A couple weeks ago this came across my desk however it finally made it far enough for some ice cream to flow.
Fans attending this year’s March Madness games will be greeted by a video of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and NCAA President Mark Emmert encouraging them to “say something” if they see suspicious activities.
Everyone’s gauge for suspicious is different. Many will call in when they should actually be minding their own business. There are people who call in about an AK-47 when it’s obviously not. This is nothing more than further pushes to desensitize people and make them more willing to report on their neighbor.
While something bad could happen how is reporting every “suspicious” activity going to help. How do you separate the large volume of unnecessary noise from the actual incidents? This is a basic problem of security in general, large amounts of false data result in you decreasing your sensitivity.
Overall this whole scheme is doing two things:
- Make the sheep feel more comfortable by the use of a security theater.
- Make people more comfortable and amiable to the idea of calling in their neighbor.
My response is this: Go to hell.