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article imageOp-Ed: Police state America — Now it's checkpoints

By Alexander Baron     Jul 13, 2012 in Politics
Here is a short video of a man driving somewhere in the United States. Who is he and where is he going? That is nobody's business but his own.
Check out this short video. Who is the man with the camera? Whoever he is, he is none too happy, and he is minding his own business, yet he is pulled over 3 times in the course of a short journey.
The guy has attitude, some would say the wrong attitude; he is certainly anything but deferential to the police officers who pulled him over, after all, they are - wait for it - ONLY DOING THEIR JOB. What is his crime anyway, driving while white?
There can be times when it is legitimate for the police to stop traffic and even to search vehicles. To take just one extreme example, the serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper was arrested sitting in his car with a Sheffield prostitute by a patrol making a routine check. Roadblocks, car stops and routine checks are one thing, but checkpoints are another entirely, and this is only one tiny facet of police state America.
The particular organ of that police state that has come in for the most flak in recent years has been the TSA, and for good reason. Like this. And this. There have recently been reports of TSA agents ordering passengers to freeze on command, and even more ridiculous reports of them telling people to open drinks that have been bought at the airport. And let's not mention the way some disabled people have been treated.
Let's not mention either warrantless wiretaps or any of the other repressive laws that have been passed on the pretext of protecting Americans from terrorists.
At the moment, American soldiers are occupying Afghanistan - to take just one example. Some of them are dying there. The big question is why? Is it so they can do the same thing to Afghanistan? Will the new democratic Afghanistan - if it ever comes about - have internal checkpoints and their own TSA agents patrolling not only airports but train and bus stations ordering people to freeze on demand?
Less than two and a half centuries ago, the American people rebelled against repressive taxation. A tax on tea, of all things. Today, they suffer not only repressive taxation but every other form of tyranny. The big question is, how much more will they take? The sad answer appears to be, whatever their masters dictate.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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