Community watch on a national level …
In 1919, a recently discharged Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler, late of the disbanded Imperial German Army was ordered by the newly formed Weimar Republic’s army, the Reichswehr (Reich Defence), to keep an eye on a small but potentially violent Munich group known as the Deutsche Arbeitpartei (German Workers’ Party, popularly known simply as DAP). As time went by, the same ex-soldier went on to join the DAP, and the DAP eventually became became the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party), better known to the Western world as the Nazis. In what may be a case of history repeating itself, the everything political magazine The Hill is reporting on Sept. 15, 2014 that the US Attorney General is announcing a new government program to train citizens to keep a sharp eye open for possible up and coming radicals.
Framing the conversation with plenty of references to the terrorist group ISIS/ISIL as well as the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attack on the nation, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice in partnership with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center will train a vast array of groups at the local level to monitor their neighborhoods, towns and cities for those conducting themselves in a suspicious manner. Per Holder’s communique, community organizers, religious leaders, law enforcement agencies and the vast assortment of US Attorneys offices will join forces to counter possible violent extremism.
The Attorney General made of point of citing that since 2012, U.S. Attorneys nation-wide have “held or attended more than 1,700 engagement-related events or meetings to enhance trust and facilitate communication in their neighborhoods and districts.” Yet what very well could be a sticking point for civil libertarians, especially in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, Holder also made a point of stating one of the plan’s main goals was to “identify threats before they emerge …”