America’s Empty Slogan: ‘See Something, Say Something’

IMG_9886In brief remarks to the nation yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama said that “we all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up.” In Washington, D.C., electronic signs urged commuters to be on guard. Law enforcement, big-city mayors and security experts all echoed that famous post-terrorism refrain: “If you see something, say something.”

But who really means it?

In post-9/11 America, the truth is that our politically correct guardians only want you to see, say or do something if it can’t be construed by grievance-mongers as racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, nativist or any other “-ist” or “-ic.”

Face it: We live in a self-defeating culture that pays lip service to heroic action in times of crisis, yet brutally punishes the very kind of snap judgments and instant security profiling that make such heroism possible in the first place.

Just take a look at some of the caustic reactions to citizens and watchdogs who stuck out their necks during and after the Boston Marathon bombings. A quick-thinking spectator at the race reportedly tackled a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student visa holder he believed was acting suspiciously. The student is not considered a suspect at this point, but remains a “person of interest” in the case. The student’s home was searched Monday night in Revere, Mass., by a phalanx of law enforcement agencies.

Time magazine correspondent Michael Crowley clucked: “It’ll be a real shame if a Saudi guy was tackled and held simply for running in fright — and for being an Arab.” Music producer Sledgren took to Twitter to bemoan “prejudice America.” Indian television anchor Gargi Rawat called the civilian’s actions “sad.” Gawker editor Max Read declared: “(T)his poor Saudi kid should sue the guy who tackled him.”

For what? For taking all those “See Something, Say Something” ads seriously? Hang him!

If the Saudi student tries to sue, we already know who will provide legal aid and comfort. In 2007, when passengers reported concerns about a group of rowdy flying imams, the Council on American-Islamic Relations threatened to sue the unnamed “John Does” who went to authorities. Thankfully, Congress passed legislation protecting whistleblowers.

As GOP Rep. Bill Shuster said at the time: “No American should ever be sued because they tried to stop a terrorist act. No American should be forced to second-guess a decision to alert authorities that could save the lives of others.”

Nobody knows what’s going on behind closed doors as the current bombing investigation continues, yet media scribes, foreign journalists and social media sideliners are convinced: The tackler is racist.

Anyone who mentions the nationality of the tackled student is racist. Forget terrorism. RAAAAAAACISM is the real homeland security threat to our nation.

The same unserious response greeted anyone who breathed public mention of the fact that the Boston Police Department issued a BOLO alert Monday afternoon for a suspicious individual. Investigators warned police officers to be on the lookout for a “darker-skinned or black male” with a “possible foreign accent.”

Incredibly, BPD got blasted for issuing an alert that was both too broad and too specific. “That’s all of Boston,” one critic carped. Others protested disclosure of any descriptive details. A common retort: “Why?”

Why? Well, if we’re all serious about bringing the killers and their conspirators to justice, it kinda helps to know what they might look like. Just saying.

The Shut Up Brigade struck again after a U.S. Airways plane at Boston’s Logan Airport was evacuated Tuesday because of suspicions about two passengers seated apart and speaking Arabic. “Racist paranoia,” blogger Shymala Dason decried. “Ugh,” wrote Newsweek social media editor Brian Ries. “This is ridiculous,” fumed Arabic language educator Jinanne Tabra.

Ridiculous? Tell that to shell-shocked marathon runners and their families traveling home after the Boston terror bombing. They were the ones on the plane, at the very airport where Arabic-speaking 9/11 jihadists hijacked two flights and brought down the Twin Towers. I won’t second-guess any of them or the bystanders who tackled the Saudi student — because I have not forgotten.

I still haven’t forgotten the passengers and crewmembers who tackled al-Qaida shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

I still haven’t forgotten Brian Morgenstern, the teenage Circuit City worker who contacted authorities in 2007 when suspicious Middle Easterners brought in tapes of themselves shooting off guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The men were convicted of plotting to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix.

I still haven’t forgotten the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a flight attendant that several Arab men sitting in the first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.

Hindsight hypocrites will only give you immunity from public excoriation if you can guarantee in advance that your fears or suspicions are 100 percent right. And no one can.

To hell with the “See Something, Do Nothing” cowards who sit on the sidelines wielding their “racism” and “Islamophobia” cards in the aftermath of every terrorist attack. I would rather be damned if I do than dead if I don’t.

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  • truebearing

    I see lots of things, and I say something… I'm undoubtedly on at least one "enemies of the people" list. I guess I'm not saying the right…er, Left things.

    Political Correctness is the Left's version of dhimmitude. It keeps people afraid of saying the wrong thing. it keeps them off balance and worried they are FEELING the wrong thing. It makes many people eager to follow the instructions of their government, but it does nothing to enhance one's survival instincts. Once again, the Left is a victim of self-inflicted irony. They created a society filled with cowardly, uneducated lemmings, but want them to selectively exhibit intelligence and courage…but only when told to. Yet another reason that the revolution never achieves its delusional utopia.

    Welcome to Obama's Grave New World.

    • Spider

      I agree with you on this truebering I am also on the "enemies list" because I take the time to educate myself so I don''t become one of those "lemmings" you talk about. I just wish more people would wake up to seige that is happening in this country. We are being conned and manipulated into giving up our wealth, prosperity. national borders, competitiveness, bill of rights and liberty more and more each passing day. If we say anything about it we are just vilified as racists or xenophobes or something else.

      • truebearing

        Anyone criticizing Obama on this site is on their lists. There is great and coordinated evil in Obama's government.

        Being called a racist has ceased to mean anything. In fact, when the Left levels accusations they are almost always projecting what is true about them.

        The Left doesn't attack us for really being racist. They attack us for not agreeing with them and letting them have totalitarian power.

    • spark

      If you think Bryan`s story is impossible…, last pay check my cousins friend who's a single mom basically earnt $5101 just sitting there fifteen hours a week at home and their buddy's mom`s neighbour was doing this for three months and brought home over $5101 part time on there mac. use the guidelines from this site…

  • AdinaK

    Yes, vacuous rhetoric is always part of the PC mantra, never mind that those who really do say something are tarred as "Islamophobes" , and some are actually targeted for their efforts! In this regard, and with Boston as Exhibit Number One, I implore Americans to become deaf, dumb and blind to their inanities, but do learn some life-saving lessons –

    Have been in the forefront of this issue for over a decade, and understand full well what works and what doesn't.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Bamaguje

    It will take another 9/11 to get politically correct America to her senses about Islamist terror.
    Frankly I'm impressed that Obama admitted the Boston attack was terrorism. Ordinarily he would classify it as "sports place violence" as in Major Nidal's "work place violence."

  • Looking4Sanity

    Isn't it funny how the Leftists are constantly bashing conservatives for their "backwards morality" while simultaneously relying on that same morality to save their own pathetic lives?

    • Mike Elmore

      Yea, and then making Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk freedom fighters. This bull sh-t is beyond common sense…elmore

  • JasonPappas

    Interesting to note that after Newtown massacre, leftists want greater scrutiny of all gun owners and buyers even thought they are innocent of any wrong doing. Sellers must “profile” buyers by law (if the law is passed).

    At the same time, citizen judgment used to “profile” suspicious terrorist activity is denounced by those same leftists. No law is being suggested to single out those with a questionable background. Common sense suggests a careful eye should be cast upon those with sympathies to jihadi causes.

    • scum

      The law wasn't passed because the gun lobby wants anyone and everyone to be able to buy a gun. Gun ownership has dramatically increased in the last year, yet the shootings continue. In Texas, judges are even shooting judges. Wow.

      • Spider

        The shootings will continue with or without the law – just like Chicago that has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Even if guns are somehow banned they will flow over the Mexican border just like all the drugs poisining our kids and go to only the criminals. You and I will be defenseless just like citezens in Mexico are from the cartels.

  • scum

    That's not true. Almost EVERY news outlet mentioned the ethnicity of the man who was tackled. We heard incessantly that there was a "Saudi" who was a person of interest.

  • cxt

    Excellent, if more than a little troubling read.

  • maybeushouldtravel

    I guess you hate-peddlers at Frontpagemag, and Malkin can now claim this as a victory –

  • vladtepes2

    I see an Islamo-Communist in the White House.
    There, I said something.

  • geral

    The police and fbi sometimes cause or create violent crimes, feed on same and profit from their unlawful (criminal) provocations.

    See my documentations of failed covert efforts to provoke and arrest me by military intel, fbi, UT police and their operatives at 19.a,b,c of “My Story”. See latest installment of fraudulent police BOLO ( Be On look Out)against me near bottom of page here:

    The Age Of Madness: