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Bogus flier taped to trash cans worries neighbors


A bogus flier from the fictional "Office of Information Awareness" is being taped to trash cans in Tempe, and it has some neighbors worried.

"(The flier) says 'Sorry we missed you,' and it's from the Office of Total Information Awareness," said Carmen Febus, whose 88-year-old father first spotted the official-looking orange flier. 

"Then it said (the 'agent' who posted the flier) checked my waste for suspicious purposes," she continued.

Febus said she wanted to simply throw away the flier, but her father was worried.

"He basically told me 'You're going to jail,'" said Febus.

So Febus called Tempe police, who told her it was likely just a solicitation. CBS 5 News checked out the website listed on the flier. Posted on the website are instructions on how to download and mass produce the flier. The site says the flier can be used as an anti-government activist tool. Calls and emails to the website operator were not returned.

"I think it's a scare tactic, and I don't think that's appropriate because we have enough stress in our lives. We don't need more stress onto our lives," said Febus.

A spokesperson from the city of Tempe suggested residents that find the flier on their trash cans call the city at 480-350-4311. If you spot someone taping a flier on the trash can, which goes against city code, contact the non-emergency number for Tempe police at 480-350-8311.
(The Flier)

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Comment by Ernest Hancock
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Donna and I were visiting with friends in Florida this past week and knew we were going to miss all the fun :) 

I did get a call from the reporter which I returned and left a message but it might had been after the story ran. I didn't even know there was a story until a week later when I posted it here from an email that was sent to me by a friend with the link.

The message I left for the reporter was that the project was self explanatory and that all of the information on the flier was REAL. The claim that Total Information Awareness was "bogus" is untrue. That logo was created just after 9/11 by DARPA (I thought it was a spoof at the time too but got _concerned_ when I found out the all seeing eyed pyramid watching the planet was their view of how they saw the Earth's population,... I don't get mad :)

I'll bet that the reporter got a lesson from people commenting about his naivety.

He took a lot of 'effort' to find me but if he looked at the bottom of ANY FreedomsPhoenix page he'd see my home address (...'cause I want the good guys to know where I live too :)

I saw in the piece that he went to a house I lived in two years ago and then to my oldest (25 yrs old) son's house. My other son was visiting yesterday and told me that last weekend while we were gone his brother was visited by TV10 with cameras rolling. Q: Is Ernest Hancock here? A: No - Q: Do you know him? A: Yes - Q: Have you ever seen these fliers? A: Yes - Q: Have you been distributing these Tempe? A: Tempe?... No :) He's been exposed to news crews and their BS his whole life and knew not to get flustered and that we are not secretive about this stuff. But he knew they'd have to talk to me to get any real information and told them that we were out of state but that they could just call me, which is likely what I was trying to get them to do anyway. They left and didn't include any of his footage.

I asked my son why he didn't call me to let me know what happened and he said "you were on vacation" (good boy???.. I suggested that next time he at least text me with the guy's information)

It just demonstrates my family's attitude towards activism/media/government agents etc.

Previous versions of the flier always had at least two phone numbers to two separate newsrooms of TV/Radio/Print media for people to call for more information. By not including them and not sending them a packet of information including a copy of the flier, we got more attention, typical :)

Five minutes and a computer would have made it very clear what is going on but they are soooooo ‘Lame-Stream Media,... Media that is soooo Last Century’ that even if they understood our intent (which I’m certain that they did) they have no understanding of even how to tell the story or what the real issues are. This is why we started to eliminate the media contacts from the fliers and not communicate with them anymore what we are doing. The police have been contacted by us before about what we are doing and why and this method of communication is no secret (first use during the Super Bowl of 2008 )

The CBS TV5 news piece brought the attention needed to make sure that politicians and government agents know that we have other effective means of communicating with the population directly and at a very base emotional level that they can’t counter without proving our points. But I must be prepared for such an attack on free speech anyway… sooner or later? What they don’t know is that I personally didn’t distribute a single flier. They were passed out at gun rights events and distributed by dozens if not hundreds of people (the main message inside all of the information is that Gun Registration is coming via a database expansion etc.) and this was an effective tool in communicating that via an immediate emotional reaction that was accurate and enduring.

I responded to an email from the reporter that this is a continuing effort and that I would be happy to answer his questions on camera now that I am available. But without a government official on camera willing to say how they are going to kick my ass or something I doubt he’ll want to allow me to communicate to the people via their TV station the clear intent of our project.

The DVDs produced are another part of this project but that’s another part of the story. The day before the distribution of the fliers every member of the Az State Legislature and Phoenix City Council got a DVD we produced full of videos about gun rights that were produced by Aaron Zelman from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership before he passed away in 2010 So the politicians know what our rhetoric is and that the Internet and street activism can and DOES bypass the Olde’ Media (that no one I know watches anymore anyway).

Now you know the rest of the story.


Comment by Christopher Campbell
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The 1st house they go to looks vacant, and really, they know where Freedomsphoenix is based...  he was just to limp wristed to have a confrontation. Then a thinly veiled threat of having the people call the police like its going to stop anything.


I think i need more of em.

Im getting kinda low on the DVDs too.

Comment by Forty Four O Nine
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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Fictional?  10 seconds on Google.  

Visited two houses?  I guess they didn't want to go out to Glendale.  [Go to the 'download the flier' page they disturbed to discover in the "news report."  Scroll all the way to the bottom.  Investigative journalism rotflol.  Nice to know they knew where you lived.] 

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