Government Paid Informants

In the end, if your government fails to extract the information that it is after from you directly, it can always turn to your friends, neighbors, business associates and family. Recent legislation in many countries guarantees such informants large cash payouts for any information that leads to a conviction or forfeiture. In 1992 in the US alone, 10,966 such individuals participated in such government tattletale programs and claimed their rewards. Often such bounty hunter fees come at no small cost to government as rewards of up to US $150,000 or 25 per cent of the forfeited property are possible. In 1991, 65 informants each raked in over US $100,000 through their dealings with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Allegedly many of them worked as small time drug dealers. Due to the lure of big-time government payouts, they opted to retire at government expense and turn in their suppliers.
Children are encouraged to spy on their parents. Travel agents, airlines and ticket agents have all been instructed to be on active lookout for possible criminals. What constitutes a possible criminal? It could be as simple as someone who pays for his airline tickets in cash or fails to check any luggage. In the modern world, nowhere public is safe. As you travel, remember that airports and bus stations and train depots around the world are now filled with spies in the employ of Big Brother. Some unwillingly play along, but many are on the lookout for opportunities to increase their cashflow by passing along a tidbit of information. Business competitors are encouraged to spy on one another. Many are only too eager to turn in the competition at the first whiff of illegal activity. Some prefer the more expedient method of fabricating stories of wrongdoing. Such unscrupulous businessmen can benefit from their cooperation with Big Brother in three ways. First, they receive a nice payout from the government piggy bank. Second, their competition is all but eliminated. Third, they can often buy the now defunct business of their former competition at a government auction for just a fraction of what it had once been worth. Such developing patterns should scare you. Big Brother seems to be a fan of history as the Nazis used the very same tactics to get their hands on the assets of rich Germans otherwise protected by the law.
The list of potential spies grows constantly longer. Hotels have now been instructed to monitor their guests. If you receive more than an average number of visitors or make more than the average number of phone calls, you may well end up the subject of a government investigation. What happens if the hotel manager fails to cooperate? His business may well be seized if it comes to pass that illegal activity took place on the premises. Increasingly, such threats of persecution have been used to transform third parties into willful government accomplice.
In 1989, the DEA raided hundreds of garden shops in Operation Green Merchant. Their reason? The shops concerned had sold, amongst other things, lights that could be used to grow plants indoors. For such flagrant abuse of government policy, the DEA swooped in and seized millions of dollars worth of equipment. Before the government would return this equipment, it said that each shop must prove that none of the lights that it had sold were being used to grow marijuana. In short, the government was holding each individual merchant responsible for the actions of his clients. This sort of responsibility came with selling what basically amounted to a fancy lightbulb. Of course, the vendors concerned had a hard time proving anything concerning the eventual uses of their merchandise. The government didn’t care, but was more than happy to hang on to the bulk of the forfeited property.