Are Americans Living in a Police State?

Family Security Matters

The thing about a police state is that it tends to creep up on you. One day  you think the Bill of Rights is intact and the freedoms you take for granted are  intact, but the next day you find out that under the National Defense  Authorization Act (HR 1540), signed into law by President Obama on December 31,  2011, you can be arrested and detained without recourse to an attorney or the  courts.

HR 1540 kills the concept of Habeas Corpus by permitting the detention of  U.S. citizens without trial. In 2009 the National Emergency Centers Act, HR  645,  was introduced for the establishment of “internment camps.” I have  not been able to determine if it was passed and signed into law, nor have I  found any explanation why the Congress of the United States either passed or  even considered these laws.

The 2001 Patriot Act was justified as a response to 9/11 and revised in 2012.  It gives the government unprecedented powers of surveillance and enforcement in  the name of deterring terrorism.

One of Obama’s many executive orders permits him to “commandeer” all domestic  U.S. resources, including food and water supplies, energy productions, and  transportation, even in times of peace, with no congressional oversight. On  March 16, 2012, the National Defense Resources Preparedness EO expands on a law  from the 1950s as the Cold War was heating up and there were fears of a conflict  with the Soviet  Union.

President Obama, obsessed with leaks to the press, has now turned the entire  federal government into a workplace where employees are expected to report  “suspicious activity” of their co-workers. Failure to do so could result in  penalties including criminal charges. Though figures differ, by 2010 there were  an estimated 2.5 million full-time federal employees.

According to an article by Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, two  reporters for McClatchy newspapers, the October  2011 executive order mandating the program is “based on behavioral profiling  techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and  government documents.” The program, deemed flawed, “could result in illegal  ethnic and racial profiling and privacy violations.”

As Americans have been learning in airports across the nation, the  Transportation Security Authority routinely engages in profiling and highly  intrusive physical “pat downs” that many find humiliating.

In 2011, the TSA’s “VIPR teams” conducted an estimated 8,000 unannounced  security screenings at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports, and highway  rest stops in which Americans were required to show some proof of identity. This  is the same administration that opposes voter ID, but not when the police  functions of the TSA are concerned.

In bits and pieces, news of activities at the Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) has been reported and, when the dots are connected, some very scary  conclusions can be reached. Why has DHS purchased 1.6 billion bullets as of  March of this year? That is reportedly twenty times more than the amount of  bullets expended in the Iraq War. Why is the DHS reportedly sending thousands of  heavily armored vehicles and combat gear to cities and towns around the nation  for use by police forces that are increasingly being militarized?

One can find  a list of actions by the Obama administration that, together, portray  preparations for the implementation of a police state as Americans are detained,  as per a DHS report, because they are deemed to be potential terrorists  because they hold beliefs and ideologies that include:

# “being fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to international in  orientation)”

# “anti-global”

# “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

# “reverent of individual liberty”

# “believe in conspiracy theories”

# “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under  attack”

# “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating  in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

# “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

# “anti-abortion”

And those are just some of the “suspicious” activities or beliefs that can  get you hauled off to a detention camp without the benefit of a trial.

While there have been a handful of incidents where terrorist acts have been  perpetrated by those inspired by Islam, they do not justify preparations that  clearly suggest the Obama administration anticipates a perceived national  uprising against the federal government. Indeed, a number of marches in  Washington, D.C. are planned, including one on September 9.

The legislation that has been passed and the executive orders put in place  suggest that there are plans in place to ensure that the implementation of a  police state can be swiftly imposed on Americans, contrary to all the  protections of the Constitution. Indeed, given their existence, are we not  already living in a police state?

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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