May 1, 2014

Counterterrorism Chief: Parents Should Watch For ‘Sudden Personality Changes’ In Children

By In Blogs, Mitchell Thompson

CBS reports:

Delivering a speech at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said that local communities have to be aware of terrorist threats where the government cannot, noting that parents should watch for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”

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Monaco continued, saying that local communities have to share some responsibility in awareness of possible terrorist threats within the U.S.

“Local communities are the most powerful asset we have in the struggle against violence and violent extremism,” said Monaco. “We’ve crunched the data on this. In the more than 80 percent of cases involving homegrown violent extremists, people in the community—whether peers or family members or authority figures or even strangers—had observed warning signs a person was becoming radicalized to violence.”

Terrorism is a very important “Dominant Social Theme.”  Terrorism is used to justify State expansion in ways that the people in the United States would be mortified.  By drumming up emotional reaction and fear of the never-defined “terrorism,” the State is given permission by the people to walk farther down the path towards a police state.  For those who are not aware of the trends of US ugly fascism, the above might seem entirely reasonable.  But it is not.  This is a great example of the Federal Government seeking to turn families against each other and communities against the individual (mostly the youth).

The idea that the agents of the United States national government can advocate snitching on this level is outrageous.  It is something that would have belonged in the old Soviet system of State-sponsered spying and Orwellian people-control.  It seems to belong here now precisely because those who find it so troubling are in the minority.  Whereas most voters see no problem with this particular Social Theme.

As John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute (C.Jay Engel, our editor, pointed out to me that Whitehead has actually been published by the Trinity Foundation! Very cool.) writes in a recent column,

In this Brave New World awaiting us, there will be no communication not spied upon, no movement untracked, no thought unheard. In other words, there will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

We’re on the losing end of a technological revolution that has already taken hostage our computers, our phones, our finances, our entertainment, our shopping, our appliances, and now, it’s focused its sights on our cars. As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.

Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seatbelt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.

It is the last couple of lines there that bothers me the most.  We are all being sold a police state, marketed as safety and security.  And boy the people are truly buying it.  Despite all kinds creepy of electronic surveillance over the multitudes, we are still being asked to turn against each other and report what we see to Big Brother.  Parents turn against children; rather than raising them and taking responsibility for their development (everyone should be homeschooling!), they are being told to watch for signs of terrorism and report them to a bureaucracy!

Is this freedom?

 

Written by Mitchell Thompson

I was born and raised in Northern California where I was homeschooled. I became a Protestant (Calvinistic) seven years ago. I was also, starting in 2006, a Buchananite conservative until I met Ron Paul during the 2008 elections. From then on I read everything I could from the Mises Institute and am now satisfied as a Rothbardian libertarian. I am slowly becoming a more confessional Reformed Baptist. Hoping to get more and more involved on this site. My Twitter handle is @MitchRThompson. Cheers.