President Obama wants federal employees to spy and eavesdrop on one another to prevent national security leaks. The president has ordered -- ordered -- federal workers to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques. We supposedly can't profile Muslims at the airport, but we can profile each other on the job?
It's called the Insider Threat Program and it is a government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for "high-risk persons or behaviors" among co-workers.
Imagine the possibilities for abuse. If one worker has a personality clash with another worker, he or she could be ratted out and caused emotional and possibly career distress. This is Big Brother on steroids. Some years ago, the musical group known as The Police had a hit song. The lyrics included "Every move you make, every breath you take, I'll be watching you." This is America 2013 under the Obama administration.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: July 12, 2013