by Shane Atwell
Anyone who has read personal accounts or watched movies describing life in a dictatorship, e.g. in the USSR, Maoist China, Nazi Germany, or Cuba, will remember the passages describing the citizen spies. The block or building agents (or fellow prisoners) who, for a few more bread rations or slightly larger apartment report on their neighbors. They are sometimes well known, sometimes anonymous. Some make a life of it and others report only rarely. The state needs citizen spies for two reasons. First they are used to keep tabs on everyone, down to the last 'reactionary' teenager, child or grandmother. Second their existence and frequent anonymity turns citizens against one another. Each persons comes to mistrust every other as a potential spy and destroyer of their lives. This can extend even into families: it is not uncommon for husbands to report on wives, grandparents to report on sons, and, most disturbingly, for children to be encouraged to rat on their parents to their public school teachers and thereby unknowingly destroy their parents and families. The natural reaction to this is to put your head down, don't make noise and do as your told. Which is exactly what the power-lusting politicians want. A citizenry that lives in constant mutual distrust and self-imposed silence will never organize and rebel.
Well, citizen spies are coming to a neighborhood near you. Obama's attempt a couple years back to get people to e-mail 'fishy' sounding messages to firstname.lastname@example.org was roundly criticized and rejected. It seems almost laughable now:
For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. ... There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.Janet Napolitano is taking a different tack. Apparently the TSA nudie scan and genital grope at the airport wasn't enough for one season. Nor was her promise to extend the scan and grope to buses, trains and boats. Now she's enlisted Walmart to broadcast this 'public service' announcement in its stores:
I was just feeling that Walmart was being done an injustice by the anti-big box store laws in our community, but if they're signing up with goose-stepping Napolitano, they and their citizen spies can go to hell. I'll never shop there again.
Now you might say, "that's perfectly reasonable, if I see a 20-something Arab male buying pallets of Clorox and fertilizer, it should be reported." But remember that muslims have been mostly given a pass on security measures: Hamas fundraisers are hired as FBI consultants, Napolitano herself considers allowing Muslim women to use self-patdowns, young Arab men with one-way tickets purchased with cash (the underwear bomber) are escorted onto planes. The majority of mosques around the country are known to be vocally anti-American and many of them indoctrination centers for terrorists, but the DHS does nothing about their rapid expansion.
Recall as well that so-called "undwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had previously been reported for suspicious activity to the CIA - by none other than his own father. Abdulmutallab's father contacted the CIA and not the DHS, nevertheless this amazing fact points to the true motivations of DHS's focus on unconstitutional "screening process" activities instead of effective intelligence gathering.
It really doesn't look like they are overly concerned with the security of stopping terrorism, they want the 'security' of a police state.
Don't be fooled, the citizen spy network will be created to terrorize freedom-loving Americans. It will be used to silence and control what the DHS calls 'domestic extremists', e.g. anyone that refuses a TSA grope, believes in constitutional freedoms and does something about it. The DHS will blandly accept information on people that appear to be a threat to others, but what they're really digging for is information on people who are a threat to the dictatorship Napolitano and her ilk are building.
(Editor's Note: Shane Atwell is a San Diego resident, objectivist, local tea party activist and proud voice for liberty. We are glad to have made his acquaintance and look forward to more material from him. Visit Shane's blog here.)