We've all heard it, and it's becoming a common trend now a days. "If you see something, say something" has become a popular term used by government
officials to expand their power presence, and put it in the hands of everyday citizens. So this sheriff just got $1 milllion worth of funding to
create a "violence prevention unit" that would supposedly prevent such tragedies we've seen in recent times.
Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at
preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.
Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health
professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services,
So, the funding will pay for specially trained deputies, mental health pros, and caseworkers. They plan to set up a 24hr hotline so your friendly
neighbors could report you at a moments notice!
“Every single incident, whether it’s Newtown, that movie theater, or the guy who spouts off at work and then goes home and kills his wife and
two kids — in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem,” Bradshaw said. “If the neighbor
of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”
They plan to enlist the public to spy on their peers, report anything suspicious to the police. We all know people spout off and say some crazy
things, and maybe some of it could be cause for alarm, but most people just talk to vent. What happens if somebody says something that could be
completely harmless, but his co-worker, the guy scared of terrorists under his bed, felt threatened... so he decides to call police.
“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw
said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’
Doesn't half the American population, or more actually not like the government in one way or another? What happens when somebody speaks out, does this
mean we can't have free speech anymore, just because some government loving individual feels we shouldn't? This is a huge privacy concern to me, and
it's a potential way to erode the 1st amendment.
Bradshaw acknowledged the risk that anyone in a messy divorce or in a dispute with a neighbor could abuse the hotline. But, he said, he’s
confident that his trained professionals will know how to sort out fact from fiction.
“We know how to sift through frivolous complaints,” he said.
Bradshaw believes he can create this "super team" of interventionists that can somehow determine if people are abusing the hotline, or making real
complaints. The funding of $1 million is a 1 time deal, but if they feel this program has the ability to work, they could expand this throughout the
It's only a matter of time before the Orwellian nightmare is complete. I don't believe running a system that encourages citizens to spy on their peers
in the name of big brother is worthy in the future. Eventually, people will say enough is enough, but until that day comes, cheers to the police
5/2/2013 by eXia7 because: (no reason given)