The U.S. government continued to tighten the noose on our liberties in 2011.
Welcome to the new total security state. The U.S. government now has at its disposal a technological arsenal so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. And these technologies are being used by the government to invade the privacy of the American people. Several years ago, government officials acknowledged that the nefarious intelligence gathering entity known as the National Security Agency (NSA) had exceeded its legal authority by eavesdropping on Americans’ private email messages and phone calls. However, these reports barely scratch the surface of what we are coming to recognize as a “security/industrial complex”—a marriage of government, military and corporate interests aimed at keeping Americans under constant surveillance. The increasingly complex security needs of our massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental bureaucracy.
Here are a few examples of what happened to us.
GPS tracking and secret spying on Americans.
Intrusive pat-downs, virtual strip searches and screening stations.
More powers for the FBI.
Patriot Act extension.
Drones over America.
Increased arrests for recording encounters with police.
Terrorism Liaison Officers.
Merger of the government and the police, and the establishment of a standing army.
Court rulings affirming the right of police to invade our homes without warrants.
Bringing the war home.
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