Residents of Greenville, N.C., called a local news station this week when they saw several U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) vehicles outside of an U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the small town.
DHS officers claimed they were simply doing their "community outreach" to "let people know that they are in the area," noted WNCT (video below).
Part of that "community outreach" was also to remind residents about the DHS snitch program “See Something, Say Something,” which encourages people to contact authorities if they see their neighbors doing something suspicious.
There's never actually been a terrorist attack in the quiet North Carolina town, but apparently the DHS is concerned.
Last week, the DHS employed two helicopters, two armored vehicles, a unified command post truck and Border Patrol agents to serve a search warrant on one unarmed man in Alhambra, Ill., for allegedly downloading child pornography on his computer.
The DHS used a local farm about three miles away to launch the attack, which resembled a military operation.
"It's better to be over-prepared," Jim Porter, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois, told BND.com.