TLO stands for “Terrorism Liaison Officers”. These are people such as firefighters, utility workers, and paramedics who are trained to look for “suspicious activity” and then input their data into a secret government database.

“Suspicious activity” is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code, according to a draft
Department of Justice/Major Cities Chiefs Association document.

I know someone who likes to take photos of old barns-some folks would say that has no aesthetic value. Taking notes and measurements so you don’t forget what you saw and heard on vacation is now suspicious too. Who defines what an extremist belief is?

And it gets worse:

In Colorado, TLOs report not only illegal but legal activity, such as bulk purchases along Colorado’s Front Range of up to 150 disposable cellphones.”

Are all bulk purchases suspect? Probably, plus you have no way of knowing if you were reported and for what activity. And it’s a good way for someone who has a grudge against someone else to get back at them. How many tips does it take before you get a knock or worse on your door?

This comment takes the cake:

“We don’t snoop into private citizens’ lives. We aren’t living in a communist state.”

We’re not?

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