Australians Told To Watch Their Neighbours With Stasi Style Tips Program
The Australian government has recently launched a national campaign entitled 'Let's Look Out For Australia'. Although the Australian public and Congress is firmly against supporting a war in Iraq, with the Congress having given Prime Minister John Howard (pictured) a vote of no confidence, they are united behind their leader in the name of fighting terrorism. The program is almost identical to the American TIPS program, which we were assured was defeated in Congress although will probably return with avengence after the next terror attack.
It is important to stress that the state advising the citizens of a country to spy on each other is exactly what happened under the East German Stasi system. Erich Honecker, long the leader of East Germany, was not Hitler. But his police state of 17 million people boasted 95,000 full-time Stasi agents, more than double the number of Gestapo agents in Nazi Germany.
The Australian government recently sent out a booklet on the program to every citizen in the country. We were able to obtain a copy and below are scans of some pages from the booklet.