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1. Signs of an Emerging Police State

Since the passage of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, the United States has become increasingly monitored and militarized at the expense of civil liberties. The 2012 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has allowed the military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the government labels a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism, while President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order has authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.” Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign has encouraged the public to report all suspicious activity to local authorities, even though actions that the DHS identifies as “suspicious” include the constitutionally protected right to criticize the government or engage in nonviolent protest.

Censored News Cluster: The Police State and Civil Liberties

Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman, “Read the FBI Memo: Agents Can ‘Suspend the Law,’” Wired, March 28, 2012 http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/fbi-memo-bend-suspend-law/

James Bamford, “The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say),” Wired, March 15, 2012, http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter.

Chris Hedges, “Why I’m Suing Barack Obama,” Truthdig, January 16, 2012, http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_im_suing_barack_obama_20120116.

White House, Executive Order: National Defense Resources Preparedness, Office of the Press Secretary, March 16, 2012, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness.

White House, “Statement by the President on H.R. 1540,” Office of the Press Secretary, December 31, 2011, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/31/statement-president-hr-1540.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/04/12/signs-of-an-emerging-police-state/

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  • Royallynn Allen November 12, 2012

    I read so many posts referencing the Patriot Act and the NDAA but nobody mentions the most egregious culprit, The Military Commissions Act signed into law in 2006 by Bush. This law gives the president the right to appoint a commission of just himself or as many other people as he wishes who then have the power and authority to declare anyone citizen or foreign national a military combatant, remove them immediately without notification to any body. With this act America became a third world dictatorship and now any of us or our loved ones can become the “disappeared”.

    • Jesse Douglas December 24, 2012

      I’m glad that you brought that up, because it seems like that fascist bill was forgotten as quickly as it was rammed through the legislature.

      • secret squirrel December 24, 2012

        best not to talk about it, “they” are here, amongst us, watching and listening, patiently compiling and preparing their moves against us.

        • 0Ithinkthis January 10, 2013

          Silence is the worst way to go. We need to point out that the emperor is wearing no clothes. Lets get rid of this profanity that we are forced to endure

          • Garrett Winters May 29, 2013

            congratulations for using profanity in a context other than swearing…It shouldn’t be an achievement to use it in a different meaning, but it is…

      • lilbear68 March 25, 2013

        what should be brought up is that the legislature passed it and it looks like they are headed for re-election again. all the prez can do with bills is sign, veto or pocket veto its the 535 nitwits that we elect that create and pass this crap

        • gmtobias April 10, 2013

          The 535 nitwits can try to get a “Veto-Proof” Majority however.

          • lilbear68 April 10, 2013

            have a history look and see how many times a presidential veto has been overrode

          • gmtobias April 10, 2013

            But it is possible

          • lilbear68 April 10, 2013

            blah, blah anything is possible, while your at it try the possibility of a congress that is not corrupt or traveling at warp factor 4 or having scotty beam you up

          • gmtobias April 10, 2013

            And who would have thought they’d ever pass something like the Patriot act?

            You are a moron.

    • forbound July 26, 2013

      U.S. was already a third world dictatorship. But Americans (due to brainwashing) had not noticed until recently

  • Royallynn Allen November 12, 2012

    I read so many posts referencing the Patriot Act and the NDAA but nobody mentions the most egregious culprit, The Military Commissions Act signed into law in 2006 by Bush. This law gives the president the right to appoint a commission of just himself or as many other people as he wishes who then have the power and authority to declare anyone citizen or foreign national a military combatant, remove them immediately without notification to any body. With this act America became a third world dictatorship and now any of us or our loved ones can become the “disappeared”.

    • Jesse Douglas December 24, 2012

      I’m glad that you brought that up, because it seems like that fascist bill was forgotten as quickly as it was rammed through the legislature.

      • secret squirrel December 24, 2012

        best not to talk about it, “they” are here, amongst us, watching and listening, patiently compiling and preparing their moves against us.

        • 0Ithinkthis January 10, 2013

          Silence is the worst way to go. We need to point out that the emperor is wearing no clothes. Lets get rid of this profanity that we are forced to endure

      • lilbear68 March 25, 2013

        what should be brought up is that the legislature passed it and it looks like they are headed for re-election again. all the prez can do with bills is sign, veto or pocket veto its the 535 nitwits that we elect that create and pass this crap

        • gmtobias April 10, 2013

          The 535 nitwits can try to get a “Veto-Proof” Majority however.

          • lilbear68 April 10, 2013

            have a history look and see how many times a presidential veto has been overrode

          • gmtobias April 10, 2013

            But it is possible

          • lilbear68 April 10, 2013

            blah, blah anything is possible, while your at it try the possibility of a congress that is not corrupt or traveling at warp factor 4 or having scotty beam you up

          • gmtobias April 10, 2013

            And who would have thought they’d ever pass something like the Patriot act?

            You are a moron.

  • ocatagon January 3, 2013

    This is your top censored story? It’s all I’ve been reading about this year.

    • gmtobias April 10, 2013

      Same here, but on “fringe” sites like Slashdot or the like, not seing much about it on the “mainstream news”, like Cnn, FauxNews, NBC/CBS/ABC, etc….

      • ocatagon April 11, 2013

        Oh, you mean those things I ignore.

  • ocatagon January 3, 2013

    This is your top censored story? It’s all I’ve been reading about this year.

    • gmtobias April 10, 2013

      Same here, but on “fringe” sites like Slashdot or the like, not seing much about it on the “mainstream news”, like Cnn, FauxNews, NBC/CBS/ABC, etc….

      • ocatagon April 11, 2013

        Oh, you mean those things I ignore.

  • whitemellon January 6, 2013

    Is it just me or when I come to this site my computer just keeps downloading or uploading.

  • whitemellon January 6, 2013

    Is it just me or when I come to this site my computer just keeps downloading or uploading.

  • Constitutionalist forever! March 18, 2013

    I would rather live and die one single day as a free lion, than to live an entire lifetime as a caged sheep! The Constitution IS America. Those attaacking the Constitution are the Terrorists

    • Richard Smith May 13, 2013

      The real terrorists in the U.S. are in the White House and Congress, and all their actions are directed by their owners, the monied ruling elite.

    • Adam N.T. Protester February 16, 2014

      On REICHSTAG911 the day the ‘state’ of israel and traitors in the USA murdered our 300 firefighters with 3 undergound nuclear devices that turned the wtc bldgs into dust and then controlled detonated them for biblical borders and pipelinistan these twin anti purposes are also the motive for the kennedys being killed over diamona rachel corrie being killed over video and our uss liberty sailors being killled over cairo and the desire to nuke that city all these acts of evil are for failure of us to stop them and until we do they will continue

  • Constitutionalist forever! March 18, 2013

    I would rather live and die one single day as a free lion, than to live an entire lifetime as a caged sheep! The Constitution IS America. Those attaacking the Constitution are the Terrorists

    • Richard Smith May 13, 2013

      The real terrorists in the U.S. are in the White House and Congress, and all their actions are directed by their owners, the monied ruling elite.

  • Patty Quinn May 17, 2013

    I’m sorry to be dense, but I can’t find any references to what persons, government officials, or institutions censored these stories. I’d like to know that. Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.

    • David June 6, 2013

      Hi Patty,
      Thank you for asking.
      As a longtime supporter let me suggest this –

      Project Censored highlights vital stories that are “self-censored” by the major media.

      Set aside 30 minutes to read more about why this project was started some 30 years ago – and you will be dramatically more informed than your family and friends on why this project so necessary.

    • Washington76 July 14, 2013

      View my post above for the answer!

  • Patty Quinn May 17, 2013

    I’m sorry to be dense, but I can’t find any references to what persons, government officials, or institutions censored these stories. I’d like to know that. Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.

  • Patty Quinn May 17, 2013

    I’m sorry to be dense, but I can’t find any references to what persons, government officials, or institutions censored these stories. I’d like to know that. Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.

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  • Washington76 July 14, 2013

    Defense Business Practices Sep 10, 2001

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/165947-1

    9/10/2001: Rumsfeld says $2.3 TRILLION Missing from Pentagon

    Then they did this by Executive order.
    In “cases of rebellion or invasion [when] the public safety may require it,” the Constitution permits a president to suspend the right to be freed from arrest by a writ of habeas corpus — as Lincoln did during the Civil War. That denies a person jailed even by illegal means recourse in the courts.
    On Lincoln’s orders, outspoken civilians from secessionist states were jailed at Fort McHenry without formal charges, as were Baltimore’s mayor, police chief and police commissioner, 31 members of the Maryland legislature and newspaper reporters, members of Congress and judges.
    Simply by proclaiming a national emergency on Friday, President Bush activated some 500 dormant legal provisions, including those allowing him to impose censorship and martial law.

    This is responsible for our current police state! They renew this as the NDAA every year!

    September 18, 2001 Wartime presidential powers supersede liberties By Frank J. Murray THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010918184425/www.washtimes.com/national/20010918-1136.htm