THE WAR ON FREEDOM
By Paul Proctor
you haven’t read the story yet, the Washington Times is reporting
on President Bush’s new “Terrorism Prevention and Information System”.
(TIPS) It will recruit about 4% of Americans to essentially spy on
the rest of us as a means to somehow prevent terrorism. As some of
you know, I have alluded to this sort of thing many times in past
columns. Apparently the risk of public outrage over such a despotic
proposal is now minimal for reasons I need not repeat, making it therefore
politically safe to reveal the devilish details to the mainstream
media without fear of fallout.
volunteer-informant corps elicits '1984' fears
am reminded of the 1953 war drama, Stalag 17, starring William Holden
and Peter Graves where an English-speaking German spy is covertly
placed within the ranks of US soldiers being held in a prisoner of
war camp during WWII. When rumors begin circulating that a spy is
among them, paranoia ensues, tempers flare, accusations fly and imaginations
run wild throughout the barracks as everyone recklessly attempts to
determine just who the cowardly snitch is. It eventually leads to
an innocent party (Holden) getting publicly maligned and nearly beaten
to death. The real spy (Graves) joins the enraged mob against the
accused while continuing his secret signals and reports to the Nazis
– that is, until he gets caught in the end.
being unconstitutional and un-American, snooping on innocent people
in a free society is cowardly, divisive and just plain evil. Regardless
of whether or not President Bush’s motives are honorable the fact
remains that in tattle tailing for the federal government, anyone
with a personal grievance against another individual or group could
literally wreak havoc on them with such powers. Needless to say, the
potential for tragedy and abuse is huge. How secure do you think you
are going to feel in this escalating “War on Terrorism” burdened with
the grim knowledge that you’re always going to be watched by someone
somewhere reporting your personal activities, conversations and correspondence
to an unaccountable hierarchy that, in the interest of “Homeland Security”,
has the legal authority to take from you whatever they want, anytime
they want, without so much as a warrant or a knock on the door. Rent
a copy of Stalag 17 some evening and you’ll see for yourself what
happens to people under this kind of oppression. It’s not pretty.
They may call this ongoing battle a “War on Terrorism” but I assure
you, if anything, it is a war on freedom.
have said for years now that America is gradually becoming itself
a concentration camp where personal privacy and liberty are attacked
daily using crisis, disinformation and propaganda for the purpose
of instilling just enough fear and paranoia into society to turn the
“fruited plain” into fertile ground for the tares of tyranny. Only
days after the towers fell President Bush began a strange line of
rhetoric that said the threat of terrorism was a threat to our freedom
and that we needed to go to war indefinitely to protect that freedom.
But, you see – terrorists don’t want your freedom – they want your
life. It is tyrants and dictators that want your freedom.
Buildings may crumble and fall around us from acts of terror but we are still free to walk amid the smoking rubble. It just takes faith and courage -- things that God, not government gives. However, when we willingly surrender our inalienable rights over to political opportunists with Christian claims and patriotic promises it is THEN and ONLY THEN that we are in danger of losing our freedom – not when planes fly into buildings.
© 2002 Paul
Proctor - All Rights Reserved
"Besides being unconstitutional and un-American, snooping on innocent people in a free society is cowardly, divisive and just plain evil."