The Relentless March of the U.S. Police State

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Excerpt from The Independent Institute – By  

Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University, wrote recently:

An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will. . . . Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely.

Turley does not say much in this article about the other rail of the Police State Railway that Americans are riding to hell: the drug war, with its massive arrests, prosecution, and imprisonment of people charged only with victimless crimes and its militarization of the state and local police all over the country. (On the militarization of the police, see especially this research paper, a revised version of which will appear in the spring issue of The Independent Review.) This massive bloating of police power and legalized oppression and the corresponding suppression of individual rights have brought down to the lowest level the threats to life, liberty, and happiness that the war on terrorism has created in what most people view as a more remote and less threatening venue—”out there” somewhere, in drone-istan.

Each day, the U.S. police state grows larger, more powerful, more pervasive, and more menacing. When will the majority awaken to the realization that this threat has nothing to do with party politics, that it makes no difference whether a Republican or a Democrat occupies the presidency while our freedoms are demolished? Read Full Article Here

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7 comments on “The Relentless March of the U.S. Police State

  1. genomega1 says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    The Relentless March of the U.S. Police State

  2. Ray's Mom says:

    Unfortunately this is so true. We are losing our freedoms along with our country.

    • The article really wasn’t expansive enough…this is not just a recent occurrence here in the USA; the police state tactics, big brother, militarized forces are creeping and oozing their way around the world. I always figured if things got too intense or restrictive here, I could up and move somewhere else…the choices of where a person can still live a free live are rapidly shrinking.

  3. mottledthrush says:

    Reblogged this on MottledThrush and commented:
    This is happening everywhere. Freedom is now an illusion. The ‘takeover’ has already happened – what we’re seeing is the result.

  4. Valentina says:

    What freedom? We are only kidding ourselves.

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