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It’s been awhile since I wrote in this blog. It’s appeared to me that some Americans have become concerned about foreign Muslim terror cells coming into this country and killing, and slaughtering innocent lives. What’s been more present is the fear factor among some people who has created this hysteria. Even though among the 14 people killed in the recent San Bernardino killings, two of them were black, it has certainly been more fear mongering from the conservative pool which a majority of those voters are white.

I watched a recent short documentary on the KKK, which seems to be rekindling their old flames of hatred, bigotry, violence, ignorance and yes terrorism. It seems idiosyncratic that pundits on tv and newspapers jump to the word terror the second they get a whiff of a Muslim sounding or influenced name. On the other side of the coin, Dylan Roof the man who executed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church didn’t get that same label. It seems the characterization of that name was just out of reach for America to grasp, not to African-Americans whom never forgot about these types of attacks. In the weeks following the shooting in Charleston there were 6 arson fires in the St Louis area. Most of them were set on black churches. For me, how I see it African-Americans have been living with domestic terrorism far as long as the first slave ships entered into “Turtle Island“(taken from the Aboriginal Creation story).

The issue is it’s not just a few church burnings that keeps black people in fear and delirium. It’s the domestic terrorist groups like the KKK and the White Knights that have woven their hatred in secrecy into different factions of society. One thing that should become unquestionable is the fact since blacks and other minority groups are fighting a war against hate mongers, is that two offensive fronts have been put in place. The ones we see everyday are what I would call your classic bigot in the spotlight. This includes, the likes of Bill O’ Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others who spew hatred the myth that the “White Man” is losing the country to N#$%% and Sp&^%, Jews and of course the Sand N%$%^.

These guys on the front lines of their views represent a portion of the country that feels affirmative action, welfare and other government programs are only out to help minority groups, even when the numbers prove they themselves are the top beneficiaries. More importantly than that are the racists and domestic terrorists that are hidden in the shadows and remain elusive. These men and women are more dangerous than any pundit, because just like the War on Terror, you don’t know who to look for and distinguish the rest from who are the real enemy.

One such case came to light back in 2006 when the FBI released a seven page document that revealed White Supremacist groups have actively pursued positions in law enforcement. Now, this may be new information to the mass public, but if you say this to anyone in a local black barbershop, you won’t even get a side look. This information has been long suspected among blacks, but my concern lies in what other pockets of government and public service could a potential White Supremacist be lurking. Could it be a congressman/woman, a judge, a doctor who you rely on on the operating table. The scary truth is as long as we don’t know anyone could be an agent. Like Neo from the Matrix fighting the agents, we just don’t know until they reveal their true selves.

One potential ally took a bold stance a month ago and released the names of possible affiliated KKK members. Anonymous who stated, “We are trying to change our world…”, even if this list is bogus, it does present evidence a chaotic coadjuvant relationship in positions of power that seems to create the balancing act circus that minorities have become uncomfortably accustomed to. The saying the pen is mightier than the sword speaks to the policies that were put into place that laid a foundation for the discriminatory practices such as Redlining, Sharecropping, Jim Crow among others. Black unemployment is at epidemic levels, black business ownership is way below any other race and house ownership is down as well. While walking into a massacre is probably the scariest scene one could ever encounter, we can’t undermine the back door meetings and operations that continually to plague communities that are underserved, set aside and forgotten about.


Have you ever wanted to know if someone was lying to you,but couldn’t prove it? Have you ever wanted to learn what profilers know to profile somebody? One of my favorites shows on tv to watch is Criminal Minds. It’s not because they can people that are insane, or because their put into demigod like status they way they use their intelligence, bravery and strength together. It’s because know the art of profiling a suspect from tiny clues they obtain. I they know the “unsub” likes fishing they might say the “unsub” is a calm patient killer who enjoys the hunt more that the actual kill.

If you wanted to know how cops, spies and psychologist know someone is lying pay attention. They look for physical clues such as body language: sweating, fidgeting. Look for particulars in a story, if a person is lying they usually lack detail. “Liars are noticeably less cooperative than truth-tellers,” found psychologists Bella M. DePaulo and Wendy L. Morris in a review of studies on deception. “Liars also make more negative statements and complaints than truth-tellers do, and they appear somewhat less friendly and pleasant,” they write in The Detection of Deception in Forensic Contexts.

According to former CIA agent Moran and NYPD officer Parker a subject’s failure to make eye contact is often a sign of deceit. Dilated pupils and a rise in vocal pitch were common more in liars than people telling the truth according to psychologists Depaulo and Morris. Listen for a pause in a story if a person has to take a second or two, that means they are usually gathering their thoughts and need time.  Ask  person a second or even a third time for them to tell you their story.  Look for inconsistencies in the story, but be aware they may still be able to keep the details of the lie in their heads. “Smart people maintain the consistency of lies better than dumb people,” says psychologist Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts.

Suspect someone who is making you think they are being honest too much. Most people assume they will be trusted most of the time. If someone constantly uses a phrase like “to be honest”  may more likely be lying. Know thyself is the lst measurement. Don’t look for what you want to hear, listen to the story as accurately as possible and take out of the equation that you may want them to be telling the truth and just listen.

In the book “Dangerous Instincts: How our Gut Instincts Betray Us” the author Mary O’Toole a retired FBI profiler says that we tend to look at someone who goes to work on time every day, shovels the snow when it comes, asks about your children, is polite and keeps a tidy home and  lawn for most people are indicators they are “normal”. O’ Toole says this same type of person she found out can also be a sexual sadist and prey and torture women in his backyard small trailer. She interviewed such a person who was a 60-year-old park ranger at the time. He had been torturing his victims for years and no one knew cause he was a “regular guy”.

O’ Toole stresses the fact that people should be good listeners and observe odd behavior.  “In order to be A good reader of behavior, you have to watch and listen,” O’Toole said. But if you’re too busy talking the whole time, you may miss key pieces of information. She adds not to be intimidated by authority of religious figures that can cloud our judgment. Admiring someone title can hinder your judgment which is known as “icon-intimidation” where we assign onto them admirable qualities such as intelligent, courageous, compassionate and thereby harmless.

Also be aware about your own emotional state when reading someone else. If you’re depressed or lost a loved one and grieving, this puts in a vulnerable state. One myth of her profiling skills has debunked is the “myth of he straggly haired stranger”. Society tends to think it is the unkempt, dirty, unemployed, uneducated and creepy are the ones that stick out like sore thumbs and are guilty. Meanwhile it is the ones who blend in and look like “regular guys” who are the ones who can be extremely dangerous.  Another myth is the ones who “snap” all of a sudden and act violently. O’ Toole explains these have been there all along, the person may have had ways to suppress or minimize the presence of these behaviors.

O’ Toole uses an example of a couple where the male is physically abusive, obsessive and jealous. The behaviors has become increasingly volatile so the female decides to end the relationship. The male comes from a well off family background and has many friends through sports he plays and social gatherings as well. O’ Toole urges parents and those in this situation not to underestimate the situation and to this kid of behavior did not come out of nowhere and this person may have a history of violent and even criminal behavior.

Some red flags to look for when you are observing behavior is when someone becomes easily angered or talks about violence.  “violence is the answer to everything no matter what they’re talking about.” If a person has road rage, then they have anger outside of the car as well. If a person is physically aggressive or abusive to others. If they have a tendency to act like a bully, this can also transcend over into other aspects of life. Another detail is if they blame others, the example used is if you’re on a date and the person says their ex was the reason they broke up solely.

The last piece O’ Toole mentions is if someone has a lack of empathy or compassion that they can be dangerous as this is an important indicator of their character. If someone has the tendency to take over the conversation and refocus it back onto them no matter the previous content of the conversation. Psychopaths make up 1% of the general population and 10% of the prisoners in jail usually lack empathy. Some may pretend to use empathy and have feelings for their victims, but O’Toole says, “Asking a psychopath what remorse or guilt feels like is like asking a man what it feels like to be pregnant. It is an experience they have never had.” If you keep asking a psychopath about their feelings (such as “How do you feel about those victims?”), they’ll become irritated, and their façade will start to crack, O’Toole said. For psychopaths, “emotions are a pain in their rear end.” They see them as problems, not something worth having.

Jim Clemente a retired FBI profiler helped police in an investigation looking for a suspect who killed three shop owners in the Brooklyn area. He says sketching a profile of such a killer combines art, science and psychology will be used in every aspect of such a case like this. “An offender picks a particular victim at a particular place and strikes at a particular time and location,” said Clemente, who still works as a professional profiler. “It tells us a lot about him. That’s what we call leakage.” Profilers look for “behavioral cues” such as, who their victims are and where they decided to murder and the manner in which they did. “What profilers can give you is an idea of what they’re like in the rest of their life,” Clemente said. “We look at the behavior exhibited at the crime scene.”

Profilers try to deduct a killer’s confidence level and if the killer is familiar with murder investigations. “He could be criminally experienced, or trainedor watched a lot of crime TV shows,” Clemente said. “Maybe it’s something this person has been thinking about for a long time and put a lot of effort in this.” Profilers sometimes use an algorithm to find out where a criminal may live in relation to the crime.“We look at the hunting zone, where he’s actually committing these crimes,” Clemente said, adding that killers usually don’t venture too far away from their home.“(The suspect) has to get back to safety,” he said.

Please note that this does not certify you as a profiler and you still have to go through years of training and practice to obtain and refine the skills necessary to profile a killer. I like this sort of topic because in my mind I can think I am a profiler, but I have to remind myself just like I made a note for you that it takes alot more than just noticing your neighbor is aggressive to positively ID them as a killer.