Is big brother watching?: ‘Stalag’ Crowsnest Pass

Stalag Crowsnest Pass

Below is a comment from Doomsayer (so fitting) who posted the following on my last post The Doublespeak Dictionary.

Because of the present turmoil in the Pass due to excessive authoritarianism that has run amok creating what many feel is a police state in our community, I feel the following deserves an audience on its own.

The Doomsayer said…

“Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset.”
Posted by John on 11/5/12
These words will never ring truer & more to the point in what is happening here right now.

Now in the spirit of Doublespeak, let’s look at a word relevant to our situation today.

In the past, there has been mention of a so-called “watchlist” maintained by the Municipality and/or the council. Let’s take a look at definitions & criteria for one of those.
The following is taken from the on-line Collins dictionary.
Definitions: Watchlist
1. a list of things to be monitored, esp in order to prevent loss, damage, etc
2. a list of people or organizations to be kept under surveillance, esp because they are suspected of wrongdoing ⇒ terrorist watchlist

If we continue with the example of a terrorist watchlist, we can look at this from the FBI.
The following is taken from
Who gets included in the TSDB?
Only individuals who are known or reasonably suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism are included in the TSDB.
Can I find out if I am in the TSDB?
The TSC cannot reveal whether a particular person is in the TSDB. The TSDB remains an effective tool in the government’s counterterrorism efforts because its contents are not disclosed. If TSC revealed who was in the TSDB, terrorist organizations would be able to circumvent the purpose of the terrorist watchlist by determining in advance which of their members are likely to be questioned or detained.

Interesting, Yes?

So now we come to the questions which without a doubt are many.
What are the Municipalities criteria for the watch list?
Who makes the determination to place a person on the list?
Is the determination made by the council as a whole or a specific person?
Who oversees the decision made to place a person on the list?
Is there an appeal process if you are determined to be on the list?

The questions could go on for pages but you get the idea. The reality is that the reason you get placed on the list could vary from a simple anti-council comment to actual physical community protests (i.e. placard waving in front of the municipal offices). Now the watchlists may also be multiples. Mention has been made of some 200 plus homes being scrutinized, another watchlist? What else is being watched & listed?

Now let’s continue to the scary part. What are the penalties? Mention has been made in the past by the mayor and/or the council that by-laws are being reworked & updated. I have not been able to discover what by-laws & to what extent they are being reworked. Isn’t it interesting that our fancy new by-law officers are essentially sitting on their hands, reason given is that they are “learning their jobs”. What are they waiting for, the by-laws to pushed through during another closed session council meeting so they can start playing enforcer? Is the dismissal of individuals & boards the first step to singular council control with the by-law officers as the iron fist?

We have to start getting some answers to the hidden works of our council, it is essential to our survival. We are presently questioning some of their exposed workings, what else has been going on that is still hidden? I may be pushing a doomsday scenario, but remember this. A long time ago, a man & his cronies were full of smiles while touting the good of the people & pushing for the modernization of their country. All the while they were gathering information, plying a secret agenda & making lists. When the trains began to roll, the lists were exposed & the ovens began to burn, it was too late.

Step up, people, demand an open council, demand answers so we don’t walk down the path to destruction! It is the complacent & accepting members of our community that will cost us our way of life.

Remember, Big Brother is Watching!! Do we want to lose our freedom?


We have far more to fear from an unaccountable government at home than from any foreign terrorist.

from John Prince
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13 Responses to Is big brother watching?: ‘Stalag’ Crowsnest Pass

  1. Chloe says:

    As the train wreck in slow motion continues down the track, nothing the megalomaniac does would surprise me. Hopefully someone will be left to sort out the bodies. The council does NOT appreciate being questioned. They are on the right track, the residents simply don’t know what is best for them. As I have said, I do pray for the CNP. Take care.

  2. peter rosner says:

    Im sure im on their list if not sign me up.

  3. John Prince says:

    I hear you, Chloe.



  4. Peter Rosner says:

    First they came for the volunteer boards and i did not speak because i wasnt a volunteer.—- Then they came for the firemen and i did not speak because i wasnt a firmen.— Then they came to enforce bylaws and i did not speak because i complied with their laws—-Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.——-Wait isn’t this the “Silent Majority”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Doomsayer.. We are watching you! lol

  6. Chloe says:

    John & Peter, I am sure you both have dossiers an inch thick as ‘Persons of Interest’;) Watch your back guys, stay away from the train tracks. Take care.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wait a minute.. this is a government that can compile a damning dosier on a person in an instant, but can’t come forth with a RRD report for months!??

  8. Anonymous says:

    Doomsayer..We have your IP number but everytime we dial it we get someone in India. Don’t mess with us!

  9. The Doomsayer says:

    The Borg & the Mayor, Council & assorted flunkies would have you think that “Resistance is Futile”.

    However, hundreds of thousands of resistance fighters over thousands of years have proven otherwise. All is required is a total belief in one’s community & the commitment to put your butt on the line until the bitter end. Regardless if you fight on the forefront, in the trenches or anonymously anywhere else, FIGHT!! but fight totally & to the bitter end.

    Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to the resistance!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Doomsayer, I am willing to die, even if it is in the middle of 20th Ave in Blairmore by a speeding fire chief’s truck that I paid for. Where do I sign up?

  11. The Doomsayer says:

    Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.
    Sun Tzu – The Art Of War

    I fear the time has become to formless, the Wraiths of the Crowsnest Pass. The ninja was the most feared of the stealth warrior, how can the mayor put a wraith on a watch list, how can the by-law officer find that which floats on the wind? The Ratepayers, while valorous, have had idiots as leaders. Given the opportunity to deal a decisive stroke against the mayor & council by asking for a recall, thereby putting a stop to today’s events,the petition was reworded by the executive to ask for a review. Such utter stupidity!!! Given an atomic weapon it was reworked into a wet noodle.

    The irony of the petition is that the majority of adult Pass residents are finally working together as a unified & cohesive force for something they believe in, their home. This is something I am in awe of & also extremely proud. Don’t let this fade away, don’t let wishy-washy leaders deter you from the fight to preserve our way of life.

    Regardless of whether we fight in the light, the dark, fight as wraiths or fight as front line soldiers, it is our community & no-one should tell us how to live in it.

  12. The Doomsayer says:

    Anonymous said…

    Doomsayer..We have your IP number but everytime we dial it we get someone in India. Don’t mess with us!

    November 7, 2012 7:37 PM

    Looking up my IP address? You must be part of the mayor’s & by-law officers Gestapo snitch force. Tut-TUT!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    9:36, No. Your library books are overdue and you owe us money.

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