Holder is channeling the Stasi

By From page A6 | July 23, 2013

Remember the Stasi, the Staatsicherheit from East Germany, aka the German Democratic Republic? There was one Stasi agent for every 60 East Germans, but that wasn’t quite enough for a proper police state, so their work was “supplemented” by other East Germans who spied and informed on other citizens of this captive “nation.”

Unless you happened to have been a citizen of that morally and economically deprived place or you were otherwise supremely unlucky, your only acquaintance with this German version of the Soviet KGB might be through the film “The Lives of Others” (“Das Leben der Anderen”). In one of the early scenes of this movie, two Stasi officers are attending a play that dutifully hews to the Communist Party line. Nevertheless, one of them wagers that he can get “something” (anything!) on the playwright. He then begins “surveillance” of the author. Eventually, Stasi actions lead to the death of the playwright’s wife.

If you are one of those of who thought that the Stasi had crumbled along with the Berlin Wall, I’ve got news for you: It’s alive and well — albeit in Washington, D.C. Yes, the current U.S. attorney general has called upon “civil rights” groups and “community leaders” to snitch on George Zimmerman. In addition to actively soliciting such people for “information,” Eric Holder also has set up an email address for this “project.”

This appeal to gossip-mongers and race baiters is backed by The Usual Suspects, along with the ACLU and something called The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law. (I’m dying to see if Davis’ “Human Relations” Commission dutifully follows suit or if our City Council will beat them to the punch.)

OK, so you don’t like George Zimmerman. You don’t have to. Just consider this: How much longer will it be before Holder wants these “civil rights” groups and “community leaders” to inform on yet another American citizen? Indeed, in today’s political climate, the next George Zimmerman could be you.

Noreen Mazelis

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