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December 12, 2010

Homeland Security and Walmart Public Service Announcement

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security Dec. 6, 2010


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country—launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign today, with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks. A short video message, available here, will play at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country—including the recent state-wide expansions of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey.

Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the county safe.


Wild Thing's comment......

If I see a guy who is playing as in impostor POTUS does that mean I need to report him? Since he doesn’t have the authentic birth certificate that makes him very, very suspicious. Janet will you do anything about this?????

I don’t have a problem with urging folks not to be shy about reporting suspicious behavior. It is just that coming from Janet and this administration........Conditioning the American People to rat on their Neighbors under the guise of ‘security’ — how Soviet of the administration. Remember how Obama had people sending emails when they saw people posting things against him???

A-hem, if I see something, where do I go to report what I see. Do I go to the secret undercover agent conducting a cleanup in isle 3???

Also considering what is going on at our southern border, I am very impressed (not) with how Obama and Janet are zeroing in on the real problems of national security.

Who knows too there may be real threats we do not know about and Janet wants us to do her job for her. We could keep her busy if we live where a lot of illegals shop at Walmart. Keep the phone lines busy reporting everyone we think might be an illegal. heh heh.....insert evil grin.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 12, 2010 03:50 AM


Considering that Napolitano considers returning Veterans and Christians as potential terrorists, what is she trying to say?

I seem to remember that the Soviet Block Countries, like East Germany, taught its people, especially its children, to spy on others and if they saw something, to say something.

Problem with this is if you see suspicious activity by Muslims and report it, you've opened yourself up for lawsuits and harassment. You'll be labeled an islamophobe and racist.

Posted by: BobF at December 12, 2010 09:01 AM

"If you see something, say something." I thought this was already being done at

Posted by: Jim at December 12, 2010 12:21 PM

Another camera on the little people, just to keep these right-wing poltrunes in line.

Posted by: Mark at December 12, 2010 12:36 PM

I hate having to rely on Napolitano for anything, let alone my life.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 12, 2010 07:41 PM

Thank you everyone.

Tom, same here, just the thought of having to rely on her is creepy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 13, 2010 12:11 AM

1. At WalMart?, and 2. That's just creepy anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 14, 2010 02:09 AM