Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Night Watch
Years ago there was a Sci-fi show called Babylon 5. It was full of your typical aliens and humans trying to coexist within the confines of a strategically located space station. While rife with intergalactic conflict, this show had a particularly political bend. The first and second season simmered with treachery under the surface but by the third season the treachery reached epic proportions. The earth government instituted a newly formed department (as a subsidiary of the executive branch) called the "Night Watch". Their sole mission was to encourage citizens to inform on one another. They were told to report "suspicious" behavior, ideological "differences" or anything "out of the ordinary". They were encouraged to take their suspicions to the authorities so that the authorities could further investigate their "traitorous" activities. They said "you might not recognize sedition, but we will". The Night Watch reduced law abiding citizens into suspected terrorists.
Sir Knight and I watched Babylon 5 saying "never would the United States of America tolerate such Gestapo tactics! Our people would never turn on each other like that!". It seems that we were sadly mistaken. Our very own government, under the head of The Department of Homeland Security, has begun their very own Night Watch. DHS calls their version "See Something, Say Something", but it is the same soul stealing program implemented by freedom grabbing regimes throughout time.
DHS wants you to tattle on your neighbor. The current political climate encourages us to see a terrorist under every rock, a murderer in every shopping mall. Maybe, if we all turn on each other, we won't notice our freedoms being being systematically dismantled by those sworn to protect them. Maybe, if you tell on me, they won't come after you. Ya, that worked out really well for Nazi sympathizers, too.