The American Police State

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The Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition.

Helicopters and drones are flying around American cities every day.

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its use of x-rays and pat-downs.

The uniforms of local police forces resemble combat soldiers and police officers conduct military-style training exercises with National Guard troops.

Tanks are showing up on main streets all over the country.

People are being jailed for offenses from bad check writing to purse snatching.

The NSA is illegally spying on and gathering information about American citizens.

Military personnel are being asked if they would be willing to fire on American citizens if necessary.

Smart meters are being installed on houses against the wishes of property owners.

Military units like the 3rd Infantry Division are being trained for domestic operations in case they might be called upon to assist with civil unrest and crowd control.

A police state is a state in which the government exerts extreme control over its citizens and maintains that control through surveillance, draconian laws and withholding rights such as the right to travel.

So…who says America isn’t a police state?

It seems lately that not a day goes by when I don’t read a story about some random American citizens who is “accidentally” killed by the local police for offenses such as public intoxication or from traffic stops gone awry. The police are supposed to be in our communities to protect and serve, not to interrogate and terrorize.

One of the causes of this conversion of America into a police state is of course the war on drugs and the war on terrorism. The government has whipped it citizens into a frenzy with their talk of the evils of drugs and put them into a state of fear due to terrorist attacks. The people are led to believe that they are being kept safe from those who commit evil acts like pot smokers. They are made to think that their government is protecting them from future terrorist attacks by monitoring their usage of electricity and frisking 3-year-olds in airports and bus terminals.

Our government has the majority of its citizens fooled.

I’m not fooled. Are you fooled?

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One thought on “The American Police State

  1. Apparently no one has anything to say on this subject. That would require them to face the fact that they have been living in a police state for years.
    Thank you for trying to draw attention to this topic, Otter. The war on drugs began the erosion of American freedom, and the war on terror has just about finished it off. The “land of the free and home of the brave” has become a sickening parody of its former self. I don’t recognize my own country any more.

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