Friday, April 27, 2012

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.


At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

Voters allowed this Americanized "Police State". Maybe, just maybe, "white anglo-saxon dipshits" (along with apathetic and naive immigrants) will finally put the comparisons of the "native indigenous people's being police-stated onto reservations where the worst land was created for that reservation, unless of course some wealth factor like in the Black Hills of South Dakota(???)....just saying economic slavery and the social tactics used to displace people still rage on today BECAUSE at the top of the wealth pyramid, greed knows nothing but greed!!!! Buffet rule = get cancer and die.

Further, voters still put faith and trust in the duopolist dipshits whom, for the most part, cover the frauds and corruptions and treasons associated with "pulling socio-political facial lies" while explaining to the American people their love for this country and things will be ok, blah, blah, blah.......and if so, then the National Debt would be discussed every day until it is reconciled to zero......but not much discussion about the debt, but sure a lot of discussion on printing funny money and then spending that funny money hoping that after the funny money is spent, the economy will turn-around....phat chance on that scenario....greater chance that the Fed will print more money...... versus the government at fed and state levels shrinking and cutting major expenses and fledgling social programs for the lazy.


At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm torn. I'm not sure whether to join Fred in lamenting the rise of the police state, or to laugh at Fred for his support of conservative politicians who promote the police state.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Uh, huh. Yet another finger pointer that says it's all the other sides' fault. Never mind Obama's full fledged support of the PATRIOT Act and indefinite detention of anyone accused of supporting terrorism.

Keep in mind, also, PATRIOT was quickly passed with bipartisan cooperation back in the day.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will about conservatives, at least they didn't bring you the Eric Holder DOJ or the EPA that wants to "crucify" business to further the socialist agenda. And hey, how about all those IRS agents the o-bummer wants to enforce his great health care plan. And police state, really? Seems like the occupy punks are pretty much getting to do what they want as the "protest". Contrast that with Iran..


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