Here it comes: neighbors & government workers will assess whether you’re a threat

An article in the Palm Beach Post states that the Florida House and Senate awarded Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million “for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.” What is he going to do with the money?

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.

It gets worse:

Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.

The goal won’t be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before there’s violence, Bradshaw said. As a side benefit, law enforcement will have needed information to keep a close eye on things.

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

Sounds like an opportunity for abuse by disgruntled friends, neighbors, acquaintances and, well, the list is endless. Will a new word be coined for having a friendly government agent knock on your door asking if you’re really going to shoot the mayor? After all, we now have the term “swatting“, which refers to “an attempt to trick any emergency service (such as a 9-1-1 dispatcher) into dispatching any emergency response based on a false reporting of an incident.” But, never fear because all-knowing, completely objective, “trained” and “professional” government workers are going to watch over you and take care of you. Of course they would never overreact to a hotline call and dispatch a SWAT team to your house.

Bradshaw acknowledged the risk that anyone in a messy divorce or in a dispute with a neighbor could abuse the hotline. But, he said, he’s confident that his trained professionals will know how to sort out fact from fiction.

“We know how to sift through frivolous complaints,” he said.

Who is he kidding? This is an opportunity for domestic terrorism initiated by fellow citizens and perpetrated by government officials. Is this how we want to live? Do we want to live with the constant threat that a police unit might break down the front door because of a phony report? Even if you’re one of the few people who has never offended anyone, SWAT units sometimes break into the wrong house, and wouldn’t it be terrifying enough to have them swarming your neighborhood while targeting the neighbor’s place? Here are three examples of what has been happening:

A California couple with a 2-year-old daughter is awakened late at night by heavily armed police storming their home after a false report of a shooting.

A Texas family is stunned when officers with automatic weapons respond to their house expecting a drug-fueled murderer who is demanding $50,000 in exchange for hostages.

And a Wyckoff neighborhood is put on lockdown as the Bergen County SWAT team shoots tear gas into what proves to be a home occupied only by a cat.

Spending $1 million on a program that is so obviously open to abuse is a bad idea, to say the least. Not only will it provide a hotline for those who want their enemies “swatted”, but having citizens spy on fellow citizens is the tactic of oppressive governments. Through his research on the Gestapo, Dr. Robert Gellately of FSU discovered:

There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors…

He found cases of partners in business turning in associates to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors; neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments.

And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said.

Dr. Gellately goes on to state that the German people indeed knew about the Nazi concentration camps.:

“I tested the assumption that ‘Germans didn’t know about the camps’ by looking at their daily newspapers. This research project checked a small sample of newspapers, collecting only those articles with literal references in the headlines to ‘concentration camps’ and other related terms,” he explains. “Even within that limited sample we found enough articles to fill a large carton.”

Just as it happened in Nazi Germany, our nation’s descent into complete tyranny is happening right before our eyes. It’s in the open and can be found in both mainstream and alternative media outlets. How can so many of us see it and yet remain so blind?

(Thanks to WinstonSmith for the link to Dr. Gellately’s webpage, which he provided in his comment on the Palm Beach article. Dr. Gellately’s article is definitely worth reading.)

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