Hawaii busybodies, with the blessing of local law enforcement officials, have made a hobby of tracking tourists and snitching on them if they happen to break the state’s COVID-19 quarantine rules. Their actions have not only made life hell for the nearly three dozen people that have been arrested thanks to their efforts, but also put basic Constitutional rights in danger.
Professional snitch and former journalist Angela Keen was more than happy to explain how she ruins vacationers’ stay in the tropical paradise. Keen and her team of fellow snitches use social media to spy on people talking about their Hawaii vacations. They look for “incriminating” pictures indicating the visitors to Hawaii aren’t adhering to social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, or obeying the 14-day quarantine rules.
These nasty busybodies also travel around town to record vacationers’ daily activities and license plate numbers. Local law enforcement officials have told the group that they aren’t allowed to “profile” tourists, but the instructions are a joke. They are, however, gratefully accepting the information the snitches provide to arrest tourists who fail to adhere to pandemic-related guidelines.
Hawaii isn’t the only state with a serious “tattletale” problem. There are plenty of snitches throughout the United States who have been all too happy to rat people out for attending religious services, taking a child to the playground, or failing to wear a mask. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently called on residents of his state to report on small businesses for the slightest infractions. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a similar approach.
Local governments are trying to force even more people to become professional snitches by mandating that churches, restaurants, and bars take down the names and personal information of visitors and then report this information to the state. Even so, Hawaii stands out because local law enforcement officials are partnering with a dedicated group of snitches to bypass basic Fourth Amendment rights. They are using snitches to do the “dirty work” that police can’t do without a warrant.
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly led to government power grab. Ignoring cops that use local snitches to profile people and rat them out will not only ruin the lives of a few vacationers, but set a dangerous precedent that moves the entire nation into a totalitarian phase. Every single individual’s privacy should be respected unless he or she is committing an obvious crime; surveilling and reporting people just because they might commit a crime at some point in time is completely unacceptable.