WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.
At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.
At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants, drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.
At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials. Read the full Washington Post article here.
You know, when these types of things take place within a marriage, deep down inside you know that the marriage has long been over.
What does it say about the relationship between public servants, and those they serve, when our government agencies resort to widespread spying of this nature? Then there is the far more insidious and far-reaching type such as that by the dear ole’ NSA.
On it’s own this is in part disconcerting. I can see the need to enforce tax code compliance, and to make sure that entitlement programs are not being farmed by unscrupulous businesses. But to have them posing as protesters, ministers, and doctors… well, we have entered the police state. To me it says that there is fear and mistrust all around, which doesn’t bode well for our future of our union.
But if this were a marriage, apart from deep repentance, forgiveness and mutual striving towards truth, the marriage would be long over except for the legal formalities.
The next time you go to the doctor, you should pray that he is not a government spy, and that he knows what he’s doing. If he makes a joke about being from the government, and there to help you, well… he’s not.
Yeah, the little faith I had in our political system was long ago mourned, buried and memorialised. It’s basically a stinking, rotten corpse.
When you see these things look up, for your redemption draws nigh…