Are We A Police State Yet?
I think for most intents and purposes we are. As this commentary points out, the Transportation Security Administration's size and job description is growing by leaps and bounds, with no end in sight. I don't think it's a stretch to think that even up here we'll be feeling its effects.
I'm sure supporters of the State will point out police aren't rounding up people and throwing them in jail without cause. Actually, we hear more and more of that happening, especially involving citizens recording video of police. If you follow Radley Balko's blog you'll find more on that.
Of particular concern should be Obama's recent signing of a bill that allows indefinite detention of American suspected of supporting terrorism. It's a valid concern that the definition of supporting terrorism will soon be expanded to the government's convenience. Mouth off to TSA agents during one of their surprise sweeps? You must be supporting terrorism. Off you go to the hoosegow for who knows how long.
This isn't all George Bush's fault, either. Sure, he made the mistake of acting hysterically and creating the TSA in the first place, but Obama is right in there with him in supporting the continuing and strengthening the American Police State.
The sad thing is, so many folks being the partisan types they are, all most people will do is blame it on the other party and probably not complain at all when their party is in control.