See Something, Say Something
This is a DHS campaign that I am sure we all are familiar with. DHS explains it on their website the following way:
“The nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign – is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts.”
I have a big time issue with this. Why? First the campaign assumes that individuals are not capable of making a decision ‘to do the right thing’, we are stupid and it is incumbent on government to take unto itself to remind us ‘to do the right thing’ for our own good and the collective good of the populace at large. The most egregious, I think, that this campaign promotes in a subtle way, legitimacy for ratting on one’s neighbor. Will this campaign set that precedent? And more importantly does it play to the creation of a fascist state.
Yes it may have that effect. It has the possibility that ratting on one’s neighbor will be written into Federal legislation. The campaign is meant to mainstream this notion.
You and I would not hesitate to call authorities when there exist imminent danger to ourselves or a neighbor, it happens all the time by the citizenry. We would not hesitate as a citizen to report suspicious activity, after careful consideration backed by some bit of evidence, the possible chance that a person(s) are possibly planning an attack on the homeland and her citizens. One would or could say “well duh”, we are not stupid we take individual responsibility seriously.
However when government institutes a campaign or writes legislation that, to me, it has dire consequences.
Recall that a person in NYC reported a suspicious vehicle and it turned out to be a vehicle that had the potential to kill a mass number of peoples. The individual who produced the bomb and parked the vehicle we can all agree he was a terrorist, a homegrown one. I would like to believe that we would have done the same. Certainly the person who reported was a responsible citizen. And by-the-way the reporting occurred before the DHS campaign.
However as I have stated the campaign has the potential to become a contagion. A contagion that could be written into law with accompanying punishment inflicted on a person the government would deem ‘should have reported’. Yes the heavy hand of government would go to any links to produce an outcome they alone believe would be in their favor to drive home, make an example, even when the issue was not based in truth, Its happened and surely will again.
A good example of it being a contagion is the “good” Governor Cuomo’s campaign to report a neighbor, who just might be an illegal owner of a firearm,(the person could turn out to be a legal owner) even though by design the ‘campaign’ was designed to nab illegal possession. See this article.
A February 2012 press release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office first publicly announced the tip line, saying it was designed to “encourage citizens to report illegal firearm possession.”
The citizen reporting stands the chance, let me state again, chance, to pocket $500 dollars if the gun was used in a crime. I ask you does the reporting person know in all cases another who has a firearm that it was indeed illegal possession? Will government publish databases of gun registration searchable by anyone, address where you live. Well government allows this to be public information. Publicly publishing by a newspaper after gaining access to public government database in fact did occur, a map containing the address of gun owner’s was printed. Now a Connecticut lawmaker has introduced legislation that would codify this issue further in legislation. Its a message, a campaign, to rat out a neighbor. Refer to article.
Lawmakers in Connecticut – still stunned from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – are moving forward with legislation that could make public the names and addresses of 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state.
Obviously a legal, registered gun owner, attributed to a mistake by government could easily be caught in laws snare. Suppose the government decides to remove a name from the list of firearm registrants, for whatever reason they deem necessary, could happen, probably will and surely has. Neighbor ratting out his neighbor, encouraged and codified in law.
Tip lines abound in all states and the Federal to report what a citizen may ‘think’ is illegal behavior, acts. The tip lines cover a diverse range of issues. A Google search is revealing. The tip lines may be ones of a government agency, state or local police, fish and game and more. Or it can be a 501 C organization such as Safe. It is a contagion. Should a citizen be encouraged to report a fellow fisher-person who has caught one fish over the limit? Think about where the contagion could lead.
Recall the former Soviet Union repressive government that had “An extensive network of civilian informants – either volunteers, or those forcibly recruited – was used to collect intelligence for the government and report cases of suspected dissent.” See reference source.” See reference source.
It would be a mistake my Patriot’s to believe this couldn’t happen in America. The underpinning exist. It is supported and encouraged by government.Call it fascism, socialism or communism its alive and growing in America.
Recall in Nazi Germany citizens were required to turn in a suspected person they thought to have a Jewish bloodline. Where does this kind of fascism stop?
While it is true the local and Federal law enforcement can not be everywhere. I am not talking about a citizen reporting a vicious attack and the like for that is legit. What I am trying to drive home that America’s children are being indoctrinated to be a “rat informant” for government. In San Francisco one citizen can earn dollars for reporting another who smokes and thought to infringe on the reporting citizens to enjoy a smoke free environment. They can report even if a citizen smoker is smoking on the streets of San Francisco. There is what a 20ft rule. Try as a smoker to adhere to a law where getting away from a building is close to impossible in the city.
This whole issue boils down to common sense. Choosing a society of one based on liberty and freedom or a society ruled by a fascist government legitimized by America’s children.
Think about it,! That is all I ask!
Additional thoughts from a Critical Thinker
On Wednesday afternoon, the Des Moines Register published a map that shows which public schools in Iowa have no security.
The graphic is also interactive. When you click on a specific dot, you are given very detailed information about the location of the school and if it has a security office on campus. We clicked on the red dot for the Southeast Webster Grand school in Burnside, Iowa.
- Schools with no security guard – Red Dots
- Schools with a security guard – Green Dots
- Schools that did not respond – Grey Dots
You explain the purpose for this? What in the hell do they think they are doing here publishing something like this? Is this a map to a target rich environment of defenseless children for some nut case to use? I have seen many stupid things coming out on New York lately but this takes the cake! Someone should take a close look at the editors of this paper, perhaps for a law suit. Or is this part of the Progressive agenda to encourage school violence to further the push for more gun control? To me it looks like politicians are willing to have your children killed in the name of their sick twisted ideology. You explain this?
Also a $500 reward is being offered for the arrest of illegal gun owners in New York. Although the initiative was announced by Governor Cuomo nearly a year ago, few people, including several law enforcement agencies, are aware of the incentive.
The initiative was announced in February 2012 and offered a “Gun Tip Line” that allows residents to report illegal gun ownership. If the information leads to an arrest, the reward is $500.
The first strategy addressed “community specific” measures. The governor committed to providing the communities of Manhattan, the Bronx, Albany, Newburgh, and Schenectady with $1 million to develop new programs t0 reduce gun violence.