I’ve recently seen a lot of ads for various print newsletters (ie: Lamplighter & Complete Survivalist). While they could be interesting, I’m a bit hesitant of getting on a mailing list like theirs (sending you my info for your great CD didn’t bother me at all LOL).
Am I being paranoid? Not only due to opsec concern and being on a list of someone who may have extra food on hand but I also don’t want to become associated with some radical group.
What you do think about these “publications”? Thanks!
The U.S. Government ‘s Consolidated Terrorist Watch List is no secret, but its official contents (those people on the list) are off-limits to the public. According to the feds, this is a list of people, “known or appropriately suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism [source: The White House].”
You or I could already be on the list and not know… As of 2007 there were over 755,000 names on the list of people both at home and abroad. I’m sure that number has ballooned since then.
Here is a good article on how people are “chosen” for the list. How do you find out if you are on “the list” according to the article:
“The easiest way to find out is to take an airplane trip. It doesn’t matter the destination, just try booking a flight and see what happens. The Transportation Security Administration that oversees air travel in the United States will automatically flag anyone with a name on the TSC’s master list. As a result, when you arrive at the airport, someone will likely pull you aside for an extensive security check and possibly questioning before permitting you to board.”
If you are concerned about being added to the list because of the type of publications you receive or because you are on a prepper / survivalist mailing list, you should look into a mail forwarding service. These allow you to have a mailing address in another state, you can also use an assumed name when signing up to receive mail from the sources in question.
I use a mail forwarding service (for certain types of publications wink) in AZ and have the mail forwarded to a P.O. box of a deceased friend who gave me his keys before he passed away – I pay the rental fee once a year to keep the box open. This has worked great for several years…
I’m sure Survivalist Blog readers have a wealth of other ideas on how to get mail deliver privately – please share your ideas in the comments below…