Monday, March 15, 2010

Police state on the horizon?

Those who still sing "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty" might want to think again. The blog The End of the World (as we know it) has catalogued 20 recent actions, all of which point to the development of a police state within the United States of America. All of them have been documented publicly. Here are the top five:

#1) A new bill being pushed by Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman would allow the U.S. military to round up large numbers of Americans and detain them indefinitely without a trial if they "pose a threat" or if they have "potential intelligence value" or for any other reason the President of the United States "considers appropriate".

#2) Lawmakers in Washington D.C. working to create a new immigration bill have decided on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would be required to obtain.

#3) Barack Obama is backing a plan to create a national database to store the DNA of people who have been arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime.

#4) Just to get on an airplane, Americans will now have to go through new full-body scanners that reveal every detail of our exposed bodies to airport security officials.

#5) If that wasn't bad enough, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that airport screeners will begin roving through airports randomly taking chemical swabs from passengers and their bags to check for explosives.

#20 was perhaps the worst of all: "[O]ne other recent poll found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: 'It is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.'" No it is not necessary! The greatest threat to American national security came from the Germans and the Japanese during World War II, and, with the egregious exception of the Japanese-Americans (Nisei), very little liberty was suspended for the duration.

Virtual buckeye to When Giants Fall

1 comment:

PhreedomPhan said...

Harold, I'm afraid I've gotten behind in my reading (and everything else) in the last 6 months so I missed this post.

I no longer say the pledge of allegiance to the flag. I reason that a flag is just a rag, a piece of cloth with no intrinsic value. It can stand for the "land of the free and the home of the brave" as may have been envisioned by some of the founders, or it can stand for the land of decree and the home of the slave into which it has morphed. My pledge is: I pledge allegiance to the founding principles of these United States of America and to the Republics which they created, 50 sovereign states, divisible, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

I do disagree with the assessment of the Japanese and Germans having been the greatest threat to national security. Neither was our enemy until FDR pushed them into war with us. He and his gang were the greatest threat to national security. It took 50 years for documents to be declassified that proved he set up Pearl Harbor and goaded the Japanese to attack. It will probably be 50 years before the 9/11 truth and Bushes complicity is revealed.