8/19/2004 Why the US is rapidly
becoming a Police State
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be
a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
President George W Bush.
I post this because I want to show that I do not make
unsupported claims. Please
take the time to read it. I
took the time to research and write it.
state regulated by means of a national police force having secret
supervision and control of the activities of citizens. Also attrib.”
Oxford English Dictionary.
country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of
police (especially secret police)”
Cognitive Science Laboratory, Princeton University
definitions, while hauntingly reminiscent of life in today’s USA, they
pale in comparison to the next definition.
I will give you the entire definition verbatim and then endeavor
to support each point.
A police state is a
political condition where the government maintains strict control over
society, particularly through suspension of civil rights and often with
the use of a force of secret police. This implies that the control by
the government contradicts the will of the people being controlled.
Thus, a police state is inherently anti-democratic. It is similar to
The definitive literary
treatment of a police state is George Orwell's novel Nineteen
Eighty-Four, which describes a totalitarian régime that uses the excuse
of constant war to permit police and security cameras to surveil the
Until the fall of the
Berlin Wall, a classic modern police state was East Germany, or the
German Democratic Republic (GDR). The country's secret police force, the
Stasi (or Ministerium für Staatssicherheit) maintained an incredibly
close watch over East German citizens, to the point where virtually
every residential building, place of employment or place of leisure was
home to at least one Stasi informant.”
“…political condition where the government
maintains strict control over society, particularly through the
suspension of civil rights…”
President Bush has used a 1942 decision by the Supreme
Court as a basis for suspending the civil liberties of those deemed
enemy combatants. He has
used this to support his claim that enemy combatants (even US citizens
that have been declared as such) can be held indefinitely without trial
or access to courts.
Though the same court recently changed part of his
plan, the part about indefinite detention, they let pass his methods for
declaring a person “enemy combatant” and the method of trying that
In the 1942 decision the court goes so far as to say
tribunals are not courts in the sense of the Judiciary Article [of the
Constitution]. Rather, they
are the military's administrative bodies to determine the guilt of
declared enemies, and pass judgment.”
This means that the Commander in Chief as head of the
military has final judgment regarding a prisoner that he has already
declared to be an enemy combatant.
He has the authority to pass judgment on his own decisions.
Senator Lott made a mild but ominous statement
regarding the suspension of civil liberties.
"When you are at war, civil liberties are treated
“…and often with the use of a force of secret
By the very nature of a secret police force you cannot
prove its existence. However
you can see the methods that are being used.
The most prominent of these is the so-called “sneak and peek”
warrants that have been discussed so thoroughly in the press of late.
These warrants are issues by a secret court with
dubious oversight. “Over
the last two decades the FISA process has occurred largely in secret.
Clearly, specific investigations must be kept secret, but even the basic
facts about the FISA process have been resistant to sunlight. The law
interpreting FISA has been developed largely behind closed doors. The
Justice Department and FBI personnel who prepare the FISA applications
work behind closed doors. Though
cannot prove existence of secret police…FISA court is real” (Leahy)
“This implies that the control by the government
contradicts the will of the people being controlled.”
Simple logic describes this section clearly.
Governmental control, such as that described in the previous
sections does exist. My
will is not to be controlled in such a manner.
Therefore the control asserted by the government contradicts my
“Thus, a police state is inherently
Do I really need to rehash the catastrophe that was
the 2000 election? Replete
with fraud, disenfranchisement and incompetence, it was conducted in a
clearly anti-democratic way.
“…literary treatment…which describes a
totalitarian regime that uses the excuse of constant war to permit
police and security cameras to surveil the entire population.”
Since 9/11 we have been subjected to numerous
“Orange Alerts” and a quagmire in Iraq.
All in an effort to control the populous by fear mongering.
Fear is one of the most effective and best methods of controlling
a citizenry. Just look at
the 3rd Reich for a prime example.
“A war on terrorism is a permanent engagement
against an always-available tool."
- Ronald Spiers, a retired diplomat who served as US ambassador
to Turkey and Pakistan and as Assistant Secretary of State for
Even president bush sees no end in sight to the “War
on Terror” (Greider)
“…to the point where virtually every
residential building, place of employment or place of leisure was home
to at least one Stasi informant.”
Every citizen is now being asked to spy on each other.
A recent example reported by NPR shows how your doorman will be
spying on you. “In New
York City, police won't be the only ones in uniform keeping an eye out
for terrorists. A new initiative is training the city's residential
doormen to spot suspicious people and packages, including those among
their own tenants.” (NPR)
Our dutiful attorney general is sure doing his part to
make sure you are being watched.
planned Operation TIPS, which would have encouraged citizens to spy on
each other. He rewrote guidelines allowing the FBI to attend every
worship service, political demonstration, and public gathering, enter
every Internet chat room, and look at commercial records that reveal an
individual’s buying preferences and travel and Internet records. All
this information can now be gathered by the government whether or not
there is any evidence of criminal behavior by the individual.”
(I hate them too, but the info is there. Obviously I didn't follow
format. Screw format)
Abraham Lincoln and Civil
Liberties in Wartime
The Honorable Frank J. Williams
Heritage Lecture #834
Bolick, vice-president of the Washington-based Institute for Justice.
September 18, 2001 8:45 a.m.
States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
The USA PATRIOT Act In Practice:
things considered, Aug 16, 2004
of the Mind Threatened by War” (special to the Bangor Daily News,
U.S. Representative Tom Allen
Nation Under the Banner of the 'War' on
Terror by William Greider Posted
June 3, 2004