But you may be responsible for implementing these police-state policies.
- If you're a software engineer, you may be asked to write or configure citizen-tracking databases or national ID systems.
you're police officer or National Guardsman, you may be expected to
conduct unconstitutional searches or make mass arrests of innocent
- If you're a technician, it may be your job to install facial-recognition cameras in public places.
you're a bank employee, you may be expected to help the government
extend its routine probes into the accounts of millions of innocent
you're an employee in the federal or state bureaucracy, you may be
expected to demand national ID cards and/or biometric ID from members
of the public.
- If you're a taxpayer, you'll be expected to empty your pockets to pay for false security and very real tyranny.
possibilities are plentiful and frightening -- all the more frightening
because these things may soon become the stuff of everyday life and
work. Just the ordinary routine of police- state America. The Bush
administration has declared a War on Terrorism. And to whatever extent
that means hunting down and punishing genuine terrorists, we support
the effort. But just as the War on Drugs became a 20-year war on the
American people and an excuse to tear away the protections of the Bill
of Rights -- eroding property rights, privacy, due process, and dozens
of other liberties -- the War on Terrorism may be used to strip away
the last remaining American freedoms.
of you will be asked to be the foot soldiers in that Jihad against
American Liberties -- the dutiful, loyal "Jihad Joes" (and "Jihad
Janes") obeying the commands of higher ups. If you go along with
abusing the rights of your countrymen - in major ways or insignificant
ones -- you'll only be "following orders." You'll just be "doing a job."
blame me," thousands of cops and clerks and technicians and programmers
and internment camp guards will shrug. "I'm only a little guy trying to
protect my pension."
It's true that the
obedient Jihad Joes don't have the power of their masters. But without
their obedience, the masters wouldn't have the power to surveil and
control the citizens of America. They would not have the power to steal
our freedom. They need US to help them do that.
U.S. government has the authority to track down and deal with
terrorists without gutting one more article of the Bill of Rights. All
the new demands -- for expanded searches, new crimes and increased
sentences, wiretaps on the innocent, indefinite detentions, more
databases, more cameras, more record keeping, more biometric ID, more
submission -- are just an excuse for implementing a long-held agenda of
When CCOPS and its sister
organization Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership have sent
out alerts describing the problem of growing tyranny, many readers have
responded, logically enough, "Yes, but what do we do about it?"
one has the answer to ending tyranny. But there is an answer -- a big,
important one that you can immediately practice in your own life,
without having to wait for your congressman or anybody else to act.
Problem is, it's an answer almost no one wants to hear: RESIST.
ultimate responsibility of everyone who truly loves freedom is to LIVE
freedom. That means to resist bad laws. That means to refuse to enforce
or in any other way help implement police-state policies.
must refuse to obey, refuse to submit to the searches or to conduct
them, refuse to take a national ID card or to program the database for
it or install the scanners used to track cardholders. We must refuse to
be disarmed or to disarm innocent others.
is our responsibility. It is the ultimate test of whether we sincerely
value freedom or we just want to sit and whine as powerful people and
their Jihad Joe minions seize it from us.
the potential enforcers object, "If I refuse to obey or if I quit my
job, they'll just replace me with somebody more brutal and more willing
to follow bad orders."
We hate to say it,
but maybe seeing the true ruthless face of the police state is exactly
what it's going to take to wake Americans up. Maybe the polite cop or
the courteous clerk enforcing the police state only helps prolong the
agony of tyranny by making injustice more tolerable to foolish men and
"But," many potential resisters
object, "If I resist and others don't, they'll just roll right over me.
I'll accomplish nothing for freedom and might get myself arrested."
a risk, certainly. So we must not only resist individually, but
encourage and organize resistance from others. It's worked for the left
for decades. And we're not talking about polite marches, petitions, and
protests that the media and government will ignore. We're talking about
making it impossible for the controllers to have control.If we do
nothing, we're guaranteed to accomplish nothing. If we resist and fail,
at least we're keeping the flame of freedom alive. We're preserve the
spirit of freedom in our own lives, even if it dies all around us. We
must resist to give our children and grandchildren the only hope they
can possibly have of being free again.
We all have a responsibility now.
- Draw your line in the sand; know what you won't tolerate yourself and what you won't inflict on others.
the police state. Nobody can tell you which specific actions you should
take (or not take). But you can start by reading Henry David Thoreau's
powerful essay, "Civil Disobedience" and Thomas PaineŽs "Common Sense"
this message with other people who also care enough to live -- not just
talk about -- freedom. Send this message to law enforcement officers,
former peace officers, National Guardsmen, people in the military, and
employees in all levels of government.
BE A JIHAD JOE! Don't look your grandchildren in the eye someday and
tell them that when the police state came, "I was only following