Snitch  on  Your  Neighbor

The federal government got really brave in the first few months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, especially since the general public was "alarmed, and hence clamoring to be led to safety."  (Interesting phrase.  Look it up.)  In that atmosphere, the public gladly danced on a lot of slippery slopes that it would have otherwise avoided.  For example, the very sudden appearance and congressional approval of the so-called Patriot Act.

More recently, however, the White House hasn't been concerned about packs of homicidal Muslims at the major airports.  No, the real danger now is the possibility that the teeming masses won't cooperate quietly as socialized medicine is foisted upon them.  That's what the increasingly rowdy "town hall" meetings are all about.

The latest version of "Snitch on Your Neighbor" has to do with the White House soliciting tips from the public about people who dare to disagree with the President's mad rush toward socialism.

Related pages:
    "Truth Teams"
    Domestic surveillance




General commentary on government solicitation of informants:

In Central Park, an unstoppable Karen meets the immovable Karen.  If you've ever smugly pulled out your cellphone to record a confrontation with a stranger, hoping to publicly humiliate that person and even destroy their life, you're probably a Karen of the worst ilk.  Likewise, if approached by an insufferable busybody who lives to scold people minding their own business, and your first reaction is to call the police, you're also a Karen.  Manhattan is filled with Karens, the meme that once referred to the 'can I speak to the manager' lady with stacked hair and chunky highlights that evolved into a way to call out any very annoying person who loves rules and tattling.  It is high Karen season across the country.  The coronavirus pandemic has been their time to shine as petty authoritarians feel emboldened to enforce their government's frivolous rules about masks and social distancing.  Not wearing a panty-liner over your face while out for a stroll, you must want people to die, according to the Karen.  But it's never really about the rules.

Karens All the Way Down.  You have, of course, seen the video: a white woman stands in a wooded area in Central Park, holding an agitated cocker spaniel by its collar.  She drags the dog in the direction of the camera, tremulously demanding that the videographer stop filming.  When he doesn't, she pulls out her own phone, pulls the mask off her face, and calls the police.  "An African-American man is threatening me and my dog," she says, over and over — oblivious not only to the frightening ugliness of what she's doing, but also to the fact that she is very nearly strangling her dog with her other hand.  It only ends when the spaniel yelps, and the woman puts the phone down (with a final quavering plea for police assistance) to clip the dog onto his leash.  "Thank you," says the videographer.  And that's the end.  Except, of course, that it's just the beginning.  The shrill voice, the right-in-your-face racism, the kneejerk weaponization of the 911 call, the spectacle of that hapless dog twisting and wriggling with the effort to keep all four paws on the ground:  this video might as well have been engineered in a lab to travel worldwide on a tsunami of outrage, one that even a cautious person could join in relative confidence.

Cops Lecture Parents About 7-Year-Old's Toy Gun.  There's really nothing worse than neighbors ratting out neighbors.  But that's what Democrats are urging citizens to do across the country.  And more often than not innocent Americans are getting caught in the crosshairs.  Sheila Perez Smith tells the Todd Starnes Show that she was stunned when the police showed up at her home near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Smith's 7-year-old son had just completed a zoom class from the den of their home when she received an urgent email from her son's first grade teacher.  It just so happened that the little boy had recently been gifted a toy gun and the child had placed his "new favorite thing" on the table next to the computer.

Reporters Snitch On Ice Cream Man For Trying To Make A Living.  A reporter from CBS' Chicago affiliate got mocked after urging citizens to call 911 on ice cream man for alleged coronavirus violation.  "That iconic music screams summer, and we all scream for ice cream, but during the pandemic... getting close to the ice cream man could mean getting something else.  Fact of life, yet here is Mr. Freeze — not his name — in his truck of treats, unmasked, ungloved, taking cash for cones."

Radical Democrat Judge Calls on Texans to Snitch on Restaurants if They Have Too Many People.  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called on Texans this week to snitch on restaurants if they have a good crowd.  The young Houston area politician is a committed socialist.  Last year she defended her withholding of funds from flood victims based on the color of their skin.  In April Hidalgo threatened 180 days in jail for those who opposed her stay at home orders.

1-800-INFORM.  "How do I report a non-essential business that's still open?" Mayor Eric Garcetti asks.  But the real question is what sort of people want an answer to that question?  Informing on your friends and neighbors used to be something that the socialists on the other side of the Iron Curtain used to do.  What kind of people, we used to wonder, do things like that?  Wonder no more.  Cities and states across the country have made it the hour of the aspiring informant.  If you always longed to live in Cuba, North Korea, or the USSR, all you have to do is dial 1-800-INFORM.  The smiling Los Angeles boss who, despite the order to close barbershops and hair salons is neatly coiffed, warns that "business ambassadors", an Orwellian euphemism for enforcement agents who shut down businesses, will visit non-compliant businesses, followed by personnel from the Crisis Response Team, followed by law enforcement showing up, and then the barbers will be tossed into prison.  In New York City, on the other side of the country, informing on anybody violating social distancing is as easy as taking a photo with your app.

Why I Didn't Rat On My Neighbor For Cutting Hair.  [Scroll down]  According to my mayor, one Bill de Blasio, you remember him, big oafy guy who wasted everyone's time running for president?  Yeah, him.  So he says that what I should have done when I saw this illegal barber operation going on was to jump on the phone to 311 and alert the authorities so that they could send the officers from the New York Police Department to break up the crime ring.  That is not what I did.  I did something that in Brooklyn we like to call "minding your own freakin' business." [...] But let's say I did have a problem with it, that I was that guy.  You know, the self-appointed pandemic hall monitor type.  Even in that upside down universe, I'm pretty sure my first course of action would be to go talk to the guy before I request that men and women with guns show up at his door.

De Blasio's Snitch Hotline Shuts Down Because America Is Awesome.  Oftentimes we use George Orwell's seminal novel 1984 as a metaphor for something we don't like, a metaphor for government overreach and the like.  In this case, a metaphor is not necessary.  Thanks to Comrade de Blasio, we are now allowed to use the word "literally" while referencing 1984, as in de Blasio is literally embracing 1984's villainous Big Brother by literally asking Americans to snitch on their fellow Americans — to call the police should a friend or neighbor go for a walk, or something.  On Saturday [4/18/2020], de Blasio unveiled his NYC311 system to encourage New Yorkers to snitch on outlaw New Yorkers for violating the state's stay-at-home and social distancing rules.  The response was glorious.

St. Louis County Releases 'Snitch Files" — Local Citizens Who Called County Government to Snitch on Business Owners.  Responsible parents teach their children "don't be a snitch."  We do this so that our children aren't hated, because everyone knows that everyone hates a snitch.  But the Coronavirus fear mongers are turning otherwise responsible and likable people into sniveling snitches that nobody likes.  And we can prove it.  Talk radio great Jamie Allman filed a Sunshine law request for the actual emails of St. Louis County residents who've snitched on local entrepreneurs trying to make a living.  Most of the complaints were unfounded, involving people "turning in" companies that were deemed essential by the county.  But reading the actual complaints reveals just how terrified the media and corrupt academics have made good people.  The complainants are truly scared.  They believe that Coronavirus kills almost everyone who gets infected.

COVID-19 snitches in St. Louis were in for a surprise.  Every COVID-19 snitch in St. Louis has just been outed.  This undoubtedly would be embarrassing for the people who made those seemingly secret complaints, playing snitch in the same way as the ordinary snitches and their blotting-paper secret police controllers depicted in The Lives of Others, a brilliant film that won an Academy Award. [...] Leftist governments enjoy this sort of thing, and rat-out-your-neighbor programs have been put up all over.  Los Angeles's mayor called its snitch-on-business program "snitches get rewards."  Snitching to the government is a staple of socialist regimes everywhere, and Comrade Bill de Blasio, who has significant experience learning and admiring the ways of communist Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua (that place where everyone lied to the pollsters in 1990), certainly has been upfront about the importance of snitching in New York City.  A culture of neighbor snitching on neighbor, as the Nicaraguan Sandinista example demonstrated, may be great for enforcing conformity on fealty to socialism, or social distancing, but it's a disaster for social capital.

De Blasio's social distancing tip line flooded with [nasty] photos, Hitler memes.  Mayor Bill de Blasio's critics let him know how they really felt about him ordering New Yorkers to snitch on each other for violating social-distancing rules — by flooding his new tip line with crank complaints [...] The [New York] Post has learned.  Photos of extended middle fingers, the mayor dropping the Staten Island groundhog and news coverage of him going to the gym have all been texted to a special tip line that de Blasio announced Saturday, according to screenshots posted on Twitter.

De Blasio Wants New Yorkers To Rat On Neighbors.  Don't Do It.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter Saturday [4/18/2020] to urge his constituents to monitor, photograph and report each other if they aren't strictly obeying his social distancing guidelines.  Just fire off a photo to 3-1-1 of a few guys having a chat in a bodega and Hizzoner will send police officers, with guns and everything, to break it up.  What could go wrong?  [Video clip]  Throughout the video de Blasio holds a creepy smile as he imagines millions of New Yorkers ratting each other out to help perfect his vision of government-constructed existence.  We will be soldiers in his dream socialist army, pointing fingers and getting a nice pat on the back from the powers that be.  It is a disturbing dystopia future to imagine.

The IRS wants help scouring social media for clues on tax cheats.  Entrepreneurs who are cheating taxes with online stores, beware:  The IRS is looking for new ways to catch suspected tax cheats over social media.  Specifically, the IRS wants a new tool to help it check public social media feeds and websites for details on people already suspected of not complying with the tax code, the tax-collecting agency said in a Dec. 18 request for information from vendors.  Social media could provide investigators with a treasure trove of data, showing where taxpayers live, what they drive and what they're selling online.

FBI High School Informer Network.  In 2016, the FBI launched an effort to enlist the help of high school students to ostensibly identify terrorists, but the FBI documents in question reveal they were also urging students to report on anti-government groups such as libertarian and constitutional groups.  This effort is shockingly similar to the informant networks set up by the KGB in the USSR and the Stasi in East Germany.

15 Ridiculous Ways to get on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist.  In hopes of catching more terrorists, the FBI released twenty five instructional pamphlets intended for everyone from hobby store owners to karate instructors.  The idea being that these businesses will turn in their customers to the FBI as suspected terrorists.  Every single one of these examples were taken directly from FBI lists distributed to places of business in how they can help fight the war on terror.

Complete post of FBI Terrorist Watchlist Pamphlets.  A complete list of FBI pamphlets listing potential terrorist activities for various businesses.

The use of 9-1-1 to snitch on one's parents:
Massachusetts boy, 5, calls 911 to report his father went through a red light.  The Quincy Police Department on Wednesday [6/1/2016] posted to Facebook a recording of a 911 call the boy placed to report his father had run a red light.

The Editor says...
Of course, the leftist news media were thrilled by this reflexive dependence on the police state and the kid's allegiance to the cops above and beyond his own father, as you can see below:

Quincy 6-Year-Old Calls 911 On Father For Running Red Light.  "Every day we answer numerous 911 calls," police said.  "Often times, these calls are from individuals who are in need of immediate assistance.  Sometimes, it's a simple misdial.  Then there's Robert's 9-1-1 call.  Robert is a six year old resident of Quincy."

Boy, 5, calls 911 to report 'Daddy went through a red light'.  A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy may have a future in law enforcement.  The Quincy Police Department on Wednesday posted to Facebook a recording of a 911 call the boy placed to report his father had run a red light.  The boy tells a dispatcher:  "Daddy went through a red light." He then describes the vehicle and says it was "in the brand-new car, my mummy's car." He doesn't identify himself.

Child Calls 911 After Father Allegedly Runs Red Light in Quincy, Massachusetts.  A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy nearly got his father in trouble with the law when he called 911 to say his dad had driven through a red light.  "My daddy went past a red light.  He has a black truck.  He was in the brand new car, my mommy's car," Robbie Richardson told the 911 dispatcher in Quincy.

Boy calls 911 to report dad driving through red light.  This wasn't the kind of emergency Joleen McDonald had in mind when she taught her 6-year-old son, Robbie, to dial 911.  When Robbie took a ride with his dad and saw him drive past a red light, he did what he thought was the right thing to do:  He called the cops.

"It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.  And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak — 'child hero' was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police."

1984, Chapter two.    
 

The DHS And FBI Present: You Might Be A Terrorist If...  As we seem to be told repeatedly, seeing something and saying something is perhaps the greatest duty an American citizen can perform in service to this country.  It's simply not enough anymore to install an American flag in the front yard and purchase domestic vehicles.  Now, every citizen should be keeping his eye out for (and on) his fellow citizens.  The price of freedom may be eternal vigilance, but the price of security is endless paranoia.

Neighbors Earn — Home Schoolers Get Harassed.  The idea is really simple.  In fact, it sounds like something Adolf Hitler may have used.  Neighbors should be on the lookout for children who are not in school and when they see school-age children who may not be in school, they are encouraged to call Tarrant County "Crime Stoppers" and give them the address of the children.  "Crime Stoppers" will then call the school district, which will investigate, and if the child is truant, the government informer will get $20.  But wait, there is more; if the child has been truant for "several days," the informant gets $40.

Grain of salt:  Please note that the IRS did not exist 140 years ago.
IRS Rewarding Those Who Snitch On Tax Cheats.  If you want to blow the whistle on a small-time crook then you would be participating in the original IRS informant program that has been around for more than 140 years.  If you report someone to this program, you could receive up to 15 percent of the amount that has been underpaid up to a maximum award of $10 million.

IRS Informant Reward Program.  In the former Soviet Union, people had to be very careful about discussing their business and personal affairs because almost everyone was a spy for the secret police agency known as the KGB.  It appears that the Internal Revenue Service has studied the "Soviet Model" and has set up a new division known as The Informant Reward Program.

More about the IRS.

The snitch list.  Ann Lambert spent three years behind bars on drug charges following anonymous tips to police.  Ever since she walked out of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville in 2003, she's been going after the type of people who she says victimized her.

Police to search for guns in homes.  Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms.

High School To Pay Student Informants For Tips On Campus Crime.  Using revenue from its candy and soda sales [which many other schools are trying to ban], Model High School plans to pay up to $100 for information about thefts and drug or gun possession on campus.

Parents Urged to Ask About Guns in Other People's Homes.  Anti-gun groups are observing the fifth annual National ASK Day — ASK, an acronym for "asking saves kids."  Anti-gun activists say with most children now out of school, the question parents should be asking is this:  "Is there a gun where your child plays?"

Is it Right to 'Spy' on a Neighbor?  Apparently these [internet] sites are being used to tattle on other people. One site claims to be ready to reveal bad drivers and people who don't know how to park well, one to uncover the identity of the person who is stealing newspapers in the wee hours of the morning before the neighborhood is awake to get their morning editions, and one to highlight litterbugs.

The Snoop Next Door.  The sites documenting minor wrongs are the flip side of an online vigilantism movement that tackles meatier social issues.  Community organization Cop Watch Los Angeles encourages users to send in stories and pictures of people being brutalized or harassed by police, for posting on the Web.  The governor of Texas plans to launch a site this year that will air live video of the border, in hopes that people will watch and report illegal crossings.

In England:
'Environmental volunteers' will be encouraged to spy on their neighbours.  Councils are recruiting residents to report anyone who drops litter, fails to recycle their rubbish properly, or who allows their dog to foul the streets.  Advertisements looking for people to sign up for the unpaid "environmental volunteer" jobs have been posted across the country in recent months.

Children aged eight enlisted as council snoopers.  Children as young as eight have been recruited by councils to "snoop" on their neighbours and report petty offences such as littering, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.  The youngsters are among almost 5,000 residents who in some cases are being offered £500 rewards if they provide evidence of minor infractions.

Information Fusion Centers and Privacy.  Fusion Centers are intelligence databases that collect information on ordinary citizens.

Speaking of snitches...
Citizens use Internet to spy on, thwart terrorists.  Shannen Rossmiller finds early mornings are best for hunting terrorists.  When it's 4 a.m. in this one-stoplight prairie town, it's 3 p.m. in, say, Karachi, Pakistan, the sweltering hours just before the evening call to prayer.  That's when Rossmiller, while her husband and three children sleep, finds the Internet chat rooms and bulletin boards frequented by radical Muslims and jihad warriors are busiest.  It is when Rossmiller pursues her deadly serious hobby:  Citizen cyber-spy.

The Editor says...
Snitching on your neighbor might be a good thing when your neighbor is a traitor, a wahhabi and a terrorist.  Maybe you could buy him a wireless internet hub as a housewarming gift.  I think you know what I mean.

Terror watch uses local eyes.  Federal authorities currently define suspicious activity as:  "Observed behavior that may be indicative of intelligence-gathering or pre-operational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intention." ... Here are examples of specific behaviors that terrorism liaison officers deployed in Colorado and a handful of other states are told to watch for and report.
 •  Engages in suspected pre-operational surveillance (uses binoculars or cameras, takes measurements, draws diagrams, etc.) ...
 •  Takes pictures or video footage (with no apparent aesthetic value, for example, camera angles, security equipment, security personnel, traffic lights, building entrances, etc.)

The Editor says...
Be sure every picture you take has clearly apparent aesthetic value, because you may not be afforded a jury trial before you're taken out and shot.  I sure hope everyone can see some aesthetic value in pictures like this, or I'll be in big trouble.  And I hope nobody notices that I sometimes draw diagrams on paper napkins while eating lunch.  I might be the most suspicious character I've ever known!

Increasing Information Sharing Among Independent Police Departments.  [Suspicious] activities are classified under one of the following categories:
 •  Pre-operational surveillance
 •  Engaging in counter-surveillance efforts
 •  Initiates building measurements (counts, footsteps, etc)
 •  Takes pictures or video footage with no apparent aesthetic value
 •  Persons attempting to make suspicious purchases

The Editor says...
Suspicious purchases?  Such as the purchase of over 1000 cell phones, two or three at a time, paid for with cash, in the wee hours of the morning?


2020:

Northwestern University asks Evanston residents to report students who ignore COVID-19 precautions in off-campus gatherings.  Northwestern University's campus in Evanston is going to feel less crowded this fall, with residence hall capacity reduced to about 70% and more than half of all employees still working from home, school officials said Tuesday [8/25/2020]. [...] As universities nationwide navigate reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, a large share of student infections have been traced to illicit off-campus gatherings, forcing some schools to abandon plans for in-person learning.  Mona Dugo, interim dean of students, said NU is taking a stricter approach to policing off campus behavior this year and will urge students to act on behalf of the most vulnerable members of their community.  NU plans to offer a mix of online, remote and a small portion of face-to-face classes — but only to students who abide by the rules. [...] Dugo said that anyone who sees students failing to comply with public health precautions can report incidents to her office using an online form.  Dugo said the forms should include specific details and even photo evidence so NU can follow up.

Americans Must Oppose the Tyranny That Is Rapidly Spreading Across US.  As Adolf Hitler rose to power, he took control of churches, shut down businesses, encouraged neighbors to report each other, and created a public surveillance operation system.  If these actions sound familiar, they should.  Public officials and bureaucrats are now putting their own tyranny on full display, using the COVID-19 crisis to impose similar draconian tactics in the United States.  While Maryland officials keep the state in lockdown, they are encouraging citizens not only to snitch on one another for breaking "prevention guidelines," but they are allowed to do so anonymously!  The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, State Police, and Department of Health announced a "COVID Prevention Line" available 24 hours a day as well as an email address where citizens can "report situations of concern where prevention guidelines are being ignored and the potential for the spread of COVID-19 is high."  Reports will be followed up with a visit from the health department or law enforcement.  Since July 2, nearly 40 Anne Arundel County businesses and restaurants have received citations, including my church.  After an anonymous reporting on August 11, a female employee from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health showed up at our Sunday morning service.  The health official presented our associate pastor with a citation and an "Order for Immediate Compliance."

Ohio County Creates Hotline for Neighbors to Report Non-Mask Wearers.  Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has rolled out a hotline for residents to snitch on those of their neighbors who do not wear masks, in line with an executive order by Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, mandating masks in public when "social distancing" is not possible.  County Executive Armond Budish made the announcement, telling the people of Cuyahoga that individuals who witness others not wearing a mask in public spaces should make complaints to the new hotline or file on a website titled "Mask Experience."  Once a complaint has been filed, county workers contact the subject of the complaint, whether it's an individual or business, to let them know.  The complaints are also forwarded to the Board of Health and the relevant village or city.  "This is not intended to be going out and finding people not wearing masks.  We want people to wear their masks....  We want people to do it voluntarily," Budish said.

Big Bro Cuomo Now Has a 24 Hour, Turn in Your Neighbor, Tattletale Hotline.  Under the NYS PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force:  "New York State created a task force to ensure compliance with NYS on Pause.  You can file a complaint if you know of a non-essential business still operating or a gathering that violates the rules by filling out this online form or by calling 1-833-███-████, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."  As you might expect with this kind of authoritarian "compliance" dictate, those making complaints can remain anonymous.

The Editor says...
The Big Brother Hotline number was redacted, as a public service.

New York City Wants You To Call the Cops on People Who Fail Social Distancing.  New York City is asking its citizens to report other people to the authorities for failing to abide by social distancing orders.  This is an unnecessary — and authoritarian — escalation of the city's coronavirus response.  "The City has enacted public health social distancing restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus," states the government's non-emergency services website.  "You can report a violation in progress for the City to enforce as appropriate."  As examples of the kinds of things that people should report, the city lists non-essential businesses remaining open, and overcrowding in general.

Californians Calling Cops on Their Neighbors if They Hear Them Coughing.  Some Californians are calling 911 if they hear their neighbors loudly coughing or sneezing, with paramedics being dispatched to homes in some cases.  Yes, really.  "Coachella Valley police departments say they've started fielding 911 reports from concerned callers convinced a neighbor's overly loud sneeze or hacking cough is proof the person has the virus," reports the Desert Sun.


2016:

DC Wants Residents To 'Report' Private Businesses Over Gender-Neutral Bathroom Law.  As the debate intensifies nationally over which bathrooms transgender people should use, the District of Columbia's city government is asking people to report private businesses that have single-occupancy bathrooms that aren't "gender-neutral.  "If you see a public bathroom with one stall that is not gender-neutral, just tweet us the business name and location using #safebathroomsDC, or fill out our five question form," states the website of the District of Columbia.  "It takes just 20 seconds to play a part in making DC a more enjoyable place for transgender and other communities!  A 2006 D.C. law requires businesses and other places with single-occupancy public restrooms to change signs that say "men" and "women" to just "restroom."

Schumer Proposes $25K Reward for Social Media Extremist Tips.  U.S. Sen.  Charles Schumer is introducing legislation requiring a $25,000 reward for information generated through social media that helps thwart a terror attack.  The New York Democrat tells The Associated Press the legislation will be introduced later this month.  Schumer will formally announce the bill at a news conference Sunday [4/10/2016].  He says the public should "say something if they see something, especially on their newsfeed."

Doctors can report some mentally ill patients to FBI under new gun control rule.  Delivering on its promise to deliver "common sense" gun control, the Obama administration on Monday [1/4/2016] finalized a rule that enables health care providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.  The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings to curb gun violence, but the rule was not published until today [1/4/2015].


2015:

Feds paid Amtrak worker to spy on passengers.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration inappropriately paid an Amtrak employee more than $850,000 over 20 years to provide information on passengers who may be smuggling drugs, according a report from the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General.  The OIG also released a separate report saying the DEA arranged to pay a government airport screener to act as a confidential source.  The screener, however, never provided information of any value to the DEA.

Trump: Report your neighbors for suspicious activities.  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Tuesday [11/24/2015] that everyday Americans should monitor their neighbors for questionable behavior.  "The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what's happening," he told listeners in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  "People move into a house a block down the road, you know who's going in," Trump continued.  "You can see and you report them to the local police.  "You're pretty smart, right?" he asked his audience.  "We know if there's something going on, report them.  Most likely you'll be wrong, but that's OK.

Obama Justice Dept. Floats New Plan to Push Banks to Inform on Customers.  Obama's Department of Justice has announced new plans to give banks more power to inform on customers' "nefarious activity" and trigger immediate investigations by federal or local authorities.  One of the ways that banks currently flag the possibility of suspicious activities of their customers is to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) with the federal government.  After an SAR is filed, it can sometimes take weeks, even months to see results on a suspicious bank account.  But now the Justice Dept. wants to make it easier for banks to inform on customers.  DOJ is now urging banks to contact local or federal law enforcement officials about their concerns.


2014:

New Program: Producing Do-Gooder Little Snitches.  There is a new program being started at Deer Park ISD here in the Houston area.  We have all heard of Crime Stoppers by now, where you can anonymously call in a crime in progress or a fugitive tip.  Well this same thing is being marketed in a downloadable AP for kiddies cell phones in school.  It's being offered by the Safe School Program which has been in place since 1997.  Money?  Oh yes, depending on what is reported, pay-offs range from 100 smackers to 1000 big ones.

Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America's standing army?  Terrorism Liaison Officers are firefighters, police officers, and even corporate employees who have received training to spy on and report back to government entities on the day-to-day activities of their fellow citizens.  These individuals are authorized to report "suspicious activity" which can include such innocuous activities as taking pictures with no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes, conversing in code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk.

The Editor says...
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Michelle Obama To High-School Grads: Monitor Your Parents For Thoughtcrime.  There can be no aspect of your daily life that's removed from politics.  Now you will be monitored by your own children for expressing unapproved opinions.  You'd better watch what you say at the dinner table, Mom and Dad.

Michelle Obama Says Kids Should Monitor Parents for Racism.  Taking a page out of the political handbook of every fascist society and dystopian Sci Fi novel, Michelle Obama is telling kids to monitor their parents for crimes against the state.  The woman who was never proud of her country until she and her husband were deposited in the White House spoke to a class in Topeka, Kansas last Friday where she told students to monitor their parents for racist speech because she and her hubby can only do so much without good little informants like them back home.


2013:

Obama's Orwellian Thanksgiving.  The idea that politics must be brought into every family discussion and every personal relationship has been a hallmark of Obama's style since the 2008 campaign, when he told his supporters to confront their neighbors, to get "in their face."  During the debate over Obamacare in 2009-10, the White House did the same — and provided an email address, flag@whitehouse.gov, to which people could report "lies" among their friends.  One of those "lies" was that people could lose their insurance coverage due to the new law — a "lie" that has since proven true for millions of Americans.

Feds Building Smart Phone App for Public to 'Report' 'Unfair' Businesses.  The Labor Department is sponsoring a "Smart Phone App contest" to allow customers to report businesses that do not treat "their workers fairly and lawfully."  According to the Weekly Standard, the Labor Dept. is asking contestants to "develop a smartphone application that will transform the way the public is able to use departmental enforcement data."

Labor Dept. to Ask Consumers to Identify Businesses Who Treat 'Their Workers Fairly and Lawfully'.  As the Department of Labor (DOL) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act this year, the department is sponsoring a Smartphone app contest to help consumers identify businesses who treat "their workers fairly and lawfully." [...] The DOL seems to suggest the app could be used as something of a blacklist for job-seekers and other businesses.

New Android App Asks Users To Create National Database Of 'Potentially Unsafe' Gun Owners.  The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google's Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of "suspected unsafe gun owners ... to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence."  The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.

New York state offers $500 reward for reporting gun owners.  For more than a year, New York state has maintained a tip line allowing people to report illegal gun owners and collect a $500 reward.  CBS-6 [WRGB?] news reported the existence of the tip line on Wednesday [3/20/2013].  It was previously a "well-kept secret" that received little promotion from state officials or fanfare in the media, according to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

Floridians Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who "Hate Government".  That we actually have a County Sheriff, here in the great Sunshine State of Florida, a man sworn to protect and defend ALL of the Constitution, against every enemy, foreign and domestic, plus each and every word, that would want to even initiate a program like this shows that distrust for the Government is growing and that dissention has been noticed and it will not and cannot be allowed by the Progressive enemies of the Constitution.  This hot line for reporting on Patriots, Conservatives, Christians, Gun Owners, Tea Party members and yes, even probably members of this Foundation, will go into place unless Governor Scott says no and puts a veto in place.

Achtung, Baby: Are People Being Encouraged to Rat On 'Anti-Government' Neighbors?  [Scroll down]  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 reports the Palm Beach Post.  Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action.  The program will also include "public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors", reports the newspaper.

Sheriff Wants Residents To Report Any Neighbor Who 'Says He Hates the Government'.  Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County 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.  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.

Obama program requires federal workers to inform on co-workers.  Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans' phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.

The Editor says...
I predict there will be a whole lot of baseless snitching going on, and very little work being done.

Official Obama Policy: Leaking Run-of-the-Mill Non-Classified Information = Treason and Espionage.  If you don't have the right level of Team Spirit and Pro-Department of Education Morale, you're a subversive and a potential Insider Threat.  Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating.  I mean, it's not as if the government's obsession with controlling the flow of information has resulted in the Department of Agriculture now advising its workers to be on the look out for spies and traitors.

DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe.  The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon [7/15/2013] appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one advocate said.  The DOJ has also set up a public email address to take in tips on its civil rights investigation.

DOJ Asks Civil Rights Groups, General Public for 'Tips' on Zimmerman.  On Monday afternoon [7/15/2013], the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for "tips" on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing.  The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips.

DOJ trolling for email tips in Zimmerman probe.  More than a year after an FBI report indicated there was no evidence of racial bias in George Zimmerman's history, the Justice Department is trolling for email tips on the former neighborhood watch volunteer as it weighs a possible federal civil rights case against him.  Amid pressure from the NAACP and several Democratic lawmakers to pursue Zimmerman, the department has set up a public email address asking for any tips or information regarding the case.


2012:  "Truth Teams"

Obama Campaign Launches 'Truth Teams'.  The Obama campaign is today beginning a new effort to enlist and educate at least 2 million supporters for a "grassroots communications team" they're calling the Truth Team.  "The goal is to ensure that when Republicans attack President Obama's record, grassroots supporters can take ownership of the campaign and share the facts with the undecided voters in their lives," the campaign said in a statement.

Obama's Goon Squads Launch "Truth Teams".  I guess owning 99% of the media isn't enough.  When the other 1% challenges them, they must "fight back" or something.  What a joke.  Can a Ministry of Truth be far behind?

Obama's Attack Watch returns as ... "Truth Team".  You can still smell the desperation in the new Truth Team effort, which incorporates Attack Watch as one of its components:  ["]President Barack Obama's reelection campaign announced early Monday [2/13/2012] that it is launching a new site to enable supporters to promote Obama's successes and 'hold Republicans accountable.' ... The campaign is also setting up 'truth teams' in swing states this week, receiving help from allied unions.["]  What a shock!  I'm sure those "allied unions" include the SEIU, AFSCME, and the NEA, the three unions that have the most to lose if Republicans make good on their pledges to shrink the actual size and cost of government.

New Obama App Rats Out Neighbors' Political Affiliation.  The Internet is abuzz with news of a new Obama campaign smart phone app that identifies all the Democrats in your neighborhood.  Released last week, the app works through Google maps.  Upon entering an address, the app reveals the registered Democrats nearby, names them, and notes their sex and age.  Consequently, it will also inform you of which households aren't registered Democrats by process of elimination and by seeing those houses not identified as Democrats!

Obama campaign mobile app reveals which of your neighbors are registered Dems.  Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn't get any weirder, along comes its latest high-tech gift.  Meet the Obama for America app for iPhone, a tool that allows you to spy on your neighbors to determine which of them are naughty (read: not Obama supporters) and which are nice.  What you do with that information is entirely up to you.

Obama campaign app concerns some privacy advocates.  President Obama's reelection team has taken canvassing to the next technological level, introducing a free iPhone app that maps the location of nearby Democrats, identifying them by first name, last initial and home address.


2011:  AttackWatch

Seriously, Attack Watch?  In 2008, it was called Fight the Smears.  The interface was friendly and hope-colored.  This time, it's dark and angry and Web 1.0.  It looks like the guy who designs 9/11 conspiracy Web sites finally got his big break.

Obama's hokey AttackWatch comes under attack.  President Obama's campaign team has trotted out AttackWatch.com, a spooky new Web site that asks followers to report "lies" being told about the president. ... The rollout brought much derision, with The Washington Post calling the site a full-fledged "laughingstock" within hours of its launch.

AttackWatch Twits.  You know a presidential campaign is going south when its detractors have more fun with its website than do its fans.  That's the case with AttackWatch.com, the Obama site that's making him a parody.

When Community Organizers Attack.  [Scroll down]  Most curious, the donation link at Attack Watch — where "folks like you" can donate to support the truth, or volunteer to share the facts — redirects supporters to the barackobama.com site where, speaking of fact, contributions go directly to the Obama campaign. ... It reeks of juvenile insecurity and utter desperation — just stop picking on me!  Far worse, it is behavior endorsed and propagated by the sitting President of the United States.  It's a disgrace to the office.

Big Brother Obama is watching.  Be careful, if you dare to criticize Citizen Obama, comrade.  The Web is watching.  This week, President Obama's re-election team launched "Attack Watch," an interactive website that allows the president's registered supporters to report instances of "attacks" against the commander in chief or his record.  Citizen snitches are asked to detail who the attacker is, the type of attack, and whether the offending words were actually heard or passed along as second-hand rumors.

Richard E. Coyote.  The [AttackWatch] site features ominous red-white-and-black graphics and a form called "Report an attack."  There's also a Facebook page, which we're told is a parody, but who can tell?  The whole thing is both creepily paranoid and bumblingly buffoonish, as if produced by a chimera of Richard M. Nixon and Wile E. Coyote.  And the site's substance is no less marvelously mockable than its style.

Groucho Marx Saves America.  A hilarious barrage of catcalls and insults has greeted Obama's latest debacle, a Soviet-style website called Attack Watch.  With its terrifying design of red and black cellblocks, and scary photos of Obama's critics looking like Mafia hoodlums, Attack Watch openly solicits Americans to turn in their friends and neighbors for thoughtcrimes against the president. ... Within nanoseconds of Attack Watch's debut, a parody video by Ezra Dulis and Misfit Politics had blasted through the web.  Then came the howls of Hurricane Twitter, a Category 5 of one-liners, as Americans competed to turn themselves in and report anti-Obama crimes.

2009 - 2011

The DHS And FBI Present: You Might Be A Terrorist If...  As we seem to be told repeatedly, seeing something and saying something is perhaps the greatest duty an American citizen can perform in service to this country.  It's simply not enough anymore to install an American flag in the front yard and purchase domestic vehicles.  Now, every citizen should be keeping his eye out for (and on) his fellow citizens.  The price of freedom may be eternal vigilance, but the price of security is endless paranoia.

iSPY For The Government.  Enlisting untrained citizens to be the eyes and ears of the state is a classic hallmark of an authoritarian society.

EPA Celebrates 'Children Health Month,' Encourages Recruiting Students for 'Energy Patrols' at School.  On [an EPA] website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, "Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment."  In the report's chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish "Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools."  One of the items in the box reads, "Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use.  Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted."

DHS Enlists Citizen Spies Via New Smartphone App.  Homeland Security officials in Delaware are hoping to enlist citizens as spies for the state by encouraging them to use a new app which allows smartphone users to attach pictures of "suspicious" vehicles or persons and send them directly to the federal government.

Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.  [Scroll down]  Another attempt by the administration to crush dissent during the Obamacare debate occurred in August of 2009, when a post appeared on the White House blog encouraging Americans to snitch on their fellow citizens for circulating e-mails containing "fishy" information about the President's evolving health "reform" initiative:  "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there. [...] If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."  This email address was soon deactivated after Michelle Malkin and countless other conservative bloggers organized the "go flag yourself" campaign, in which Obamacare opponents bombarded the White House with e-mails reporting themselves as disseminators of "fishy" information.

W.H. collects Web users' data without notice.  The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

Critics Accuse White House of Playing 'Big Brother' in Health Care Debate.  A new White House tactic to control the message on health care reform has critics accusing the Obama administration of playing "Big Brother" and threatening the privacy of average Americans.  "No one expects that when they exercise their First Amendment rights to ask questions or complain about a proposed government program that they're going to be listed on a database in the White House," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told FOX News Thursday [8/6/2009], saying the White House effort raises serious privacy concerns.  "You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see the potential for serious abuse."

Cornyn worried White House collecting personal data.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) is worried that the White House will use a new media outreach program to collect the personal data of its political opponents.  Yesterday [8/4/2009], the White House asked supporters to forward "fishy" claims or rumors about the President's healthcare plan to a White House email address as a way to respond to "disinformation."  Cornyn says this practice would let the White House collect personal information about people who oppose the President.

Sen. Cornyn Sends Letter To President Obama About "Fishy" Activities Program.  In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, expressed serious concern about the White House's new program requesting Americans to forward email chains and other communications opposing the President's health care policies.  Sen. Cornyn is seeking assurances that the program is being carried out in a manner consistent with the First Amendment and America's tradition of free speech and public discourse.

'Nobody Is Collecting Names'
White House Responds to Charge It's Monitoring Speech of Health Care Reform Opponents.  As ABC News' Rick Klein was first to report, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was quite taken aback by White House Director of New Media Macon Phillips's request that if citizens "get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy," they "send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."  In a White House blog, Phillips said he was trying to stem the flow of "disinformation"...

Obama's dissident database could be secret — and permanent.  The White House request that members of the public report anyone who is spreading "disinformation" about the proposed national health care makeover could lead to a White House database of political opponents that will be both secret and permanent, according to Republican lawyers on the Senate Judiciary Committee who are examining the plan's possible implementation.

Getting In Their Faces For A Change.  The candidate who told his supporters "to argue with them and get in their face" now finds the shoe on the other foot.  So they're taking names and encouraging you to turn in your neighbors.

Obama's Snitch on Your Neighbor Program:  Barack Obama has requested his supporters report on any civilians who dissent from his policies. ... There has never been an American president who has advocated turning in your neighbors for holding a different policy view.  But this is just the first step in Obama's plan to create a civilian defense force comparable to the military.

Snitch On Your Neighbor!  I wish I was making this up but my mind does not work this way.  President Barry Obama wants to know if anyone is opposing Obamacare publicly or even in causal conversation.  To make sure that dis-information about Obamacare continues to sweep the country, the Obama White House has instituted the Snitch on your Neighbor program.  Yes, you can now snitch on you friends, family, and co-workers who oppose giving up private insurance for Government-run health care.

Who's Behind the Internet Snitch Brigade?  Czardom has its privileges.  This week, President Obama's health care overlord, Nancy DeParle, launched a taxpayer-funded initiative to recruit an Internet Snitch Brigade that will combat "disinformation about health insurance reform."  As the White House explained in a special online bulletin:  "These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails 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."

The Community is Organizing Against Obama Socialized Medicine.  The Organizer-n-Chief is so desperate to silence any and all debate on his plan to nationalize 1/7th of the US economy by confiscating control of the US health and insurance industry, that he has established a stool pigeon hot line on the White House web site, calling for his rat fink minions to narc out their neighbors if they dare to speak out against ObamaCare.

The Obama Civilian Police Are Ignoring the Constitution.  The First Amendment prohibits Congress from abridging the freedom of speech.  The reason the Amendment refers to speech as "the" freedom of speech is a recognition by the Framers that the right to speak freely precedes the existence of the U.S. as a country. ... The right to speak freely does not come from the government, which the Big Government folks claim; it is an indelible aspect of our humanity.  The Supreme Court has endorsed the concept of the natural, as opposed to governmental, origins of this right, and hence, even though the First Amendment only prohibits "Congress" from abridging the freedom of speech, the Court has ruled that no one in any government — from a school janitor to a state governor, from a board of education to a local cop, from the courts to the Congress to the President — may interfere with speech.

White House Move to Collect 'Fishy' Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say.  The White House strategy of turning supporters into snitches when they see "fishy" information about the health care debate may run afoul of the law, legal experts say.  "The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday [8/7/2009].  "There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives.  It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.

Welcome to Gestapo-care.  So what has the White House told supporters to do when you run across those who spread "disinformation" about the new attempt by the Obama administration to install the anti-competitive practices of a "public option" into a federalized universal health care initiative?  Report them.  Whether its communicated through e-mail, websites, blogs, or even casual conversation the executive branch of the federal government is asking you to make them aware of this "disinformation" because they can't keep track of all of the dissenters themselves.

Flashback to last year:
The First Obama Misinformation Suppression Program.  Last September, in the midst of the general election campaign, two St. Louis city and county attorneys, and a local sheriff, made news with the first Obama misinformation suppression program.  Remember when this story broke last September?

New Rules for Radicals.  If you're a virtuous and patriotic American, you may find this column either offensive or misleading.  If so, please forward it to White House authorities at the Department of Fishy Activity.  (E-mail the good people at flag@whitehouse.gov.)  As many of you have heard, the White House now requests that the public tattle on those of us spreading "fishy" "disinformation" regarding Washington's proposed takeover of your health care.  This step, naturally, is for our own good.

Gibbs doublespeak on White House e-mails.  Earlier this week, the White House asked people to forward "fishy" emails they receive that may be spreading misinformation about health-care reform to flag@whitehouse.gov.  In response, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) wrote in a letter to President Obama that it's "inevitable that the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House.  You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program."

Obama's pattern of intolerance toward dissent.  Linda Douglass, communications director for Obama's Office of Health Reform, said her job includes collecting "disinformation" about health care, and the White House asked Americans, "If you get an e-mail or see something on the Web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."  What counts as "fishy"?  Is it only the e-mails falsely claiming "reform" mandates euthanasia, or is Obama also counting as "disinformation" the videos displaying his past advocacy of a single-payer plan and arguments that the plan amounts to taxpayer funding of abortions?

Conformity is now the new dissent.  [Scroll down slowly]  So, on Monday [8/3/2009], the official White House Web site drew attention to the alarming amount of "disinformation about health insurance reform."  "These rumors often travel just below the surface," warned Macon Phillips, Chief Commissar of the Hopenstasi ...whoops, I mean White House Director of New Media, "via chain emails or through casual conversation."  "Casual conversation," eh?  Why can't these "dissenters" just be like normal people and read off the teleprompter?  "Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help," continued Commissar Phillips.

My Fishy Letter of Encouragement for the Town Hall Rebels.  How the heck do you hacks think you got into the White House in the first place?  How did you arrive at that place of power where you could, possibly irrevocably, dismantle our nation?  I'll tell you how:  It was by being dissident, getting vocal, organizing, going viral ... and abracadabra, poof, you socialists won.  I believe it was Obama himself who said one should sharpen one's elbows and get in people's faces.  Yep, I'm pretty sure it was. ... What's good for the commie goose is good for the conservative gander.

White House call to 'flag' dissent loathsome.  Normally, I'm not one to get fired up about political issues, but this White House crowd is getting to be more than a little overbearing.  The paragraph [cited in this article] comes from an Aug. 4 entry on the White House blog. ... When I read it, I blew a gasket.  The White House, basically, is asking me and you to rat out anyone who disagrees with the Obama version of the "truth" on health reform.

O's Silent Majority.  Like Richard Nixon, Barack Obama wants to govern on the strength of a silent majority, although with a twist.  Obama wants the majority that opposes or questions his policies to stay silent.

Obama's Dissident Database:  The White House has asked that members of the public report to them anyone who is spreading "disinformation" about ObamaCare. ... The problem is that the White House is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, which means that any names or information turned in would not have to be released to any member of the public who made a request, media included.  Furthermore, Senate Judiciary Committee attorneys studying the situation say that the White House doesn't appear to be covered by the Privacy Act either, which ordinarily prohibits government agencies from keeping records "describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained."

Sen. Cornyn Submits "Fishy" Claims To The White House.  "The question is not what the White House is doing, but how and why.  How are they purging names and email addresses from this account to protect privacy?  Why do they need the forwarded emails, names, and 'casual conversations' sent to them instead of just the arguments that they want to rebut?"  In addition, Sen. Cornyn is submitting a list of "fishy" claims he has heard in some not-so "casual conversations" in an effort to ensure the White House's program is successful.

Fishy.  I send in two emails to flag@whitehouse.gov.  I figure I'm already on their "list." ... I'm wondering what will happen to the people on "the list."  Audit?  Jail?  Death?  I'm starting to feel exactly the same as the Soviets and the Cubans.  I now understand perfectly why they risked their lives heading to Miami on rafts.  The fear is palpable.  The invisible oppression of being watched.  The White House is trying to intimidate my fellow Americans from speaking out, from asking questions about this Socialized Medicine.

Don't Fret Your 'Fishy' Complaints About Health Care Reform.  Several commenters, noting the chilling effect a database of opponents of the White House might have, suggested that a suit might be brought for violation of the Privacy Act of 1974, a post-Nixon statute that prohibits federal agencies from maintaining records on citizens who are exercising their free speech rights to dissent from government policy (5 U.S.C. § 552).

Does Linda Douglass know about this?  Does Linda Douglass know that Obama is likening his proposed government plan to the United States Postal Service?  Is Obama aware that the USPS has made itself a long-time laughingstock of poor service, inefficiency and waste?  Obama's sounds like the kind of fishy mockery that should be reported to Douglass via the official flag@whitehouse.gov email address and returned to sender.

Why Create an 'Enemies List' When There Are Already Campaign Finance Laws?  Last week, the debate about health care reform was transformed into one about free speech — specifically, whether the Obama administration is trying to chill the speech of its critics by creating an "enemies list."  The ruckus started when the White House called on its supporters to help it combat what it calls "disinformation" about its health care agenda that is being propagated through emails, websites, and "casual conversation."

All I Want for Christmas Is to Make Obama's Enemies List.  I was too young and too obscure to make Richard Nixon's enemies list back in the day. ... [But] you can imagine my delight when I heard that President Obama is going to be starting an enemies list of his own.  This time, I am absolutely determined to make the grade.  Nothing will stand in my way.  Come hell or high water, I am going to get my name on that list if I have to camp out in front of the office of Linda Douglass, communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, until she slaps my moniker on that list just to get rid of me.

An Enemies List to Which we Should Aspire:  President Obama, who remains so critical of former President George W. Bush's foreign policy that he still hasn't ruled out prosecuting Bush officials for war crimes, began stifling criticism of his own policies through the compilation of an enemies list last week.  That's right:  In Nixon-like fashion, Obama is using the power of his office to compile information on private citizens "for political purposes."

The Audacity of Dissent.  Given his background, one might expect President Obama to take seriously this vigorous grassroots reaction to his policies.  Instead, aided by Congressional Democrats, the White House has taken to painting this mass outpouring of civic discontent as a fringe phenomenon — driven by extremists, un-American in its aims, and requiring careful monitoring so that any "fishy" concerns andcriticisms about the administration's health care plans are reported to the proper (read: government) channels.

More Government Does Not Equal 'Reform'.  [Scroll down slowly]  Obama loyalists were also asked to forward to the White House information regarding health care that "seems fishy."  Which means what?  And what are the authorities going to do with the information they gather?  Nobody knows.  Some sources hold the request to be illegal.  Senator John Cornyn penned a masterful response arguing, "As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights."

White House disables e-tip box.  Following a furor over how the data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box — flag@whitehouse.gov — that was set up to receive information on "fishy" claims about President Barack Obama's health plan.

Issa wants answers from White House on e-mails.  The ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants more answers from the White House about its e-mail policies.  In a letter to White House counsel Greg Craig, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday [8/17/2009] raised questions about the White House's request for supporters to forward "fishy claims" about healthcare.

White House Character:  [Scroll down]  Obama, who promised to make the public part of the legislative process, has instead tried to rush hundreds of pages of health care reform through the Democrat Congress.  When details began to leak out, and Americans protested, Obama's administration asked his supporters to report anyone who opposed his agenda to the White House.  He allowed Democrats in Congress to demonize his critics as un-American, subversive, and dangerous.

Somewhat related:
Police chiefs endorse anti-terror community watch.  A store clerk's curiosity about why Najibullah Zazi was buying large quantities of beauty supply products indicated that something about the transaction wasn't quite right — and it's an example of the kind of citizen vigilance that can combat terror, a police commander said Saturday [10/3/2009].

The Editor says...
There is very little difference between vigilance and vigilantes.

Rats!  City to Pay for Informing on Tax Cheats.  Chicago and Cook County residents aren't the only ones about to get shocking tax news; the city is debuting a "tax whistle-blower" plan that could turn neighbor against neighbor in Chicago's business community.

Chicago Seeking Tax Snitches.  In addition to double-digit tax increases, the City of Chicago is moving forward with a plan to pay "whistleblowers" for turning in tax dodgers to city hall.  According to news reports, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's 2010 budget includes a novel provision to encourage residents to report one another to the authorities for failure to fully comply with city tax rules.  It is known as the "Tax Whistleblower Program."

US Census Workers Looking for Snitches in Memphis.  A US census worker, driving a metallic gray Ford Taurus-type car, has been reported to be combing through the Memphis, TN suburb of Germantown knocking on doors asking people for information on their neighbors.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The US census worker was asking how many people lived in the house next door on or about April 1, 2010.

The Witch Hunt Begins: Citizen Spy Network Targets Political Speech and Gun Owners.  A plethora of tyrannical campaigns have been initiated and designed to break up communities and turn citizens against one another.  The justifications for these fascist programs are always a matter of national security.  The real reason for these programs and even the events that brought them into existence is to set up a police control grid.

Nazi Germany - Dictatorship.  On July 14th 1933, a law was passed making it illegal to form a new political party.  It also made the Nazi Party the only legal political party in Germany.  Germany became a nation of snoops.  People were employed in each street, in each building complex etc. with the sole purpose of keeping an eye on others in their 'area' and reporting them to the authorities if they believed that something was amiss.  The reputation of the Nazi police and the secret police lead by Himmler was such that no one wished to cause offence.  People kept their thoughts to themselves unless they wished to invite trouble.  In this sense, Nazi Germany was a nation run on fear of the government.

Obama's 1984.  In 2009, the White House instituted "WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck" to counter rising popular opposition to Obamacare.  "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there," the White House noted:  ["]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. [...]["] It wasn't enough for the administration to set up a website for Obamacare information; it was also asking supporters to report on sources of "disinformation," to alert the government about any sources of opposition.  This was essentially a call for informants.

2002: The TIPS Program

Down the Memory Hole:  Operation TIPS Website Deleted.  At some point prior to 20 November 2002, the federal government deleted the portion of the Citizen Corps Website dealing with the citizen-snitch program Operation TIPS.  This was undoubtedly because the Homeland Security Act, which had passed the House at that point, specifically canned TIPS.  Section 808 of the act, which became federal law, states:  "Any and all activities of the Federal Government to implement the proposed component program of the Citizen Corps known as Operation TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) are hereby prohibited."  (Of course, this doesn't prohibit a similar program with a different name from being created.)

Feds' Spying Plan Fades to Black.  TIPS was quietly killed with the passage of the Homeland Security Act.

 Editor's Note:   So TIPS is a dead issue.  It didn't stand up to public scrutiny.  But don't ever forget this was attempted!

US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies:  The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.  The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police.  The program would use a minimum of 4% of Americans to report "suspicious activity".

Report TIPS informants.  The USA is building a program where over a million Americans will act as informants about any suspicious activity they observe among their neighbours and the people they visit in a professional capacity.  Your mail carrier, your meter reader — all can now be federal informants through the Terrorism Information and Prevention System.

U.S. government doesn't trust Americans:  The latest example of the government's alarming plans to target the entire population for more scrutiny is the Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS.  Interestingly, the program came to light not through the reporting of any U.S. press outlets, but through a report in the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia (above) and linked by WorldNetDaily.

Monitor Thy Neighbor:  Americans are beginning to understand that many precious liberties have been put in jeopardy by the government's rush to enact new laws in the wake of September 11th.  Federal law enforcement agencies now have broad authority to conduct secret, warrantless searches of homes; monitor phone and internet activity; access financial records; and undertake large-scale tracking of American citizens through huge databases.  We're told this is necessary to fight the unending war on terror, but in truth the federal government has been seeking these powers for years.

Spying: The American Way of Life?  Last month's revelation that President Bush wants hundreds of millions of dollars to invent innovative ways to spy on Americans was greeted not with suspicion, but shoulder-shrugging indifference.  "Americans are not prepared to sacrifice their privacy and civil liberties after Sept. 11, although their political leaders are prepared to do so for them."

A Site to Despise Untrained Spies:  The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a website for people to protest the Bush administration's citizen informant program, which would enlist civilians nationwide to report suspicious behavior by their fellow Americans.  The ACLU charges that the Terrorist Information and Prevention System (TIPS), which is expected to launch this fall, is a massive invasion of privacy.

America:  a sissified nation:  Benjamin Franklin warned, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."  But that's what the Bush administration and Congress have asked of Americans -- to give up essential liberty for safety that's not even guaranteed.  By not being fully appreciative of the fact that it's Washington, not Osama bin Laden, that represents the greatest threat to both liberty and security, we've gone along with the agenda.

Under Fire, Justice Shrinks TIPS Program:  Justice Department officials have decided to scale back the controversial Operation TIPS program before it even begins, saying yesterday that they no longer plan to ask thousands of mail carriers, utility workers and others with access to private homes to report suspected terrorist activity.

New "watch" program poses troubling privacy issues:  The Justice Department's Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS) goes beyond encouraging the public to report questionable behavior.  By enlisting a handpicked group of workers, some with access to private information, the program threatens Americans' privacy rights.

A War Against the American People:  The Bush administration is putting in place the neighborhood informant system used by the infamous Stasi, the communist East German secret police.  Bush's plan, known as TIPS, Terrorism Information and Prevention System, intends to turn one out of every 24 Americans into a government spy reporting on their fellow citizens.  The results in the United States will be the same as in East Germany.  Jealousies, rivalries, misperceptions and inflamed imaginations will result in the reporting of many innocent people, who will be investigated, questioned, detained and, on occasion, framed.

Planned volunteer-informant corps elicits '1984' fears:  As part of the country's war against terrorism, the Bush administration by next month wants to recruit a million letter carriers, utility workers and others whose jobs allow them access to private homes into a contingent of organized government informants.

ACLU: Operation TIPS Breeds Peeping Toms.  The government is organizing a program to encourage millions of Americans -- including utility workers and letter carriers -- to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to report anything unusual.

Justice mum about citizen-snooping program:  The Bush administration says information published this week regarding a new government informant program was "premature" and that officials are nowhere near ready to implement it.

Postal Service Won't Join TIPS Program:  The Postal Service has decided not to take part in a government program touted as a tip service for authorities concerned with terrorism, but which is being assailed as a scheme to cast ordinary Americans as "peeping Toms."

Warning!  The Post Office could report YOU as a drug dealer or a terrorist.:  The next time you go to the Post Office to purchase a money order, you could get secretly reported to the federal government as a potential drug dealer, terrorist, or money-launderer.

Website for Operation TIPS Quietly Changes:  At some point during the resulting denunciations of this Stalinesque plan, the text on the TIPS Website was changed.


"In the continuing search for ways to build character in the leaders of tomorrow, some favor snitchlines:  "Cedar Rapids police are believed to be the first in Iowa to create a student hot line to take tips on illegal activity.  Teens who call about classmates they believe to have alcohol, drugs or weapons on school property get $50 if the police recover anything."

Quoted from Zero-tolerance spiral.  



This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

2002:  Know Your Customer

Patriot Act:  Nationwide, banks want to know more about you:  Banking customers across the nation will notice stricter new identification rules for opening new accounts, taking out loans and other financial transactions, beginning [10/21/2002].

"Know Your Customer" Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

"Know Your Customer" as Incoherent Privacy Policy:  This proposal sidesteps the Fourth Amendment, it will not make our streets or banks safer, and it eerily recalls Communist China, where neighborhood committees of retired communist party members reported on their neighbors.

Banking with Big Brother:  US banks must monitor their customers and alert federal officials to "suspicious" behavior under a government plan that has drawn fire as an Orwellian intrusion into Americans' privacy.

Know Your Customer:  Know Your Comrade.  The next time you go to the bank, you may find your banker demanding to know where you got your money, how you got it, and whether your transaction was a "normal" one.  If a new "know your customer" rule proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation goes through, banks would be required to collect that information from customers, monitor their accounts, and report "suspicious" activities.  And if you don't give the bank the information it wants, you could forfeit your account.

EFF Comments to FDIC on draft "Know Your Customer" bank surveillance regs:  The Know Your Customer proposal regards every bank patron as a potential suspect and eliminates financial privacy by inspecting all banking transactions and establishing customer profiles.

Victory: Know Your Customer Dies.

The Government Still Wants Your Bank to Spy on You:  "Know Your Customer" is Not Dead Yet!

Privacy Busters:  Big Bank is watchingNew FDIC Regs Require Banks to Violate Customers Privacy.  This massive new program -- euphemistically called 'Know Your Customer' -- would convert our nation's banks into wholly owned subsidiaries of the government-wide movement to invade every aspect of Americans' privacy.

"Know Your Customer" regulations go global?  Switzerland-based commission recommends intrusive banking practices

Update:
Bank on it — your every transaction triggers snooping.  I am not an Eliot Spitzer fan.  The now-former New York governor and I have disagreed privately and publicly on any number of issues, mostly involving questions of prosecutorial abuse.  Still, I have great concern with the manner in which his fall from grace was orchestrated, and with the federal laws and regulations on which it was based.  The sad saga of Spitzer should concern every American, or at least all those who maintain accounts at any financial institution or who engage in any form of electronic financial transactions.

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