What Civil Liberties?

I survived another solemn tribute to 9/11, but the occation got me to thinking about what a police state we live in compared to my childhood a half century ago.

I got to thinking about the Snowden revelations of massive government spying programs at the NSA and other agencies. I got to thinking about the almost daily reports of police brutality and the murders of innocent civilians by these brutal thugs. I got to thinking of the outlandish “asset forfeiture” horror stories of the state’s goons looting innocent people around the country. Finally I got to thinking about the horror that we call the state and the fact that on 9/11 we should be morning the fact that the state exists.

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I think that very soon some states will make it illegal to have any space in your car where one might hid contraband. This will make asset forfeiture and caging of innocent people even easier than it is now regardless of whether the suspect mundane citizen has ever done drugs or not. I further predict that the state and its prosecutors will start hiring private goons to pull over motorists and seize their property for the local government for a cut of the action.

I think that as the cities of America spy on the poor mundane citizens with cameras and drones that they will think to make it illegal to record the police or other “officials” since the state’s minions are said to be immune from all law and morality — for our protection.

I think that local governments will use license plate scanners to keep lists all associations of the citizenery. Richard Nixon only dreamed of this sort of power to spy on the people. The state will know what church you attend — or if you do so at all. The state will know everyone who attends some political rally or belongs to any group. Freedom of association will become a dead letter. Stalin would have loved the surveillance ability of the modern US police state. It may soon become a crime to be in the area where the police believe crimes may be committed and they will be able to tell who was in the area. Innocent until proven guilty? Surely you know that is not the modern way.

I think it will become a crime for the citizen if the police mistakenly shoots at him or if the police mistakenly beats him. He should not have caused the police this trouble! I think that soon all colleges will have SWAT teams and that they will have grenade launchers and all the other “cool” military gear that all police departments have now. I further think that the Kent State shootings of the 60’s will soon be viewed as a successful mission by the national guardsmen that killed the students.

I think that the police and SWAT teams will soon be enforcing zoning laws and other formerly civil matters or misdemeanors. In fact, the SWAT teams will soon be serving all search warrants in no-knock raids and shooting the pets first, and that is when they are not spying on you via your computer or phone. I think that judges will get in on the dystopian act by  issuing warrants based on predictions of future crimes. I  think that the police will soon give up any pretense about protecting and serving the people and declare that they are now government soldiers and America is a battlefield where rules of war are in force.

I think it will soon be commonplace for NSA records to be utilized by law enforcement agencies for whatever purposes they feel like and that the courts will accept this as “constitutional”. I think that there is almost no violation of common sense or constitutional rights that you can think of that will not become commonplace in the American Dystopia.

The government or their brutal, mindless enforcers are not the friend of mankind. They are the enemy of all that is good and decent. Never forget that.

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