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. http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/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 http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/nsb/tsc/tsc_faqs
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.
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.