The Lone Wolf Initiative.

orwell-watchfuleyes A front page article in USA today considers the “Lone Wolf Initiative” started by the Obama administration soon after he was sworn into office.  The initiative calls for federal authorities to attempt to find loners, like the one who killed Tiller.  They plan on looking into large purchases of bomb making materials, associations with hate groups, which have risen from 602 in 2000 to 926 in 2008, checking prison release rolls for people with past associations with hate groups, and asking citizens to report suspicious activities.

All well and good, until one gets to the citizens reporting suspicious activities part. That strikes me as Orwellian in nature.  With the hatred by both parties at an all time high, I would guess the feds will be swamped with calls concerning gossip, innuendo and hate.  Separating the wheat, if any,  from the chaff will be a time consuming job, to say the least. But my problem with that part of it is the big brother syndrome, and how it will effect the general population. Far be it for me to want some nutcase assassinating anyone, public or private, but could this lead to a British type system, where there are cameras on every street corner? Where people are rewarded for turning in a neighbor for perceived radical speech or actions?

What do the readers here think about this: does it make sense in this emotionally charged atmosphere, or is it big brother taking a visible foothold in America?



Filed under Diplomacy, hate groups, Obama, Political Reform

10 responses to “The Lone Wolf Initiative.

  1. All things in moderation.

    I live on a corner so one of the Neighborhood Watch signs that appear at both ends of the block is in my yard — another item to trim around.

    But when we started this about fifteen years ago we met as a neighborhood and we exchanged such information as phone numbers, what cars shouldn’t cause suspicion if in our driveway, agreements that none of us would leave town without letting our neighbors know, and that we would all watch out for one another.

    I’m a proponent of citizens reporting suspicious activity. I think it works. Now, if I saw something in my neighborhood I would contact the local police and leave it up to them if other law enforcement agencies needed to be brought in.

  2. Sounds like we’re living in the heart of the activity from this report titled, “Officials see rise in militia groups across U.S.

    — snip —

    These militias are concentrated in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and the Deep South, according to Mark Potok, an SPLC staff director who co-wrote the report. Recruiting videos and other outreach on the Internet are on the rise, he said, and researchers from his center found at least 50 new groups in the last few months.

  3. lilacluvr

    I can understand the hesitancy of some to think the Obama Administration is wanting people to call in suspicious activities, but I think with the current level of hatred that is being shown by the Radical Right fringe groups such as birthers, teabaggers and deathers – maybe this is the time we, as a nation, come together and use each and every tool available to try to keep some sense of stability?

    Besides – don’t I remember the Republicans crowing about Bush’s wiretapping policy as being okay and constitutional?

    Now what was it they all shouted back at us liberals who were questioning the policy?

    Oh yeah, that’s right – if you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t mind being wiretapped – or something to that effect.

    • Exactly. So, applying the same logic, there’s nothing to fear if one is not engaged in “suspicious activities”. Amazing how the worm turns, though, once the shoe is on the other foot, or whose ox is being gored. Hmm, let me think a bit, and I’m sure I’ll be able to find another cliche’ or two…

  4. “All things in moderation”

    Ahhh…my favorite word…moderation. Can’t we use that more often when talking about the goverment haha

  5. tosmarttobegop

    The problem comes with what is suspicious? Some of the worst cases recently the neighbors have said there was nothing that told them the guy next door was building bombs. Generally those incline toward such thoughts are not sharing them unless they know the person they are talking to has the same thoughts.
    The only exceptions I have seen has been the internet and people seem to assume that they can not be found.

    But then how do you tell who is just blowing off steam and who is actually intending to kill the President?
    Oddly the chances are it is not the one who actually said it out loud. I lost trace of how many times someone convicted of murder had as part of the evidence they making a statement. Only to at sentence tell the judge they were just kidding when they said it.

    Working at Wal-Mart we did note anyone buying a good number of those tac phones since they are used a great deal by terrorists. Already if you buy certain items that are commonly used in making meth you are reported to the local Police. The problem is with making bombs is that a lot of what can be used is also used in everyday life. I went to a home made bomb class and the instructor said he could walk into any house and find what he needed under the Kitchen sink.

  6. Ah, how many times have people said “they were quiet, kept to themselves, can’t believe it, they were such a good neighbor.” Damn terrorists and crazies, usually go about their business under the cover of night anyways.
    But I wholeheartedly agree, citizens should dob in suspicious behavior. BUT if the government promotes this, they have to follow through. We have a massive radio, TV and Internet campaign at present, asking for people to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior. Which I see as so ironic, considering we can’t even get police to attend a friggin burglary!