Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 11 No. 4, Fall 2007
New York City Firefighters to Spy for Homeland Security
The Homeland Security Department is training New York firefighters to identify signs of terrorist activity in the privacy of the home when they are called there to fight a fire, with the intention to expand to other major metropolitan areas if the program is successful, according to an Associated Press article by Eileen Sullivan in the Albany Times Union on November 25. New York City firefighters, according to the article, were already being trained to recognize material and behavior that are labeled as signs of planning and support for terrorism, including a person who is hostile, uncooperative, or expressing hate or discontent with the United States; ammunition; firearms or weapons boxes; surveillance equipment; still and video cameras; night-vision goggles; maps; photos; blueprints; police manuals; training manuals; flight manuals; and little other than a bed or mattress.