DC Socialist Realism

So a friend of mine emailed me the above picture, taken at a MARC station somewhere between DC and Baltimore.

Brilliant idea really. Let's see...a transit agency is going to put up posters encouraging riders to REPORT suspicious activities or packages to the authorities...so the obvious choice of design style to use is one pioneered during the reign of a brutal dictator characterized by it's terrors and repressions! People in Moscow in 1933 "reported" their neighbors...people in Greenbelt in 2005 should do the same thing, right?

I don't know why I've been trying to find a source of original Communist propaganda posters over here, when it seems I can just go back home and find them actually being used.