To the Editor:
The other day I received my water bill; upon opening it, out pops this paper — “See Something, Say Something.”
Reading it brings to mind Nazi Germany or Communist Russia. From what I gleaned, they want you to spy on your neighbors. It says to call 911 or 254-200-7905
Here’s what it says:
People acting in a suspicious manner
Unusual purchases of weapons or ammunition
Unusual purchases or deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer
Unattended bags or boxes in public places
Unusual or unexpected mail
Unusual applicants for jobs
Theft or disappearance of uniforms or equipment
Person wearing clothing inappropriate for the weather
Any type of activity or person that seems frightening or unusual in your neighborhood, workplace, school or church
Person or people loitering near a government building or school
Person asking a lot of questions about numbers of personnel, operating hours or building layout
Unusual behavior, smells, or sounds from neighboring houses, apartments, or hotel rooms
Person making unusual pictures, videos or drawings of public places
A vehicle with hazardous materials parked in an inappropriate place
People who brag or talk about harming other people or groups
Anything that makes you uncomfortable
Who approved of this drivel? Who paid for it to be printed?
Some of the statements are comical — for instance, “person wearing clothing inappropriate for weather.” That’s funny; I can sit out in front of the Killeen Walmart and tie up the 911 lines all day.
Walking downtown Killeen at night makes me feel uncomfortable.
What surprises me is that more people haven’t called or written about the very implications on our society of such a letter.
We have to worry about government agents with a chip on their shoulders and agencies that want arrests and will do anything to get them. What kind of country do we live in? Isn’t this exactly what terrorists want?
Our Founding Fathers warned us of how easily our republic can slip from our hands if we do not protect it and this is only one of the signs of late.
If you see something, say something: it is for our own safety and security, right? Wrong! It is to have your neighbor do the job that the government knows you would not allow for them to do. It is a violation of our privacy and a violation of our rights.