Will Spies Keep You from Prepping?

At the time of this writing I read that the Department of Homeland Security wants citizens to spy on each other. Also the FBI is asking gun shops and military surplus stores to spy on customers who pay in cash and buy certain preps, such as MRE’s and night flashlights, whatever those are.

If you’re curious, view an article by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com here and one from Bob Unruh of WorldNetDaily here.

One of my readers asked me if I’m concerned about DestinySurvival being watched. Should other readers buy from merchants recommended here? Are those purchases being tracked?

I don’t want to scare anyone away, but this site may very well be monitored. That’s likely true of other prepper and survivalist sites, too. However, my aim here is simply to give you information about products and services useful for prepping and survival in an uncertain world.

I may share a few unusual ideas from time to time, but I’m not encouraging you to do anything illegal. Of course, if prepping is officially outlawed, then those of us who are prepping will be outlaws, won’t we?

I assured the reader who raised the question that most online tracking is done for marketing purposes. It’s done by businesses who want to target their marketing more specifically to their customers. Like it or not, most of us have long since accepted that as a normal part of life in the 21st century.

By the way, so you know, I don’t put cookies on your computer when you visit this site. I’m not capable of doing that. I have no way to know what you’ve purchased from any of my advertisers.

But how many of us don’t think twice about telling our life stories on Facebook and Twitter?

Back to spying by Uncle Sam and good citizens.

Unfortunately, it’s nothing new. Passage of the PATRIOT Act after 9/11/’01 stepped up the government’s surveillance powers. It was a gourmet meal for a ravenous monster.

But the intrusiveness continues to become more widespread and targeted. Methods are more diverse. I suppose technically the government could say they’re not doing the spying if neighbors and businessmen are just doing their duty as good citizens.

It seems ironic that FEMA encourages us all to be ready for disasters while DHS and the FBI are wary of preppers as some sort of “white Al Qaeda.”

When you buy that 72-hour kit, which no doubt includes a flashlight which works at night, are you put on a watch list? Could the annual National Preparedness Month in September be a suttle means of entrapment?

Or am I mixing apples and oranges? Is it OK to be ready for disasters, according to FEMA, DHS and the FBI, but not OK to be prepared for anything beyond that?

As I see it, we as preppers need to keep prepping. The world we live in now demands it of us. We must think survival. But, by all means, exercise discretion. Stay small. Stay under the radar.

How concerned are you about this latest push to spy on you and me? Do you find it alarming?

How much of this is nothing more than theater? Do you know anyone who’s taking citizen spying seriously? Are you?

Will Big Brother or the neighbor down the street keep you from prepping? Will it change how you prepare?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Will Spies Keep You from Prepping?”

    1. I can’t help but wonder how many business people will look the other way–accidentally on purpose.

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