"... take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues [churches] ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. (Matthew 13:9)
President Trump expressed grief recently over the school shooting in Florida, and sought to comfort victims and their families in his first public address since the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 people dead and many others injured.
Trump resurrected a theme frequently raised by Republicans when confronted with widespread calls for gun-control reform: calls to -
"... tackle the difficult issue of mental health."
Trump's statements echoed a tweet he posted earlier in the day:
"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed ..."
The call for mental health legislation is a hallmark of Republican politicians across the country; but there is a very disturbing aspect to all this.
Dr. John Anderson, distinguished and pioneering clinical psychologist and therapist, warns that one of the implications regarding mental health intervention is the belief that one can predict crimes, and thus can prevent the crimes from happening. This trope is about taking evidence from the future, and preventing the criminal from doing something he hasn't done yet. Without knowing the future, crime can only be minimized by punishing people for crimes after the fact. "Pre-crime Arrest" is when a person who is supposedly "known" to be going to "commit a crime" is punished in advance in order to prevent his predicted future action. Needless to say, this will be a bewildering experience for such an "offender" because he will find himself being punished for a crime he hasn't even thought of yet. [Please see our article, "Don't Be Naïve about Going to Prison for Christ," ]
And so now we begin to understand the mechanisims that will be used against us as Christians, making Matthew 10:16-22 come alive:
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
"But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues [churches];
"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
"For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
"And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake ..." (Matthew 10:16-22)
Naturally enough, this would be extremely frightening to anyone who may find himself being "tracked" by the government for his political or religious beliefs which might be thought of as inimical to the government and the apostate church. [Please see CHAPTER XIV of the Antipas Papers, "APOSTASY - The Great 'Falling Away'." ]
Dr. Cyd Cipolla of Emory University's Neuroethics Program, and who is a well-known expert on the danger of mental health legislation as a precursor to pre-crime decrees, agrees with Anderson. He writes:
"Pre-crime is exactly what it sounds like: it is the science of predicting when crimes are likely to happen and trying to intervene and prevent them. The idea that police officers can prevent crime by predicting it captures the public imagination in a big way ... Whether criminologists are employing sociological or psychological methods, one of the major points of understanding crime has always been to reduce the amount of it that is happening. And as controversial as things such as forensic psychiatric prediction of future crimes are, the fact is that the actual strategies employed by criminal justice units attempting to reduce crime rates are not exactly the stuff of science fiction ..."
"To understand how pre-crime would work neurologically, we first have to understand the ways that neuroscience is already effecting forensics. As I mentioned previously, there is the idea that if fMRI brain scans result in rudimentary "mind-reading," then someone could be arrested if a brain scan shows they are planning a crime ... Let me give an example: let's say you have a person who undergoes a brain scan, perhaps for medical reasons ... The people reading the scan notice that this individual's brain shows evidence of prolonged and severe feelings of anger or depression ... and that they may not be telling the truth about a recent gun purchase. They alert the authorities because the pattern of facts indicates this person may be a danger to the public.
"However, there is another area of neurology and pre-crime, and this has to do with the idea that your brain contains your 'fundamental nature'. Neuroscience is imagined to uncover who you are in a way that prior sociological or psychological methods alone could not. This includes being able to calculate things you are and are not likely to do, familiar territory for neuroethics ... As a result, you have neuroscience enthusiasts and neuroethics scholars debating what will happen if researchers are able to supposedly 'prove beyond a reasonable doubt', that every action a person takes can be traced through a network of neurons firing. This, as one set of scholars recently argued -
'... challenges the very notion of conscious will on which the criminal system is based'."
Despite these very real worries, Joel McDurmonan an expert on mental health, writes that pre-crime in America is here to stay. He writes,
"Get ready for real-life Minority Report."
People who have seen the film Minority Report realize how dangerous the concept of pre-crime is; that it is not only highly controversial and philosophically paradoxical, but also that it would virtually destroy whatever is left of our nation's recognition of the Bill of Rights. If you have ever wondered how the police state creeps in upon us so easily, here's a front-row seat to observe how the process unfolds.
For those who have never seen Minority Report, the concept of pre-crime involves police having the ability to determine crimes that will allegedly occur in the future, plus the authority then to swoop in to make arrests before the predicted crime can occur.
And just how far advanced the so-called technology regarding pre-crime is, is revealed by the technology that Hitachi is making available to the country. Hitachi recently announced that its "Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA)" has been designed to predict future crime in individuals. It is intended to "enhance public safety through the delivery of highly accurate crime predictions." The system is "specifically intended to advance the public safety initiatives of cities and municipalities" and this includes not only predictive analytics based on reams of information gathered from social media and other databases, but also "improved access to video data."
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, director of a project to create "global smart cities" by International Data Corporation, commented on the system:
"Digital technologies, like those from Hitachi Data Systems, that provide real-time, aggregate and contextual data, support public safety initiatives that can transform how law enforcement and other first responder agencies locate, mitigate and prevent crimes, and in doing so ultimately making our cities safer places."
The system is already set to be implemented in pilot programs in various US cities beginning with "mental health" legislation being PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. [Please see our article on "Trump as the AntiChrist." ]
A supporter of such legislation in furtherance of more government intrusion into the lives of Americans opined in The Wall Street Journal that –
"There's no reason why gun owners, range operators and firearms dealers shouldn't be a source of information for local police seeking information about who might merit special attention."
He argues that Americans should not be bothered by this because, after all, the government is already intruding into their lives in other ways; for example, Americans are complicit with data-sharing regarding so-called Islamic terrorists and other such "radical groups."
You still don't believe how far data is already being collected on American citizens? - consider the absurdly ancillary debate last year on whether the government should be allowed to hold telephone "metadata" when the government already holds vastly more sensitive data on all of us in the form of tax, medical, legal and census records.
All this seems doubly silly given the spacious information about each of us contained in private databases, freely bought and sold by marketers; pre-crime advocates believe it is bizarre to believe that Facebook should be able to use our voluntary Facebook postings to decide what we might like to buy, but police shouldn't use the same information to prevent crime.
It will soon NOT be optional, but a matter of OBLIGATION for civil officials to collect data for pre-crime purposes; one expert writes:
"A day will come when failing to connect the dots in advance of a mass-shooting will be a matter for severe recrimination."
This is now occurring as a result of the recent mass shooting of school students in Florida.
McDurmonan writes that one might ask, How will the unimaginable tyranny of pre-crime concepts be eventually implemented upon us? One has only to read all the key words in the following citations: "public safety," "law enforcement," "prevent crimes." Each of these ideas is as sacrosanct and immune from criticism in American dialogue as the infamous "for the children."
"Pretty much anything done in the name of public safety will be very difficult to oppose, mainly because CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, the core base of Trump' presidency, are champions of all things done in the name of fighting crime and enhancing police."
One can see that the public dialogue regarding pre-crime is already an obligation for public officials. Since such officials are already charged with maintaining "public safety," there will be no debate on whether or not to do this. The only debate will be how and how much, and then how much more.
All the classic arguments to ignore and defy the Constitution will be trotted out: "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." This is the conservative version of conservative-stopping mantras like the liberals' mantras of "hand's up, don't shoot," "war on women," and "woman's right to choose." It's a technique designed to subvert debate, censor necessary explanations and considerations, and lead directly to expansion of state powers to tax, surveille, intrude, invade, arrest, fine, imprison, AND EVENTUALLY TO KILL.`
One will hear the argument that if just one mass shooting can be prevented, it's worth the sacrifice of freedom by everyone else.
Public safety requires everyone's cooperation, after all. Insofar as pre-crime legislation is concerned, one well never know if the alleged would-be shooting actually would have happened; but does one want to be the person who waits to find out and turns out wrong, even just once?
All this, if successful, will come with further immunities for the officials and officers perpetrating the implementation of "pre-crime," and whatever it will eventually entail.
It will be very difficult to prove inaccurate predictions because, of course, we're talking about things that have not happened. And thus remedies—that is, punishments—imposed upon people targeted by predictions will be impossible to overturn in court.
It will be emotionally and systematically impossible to hold police accountable for any such failures or abuses. Accountability is a harsh thing, and so it pays for the state to slant the playing field in its own favor.
This is one reason police departments are already routinely refusing to hand over body-cam footage of police shootings, while allowing their own officers to view them before crafting their statements to investigators.
Any complaints or criticisms from this angle will be labeled "anti-police" and tossed into the Guantanamo of public discourse.
"In the end, we cannot forget the maxim given by Benjamin Franklin, which I paraphrase: 'Those who would exchange essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety'.
"One must understand that there is never safety in the 'statism' THAT TRUMP AND HIS MINIONS ARE PROPOSING. The tyranny of pre-crime always leads to increased violence, poverty, and injustice." [Please see our article on "Trump as the AntiChrist." ]
McDurmonan entreats Christians to –
"... resist the temptation to find crime prevention or national security in the ill-fated "king like other nations" approach illustrated and decried in the Bible. (I Samuel 8) A king is a vain thing for safety. (Psalm 33:17)
"We must learn to discern the appeal to a king over us in our digital age. We can only find liberty and safety in a system that honors God's Law, despite whatever threats we perceive around us. The moment we depart from a system that honors privacy and due process, that moment we depart from God's Law, and the natural punishments of tyranny, loss of liberty, and increased crime will begin to snowball upon us."
"This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vine-yards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day." (I Samuel 8)
McDurmonan goes on to say that -
"... we must instill within ourselves a will to liberty. There is no security in society as long as individual rights and privacy are not secure. That is the great fallacy inherent in making compromises with the state.
"Without preparing ourselves mentally to stand for what is culturally counterintuitive and socially entrenched, we have no future but decline.
"Faithfulness means trusting God and sacrificing our fears, not sacrificing the freedoms of our neighbors."
Sadly, the Prophetic Scriptures say that Christians will ignore this advice, just as Christians did in Germany when they demanded a king in the person of Hitler. [Please see our article, "A Warning to the Jews in America." While the article is addressed to our many Jewish friends and subscribers, Christians would do well to take heed to this article because the warning applies to them as well. ]
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Shearer is a graduate of the University of California where he earned a Bachelor's degree (1964) and a Master's degree (1967) in history (Davis and Berkeley). He also attended the United States Defense Language Institute in Monterey where he studied German. He served as an intelligence officer in Europe; in Asia he served with the 525th Intelligence Group, Special Operations Branch, and at the Phoenix School at Vung Tau (SEA). In addition, he served as executive officer for the Sacramento field office of the 515th Counter Intelligence (CI) Group in Sacramento and later as executive officer for 515th CI Group's Regional Office in San Francisco. Shearer held Top Secret, Special Intelligence, Codeword security, Eyes Only clearances; also Cosmic, NATO and Atomic clearances.