The widely reported snitch cooperative between WalMart and Janet Incompetano's Department of Homeland Security has failed its first major test. "If You See It Twitch, Be a Snitch" failed to detect Arizona assassin Jared Lee Loughner when purchasing ammunition on January 8, 2011.
MSNBC reports that Loughner purchased "bullets" (likely meaning "ammunition") on January 8, 2011, hours before he grievously wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords, killed a federal judge, and wounded or killed fourteen other persons.
It is unknown as to whether the Big Sis Industries TeleScreen was malfunctioning in the WalMart store where Loughner purchased the ammunition. Loughner had earlier been turned away when he attempted to purchase ammunition at another WalMart store.
It is clear, however, that Loughner had previous run-ins with the law in Pima County, Arizona and was known to the Sheriff's Office of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. It is alleged that Loughner was also known by the Sheriff's Office to being treated by mental health professionals. Despite those run-ins, which are alleged to include threats against persons at a local college and drug paraphernalia charges, Loughlin was cleared to purchase a Glock pistol in Pima County after a background check. If that check was performed by the Pima County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Dupnik has some explaining to do. Sources: Fox News and James Kelley.
What to take out of all this? Local law enforcement had the tools and the information to prevent Loughner from purchasing the gun likely used by him in the massacre, but did not due to apparent incompetence and/or corruption. Heavy-handed Orwellian federal "snitch" programs fail to produce the security that is promised in return for that surrender of liberty.
Continue to be vigilant for liberty's sake.