Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nazi-Style Denunciation Campaign Urges Americans To Report Each Other

WeTip program offers cash rewards for anonymous tips about guns, child abuse and suspicious behavior
Paul Joseph Watson
August 6, 2009

A privately-run informant program operating nationwide encourages Americans to anonymously turn each other in to the authorities for cash rewards in a chilling echo of the Nazi "denunciations" of 1930’s Germany, where neighbors would grass their neighbors up to the local Gestapo officer over petty issues.

The WeTip organization takes anonymous tips online or via toll free phone lines and carries the creepy slogan "For A Safer America!" on its website beneath an image of a U.S. flag.

The group forwards tips given by the public to law enforcement authorities across the country, with no jurisdictional borders.

An Orwellian poster being plastered up across American towns and cities as part of a campaign run by the organization reads, "ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IS NOT TOLERATED" and advises citizens to "turn them in" and receive a reward of up to $1000. Things to "turn them in" for include drug dealing and theft, but more vague examples such as "threats and intimidation" as well as "weapons" and "gang activity" are listed, as is "child abuse".

Is the presence of a "weapon" in and of itself evidence of a crime in a country where citizens have the legal right to own firearms? Will your neighbor be turning you in if he sees you loading your car with a rifle on your way to the shooting range? What about "child abuse"? Will your friendly local spy be informing the authorities when he sees you disciplining your child?

What else constitutes suspicious activity? According to law enforcement and Homeland Security guidelines, suspicious behavior includes owning guns, being politically active, and having bumper stickers on your car.

The WeTip organization also offers a training institute for schools, businesses and government employees, presumably providing skills courses on how to become an expert domestic spy, just like in Communist East Germany.

WeTip also claims in its promotional material that it has been endorsed by both Bush presidents, as well as Bill Clinton and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Deliciously ironic therefore it is that Arnie starred in the 1987 movie The Running Man, a futuristic portrayal of a wacky dictatorship where citizens are reminded by huge TV screens placed on street corners that they can "earn a double bonus for reporting on a family member!"

As America sinks into a military police state, it begins to parallel more and more aspects of Nazi Germany, especially in the context of citizens being turned against each other, which in turn creates a climate of fear and the constraining sense that one is always being watched.

One common misconception about Nazi Germany was that the police state was solely a creation of the authorities and that the citizens were merely victims. On the contrary, Gestapo files show that 80% of all Gestapo investigations were started in response to information provided by denunciations by "ordinary" Germans.

"There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors," wrote Robert Gellately of Florida State University.

Gellately discovered that the people who informed on their neighbors were motivated primarily by banal factors – "greed, jealousy, and petty differences," and not by a genuine concern about crime or insecurity.

Gellately "found cases of partners in business turning in associates to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors; neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments."

"And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said."

Gellately emphasizes the fact that the Germans who sicked the authorities on their neighbors knew very well what the consequences for the victims would be – families torn apart, torture and internment in concentration camps, and ultimately in many cases death – but they still did it with few qualms because the rewards of financial bounties and mere convenience were deemed more important to them.

As we have covered before, the WeTip program is by no means the only initiative that is training Americans to become amateur domestic spies.

One of the largest cable TV companies in the United States, Bright House, is training its employees to look for suspicious behavior and report it to police under the guise of a neighborhood watch initiative called Operation Bright Eyes.

The legacy of training Americans to spy on each other in the name of "safety" has its origins in Operation TIPS, which was supposedly nixed by Congress, a DOJ, FBI, DHS and FEMA coordinated program that would have recruited one in twenty-four Americans as domestic informants, a higher percentage than was used by the Stasi in Communist East Germany.

Government funding was cut after an outcry but private funding continues and the same program was introduced under a number of sub-divisions including AmeriCorps, SecureCorps and the Highway Watch program.

In July last year we reported on how hundreds of police, firefighters, paramedics and utility workers have been trained and recently dispatched as "Terrorism Liaison Officers" in Colorado, Arizona and California to watch for "suspicious activity" which is later fed into a secret government database.

Also last year, a New York Times feature article heartily celebrated the fact that an increasing number of Americans are becoming informants and turning in their neighbors and family members to the authorities in return for cash rewards. In a piece about a new program run by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, citing gas prices, foreclosure rates and runaway food price inflation, The Times lauds the fact that citizens are reporting on each other, ensuring "a substantial increase in Crime Stopper-related arrests and recovered property, as callers turn in neighbors, grandchildren or former boyfriends in exchange for a little cash."

As the Recession Ready America blog points out in relation to the WeTip program and its offer of $1,000 for turning people in, in an environment of recession and unemployment, the temptation to inform on people for minor indiscretions would be too tempting for many to resist, creating a gargantuan backlog of petty offences reported by people with no criminal detective skills whatsoever, leading to harassment of innocent people and ensuring that more real crimes go unsolved.

We invite our readers to use the WeTip "Submit a Tip" form to remind the crypto-Nazis behind this program that this is America, not Germany in the 1930’s. Building strong communities is all about establishing strong bonds and friendships with your neighbors, not grassing them up to the authorities for a quick buck.


the_last_name_left said...

Hypocritical stance by Alex Jones, Prisonplanet and Larry Simons, isn't it?

Alex Jones works with Nazis and promotes Willis Carto's AmericanFreePress.

Larry Simons promotes Willis Carto's AFP too. And prisonplanet etc. which publishes the racist, anti-semitic, fascist Willis Carto's stuff.

It's wrong for people to inform on serious "gang-crime", but it's OK for Alex to be chums with REAL NAZIS?

And likewise for you, Larry Simons - it's fine for you to promote Willis Carto's fascism - you link to his website - but you'll carry stories claiming efforts to oppose serious crime are "fascist".

How do you defend that?

the_last_name_left said...

...remind the crypto-Nazis behind this program that this is America, not Germany in the 1930’s

What are "crypto-nazis"?

the_last_name_left said...

You link to Willis Carto's AFP, Larry.

AFP's holocaust denial and far-right conference was promoted and hosted by Joe Fields.

.....NAZI activist JOE FIELDS, an associate of NAZI PARTY chieftain Stan Witek and Tom
Metzger of WAR (White Aryan Resistance). Fields is, in fact, a
member of the party's National Executive Committee.

Prisonplanet publishes AFP stuff. And employs AFP founder Big Jim Tucker.

Rather than make false claims about fighting serious crime being "crypto-nazi" - don't you think you and Alex should be looking closer to home - like the genuine nazis amongst your friends and colleagues, your links, and articles?

Larry said...

Once again, ZERO proof. Its just you SAYING it over and over and over and over and over again. ZERO proof.

Larry said...

Let me guess, Jim Marrs is in on it to, huh? LOL

Anonymous said...

last name left looks like a jackass on this again. bebunks nothing, credability zero. lol.

rob said...

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common sense for you said...

last name left is larrys bitch again. larry owns him. last name looks more and more of a asshole.

the_last_name_left said...

Nazi Joe Fields' prominent role along with other Nazi's at AFP's holocaust denial conference is "no proof" of AFP's ties to nazism?! Really?

Well, what else was on AFP's agenda at that conference?

...suppressed news and articles on white survival.

And who was there?

Margaret Huffstickler, a contributing author to The Barnes Review....(holocaust denial)...wife of John de Nugent, White Nationalist....member of Stormfront....("leader" of nazi morons)

Mr. Theo Junker, the former member of the Wiking division of the S.S. who opened a Museum in Wisconsin dedicated to the memory of Adolf Hitler.

Oh - an actual fricking member of the SS!!

It was indeed one of the highlights of the conference......God bless you, Herr Junker!

Willis Carto, founder and publisher Of American Free Press and The Barnes Review....

Dr. Fred Toben of Australia's Adelaide Institute (holocaust denial)....

Paul Fromm (Canadian nazi)

Deirdre Fields....wife of Nazi Joe Fields...

All in all, this was an excellent conference and if you missed it, keep checking your American Free Press.......


Did you enjoy reading about the conference at AFP Larry? Maybe your readers did, when they clicked your links to it?

And maybe Alex Jones enjoyed reading it too? And maybe prisonplanet readers enjoyed it when they reached AFP via prisonplanet?

So, it does seem strange - hypocritical and dishonest - for you and prisonplanet to now be complaining about if you weren't yourselves linking to GENUINE NAZIS and publishing their propaganda.....and denying it all.

Let's return to that SS member who attended the conference.

Seems Wiking SS assisted Einsatzgruppe A! Know what Einsatzgruppen were, larry?

Members of the Wiking SS division's bakery column, led by Obersturmführer Braunnagel and Untersturmführer Kochalty, assisted Einsatzgruppe A


historian Eleonore Lappin from the Institute for the History of Jews in Austria has documented several cases of war crimes committed by members of the 5 SS Division Wiking in her work The Death Marches of Hungarian Jews Through Austria in the Spring of 1945


And you support these people, Larry.

the_last_name_left said...

The notorious Dr. Josef Mengele, served with the SS Division Wiking during its early campaigns.

And AFP considered it the highlight of the conference that an SS Wiking member attended their conference!

A highlight!

Ah - such american patriots, huh, Larry?

Such lovers of liberty, eh, Larry?

And you're supporting them. And so is your publisher, Alex Jones' Prisonplanet.

Larry said...

So, is anything just the TRUTH to you? It all falls under right/left shit? The fact tha you LABEL everything indicates that YOU have fallen for the false right/left paradigm.

So, believing the stuff YOU believe in wouldnt be LEFT wing??? If you say I believe the things I do is right wing, then you must be LEFT wing since you oppose it.

By the way, every post you left today, just more talk from you. I want evidence. Just you saing shit is NOT evidence. Links, videos, documented proof---have any? Of course you dont.

the_last_name_left said...

LINKS are already there, Larry.

It is simply a fact that Willis Carto is a member of the extremist far-right: he's the most prominent anti-semite and far-right propagandist in N America! Your quibbling just exposes you as unwilling to accept the bloody obvious. The reasons for that seem obvious too.

If you were honest you'd explore the topic yourself, not ask for everything on a plate, which you've already been given anyway. You are in complete denial - or you are just dishonest.

And YES! Well done, Larry - I am left-wing.

the_last_name_left said...

the left/right paradigm is real, Larry.

True, they are just words, and are only a vague description of much deeper philosophical and ethical differences.

BUT - the fraud is to claim there is no difference.

Karl Marx, Chomsky, Lenin, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Gramsci, Kropotkin, Engels, Einstein, etc etc etc are ALL left.

Ron Paul, Mises, Reagan, Bush, Willis Carto, Alex Jones, Hayek, Friedman, etc etc are ALL right.

To pretend there is no difference is just wilful ignorance.

Larry said...

"I am left-wing."

"the left/right paradigm is real, Larry"

You ADMIT IT! Now I officially know what a colossal idiot I've been speaking to this entire time.

Youre LEFT wing but you frequent PrisonPlanet all the time??? And you DO visit it, under many monikers. "auntysemite" was one of them. I also caught you under several others, because your vocabulary and style was the same.

So, tell me, why do you frequent a "RIGHT" wing site?


the_last_name_left said...

to oppose it

because they are feeding fascism under the guise of pretend concern for "liberty"

the_last_name_left said...

so, what do you think about people like Willis Carto being so closely involved with 911 truth?

he can't be doing it any good......he is in fact compromising 911 truth.....

if you really care about the cause, and reject fascism, shouldn't you be addressing the problem?

not me said...

larry has schooled another asshole. another site larry owns or he would end commment moderation. this laast name left guy makes jizz err jas and dave the fraud willis look smart lol lol lol. this guy is joesph gerbels reincarnated. end your comment moderation asshole. when comming to this site back it up with proof and evidence. bring something to back up your bullshit and stop repeating yourself. build a bridge and get over yourself. face it larry owns you and your site. your larrys bitch.

time to evolve said...

last name left has lost again to larry. while trying to prove his point he confirms larrys point. no credibility nor does he debunk anything. hes a joke.nice hit count last name.

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rob said...

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the_last_name_left said...

I think that's Willis Carto of AFP in the photo?