Bring Out Your Reds, Bring Out Your Reds: Florida Sheriff Invites Neighbors To Turn In People Who “Hate The Government”

Home_Bradshaw140px-Palm_Beach_County_Sheriff_OfficePalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has reached $1 million for a new violence prevention unit and has used it to call on neighbors to inform the police if any neighbors have been saying hostile things about the government.  “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 . . . What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ” I have no problem with calling police if someone says that they are going to shoot someone. However, expressing hate for the mayor or government is a core part of free speech and the visit by the police can be viewed as having an obvious chilling effect on speech. He wants $3 million to expand the program.

The launching of the hotline suggested that neighbors should report anti-government neighbors. The hotline is designed to have police knock on doors of any citizen viewed as anti-government and potentially violent. Bradshaw insists that “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. If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”

That may be true but there are millions of people who express a hatred for the government or their local mayor. There are also millions of neighbors who have problems with other neighbors over local issues or political views or religious affiliation. The hotline is viewed by civil libertarians of encouraging neighborhood monitoring and databases identifying “problem” citizens.

What do you think?

73 thoughts on “Bring Out Your Reds, Bring Out Your Reds: Florida Sheriff Invites Neighbors To Turn In People Who “Hate The Government””

  1. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  2. Ok Turley, another column like this and we’re going to be forced to send over one of our ‘prevention intervention’ units, so we can keep an eye on you.

    And on a related note, an article in the UK Guardian from yesterday quotes a former FBI counterterrorism agent in a CNN interview stating that in the US now, ALL phone calls are recorded.

    So apparently TIA was never disbanded.

    I guess that’s why NSA is building that $2 Billion data center in the middle of the Utah desert.

    Be careful what you say…Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.

  3. relevant here also

    I have written so many times about the fundraising charade conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, in which “hate group” numbers are inflated and fear mongering is used to pump up SPLC’s massive endowment used to pay enormous salaries.

    As with the proverbial broken clock, SPLC occasionally is right about a particular hate group and occasionally does good work, but mostly it has politicized itself as part of a strategy to demonize the Tea Party and those who disagree with SPLC on social issues in order to keep itself relevant to donors. SPLC even listed Rand Paul as a extremist to watch.

  4. Fascism is dangerous no matter whether it comes from the right or the left or anywhere in between.

  5. I presume that this nutcase is a RepubliCon. Palm itchBay is what we call it around here. Our marina is nearby to that county. It is becoming Pirate Territory. Fly over and flush. In fact we pay the ducks in duck food to make a run over their golf course every day so as to drop as much poop as possible on the dorks with loud clothes and funny hats. They need the hats.
    You know what Curley said: “Hotsie Totsie, I smell a Nazi.”

  6. If the Sheriff of Nuttingham follows through on this absurd policy, it will result in the virtual decimation of Sen. Rubio’s Tea Party base in South Florida.

  7. Dredd thank you for posting that film and as I expected it was pretty good on 90% especially in the beginning. There were a few things that were unsaid that I wished had been mentioned about LeMay which was that he was the person responsible for designing the bomber boxes that provided more protection for the bomber streams. The bombing of Dresden was distorted by telling a half truth. It is true the city facilities itself were not of major industrial value, but by that time it had become critical in moving a couple of divisions to the Eastern Front. The Red Army as we now know requested that bombing because of a couple of Wehrmacht divisions enroute through Dresden. They hoped the bombing would catch them in the city, but at least the bombing of the city DID in fact delay them significantly when they were helping to clear the city for a couple of weeks.

    Another flaw was that the bombing campaign of the US and Britain did not slow war production at all. The Strategic Bombing Survey found that war production was barely slowed. The main contribution was in tying up over half a million troops to air defense which would otherwise have been on the Eastern Front and may have tipped the balance. The bombing did disrupt transportation and oil which was the choke point and brought down the war machine, not the destruction of factories.

    It used prejudicial terms to describe the US bombing as the most barbaric warfare in history which is simply a LIE. The Japanese and Germans were far worse in numbers and in methods of murder. At least the US dropped leaflets telling the Japanese which cities were going to be destroyed as they did the same to German cities. Neither the Japanese nor the Germans told the civilian populations what was going to happen to them when they murdered millions of them.

    I have read a number of Truman bios and I have found NO mention at all that ANY advisors told him to modify the demand for unconditional surrender. The film gave NO source or reference for that. I almost fell off my chair laughing when the film complained that the US was being underhanded when they would not let Stalin sign the Declaration and they termed it underhanded because it was to not give the Japanese a clue that the Soviets would be attacking soon! I guess that in warfare you are not supposed to use deciet? GEE HOW TERRIBLE.

    The film makes use of after the fact recollections of military figures who all had reasons to tout their prowess and that THEY were the real ones responsible for Japan’s defeat. The film also offers NO documents or clips that Truman wanted to use the A bomb to impress the Soviets. Instead they use the fact that the officer corps in the military would much have prefered making war on the Soviet Union rather than Germany and Japan. That is no news at all since the officer corps of pre-war US was mostly full of lazy incompetents and very conservative. In fact one Adm went so far as to insult FDR to his face in the White House and told him that HE and the officer corps had NO confidence in HIM. He retired right after that.

    While I am a big admirer of Wallace, it goes rather far in flattering him. He acknowledge later that he was wrong about the Soviet Union and Stalin. If Wallace had been President, he more than likely would have used the bomb too. I was very upset at one outright LIE which was that they accused Gen, Marshall of denigrating Truman. Any person who has read anything about Marshall know that was flat out IMPOSSIBLE!

    I could go on more with some of the other errors and slanting. The FACT is that after TWO A bombs, the Soviet Union declaring war, the loss of Okinawa, the War Cabinet had initially agreed to surrender if either one happened. But when it came time for the so called peace cabinet to do it,they REFUSED! They only surrendered FIVE days after the Soviets invaded and the Emperor HAD to intervene which was against all tradition. The figures of dead on the invasion did not keep going up IF you read the fine print since one of the last INCLUDED Japanese dead as well as US. ALL agree that the US would have suffered at least half a million dead, not to mention the Japanese. Marshall’s number of 31,000 dead refered ONLY to the casualties on the beachhead, NOT the whole campaign. Then at the conclusion of the film it gets down to the propaganda part which was pretty heavy handed. The bombings were not a tragic mistake, nor were they needless as the film tries to portray it. That is bad propaganda to just say political opinions as fact. So the film falls on its face in that part.

  8. Is it the water there, or what. I am thinking of moving and my friend always suggests Florida because I may be able to buy a cheaper property there but looks like living there is way too expensive in terms of having to deal with the idiocy they come up with.

  9. As long as he stays an exception and not the rule it is less scary then it looks on its face (and I hope that most of the neighbors will remember the first amendment trumps this silly man’s program>)

  10. Unless threats are made or there is some kind of defamation, being anti-government or expressing your dislike is clearly protected political speech. For example, if I were to say I hate it when officious lil’ douche bags like Sheriff Ric Bradshaw take it upon themselves to violate the Constitutional rights of citizens and that he should be summarily drummed out of office for violating his duties to uphold the laws of this country in the name of some kind of misguided political policing action like an old style Soviet zampoliti, there isn’t a damn thing he can do about other than risk a guaranteed harassment lawsuit for daring to be so stupid as to send officers to “speak with me” for expressing my political opinion.

    Jackbooted jackass.

  11. I already have my next door retired neighbor telling me when I should cut my grass (she even suggested that I give True Green a call since a few of my ‘weeds’ are coming through my fence and into her yard. I had an interesting day at work, and when I came home, she walked across my yard to tell me this. I let her have it.). I can’t wait to see what she is going to do, after hearing about the thought police.

  12. randyjet 1, May 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    … As I recall,
    I supplied video from recently unclassifed and other materials. Use that or the full episode as references to where the nationals archives have false information in them.

    Feel free to address the video or other documents so we do not have to rely on your memory.

    Please refer to MIN: SEC for the references (e.g. 10:25 means 10 minutes 25 seconds).

    Cheers and thanks for being American enough to speak your mind!

  13. Ooops … here is the video trailer for those who dispute the national archives to point out where in the video MIN: SECS where any errors are:

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