Is America a Police State?

Anyone who dares to question the Bush government’s warmongering will be severely dealt with.

Watching this video brings back the nightmares of South Africa during the Apartheid rule.

This is how Israel humiliates and destroys any Palestinian voice calling for justice.

Is this really happening in America? the country that is supposed to be the model for global democracy?

This video is a breakdown of what happened in Seattle when the Police attacked the crowd with chemical weapons without provocation or reason.

They use video footage from the Police cameras themselves to demonstrate the point that the Police indeed incite riots and attack crowds for no reason.

Ron Paul gave this speech titled “Is America a Police state?” to Congress on June 27, 2002. Here are some excerpts:

The principal tool for sustaining a police state, even the most militant, is always economic control and punishment by denying disobedient citizens such things as jobs or places to live, and by levying fines and imprisonment. The military is more often used in the transition phase to a totalitarian state. Maintenance for long periods is usually accomplished through economic controls on commercial transactions, the use of all property, and political dissent. Peaceful control through these efforts can be achieved without storm troopers on our street corners.

Terror and fear are used to achieve complacency and obedience, especially when citizens are deluded into believing they are still a free people. The changes, they are assured, will be minimal, short-lived, and necessary, such as those that occur in times of a declared war. Under these conditions, most citizens believe that once the war is won, the restrictions on their liberties will be reversed. For the most part, however, after a declared war is over, the return to normalcy is never complete. In an undeclared war, without a precise enemy and therefore no precise ending, returning to normalcy can prove illusory.

When the government keeps detailed records on every move we make and we either need advance permission for everything we do or are penalized for not knowing what the rules are, America will be declared a police state. Personal privacy for law-abiding citizens will be a thing of the past. Enforcement of laws against economic and political crimes will exceed that of violent crimes (just look at what’s coming under the new FEC law). War will be the prerogative of the administration. Civil liberties will be suspended for suspects, and their prosecution will not be carried out by an independent judiciary. In a police state, this becomes common practice rather than a rare incident.

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