Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Star-Spangled Nation of Rats and Snitches

"Francis, it's a nation of fucking rats"

Mr. French (The Departed)

The post September 11, 2001 era of fear and loathing in The Homeland will go down as one of the most dismal periods in American history when examined by future scribes and historians. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon led in turn to an unprecedented siege on the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties and the national character itself. It was easy to use fear as a tool to get the people to meekly submit to a massive and ongoing power grab by a government run amok and hellbent at destroying freedom in order to protect its own moral rot. There was also a ton of money to be made by generating a constant sense of national paranoia. This can be seen by the untold trillions of taxpayer dollars that are hijacked to fund what is a Surveillance State Gomorrah that is concentrated around Washington, a city of sin and avarice and evil that is the American Mordor.

The laundry list of restrictions on the liberty that we once took for grated is long and grows by the day, especially so under the lawless Obama regime.  It includes warrantless mass surveillance, police militarization  humiliation by leering government thugs at airports, repression of reporters and whistleblowers and property confiscation and these are just a few. The most insidious transgression of all though would be the poisoning of the national character itself to actually assist with the imposition of fascism. This is evident when the government strongly encourages Americans to rat one another out to Big Brother.

According to a story from the South-Dade News Leader, a major south Florida school district has reemphasized that it is committed to partnering with the DHS to promote the "If you see something, say something program" that is essential for the future of the police state. According to a press release from the website of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools:

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced today that Miami-Dade County Public Schools remains committed to its partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in adopting the “If You See Something, Say Something” initiative. Superintendent Carvalho was joined by School Board Vice Chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman, Miami-Dade Schools Police (MDSP) Chief Ian Moffett, officials from local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as Miami-Dade Council of PTAs/PTSAs President Joe Gebara and Reverend Jerome Starling.

“We need our community to be our eyes and ears and to have the courage to break the silence,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “If you see something, say something, for the safety of our children. We cannot do this alone.”

Earlier this year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) became the first and is still the only school district in the nation to partner with Homeland Security and adopt the nationwide initiative. The initiative encourages the community to report suspicious behavior and activity to law enforcement. The partnership plays a pivotal role in helping to keep schools, students, and employees safe as evidenced recently by the courageous actions of a Miami-Dade public schools student who reported a threat to his school.

It is important to get them while they are young and impressionable and it is very ominous for the future of freedom that we now have a generation that has known nothing different than the perverse apple pie authoritarianism of the post-9/11 police state. The photo in the press release is particularly eerie in that the students are all dressed in uniforms, it is the Obama Youth Corps come to fruition. When everybody is labeled as a potential suspect by the government you no longer live in a free county.

The Miami-Dade School District is but only one example of the government mania for citizen vs citizen repression. In yet another great piece by John Whitehead of the Rutherford institute entitled "Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing" which I excerpt:

If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.

(If you’re a whistleblower wanting to snitch on government wrongdoing, however, forget about it—the government doesn’t take kindly to having its dirty deeds publicized and, God forbid, being made to account for them.)

For more than a decade now, the DHS has plastered its “See Something, Say Something” campaign on the walls of metro stations, on billboards, on coffee cup sleeves, at the Super Bowl, even on television monitors in the Statue of Liberty. Now colleges, universities and even football teams and sporting arenas are lining up for grants to participate in the program.

This DHS slogan is nothing more than the government’s way of indoctrinating “we the people” into the mindset that we’re an extension of the government and, as such, have a patriotic duty to be suspicious of, spy on, and turn in our fellow citizens.

This is what is commonly referred to as community policing. Yet while community policing and federal programs such as “See Something, Say Something” are sold to the public as patriotic attempts to be on guard against those who would harm us, they are little more than totalitarian tactics dressed up and repackaged for a more modern audience as well-intentioned appeals to law and order and security.

The police state could not ask for a better citizenry than one that carries out its own policing.

 The Whitehead piece, as the rest of his increasingly fine work is highly recommended reading for those seeking to stay informed on the American police state. You will not find any honest scrutiny in the corrupt, panty-sniffer infested state-corporate media so don't even bother looking.

Turning Americans into a compliant population of stool pigeons is going to lead to the imminent capture of millions who are completely innocent in the trolling nets of Leviathan. With human nature being what it is there will be those who get ratted out simply because someone has a grudge against them. While history always repeats itself, although never exactly it is still relevant to use the Nazis as the gold standard for spotting totalitarian tendencies. Historian Richard E. Evans wrote in the second part of his huge trilogy on Nazi Germany The Third Reich in Power that:

So many denunciations were sent in to the Gestapo that even fanatical leading Nazis such as Reinhard Heydrich complained about them and the district Gestapo office in Saarbr├╝cken itself registered its alarm at the ‘constant expansion of an appalling system of denunciation’. What dismayed them was in particular the fact that many denunciations appeared to be made from personal rather than ideological motives. Leading figures in the Party might have encouraged people to expose disloyalty, grumbling and dissent, but they wanted this practice to be a sign of loyalty to the regime, not a means of offloading personal resentments and gratifying personal desires.

Thirty-seven percent of 213 cases subsequently studied by one historian arose out of private conflicts, while another 39 per cent had no discernible motive at all; only 24 percent were clearly made by people acting primarily out of political loyalty to the regime. Neighbors often denounced noisy or unruly people living in the same building, office workers denounced people who were blocking their promotion, small businessmen denounced inconvenient competitors, friends or colleagues who quarreled sometimes took the final step of sending in a denunciation to the Gestapo.

School or university students even on occasion denounced their teachers. Whatever the motive the Gestapo investigated them all. If the denunciation was without foundation, they usually simply relegated it to the files and took no further action. But in many cases, denunciation could lead to the arrest of the person denounced, torture, imprisonment and even death.

So if you see something, say something, Homeland Security commands it. Disobedience is disloyalty.