The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State
2014 07 29
By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute
“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”
—C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Whether it’s the working mother arrested for letting her 9-year-old play unsupervised at a playground, the teenager forced to have his genitals photographed by police, the underage burglar sentenced to 23 years for shooting a retired police dog, or the 43-year-old man who died of a heart attack after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers allegedly over the sale of untaxed cigarettes, the theater of the absurd that passes for life in the American police state grows more tragic and incomprehensible by the day.
Now we can shrug these incidents off as isolated injustices happening to “other” people. We can rationalize them away by suggesting that these people “must” have done something to warrant such treatment. Or we can acknowledge that this slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what we saw happening in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.
When all is said and done, what these incidents reflect is a society that has become so bureaucratic, so legalistic, so politically correct, so militaristic, so locked down, so self righteous, and so willing to march in lockstep with the corporate-minded police state that any deviations from the norm—especially those that offend the sensibilities of the “government-knows-best” nanny state or challenge the powers that be—become grist for prosecution, persecution and endless tribulations for the poor souls who are caught in the crosshairs.
Then there are the incidents, less colorful perhaps but no less offensive to the sensibilities of any freedom-loving individual, which should arouse outrage among the populace but often slip under the radar of a sleeping nation.
Read the full article at: rutherford.org
Tune into Red Ice Radio where we speak with John W. Whitehead and other guests on the emerging global police state, how to recognize it, and combat it:
John W. Whitehead - Hour 1 - A Government of Wolves & The Electronic Concentration Camp
James Bamford - NSA, U.S. Cyber Command & the Global Brave New World of Surveillance
Patrick Henningsen - Hour 1 - Syria, Snowden, NSA & the Whistleblower Circus
Jon Rappoport - Hour 1 - The Surveillance State & War on the Individual
Russ Baker - Hour 1 - Michael Hastings, Libya Repeating in Syria & JFK
William Engdahl - War in Syria & Manufactured Conflicts
John B. Wells - The Police State & Reconnecting with Your True Self
Dan Johnson - Hour 1 - People Against the National Defense Authorization Act
Alex Newman - Sweden’s Big Government ’Utopia’ Unmasked
Susanne Posel - Hour 1 - Reflections on a World Gone Crazy
Nathan Fraser - Hour 1 - The Crumbling System of Law & Authority
Marc Stevens - Hour 1 - Government Violence & The Stockholm Syndrome
Larken Rose - Hour 1 - Violence of the State & The "Terrorists" Rebellion
John Hall & Don Raumake - Satellite Terrorism, Surveillance Technology, Implantable Microchips, Biometric ID Cards & Government Spying
Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
Public Schools Are Preparing America’s Children For Life In A Police State
Police State UK: At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything
John Carpenter’s Prophetic Visions of the American Police State
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