Open Borders For Terrorists = Police State For Citizens

During the

Cold War
, when the U.S. faced a really dangerous
adversary capable of

incinerating our entire country in
30 minutes, we
kept to our principles, stressing the virtues of a free
society over Soviet communism.

The Cold War must have sapped our
strength. Now, faced with
Muslim terrorists who are nothing in comparison to
Soviet ICBMs, we have adopted the methods of our former
communist adversaries. The Bush administration is
putting in place the neighborhood informant system used
by the infamous

, the Communist East German secret police.

Bush`s plan, known as

TIPS, Terrorism Information and Prevention System
intends to turn

one out of every 24 Americans
into a government spy

reporting on their fellow citizens

The results in the U.S. will be the
same as in East Germany. Jealousies, rivalries,
misperceptions, and inflamed imaginations will result in
the reporting of many innocent people, who will be
investigated, questioned, detained and, on occasion,

Conservative gun owners will be
likely targets of anti-gun liberals. Hunters will be
reported by

animal rights activists
. Career rivals and rivals
for the attention of a member of the opposite sex will
be tempted to nudge each other out of contention with
“suspicious activity” reports.

The irresponsible
American media
will make mountains out of molehills.
As hysteria mounts, more people will feel a patriotic
duty to report their neighbors.

, protests,

comparisons to the Stasi
will all become

evidence of disloyalty

The war against terrorism has just
begun, and already it has turned into a war against the
American people. The U.S. government`s fear of its own
citizens first manifested itself in “airport
.” Everyone is subject to warrantless
and unreasonable searches. Regular air travelers observe
that the vast majority of people searched could not
possibly be terrorists, even if their lives depended on

Yet, the mass insult of American citizens by their own
government continues unabated. Millions of man-hours are
wasted standing in lines while the moronic policy of
searching feeble elderly couples, young mothers with
babies, and U.S. military officers wastes taxpayers`

The Bush administration`s
assumption is: every citizen is a potential terrorist. An
entire new federal bureaucracy exists for the purpose of
violating the Constitution`s

against unreasonable search.

The government`s fear of the American people exceeds the ability of
bureaucrats to control us. To make sure we are
properly watched, the Bush administration is recruiting
12 million Americans to report on their fellows.

What`s going on here? Why are 12
million Americans, in addition to thousands of
government police agents with unprecedented
eavesdropping powers, needed to ferret out the suspected
5,000 terrorists in the U.S.?

The best complexion that can be put
on this is that the U.S. government has realized the
insanity of the multicultural-diversity-open
borders-visas to all-immigrants from everywhere-mindset
that has turned the U.S. into a sanctuary for terrorists
and illegal aliens. Too cowardly to deal with the
immigration issue, the government instead has adopted
police state methods to watch the population.

It is amazing to watch
conservatives and patriots

cheer on
the advent of the
Orwellian state. A new bureaucracy will be formed to
record suspicious activity reports from the 12 million
citizen informants. Once the police state bureaucracy is
in place, it will never be dismantled. As Hoover
Institution scholar

Martin Anderson
has pointed out, not even the
fearsome Nixon White House was able to abolish a tiny
bureaucracy of tea tasters.

Milton Friedman
said that a country cannot have open borders and a
welfare state. Even less can a country welcome
multicultural immigrants whose
loyalties reside elsewhere. Open borders for
terrorists means a police state for citizens.

Rome fell
when Romans came to view their
government`s predations as worse than those of the
invaders. Will this be America`s fate? Will our
government do us more harm than the terrorists?

Paul Craig Roberts is the co-author of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice