The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of
five federal offices working directly for the president even though they
were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information
Act. Property of the People,
a Washington-based transparency group, successfully sued the
administration to release the data and provided the documents to
The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new
steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of
applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last
Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software
providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential
threats posed by visa holders in the United States and conduct ongoing
social media surveillance of those deemed high risk.
The comments provide the first clear blueprint for ICE’s proposed
augmentation of its visa-vetting program. The initial announcement of
the plans this summer, viewed as part of President Donald Trump’s calls
for the “extreme vetting” of visitors from Muslim countries, stoked a
public outcry from immigrants and civil liberties advocates. They argued
that such a plan would discriminate against Muslim visitors and
potentially place a huge number of individuals under watch.
ICE officials subsequently changed the program’s name to “Visa
Lifecycle Vetting.” But, according to the ICE presentation, the goal of
the initiative — enhanced monitoring of visa holders using social media —
remains the same.
Speaking to a room of information-technology contractors, hosted by the Government Technology & Services Coalition,
Louis Rodi, deputy assistant director of ICE Homeland Security
Investigations’ National Security Program, said the agency needs a tool
equipped with “risk-based matrices” to predict dangers posed by visa
holders, with the social media of those considered a threat under
continuous surveillance throughout their stay in the U.S.
“We have millions and millions and millions of people coming every
year, and subsequently departing, so we have to be smart about it,” said
Rodi to a room of representatives from companies like Microsoft,
Accenture, Deloitte and Motorola Solutions. “And I’m sure there are
tools out there that can help.”
After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.
by Julia Angwin, Ariana Tobin and Madeleine Varner
In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit.
But our tests showed a significant lapse in the company’s monitoring of the rental market.
All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement “with respect to
the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference,
limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens
of thousands of dollars in fines.
Every single ad was approved within minutes.
The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by
Facebook sought to exclude potential renters “interested in Islam, Sunni
Islam and Shia Islam.” It was approved after 22 minutes.
The GOP Senate candidate was always divisive. Now he’s grown toxic.
By Patricia Murphy
ANNISTON, Alabama—B.L. Shirley is a Republican woman from a Republican county who always—always—votes
Republican. And yet, on a windy, grey morning last weekend, the
Talladega, Alabama, retiree found herself in, of all places, a
Democrat’s campaign office, wondering just what she could do to defeat
the GOP candidate running for a seat in the U.S. Senate from her state.
Moore,” she said, when asked why she would go canvassing for Democrat
Doug Jones before the special election on Dec. 12. “I think Roy Moore is
an impostor. I am a Christian and I don’t want to be counted in his
camp. He’s a divisive person.”
If Jones is to pull off a victory,
it will be because women like Shirley knocked on doors, called
neighbors, and worked to convince otherwise skeptical voters that his
opponent is fundamentally unfit for the office he’s seeking. A few weeks
ago, that seemed like a tall order. As the election nears, it no longer
appears quite so improbable.
Allegations that Moore routinely
pursued teenage girls and in some cases assaulted them when he was a
single man in his thirties have caused Republican voters in Alabama to
reassess their options. Some have decided to rally around the nominee.
But others have recoiled, leaving Moore in real risk of losing his
attempt to take over the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Just before bedtime on Monday night, Reginald
Lysias sat his 6-year-old daughter down and told her something he knew
would break her heart.
"I told her we have to
go to Haiti," Lysias recalled. "She asked me, 'Why?' I told her that
President Donald Trump doesn't want us to stay in the U.S."
The girl cried all night.
a 40-year-old pastor at a Baptist church in Northern California, is one
of as many as 60,000 Haitians living and working in the U.S. on a
temporary residency program created after a catastrophic earthquake
rocked the Caribbean nation in 2010. The Trump administration has
announced that it plans to end "temporary protected status," or TPS, for those Haitians on July 22, 2019.
Four weeks after his funeral, more remains of
slain U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson have been identified, the Pentagon
The remains were retrieved from the spot near
the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, where Johnson and three other
American soldiers were ambushed and killed on Oct. 4 by ISIS-linked
They were found during a Nov. 12 inspection of the site by a joint
task force force of FBI and military investigators and later identified
via DNA testing, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said in a
“We can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical
Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt.
Johnson,” she said.
A statewide holiday
drive has been launched to benefit families in need across New York.
Donations of new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies are being
sought to assist community-based organizations during the holiday giving
Yorkers are tough, but they are also kind and willing to step up to
help those in need," Governor Cuomo said. "This holiday season I
encourage all New Yorkers to continue this great tradition and share
some of the joy of this season with the less fortunate among us." The
Office of General Services has set up drop-off locations across the
state for businesses and individuals to bring the new unwrapped toys,
coats and school supplies, which will be distributed to families in
underserved communities throughout New York. The drop-off locations will
be collecting donations from Monday, November 27 through Friday,
December 15. The drop-off locations are as follows: Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany New York State Capitol, Washington Avenue, Albany Empire State Plaza Main Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany Agency Buildings 1,2,3,4 - Empire State Plaza, Albany Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza, Albany Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice Empire State Plaza, Albany Swan Street Building, Core 2 and Core 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany Harriman Campus Buildings 5, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 12 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany Ten Eyck Building, 40 North Pearl St., Albany 50 Wolf Road, Albany 625 Broadway, Albany Hampton Plaza, 38-40 State St., Albany 44 Holland Ave., Albany 328 State St., Schenectady Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica Eleanor Roosevelt State Office Building, 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie Henderson-Smith State Office Building, 107 Broadway, Hornell Binghamton State Office Building, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton NYS State Police, 1155 Scottsville Rd. Rochester Homer Folks Facility, 28 Hill Street Oneonta Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St., Buffalo Perry B. Duryea State Office Building, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., New York City Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo
today urged New Yorkers to take steps to protect their personal and
financial information during the upcoming holiday shopping season. While
popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for
their bargains, criminals often use these days to scam unwary consumers.
New Yorkers should stay vigilant when shopping this year and make sure
they are aware of the steps they need to take to avoid becoming a victim
of these crimes. "With
more and more New Yorkers turning to online deals this holiday season,
cyber criminals are looking for ways to take advantage of unsuspecting
shoppers using increasingly sophisticated tactics," Governor Cuomo said.
"I encourage all New Yorkers to exercise diligence to protect
themselves when shopping throughout the holidays and beyond." In
2016, there were 20,205 identity theft complaints reported by consumers
in New York State. According to the FBI's 2016 Internet Crime Report,
New Yorkers claimed a total loss of over $106 million resulting from
cyber-related crimes. To maximize the chances of securing great online
deals, while minimizing online shopping risks, consumers should engage
in safe online behavior. This holiday season, and all year long, keep
the following tips in mind when purchasing online. Black Friday shopping tips: Take
Note of the Purchase and Use Rules Related to Gift Cards -- Consumers
should carefully review the terms and conditions of use prior to
purchasing a gift certificate or card, including the imposition of
various fees, especially 'dormancy fees' for non-use. Consumers should
also check the card's expiration date and determine if there are any
restrictions on the use of the gift card. They should be aware of the
replacement policy in case it is lost or stolen. Be
Careful Purchasing Big Ticket Items -- When purchasing big ticket
items, consumers should look for warranty coverage on the item; check
out stock availability; and, evaluate financing options carefully. As
consumers comb retail advertisements, they should take note of the fine
print and the quantity of the product available at the advertised price,
as well as whether rain checks are available. Understand
Layaway Plans -- Layaway plans vary by store. Consumers should make
sure they read all of the terms in the contract and have their questions
answered regarding the payment schedules, refund policies and penalties
for missing a payment before moving forward with a layaway. A copy of
the contract and a record of payments should be retained by the
the Retailers Refund and Return Policy -- Consumers should review a
store's refund policy before considering a purchase. If the store does
not post a return policy, the law requires the store to accept a
receipted return within 30 days of purchase. It is important to inquire
whether the store imposes a re-stocking fee for returned merchandise and
determine prior to purchase if the item can be returned for a refund or
store credit only. Avoid
Credit Card Debt -- If not careful, holiday purchases may cost
consumers more than what is on their receipt. Consumers are urged to
avoid credit card debt by tracking their spending, being cognizant of
credit card limits, stick to a realistic budget and verify receipts and
reconcile them against their statement. In addition, consumers should
refrain from using their credit card for cash advances. The fees and
interest on such transactions are higher than for credit card
purchases. Always review your monthly credit card statements carefully
to ensure that you are being billed for the correct dollar amount. Cyber Monday Online Shopping Tips: Do
your Research. Shop with merchants and websites you know and trust.
Check out the seller's reputation at the Better Business Bureau to see
if there are any reviews that mention potential scams or problems.
what personal information is being requested and how it will be used,
and if it will be shared or sold to others. Protect
your Computer. Keep your operating system and application software
updated on all computers and mobile devices. Be sure to check that your
anti-virus/anti-spyware software is running and receiving automatic
updates. Confirm that your firewall is enabled. Be
Wary of Ads. Avoid clicking on banner ads or pop-ups since they may
link to a malicious website. If you see an advertisement from a
reputable brand for a deal or promotion that you are interested in, go
to the company's website directly for more information. Shop
Safely. Before making an online purchase, make sure the website uses
secure technology. Verify the web address begins with "HTTPS". The "s"
stands for "secure" and indicates that communication with the webpage
is encrypted. Do not use public computers or public Wi-Fi for your
online shopping. Public computers may be compromised with malicious
software that steals your credit card information when placing an online
order. Traffic on public wireless networks may also be intercepted by
criminals to steal credit card numbers and other personal information. Keep
Documentation of your Order. Save records of your online transactions,
including the product description and price, the online receipt, and
the emails you send and receive from the merchant. Review your credit
card statements to confirm that all charges are legitimate. If you have
unauthorized charges on your account, contact your credit card company
York State Chief Information Officer Robert H. Samson said, "The
convenience and ease of online shopping continues to draw in more
consumers each holiday season. As online shopping grows, so too does the
risk of theft, fraud and abuse by cyber criminals. There are many steps
New Yorkers can take to protect themselves this holiday season, and I
encourage everyone to be cautious when shopping online to safeguard
their financial information." New
York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "We all enjoy the thrill
of nabbing a good online bargain, and Cyber Monday is an ideal time to
find such deals. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the high
season of identity thieves and scammers. Thus, I encourage New Yorkers
to protect their hard-earned dollars and follow the online shopping
safety tips offered by the Department of State's Division of Consumer
Protection." Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded
bargain hunters and retailers that clothing and footwear items sold for
less than $110 are exempt from New York State’s 4% sales tax. Several
counties and New York City exempt these items from local sales tax as
In all, the New York State and available local exemptions provide
consumers with more than $300 million in tax savings—and more than $1
“We don’t reserve our sales tax holidays for certain dates on the
calendar,” said NYS Tax Department Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion.
“It’s the gift that keeps on giving: every day is a sales tax holiday in
New York State on qualifying clothing and footwear purchases, providing
consumers more purchasing power during the holiday season and
throughout the year.”
Shoppers statewide who make qualifying purchases don’t have to pay the 4% state sales tax.
In addition, Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene,
Hamilton, Tioga, and Wayne counties, as well as New York City, exempt
clothing and footwear purchases under $110 from their local sales taxes.
This means an exemption for shoppers of nearly 9% in New York City
and 8% in the eight participating counties. Even in counties that don’t
offer the exemption, qualifying purchases will still be exempt from the
4% state sales tax, though the local sales tax (ranging from 3% to 4
7/8%) will be in effect.
The state exemption alone translates into about $900 million of
savings annually. The combined amount from the state and local sales tax
exemptions is more than $1 billion annually.
Serious savings for shoppers
For example, a mother in Brooklyn, shopping for her child in New York
City, purchases a pair of sneakers for $100, two shirts at $40 each,
and two pairs of $55 pants for a total cost of $290. She would have paid
$25 in sales tax without the exemption.
Likewise, an uncle in Wayne County, shopping for his niece in Lyons,
purchases three shirts at $20 each and a pair of $40 pants for a total
of $100. The combined state and local sales tax exemptions on his
purchase are $8.
Source: New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
NY—In this season of thanks, a group of community, state and national
organizations sent an open letter to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck
Schumer today thanking him
for putting the health and safety of our communities ahead of the White
House’s pro-polluter policies. The “thank you” letter commended Senator
Schumer for joining citizens, community leaders, and environmental
leaders at an event in Lower Manhattan last month
to firmly declare that he and his colleagues would fight to prevent any
cuts to EPA’s budget.
letter opened with a rebuke of the anti-people, anti-environment agenda
that is pervasive in Washington, D.C. “With the Trump Administration
and their allies in Congress working
to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and rollback key
environmental protections and safeguards that prevent people from
getting sick and dying, it is gratifying to know that there are leaders
in Washington standing up to prevent such recklessness.”
of the signatories to the letter, Peter M. Iwanowicz, executive
director of Environmental Advocates of New York, said: “The Trump
administration’s efforts to gut EPA will
undergo a reckoning, and it begins with lawmakers and citizens saying,
‘enough is enough.’ Senator Schumer’s battle cry is a rallying point for
us all to Save the EPA. We won’t stop until the agency that protects us
all is spared the recklessness of those
that put polluter-friendly policies ahead of public health. We thank
Senator Schumer for leading the fight in D.C. and urge all New York
representatives to take the same stand.”
signatory to the letter, Eric Weltman, a Brooklyn-based organizer with
Food & Water Watch, said: “Along with Senator Schumer, we’re drawing
a line in the sand in opposition
to any cuts to the EPA budget. The EPA is on the front lines of
protecting our children from lead poisoning, asthma, and other health
problems. The EPA’s mission is to protect the water we drink, the air we
breathe, and the climate we rely upon, and it needs
more funding, not less.”
the life and death consequences that communities face if the EPA is
cut, the letter made it a point to thank Senator Schumer for
recommitting to beat back the damaging
proposals put forward by President Trump and the House leadership.
Text of the full letter can be accessed on-line here.
The Office of General Services Commissioner today announced that the following six businesses have recently been certified by the Office of General Services’ (OGS) Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD):
Spa City Brew Bus LLC, located in Ballston Spa, NY, provides charter and tour services.
Stratus Consulting Group Inc., located in Fayetteville, NY, is a consulting group focusing in professional staffing.
Pana-Breez Mechanical LLC, located in Hopewell Junction, NY, specializes in HVAC services.
Amalfi Enterprises Inc., located in Smithtown, NY, is a construction business specializing residential rehabilitation.
Atlantic First Industries Corporation, located in New Hyde Park, NY, is a heavy equipment dealer which also provides construction and recycling services.
Sarandrea Associates Group, located in Brooklyn, NY, provides environmental waste treatment and removal.
The Division was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in May, 2014 with enactment of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. As of November 21, 2017, a total of 400 businesses have been certified.
The Act promotes and encourages participation of SDVOBs in NYS public procurements of public works, commodities, services and technology to foster and advance economic development in the State.
More information on the program and the certification process can be found here.
New York, NY - In the
wake of reports of discrimination at union IBEW Local 3 in New York,
Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green, President of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities (MPAC), an
organization of over 350 clergy members from across the state, sent a
letter to the president of Local 3 requesting a meeting and more
transparency about the claims.
A news report on the allegations was published in New York's Amsterdam News.
Here is the letter that was submitted.
November 21, 2017
John E. Marchell
158-11 Harry Van Arsdale, Ave
Flushing, New York 11365
Dear. Mr. Marchell:
We are writing today to express our deep concern
about reports of racism and discrimination towards black members of IBEW
Local 3. As a large and broad New York coalition of multidenominational
faith leaders, we believe everyone, regardless
of race, deserves a fair shot at success in New York City.
For some time we have been hearing that there is a
disparity with the treatment of workers of color in IBEW Local 3 and
according to the first-hand accounts reported in the
New York Amsterdam News, black union members face a distinct
disadvantage. The article explains that while black members are the
second largest ethnicity after white members, fewer black union members
are hired for supervisory roles and they are subject
to a disproportionately large share of layoffs.
This disparity in treatment of black union members
points to systematic issues within IBEW Local 3. The impact of this
discrimination is far reaching for union members of color and their
families. With fewer opportunities for advancement
and increased likelihood of losing their job, people of color who are
members of IBWE Local 3 face the brunt of the impact of economic
downturns. This reverberates throughout our communities and perpetuates
decades of racial injustice. It is a cycle that IBEW
is either actively encouraging or willingly allowing to happen.
As interfaith clergy leaders of the New York
Community, we urge IBEW Local 3 leadership to immediately halt these
discriminatory practices and conduct a throughout review. Furthermore,
we would like to request a meeting to openly discuss
Specifically, IBEW Local 3 must come clean about what’s going in the union.
·How widespread is this discrimination?
·Who is responsible for allowing this culture of racism to permeate the union?
·What actions are being taken to hold responsible parties accountable?
·What is the union doing to eliminate the
disparities in opportunity afforded to black members and encourage the
equal advancement of all members?
·Has there been a "third party review" of your workforce development practices?
Across the state, our ministries practice and
preach tolerance and acceptance as we work daily to raise up our
communities. We strongly oppose discrimination and racial injustices
that continue to plague our society. As the leaders of IBEW
Local 3, you are responsible for creating a culture of inclusion and
provide all of your members an equal opportunity to succeed in the
workforce and fulfill the American dream.
We look forward to your prompt response.
Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green
President, Mobilizing Preachers and Communities (MPAC)
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the President signed into law:
H.R. 194, the "Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017," which
requires the General Services Administration to provide guidance and
assistance to Federal agencies to ensure effective processing of the
1545, the "VA Prescription Data Accountability Act of 2017," which
require the Department of Veterans Affairs to disclose information about
covered individuals to
State controlled substance monitoring programs to help to prevent
misuse and diversion of prescription medications;
H.R. 1679, the "FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017," whichrequires
the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that the ongoing
modernization of grant systems for the administration of disaster
assistance include specified features to improve
applicant accessibility and transparency;
3243, the "FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017," which extends and makes
permanent several provisions of the Federal Information Technology
Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA);
H.R. 3949, the "Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform
(VALOR) Act of 2017," which provides for the designation of State
approving agencies for multi-state apprenticeship programs for purposes
of the educational assistance
programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
President Trump today spoke with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for more than one hour. The presidents affirmed their support for the Joint Statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, issued at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on November 11. Both presidents also stressed the importance of implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, and supporting the U.N.-led Geneva Process to peacefully resolve the Syrian civil war, end the humanitarian crisis, allow displaced Syrians to return home, and ensure the stability of a unified Syria free of malign intervention and terrorist safe havens.
The two presidents affirmed the importance of fighting terrorism together throughout the Middle East and Central Asia and agreed to explore ways to further cooperate in the fight against ISIS, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist organization.
President Trump and President Putin also discussed how to implement a lasting peace in Ukraine, and the need to continue international pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapon and missile programs.
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Counter Terrorism completed more than 900 "Operation Safeguard" counter terrorism exercises in 2017 at businesses and organizations across the state to test their suspicious activity reporting programs and counter terrorism plans. This represents a 31 percent increase in the number of locations tested in 2016.
"Protecting New Yorkers is our top priority, and these critical counter terrorism exercises help to prepare the public for dangerous situations that threaten public safety across this state," Governor Cuomo said. "Now more than ever, I urge New Yorkers to report any suspicious activity that they see to law enforcement. If you see something, say something.
In response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Governor Cuomo directed the state's Office of Counterterrorism During his 2016 State of the State to increase the number of these exercises to better assess the ability of businesses throughout the state to recognize suspicious behavior and subsequently report it.
This year, more than 900 locations, including exercises at over 100 truck rental locations and five upstate airports, were assessed by nearly 100 law enforcement agencies and 350 personnel. Other locations included hardware stores, gun stores, large retailers, businesses that sell chemicals or components used in the construction of improvised explosive devices, hospitals, colleges and universities, transportation infrastructure, mass gathering sites and other locations that could be targeted by terrorists.
At each location, law enforcement personnel tested security protocols by engaging in "suspicious activity" such as searching for various chemicals and components used in improvised explosive devices, to determine if a business detected the nefarious activity and reported it. After each visit, homeland security, federal, state and local partners discussed the encounters with each location to point out successful actions and areas of improvement. In most instances, the activity was reported promptly and accurately, and when activity was not reported, follow up education by team members was well received and establishments visited said suspicious activity would likely be reported to law enforcement in the future.
Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said, "We all have a role in reporting suspicious behavior and we all should take the time to notice unusual patterns and actions that don't fit in to our daily routines. While this is important 365 days of the year, this is especially important during the holidays when our guard is down and we are all preoccupied with the season's preparations. Be alert. Trust your instincts, if you see something, don't be afraid to say something. Don't be afraid to make the call."
State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Law enforcement and first responders train and work together each day to prevent tragedies in our communities. We also look to the public to help us and do their part in the fight against terrorist attacks. We ask everyone to be aware, be alert, stay vigilant and report anything out of the ordinary. If you see something, say something. Information you share could save lives."
Special Agent in Charge Vadim D. Thomas, Federal Bureau of Investigation in Albany, said, "Experience has taught us that law enforcement and our communities must work together to identify actions that may involve terrorist related activity. We have seen numerous instances where information from the public leads to the identification of individuals and disruption of criminal activity. The more we can educate the public and test protocols, the safer our communities will be. I encourage the public to remain vigilant and advise law enforcement of any suspicious activity."
Anyone can report suspicious activity to the New York State Terrorism Tips Line by calling 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-723-3697), or as a photo or written note via the SeeSend mobile app. Visit Safeguard New York to learn more about how to spot suspicious activity, as well as the state's "See Something, Say Something" campaign. One phone call from an alert citizen or employee of a business who witnesses suspicious activity could alert law enforcement to a terrorist plot in the making.