Preparing America For ‘See Something, Say Something’

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign that’s so familiar to New Yorkers is going where no New Yorker can: Walmart. Scaring the crap out of middle America appears to be a priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, reaching into formerly safe havens such as the Mall of America.

With that in mind, a group of independent filmmakers from New York have created a short film entitled Terminal Night that should help get the rest of America in the mood for the constant vigilance demanded of them by Janet Napoletano and the gang at DOHS.

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  • Adaugeo

    Was that a joke? Was that guy supposed to be a terrorist or some idiot stooly for the DHLS? Were they implying that if your waiting for friends to show up and they don’t that you’re a terrorist? What the hell was that? Please read 1984!!!!!!

    • MoralDrift

      I didn’t understand the video either

    • quartz99

      Your inability to tell was the point. That guy, you can tell by the end, was just waiting for the bus to show up. But according to the scare tactics of the DHS, if you see a guy just standing around, that’s suspicious and he must be a terrorist casing a location to blow up so you need to call the police so they can come beat and tazer him for no reason. All in the name of safety and security in the Homeland, of course.

      • 5by5

        Totally right quartz99, but what made me laugh out loud was that he reminded me of how the Stazi used to dress. The inverse of us suspecting him as a terrorist, is us suspecting him as a “watcher” for the government.

        All of it is projection. Which is why it is insane. I’ve the whole Rand study mentioned in “The Power of Nightmares” writ large and live. It’s life for paranoids.

        • quartz99

          ah, you’re right of course. He could equally look like a watcher. I guess that’s also the point. He could be either. You can’t tell, and the DHS most certainly can’t tell from your description on a web form.

          Moving out to the country with enough land to feed myself and my family so I never have to go off my own property is looking more and more attractive every day…

  • Adaugeo

    Was that a joke? Was that guy supposed to be a terrorist or some idiot stooly for the DHLS? Were they implying that if your waiting for friends to show up and they don’t that you’re a terrorist? What the hell was that? Please read 1984!!!!!!

  • Oskarthemouse

    Ha ha… we are all terrorist now ! Also really like the look of clip…and who is this cute guy?

  • Oskarthemouse

    Ha ha… we are all terrorist now ! Also really like the look of clip…and who is this cute guy?

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t understand the video either

  • brooklyn12

    Nice cinematography!

  • brooklyn12

    Nice cinematography!

  • Anonymous

    Your inability to tell was the point. That guy, you can tell by the end, was just waiting for the bus to show up. But according to the scare tactics of the DHS, if you see a guy just standing around, that’s suspicious and he must be a terrorist casing a location to blow up so you need to call the police so they can come beat and tazer him for no reason. All in the name of safety and security in the Homeland, of course.

  • Monkeyvsrobot

    A short film about things you can no longer do in NYC.

  • Monkeyvsrobot

    A short film about things you can no longer do in NYC.

  • dirty johnny

    This strikes me as one of those “do a film/poem/essay on the subject of …” kind of things. Like the NPR short stories where they give you an opening line and 200 words. Without the context of the original challenge it falls a bit flat. Could be a DHLS mole, could be V for Vendetta, could be a guy in a Sting video. Or wait … a Gaspar Noe preview… that’s it.

  • dirty johnny

    This strikes me as one of those “do a film/poem/essay on the subject of …” kind of things. Like the NPR short stories where they give you an opening line and 200 words. Without the context of the original challenge it falls a bit flat. Could be a DHLS mole, could be V for Vendetta, could be a guy in a Sting video. Or wait … a Gaspar Noe preview… that’s it.

  • WhiteRose

    Seinfeld did an episode of this, remember when they did nothing…. so when somebody hits your car and takes off you will wish somebody saw something and did something! That kid stealing a pack of bubble gum I think I will let slide. Remember that black Harvard professor that broke into his own home and then gave the cops lip when they came to investigate. He didn’t show any respect for the police that were there trying to protect his property not knowing what was the owners skin color and he shows them attitude. People these days are too busy with their ipods and cell phones to do anything… the world is a bunch of morons!

    • dirty johnny

      Present company excluded, of course.

    • Galser Marcos

      I agree and like what you said, just one thing… I don’t have a cell phone, or an ipod, but I do have an mp3 player, and I listen to it all the time, not because I am busy with it, but because I don’t want to pay attention to our retarded culture here. I still pay attention if someone wants to talk, or I even might approach someone that I normally wouldn’t have, given that I may have a bad ass sound track. but your point is taken

  • WhiteRose

    Seinfeld did an episode of this, remember when they did nothing…. so when somebody hits your car and takes off you will wish somebody saw something and did something! That kid stealing a pack of bubble gum I think I will let slide. Remember that black Harvard professor that broke into his own home and then gave the cops lip when they came to investigate. He didn’t show any respect for the police that were there trying to protect his property not knowing what was the owners skin color and he shows them attitude. People these days are too busy with their ipods and cell phones to do anything… the world is a bunch of morons!

  • dirty johnny

    Present company excluded, of course.

  • 5by5

    Totally right quartz99, but what made me laugh out loud was that he reminded me of how the Stazi used to dress. The inverse of us suspecting him as a terrorist, is us suspecting him as a “watcher” for the government.

    All of it is projection. Which is why it is insane. I’ve the whole Rand study mentioned in “The Power of Nightmares” writ large and live. It’s life for paranoids.

  • Guest

    Well, the “snitches get stiches” lobby will certainly object.

  • Anonymous

    ah, you’re right of course. He could equally look like a watcher. I guess that’s also the point. He could be either. You can’t tell, and the DHS most certainly can’t tell from your description on a web form.

    Moving out to the country with enough land to feed myself and my family so I never have to go off my own property is looking more and more attractive every day…

  • Anonymous

    ah, you’re right of course. He could equally look like a watcher. I guess that’s also the point. He could be either. You can’t tell, and the DHS most certainly can’t tell from your description on a web form.

    Moving out to the country with enough land to feed myself and my family so I never have to go off my own property is looking more and more attractive every day…

  • Greg

    good job! enjoyed the gritty lighting, and the pacing was perfect.

  • Greg

    good job! enjoyed the gritty lighting, and the pacing was perfect.

  • cvadcjr

    Beautiful cinematography. Subtle message about jumping to conclusions.

  • cvadcjr

    Beautiful cinematography. Subtle message about jumping to conclusions.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    You make it sound like they’re starting a national Big Brother booster camp to root out anyone disobeying status quo behavior. I watched it thinking the guy was going to be called suspicious. Then it turns out he’s being “vigilant.” In the NPR story Napolitano says the whole point is “it reminds people that our security is a shared responsibility.” I don’t see anything wrong with that basic concept.

    On the other hand, it’s creepy as hell that they’ll be showing the video at Walmart, which probably has 5,000 security cameras and half a dozen guards per store. I just don’t think this message is going to put the FEAR into middle America any more than their local news, network pundits, that terrorism color code (which they’re shutting down), etc.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    You make it sound like they’re starting a national Big Brother booster camp to root out anyone going outside status quo behavior. I watched it thinking the guy was going to be called suspicious. Then it turns out he’s being “vigilant.” In the NPR story Napolitano says the whole point is “it reminds people that our security is a shared responsibility.” I don’t see anything wrong with that basic concept.

    On the other hand, it’s creepy as hell that they’ll be showing the video at Walmart, which probably has 5,000 security cameras and half a dozen guards per store. I just don’t think this message is going to put the FEAR into middle America any more than their local news, network pundits, that terrorism color code (which they’re shutting down), etc.

    • quartz99

      No, this is part of the next step. People are getting fear overload so to keep them in check you divide them. If everyone treats everyone else as suspicious, resistance is less likely to form because no one will trust that their neighbor won’t rat them out if they talk about their misgivings. And you can’t have a popular uprising if people are scared to talk to each other about their desire to fight back.

  • Anonymous

    No, this is part of the next step. People are getting fear overload so to keep them in check you divide them. If everyone treats everyone else as suspicious, resistance is less likely to form because no one will trust that their neighbor won’t rat them out if they talk about their misgivings. And you can’t have a popular uprising if people are scared to talk to each other about their desire to fight back.

  • Kristen

    very good cinematography, hope to see more from you guys!

  • Kristen

    very good cinematography, hope to see more from you guys!

  • BKgirl

    The cinematography really captures the senses.

  • BKgirl

    The cinematography really captures the senses.

  • Shibi456

    very cool… loved the guy — his whole vibe is awesome… nice and subtle acting.

  • Shibi456

    very cool… loved the guy — his whole vibe is awesome… nice and subtle acting.

  • Galser Marcos

    I agree and like what you said, just one thing… I don’t have a cell phone, or an ipod, but I do have an mp3 player, and I listen to it all the time, not because I am busy with it, but because I don’t want to pay attention to our retarded culture here. I still pay attention if someone wants to talk, or I even might approach someone that I normally wouldn’t have, given that I may have a bad ass sound track. but your point is taken

  • Jimmycolorado2002

    I liked the ambiguity of it all. Setting was nice too. The music, though, reminded me this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KNZNGT5_w Just waiting for Bruce to come flying out the bus to drop kick that smarmy terr’ist!!! Or, innocent bystander. Whatever.

  • Jimmycolorado2002

    I liked the ambiguity of it all. Setting was nice too. The music, though, reminded me this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KNZNGT5_w Just waiting for Bruce to come flying out the bus to drop kick that smarmy terr’ist!!! Or, innocent bystander. Whatever.

  • Jimmycolorado2002

    I liked the ambiguity of it all. Setting was nice too. The music, though, reminded me this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KNZNGT5_w Just waiting for Bruce to come flying out the bus to drop kick that smarmy terr’ist!!! Or, innocent bystander. Whatever.

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