Floridians Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who “Hate Government”

$1 million dollar hotline characterizes dissent as extremist threat

Spy on Neighbors

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
May 2, 2013

A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Image: YouTube

“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, if needed,” reports the Palm Beach Post.

Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action.

“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?’”

The program will also include “public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors,” reports the newspaper.

The program has sparked concerns that the hotline could violate civil liberties or even be exploited to pursue personal vendettas, with Bradshaw acknowledging that, “anyone in a messy divorce or in a dispute with a neighbor could abuse the hotline,” and that it will prompt “frivolous complaints.”

That caveat is all the more chilling given the research of Florida State University’s Robert Gellately into how Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

“How are they possibly going to watch everybody who makes a comment like that? It’s subjective,” said Liz Downey, executive director of the Palm Beach County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We don’t want to take away people’s civil liberties just because people aren’t behaving the way we think they should be.”

The program is set to go ahead unless it is vetoed by Governor Rick Scott.

As Thomas DiLorenzo points out, the program is also a disturbing throwback to how political dissidents were imprisoned in Soviet mental hospitals, where criticism of the state was deemed “philosophical intoxication.”

Under Stalin, dissidents were sent to infamous psikhushka psychiatric prisons where they were isolated and brainwashed in order to have their political ideas discredited amongst the general public.

It is important to stress that both the First and Second Amendments are being targeted via rhetoric about mental health issues, while the threat posed by one of the real culprits behind violence in America, SSRI drugs, continues to be ignored by the mass media.

As we have documented, while efforts at gun control have largely failed at the legislative level, authorities are greasing the skids for wider gun confiscation by expanding the definition under which a person can be declared “mentally ill,” to the point where harsh anti-government rhetoric is now being treated as a potential precursor to terrorism.

Veterans are already having their guns seized by police off the back of forced “psychiatric evaluations,” while the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sending out letters to servicemembers warning them that “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition.”

Last year former Marine Brandon Raub was forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward by authorities in Virginia for political posts on Facebook.

The fact that authorities in the U.S. are now pursuing similar programs to those used to marginalize political dissidents in historical dictatorships, albeit on a smaller scale, in response to recent incidents of terrorism and mass shootings – which statistically represent a minute threat to the lives of Americans – serves as a warning of how the state is increasingly citing mental health concerns as a means of eroding fundamental constitutional freedoms.

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Tens of Thousands of Sharks at Florida Beach

Florida beachgoers are warned to stay OUT of the water: Tens of thousands of ‘frenzied’ sharks gather off coast of Sunshine State 

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 17:19 EST, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 EST, 7 March 2013

Tens of thousands of sharks have been spotted along South Florida’s coast, closing down beaches across the area and forcing swimmers out of the water.

The sharks are heading north after migrating to the south for the winter in such droves that experts believe swimmers could be within 60 feet of a shark while in the water in the Palm Beach area.

Several beaches have been closed to swimmers as red flags dot the sand.

Lurking: Sharks can be seen swimming in schools along the south Florida coast as they migrate north

Lurking: Sharks can be seen swimming in schools along the south Florida coast as they migrate north

 

 
The sharks were spotted just yards off the coast

The sharks were spotted just yards off the coast with their fins lurking at surface

 
Surfs up! Some sharks are swimming in such shallow water they are in the middle of the shoreline break

Surfs up! Some sharks are swimming in such shallow water they are in the middle of the shoreline break

Craig Pollock, a lifeguard superviser at Midtown Beach, told the Palm Beach Daily News that Tuesday was the the first day he has seen the sharks out in such massive numbers.

‘We got here this morning and they were thick, really thick,’ he said on Tuesday. ‘They were frenzied and chasing bait all the way up to shore. They were practically right on the sand.’

 Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University, researches shark migration and has been monitoring sharks across Palm Beach County since 2011.

‘Coming into March, we’re getting tens of thousands of sharks close to shore,’ he said. ‘In one flight from the Boca Raton Inlet to the Jupiter Inlet, we counted over 15,000 sharks less than 200 yards from shore.

 
Even though they were clothed and on the shore, gawkers were still only feet away from the sharks

Even though they were clothed and on the shore, gawkers were still only feet away from the sharks

 

 
Breaking through: Shark attacks are rare but beach-goers are being warned to stay out the water

Breaking through: Shark attacks are rare but beach-goers are being warned to stay out the water. This is an aerial view from a news helicopter

 

A RARE THREAT: SHARK ATTACKS IN FLORIDA’S CLEAR WATERS

Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University, said the sharks are likely to keep away from the swimmers thanks to the clear waters along the south Florida coast.

In the 130 years between 1882 to 2012, there have been 663 shark attacks in Florida and 11 fatalities. Across the U.S., there have been 1,022 attacks since 1670 and a total of 36 deaths.

There has never been a fatal attack in Palm Beach County, where the sharks have been seen this week.

Most shark attacks across the state occur in July, August, September and October.

‘That’s 1,000 sharks per square kilometer. If you were a swimmer, you would probably be within 60 feet of a shark.’

The most commonly spotted sharks are spinners and blacktips, but the team has also observed hammerheads, tigers, lemons and bulls.

They will distribute along the East Coast as far north as North Carolina, he said.

Kajiura added that when he flies over the areas, he can see swimmers close to the sharks, yet said the animals are unlikely to bite anyone.

‘For the most part, Palm Beach County is fortunate because we have nice clear water usually,’ he said.

‘Sharks can see a person and distinguish it from prey.’

Dr. Robert Borrego, the trauma medical director at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, said he sees about five or six shark bites a year, and most are minor but susceptible to infections. 

Experts say swimmers can protect themselves from being bitten by a shark by swimming along beaches where lifeguards are working.

Scientists say sharks are attracted to silver and the colors yellow and gold, so jewellery should be left on the shore.

The only suspected shark bite in the area so far this year was on February 10 when Cole Taschman, 16, was bitten on the hand while surfing near Chastain Beach. He needed 12 stitches.

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