they are often heavily promoted or talked about on sites like Twitter and Facebook. If you plan on going to a large public event, or somewhere that may be targeted by these groups, jump on Twitter and type in the name of your destination. It only takes a couple of seconds of your time, but those couple of seconds can warn you to any impending dangers or active threats.

It may seem odd, but many of these terrorist groups will actually post something online, taking credit for the event before it even happens. Again, if something seems weird, trust your gut.


  1. Duckie
    April 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    “It amazes me that in a crowd of thousands of people, not one person noticed a Middle Eastern man carrying multiple backpacks, and then leaving those backpacks sitting on the sidewalks. This is something that in my opinion should have been pretty easy to spot.”

    You’re assuming a lot there. 1) We don’t know if this loser (or losers) was Middle Eastern, Korean, Russian, or home-grown. We just don’t know yet. 2) We don’t know when he planted the bombs. There may not have been crowds there at the time. 3) We don’t know where he left the backpacks, although there has been some mention of the bombs being in trash cans. For all we know, he went out at the butt-crack of dawn and planted those things. He may have driven along the route where he placed them or down back alleys, side roads, or who knows.

    Otherwise, you’re spot-on. I’ve said the same things about mass killings and gun control. It’s not the guns…taking our guns won’t stop the violence. We have to notice when something isn’t right with a friend, family member, classmate, or coworker. We need to watch, communicate, support, and learn. That’s what prevention is about. Gun control will not prevent violence.

    • Otis
      April 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Well if this stuff was planted early when no one was out that suggests an even bigger failure by homeland security who seems to have known something was up since they had bomb sniffing dogs out there before the event.

      We need to disband homeland security and people need to be fired over this.

      • dawn
        April 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        I totally agree, this was another set up attack to just continue to chip away our rights. And as for the shootings and the stabbing incidents I’m quite sure they were under mind control. If u don’t know about this look into Mk ultra and a book by Cathy O’Brian she was sold to our government by her father that molested her in order to not go to jail instead he was rewarded with money and a nice home for handing her over to mind controling sexual abusive government officials. Look it up and open your mind’s and eye’s. But always stay with love, fear will only allow them to keep u under their control. Namaste my Sister’s and Brother’s :)<3

      • Mike
        April 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        Having worked with dog handlers in the past, you cannot identify a guard dog from a personal protection dog from an attack dog, or a scent tracking dog, or which scents a dog is trained for tracking.
        Also coming from Boston, you will see K-9 units attending events like a Bruins hockey game, a Red Sox Baseball game or event a Celtics Basketball game; both outside the building as well as on the roof. I’ve seen these K=9 units present at these events since before 1975. The Boston Marathon is one of the cities largest events, of course they will have K-9 units present, and it does not mean they ‘knew something was up.’
        What about an episode of ‘The Family Guy’ that aired last month where the winner of the marathon was being interviewed and during the interview there were explosions heard in teh background… does this mean the cartoon prophesized the event, or was it more likely a copy cat?
        Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are a lot of incidents that occur that are being manipulated by TPTB to help drive ‘their’ agenda, nor would I put anything past the current regime for staging an event, even explosions at the Boston Marathon, or shootings at a school of innocent children all in efforts to drive ‘their agenda.’
        Just like after Monday’s incident, on Tuesday the Massachusetts National Guard comes rolling in to close down the area, is just like counting the missing horses after the barn door is closed… IMHO it is an act to condition the public that a uniformed presence is to become expected… be that National Guard, Active Duty Military, or uniformed DHS agents in Digital BDU’s… Do not worry, we are here to protect you (after the fact!)

  2. Dimwits
    April 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I was at the mall earlier today shortly after reading your post, and I was amazed by what I observed. It was like your article come to life.

    For 5 minutes I just sat there observing people and in that time 90% of the people I witnessed were either talking on their phone, texting, or completely unaware of what was happening around them. I now see how shit like this happens.

  3. Tony Dcunha
    April 17, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I am frustrated because clearly the security preparations for this event were extensive, with the area being swept for explosives twice (I hope that is right, I heard this several times during the coverage but I am not 100% sure that is a verified) before the race started. That tells me a couple things. First, whoever did this found the seams in security, showing considerable planning. Second, because this is such a public place it seems very likely there is video or photographic evidence of the bombs being placed.

  4. Peter
    April 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    How many billions does DHS need anyway? They had all that money and look what still happened.

  5. doc
    April 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    hurry up and get the israelis here to cover up this mess..
    because this may well be a caper gone bad..
    the media clowns are in the spin cycle..there’s a wad of pics that point to specific characters in this drama..
    should be an interesting day.
    more so if north korea goes off.
    or iran .
    mucho suerte.

  6. Jim
    April 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    International event, visitors from around the world, fittness junkies. Looking for suspecious people wearing backpacks. Near impossible to detect a small cell working. As for mind controll, well please!! One caught and the other one’s id know is a pretty good job. I do agree with the fact most of us walk aroung with our heads up our phones with little situational awareness.

  7. Mark(my words)
    April 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Four days of none stop media coverage on twenty different channels, ten of which were broadcast worldwide, just put a new level of phyco to work training, planning and obsessing to become the next “media bred” nightmare! One person, solo, has the chance to be the next Einstein! People in masses are truly scary stupid!

    We need to step back as a whole unified people and realize the reason networks don’t show the monkey who decide to streak a sporting event is so they get ZERO ATTENTION other then a humiliating trip to JAIL! Simple, yet extremely effective! God bless the souls that lose their lives from here on out because of our insatiable thirsty for instant media coverage of negative, horrific acts against each other!!!

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