I try not to doom and gloom, but I want to share my thoughts today on something that is more related to our founding ideals of liberty, personal freedom, and independence and less related to pure preparedness. But it’s important, and I would feel remiss if I didn’t share these thoughts.
This post has been percolating in my head for a few weeks and it’s taken a while to get out. It may wander around a bit, but it should all make sense in the end. I may turn this into a series of posts, I’m not sure yet.
A Little History From Rudys Life
When I was young, I spent about six years living in Europe, primarily in what was at the time West Germany. By that wording, you’ve probably already guessed that this was in the time of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and Communist Eastern Europe.
The communist regimes that were in power at that time throughout eastern Europe were not exactly known for their freedom oriented policies. While they certainly took it to varying degrees, some key common policies were oppressive and totalitarian laws (written or unwritten), lack of free speech, suppression (sometimes violently) of religion, no rights to own defensive weaponry (or arms of any kind), little self determination, and a cultivation of a “Be afraid, and tattle on your Neighbor” mindset among the population.
This doesn’t even begin to touch on the true evils of those regimes. Millions of people were imprisoned or killed, most simply because the powers that be didn’t like them, what they said, what they believed, or even were just offended.
We were there because my parents believed that God had called them to be missionaries, so we went. While much of what my parents did was in local churches, my Dad did a few things that were a bit more … dangerous. My Dad was one of those people you read about that went behind the Iron Curtain running Bibles, preaching, helping underground churches, and doing other missionary work.
I can’t describe to you the gut wrenching feeling knowing that he might not come home from the trip he just left on. And not for any reason that makes sense to us, with our ingrained First Amendment mindsets. No, he could have been tossed into a jail cell in some basement, a labor camp, or even shot, simply because some border guard didn’t like what he was doing, or someone informed on him, or even because a petty bureaucrat in some tiny hamlet decided that Dad had broken some unwritten law.
I only went through that occasionally. I can’t imagine living with that sort of pressure day in and day out. Can you?
A Surveillance and Informant Based Society
Citizens tattling on other citizens, with no guarantee that the informing wasn’t based on a personal vendetta or something along those lines.
This isn’t necessarily something new, of course. Nazi Germany had the Gestapo, which had one official for every 2,000 citizens, for example. The KGB, on the other hand, had one agent per 583 citizens. The most effective East Bloc agency, the East German Stasi, had a one agent to 166 citizens ratio. If you add in the massive network of informants they had, there was one spy per 6.5 citizens.
Phones were tapped, agents and informants took photographs and videos of neighbors through tiny holes drilled in walls. Every apartment had a tenant who was the ‘watchdog’ who reported every relative, friend, or visitor in any apartment.
Those informants? Think your family, friends, neighbors. ANYONE.
Cameras were prevalent. You couldn’t go anywhere without being on camera. Better not litter!
You could get thrown into a labor camp for three years just for asking to leave the country.
Did you write a letter talking about emigrating? Ten years, hard labor.
People simply disappeared. When a family member or friend was arrested you were never told what the sentence was. Even when people were executed nobody knew. They were taken to the basement, shot in the back of the head, and cremated. The ashes were usually mixed into concrete or disposed of at a construction site.
The Stasi Arrives Here In America
Thankfully, my Dad never got into too much trouble. He was detained a few times, but never arrested or imprisoned. For that, I am very thankful.
Today in this country we find ourselves under ever more surveillance. Cameras are all over the place … some private, many are public. Our government does more and more warrant-less surveillance. They can plant a GPS on your car and track your movements with no warrant.
Heck, just the other day a court said that it’s legal for them to execute a citizen simply because they say that he’s a terrorist. No proof, no trial, just a suspicion is enough for that quick execution.
And now we have the Secretary of Homeland Security partnering with WalMart to expand the DHS “If You See Something, Say Something” program to every WalMart in the country. You’ll be inundated at the checkstand by a fancy little video message that tells you to report anything suspicious you see.
Our government is advocating that we inform on other citizens. All in the name of a false sense of security that they promote. And it’s not enough to simply advocate this, but our children are being indoctrinated that this is the right thing to do. They are being desensitized to this.
How Does This Impact Your Preparedness Plans?
This is a major problem for you as a preparedness minded person. So much of what you do is not normal, and will be viewed by others as suspicious or strange. When we have the federal government urging citizens to inform on other citizens that are different, where does that leave you?
Buying bulk food is abnormal. It’s strange. People will report you for that.
Having a food storage pantry is abnormal. It’s strange. People will report you for that.
Storing water is abnormal. Better not unload those 55 gallon drums when people can see..
Have guns? You’ll get reported by the first anti-gun bigot that feels slighted in any way. And ammo? More than a few hundred rounds is suspicious!
Do you understand where they are trying to take us as a country? Contemplate what you’ve read and think long and hard about what it means.
And then tell me in the comments what you are going to do about this.
I’m going to leave you with a relevant quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”