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You know you live in a police state when the president allows the military to continuously harass a prisoner against whom no crime has been proven by interrupting him every five minutes of the day to ask him, "Are you okay?" and forces him to stand to attention naked at roll call. What it can do to one man it can do to every man.
You know you live in a police state when the government punishes, rather than honors, whistle-blowers who reveal its crimes such as the U.S. massacre of civilians in Baghdad that Bradley Manning exposed.
You know you live in a police state when the president orders the assassination (i.e., murder) of American citizens without bothering to arrest them and bring them to trial.
You know you live in a police state when police forces across the country attack unarmed and non-violent citizen protesters with pepper spray and clubs.
You know you live in a police state when hundreds of thousands of citizens are rotting in prisons for victimless "crimes" such as smoking pot and your country leads the world in incarcerations with 2.3 million behind bars and when hundreds of thousands of these prisoners are sexually assaulted.
You know you live in a police state when you can be barred from flying in an airliner on suspicion of "terrorism" that has not been proven and which is impossible for you to challenge.
The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Originally posted by Sirconspire
Police state? Yes. There are hundreds of new laws passed without the consent of the people every year. Most entail how you are "free" to conduct your business or live your life. If that isn't policing, I don't know what is. Just because our country doesn't look like the violent full blown out police state NWO vids on you tube doesn't mean the underpinnings aren't there.
Is America a Police State?
Originally posted by redoubt
reply to post by kn0wh0w
Is America a Police State?
No snarks. promise.
We often bat the 'police state' term around based on the gradual whittling away of our constitution. But the fact remains that once we DO become a genuine, for-real-deal police state, we won't be here to talk about it.
In fact, once the police state really arrives, many of us here could well end up simply disappearing. There won't be much time to say... 'Uh oh, here it comes' as it rounds the bend and we can actually see it. By that time, it will be far too late.
So, no. The US is NOT yet an actual police state but it is gradually, slowly, inching its way in that direction with each new act that limits liberty and hands the federal government more power.