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What’s a Police State?

02 Apr

After Posting The Big Brother Item and Reading Some of the Emails Responding to It, I Just Couldn’t Resist Posting This.

Police State describes a situation in which the government or the dominant political system enforces rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population, especially by means of a police force, public safety forces, state or national security bodies, or even the national guard or military. The police force can be overt or covert, and very frequently citizens themselves voluntarily or involuntarily collaborate with the illicit police power.

A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive (the police are part of the executive branch of government, by the way); more often than not, the police are in cahoots with a select social or political group. In the police state, civil rights are only apparent or even non-existent and laws are selectively enforced, most of the time arbitrarily and frequently without concern for the dignity of the citizen.

Make No Mistake: A Police State is A Corrupt State.

The citizens, if we can call them that, of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility (sometimes by means of inocuous appearing circumstances like intrusive security at airports, public transportation, even control of fuel prices, taxes), and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views (frequently by political propaganda machines that brand anyone not agreeing to be traitors or terrorists, secretly monitoring communications, tracking cell phone activity all in the name of “public safety” but in reality in the interest of controlling the population), which are subject to or security agency or police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a “secret” police force, which operates outside the boundaries normally respected by law enforcemtn in an open system.

Did you ever think about what’s going on around you and how that’s affecting your civil liberties? Do you ever wonder who’s watching and where? Ever think about the anonymous comments and postings you’re always reading on the newspaper online sites? Wonder who’s informing on you? And you thought it happened only in Russia, China, North Korea…Wake up!

Here’s another little quiz question: Do you have any idea how many police and law enforcement agencies there are in the United States Federal Government system? The New York State law enforcement system? Well here’s an answer and you’d better sit down because when you see this, you’ll need to sit down. Police+Law Enforcement Agencies.

You should note that the list you may have just viewed does not include city, town and village law enforcement; it’s just federal, state, and New York state county levels. Do you feel outnumbered yet?

Sorry, but we couldn’t list the covert enforcers…the government probably doesn’t even know about them.

Feel safe yet?

 Do a friend a favor and send them a link to this blog.

They’ll thank you for it!

 

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