Friday, October 30, 2009

FBI now wants Tattoo Artists to snitch on customers

"In Philadelphia, the FBI has instructed tattoo shops to rat out their customers if they demand privacy, insist on paying with cash, engage in “suspicious behavior,” make “anti-US” comments, or request tattoos that are “extremist symbols.”"

"According to the MIAC report, the Gadsden flag is a “militia symbol.”"

Good luck with that, FBI agents...Tattoo artists usually aren't the type to comply with Big Brother. Tattoo artists are very diverse but tend to lead an alternative lifestyle in comparison to your Average Joe Public. 'Snitching' and being an informant for 'Big Brother' is definitely frowned upon in most crowds that value self expression, artistic integrity, and freedom of expression. I think the above FBI flier is a violation of the American right to privacy as expressed in the Fourth Amendment.

Fourth Amendment of the Constitution:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Gadsden Flag Origin/History:
"The use of the timber rattlesnake as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, and Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England."

"In fall 1775, the United States Navy was established to intercept incoming British ships carrying war supplies to the British troops in the colonies. To aid in this, the Second Continental Congress authorized the mustering of five companies of Marines to accompany the Navy on their first mission. The first Marines that enlisted were from Philadelphia and they carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto "Don't Tread On Me." This is the first recorded mention of the future Gadsden flag's symbolism."

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