I was recently talking to a man who referenced the case of East German Vera Wollenberger, who reviewed her own secret police file and found out the state's primary informant against her was her husband, Knud. He pointed me to a New York Times story where I read this:
The Stasi maintained files on 6 million of East Germany's 18 million citizens.
Only a third? That's not so bad. Chances are the state has nothing on you. But if America had a similar situation, would I merit inclusion?
Here are the things I'm doing to deserve my own file:
- Every time I have a cell phone conversation with my brother, I include the word "jihad."
- I advocate radical change in government.
- I homeschool.
- I'm irrelevant.
- I use the word "escutcheon."
- I don't own any guns.