You Might Be a Model Aircraft Terrorist If...
all of the freedoms you have lost since the 9/11 attacks by Muslim extremists.
Every move you make is monitored by Uncle Sam via cameras, scanners, cellphone,
OnStar, credit card purchases, and your online activity. You cannot take
the pen knife inherited from your grandfather on an airplane and you must
submit yourself to a potentially abusive body search by TSA agents. Armed
law enforcement with automatic weapons are everywhere in big cities. If
you dare to criticize the government's actions, you might be tagged as a
potential terrorist. The list is endless. In typical government overreaction
and political correctness, everybody is abused equally regardless of whether
you fit the profile of the people who have committed the majority of terrorist
acts against the U.S.
Well, you as an aircraft modeler have lost
another freedom: The freedom to ask questions at your local hobby shop (LHS)
without being assessed regarding your likelihood of being a potential terrorist.
The FBI could soon be tapping your phone and have you on a list if you don't
tread carefully. Don't believe me? Take a look below at this Communities
Against Terrorism flyer published by the FBI titled, "Potential Indicators
of Terrorist Activities Related to Hobby Shops."
Here are some of
the indicators that you might be a terrorist
(and my suggestions for avoiding judgment):
- Demonstrating unusual interest in remote-controlled aircraft
like you really don't care)
- Demonstrating interest that does not seem genuine
very interested in R/C aircraft - uh-oh, see above)
- Inquiring about remote controls and model aircraft payload capacity
and maximum range
buy whatever they have and hope it meets your needs)
- Inquiring about learning to fly expensive giant-scale aircraft without
first learning to fly small-scale aircraft
(Nobody has ever legitimately done that; always buy a park flyer first)
- Possessing little knowledge of activity for which the purchase is
knows that your local hobby shop is no place to
look for guidance when beginning in the hobby)
- Exhibiting unusual interest or specific interest in rocket motors
like you're bored with model rockets)
- Demonstrating no interest or enthusiasm for the hobby or sport
the bullets #1 and #2 above - you're screwed)
- Large quantity of model aircraft fuel
don't own a 1/4- or 1/3 scale model airplane)
- Several large aircraft, engines, or transmitters
per customer, please)
- Model rocket motor igniters without adequate knowledge
you do, don't ask for help, just possibly blow off your fingers instead)
- Large quantity of paintball equipment and supplies with very little
information about local paintball activities
need stronger paintball laws!)
- Using cash for large transactions or a credit card in someone else’s
about that "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"
thing, it's so pre-dictator)
Here is a complete list of the
FBI “Communities Against Terrorism” Suspicious Activity Reporting Flyers
on the PublicIntelligence.net website.
Posted February 15, 2012
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