posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 07:57 AM
reply to post by pshea38
I am new to ATS and am now wondering what is the average age of members here? This country changed drastically after 9/11, far more than after WWII
and others where far more people died. We lost many of our rights with the advent of the Patriot Act. There are cameras everywhere, recording every
move. You can be located via your cel phone even if it is off, your computer remotely searched. Police drive by houses using devices to check if
excessive heat is radiating from a potential grow room. There are police departments with APCs and some of our cities have drones flying above them.
We do not have free speech and now if one wants to protest anything often permits must be pulled or one must stay in the 'free speech zone' far away
from media. Our media is corporate owned and controlled which is why CNN and others are losing viewers big time and people are turning to alternative
sites to get the 'real news'. In most states if you have a certain weed rowing in your yard your could be looking at time in prison even though that
plant has caused zero deaths and even the govt has taken a patent on some of it's healing qualities while claiming it has no medicinal value. We are
living in an Orwellian world and to speak up or act out is to risk the wrath of big brother crashing down.
If a terrorist group wanted to take out a few thousand people it could be done with relative ease regardless of the so called security in place.
Forgive me for not going into detail on that.
It seems many here have no memory of what it was like 30or 40 years ago when one could openly protest anything and the biggest worry would be the
reaction of other citizens with opposing views, not getting locked up sometimes for weeks.Back then children went to schools hat did not have cameras
taping their every move, but today such is commonplace so when everything is recorded (like in many major cities) people think little of it. Just
about everyone I know has at least 1 gun and shots are heard in my suburban neighbourhood several days a week. No big deal anymore. We can say and do
as we like as long as it fits into the agenda of whomever is in control at the moment. The elderly, handicapped and small children are groped at
airports or anyone that doesn't want to be exposed to the scanners. Seriously, some crazy stuff has been found on board planes even with all of this
security. All of this because of one attack that killed less than 5k people.
Now, how many countries does the US have bases in? How many countries have we invaded in order to bring them the gift of democracy at the cost of tens
of thousands of lives? How many women and children were killed by mistake or just simply because they were there? How many countries have we imposed
our will upon some more forcefully than others? How would any of you feel if the tide was turned and another country, say China, came here and bombed
the snot out of us killing innocent people, because there was some natural resource they wanted to get their hands on? We spend more then most of the
rest of the world combined on our military, imprison a larger percentage of our people than China and have a lower standard of living than many others
yet we like to say we are world leaders???
Maybe it's time the blinders come off and we look at how things really are rather than seeing only some bits through the lens of the American Dream
which vanished long ago. Maybe calling it a police state is too strong for some, do you prefer Animal Farm? We have become a living Orwellian novel.