|Anthony Freda Art|
The police state in America had been building prior to Sept. 11, 2001. But that event enabled it to come out into the open, sold as commonsense security measures. The militarism that once was projected outward has now demonstrably turned inward. We have seen the passage of the Patriot Act and the NDAA just to name the most egregious legislation that empowers the State to pry into the private lives of its own citizens, as well as harass and detain its political enemies. Despite exposure of unconstitutional behavior, the surveillance state is unrepentant; the NSA is pushing for laws to silence investigative journalism, yet another hallmark of the totalitarianism that America claims to be fighting against.
The infographic below lays out the checklist which, now completed, answers the rhetorical question of whether or not the U.S. is turning into a police state. The U.S. is now no different – and in some cases worse – than the totalitarian regimes before it. There are small signs, however, that the police state is unraveling and will ultimately fail as more Americans are remembering their own history of true freedom and self-determination embedded within the country’s founding documents. Click here for a rundown of some of the recent rollback of the surveillance state taking place in select areas as informed citizens are taking action. Meanwhile, many state governments are beginning to assert their rights against an ever more obvious federal tyranny, especially against the NSA and the NDAA. Nevertheless, in order to properly address solutions we need to continue waking people up to the current problems. This infographic is one more tool to help do that.