America yawns

Nobody cares about the U.S. police state

By Mark Luedtke

Imagine if a media outlet released thousands of documents documenting widespread lawlessness by the CIA including a deliberate effort by the CIA to make the internet more vulnerable to hacking. Imagine if we learned the CIA lost control of the corrupt tools—paid for by taxpayers— that it uses to undermine our security so any foreign government or private hacker could use them against us as well.

That’s exactly what happened two weeks ago, but the scariest revelation from WikiLeaks’s Vault 7 CIA release is nobody cares. The response from Americans wasn’t outrage. It was a yawn.

I blame government schools.

I saw a great meme the other day. It showed how, in the 1960s, Americans feared dangerous government secret police spying on them. Then it contrasted that with how Americans today invite more dangerous CIA, NSA, FBI secret police into their homes with Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home. Those devices listen and record everything you say, and the government has access to all of it.

Bloomberg reports, “Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker… Prosecutors have asked the court to force Amazon to provide data from the Echo that could reveal more clues about the night of Nov. 22, 2015, when Collins was apparently strangled and drowned.”

I’m sure many readers consider this a good thing, but they’re missing the bigger picture. While this data can’t be used in court without due process, and it will end up in court sooner instead of later, the NSA captures all that data under the guise of national security. It targets you and me as security threats with surveillance authorized by a secret court. The government doesn’t recognize the right of Americans to be secure against unreasonable searches—recording everything is unreasonable—protected by the fourth amendment.

The difference in outlook between Americans in the 1960s and today comes from the creation of the federal Department of Education in 1980. Thirty-seven years later all Americans, aged 42 and under, were brainwashed in federal socialist schools their whole childhood. They looked at pictures of presidents on the wall every day as if they were saints, immune to the human weakness of corruption by power, who led a bumbling but benevolent government. They’re much less likely to recognize coercive government for the dangerous institution it is.

But nobody in the highest echelons of government is a saint. They’re all attracted to power to advance their personal interests by preying on the rest of us. Especially the secret police.

Judge Andrew Napolitano described the danger. “We face the gravest threat to personal liberty since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 proscribed criticism of the government,” he writes.

“We have an unelected, unnamed, unaccountable elite group in the intelligence community manipulating the president at will and possessing intimate, detailed knowledge about all of us that it can reveal. We have statutes that have given the president unconstitutional powers that have apparently been used. And we have judges on secret courts facilitating all this as if the Constitution didn’t exist.”

We’re seeing the dangerous consequences today. While President Trump is trying to make peace with Russian rulers, faceless deep state spies, with the help of their media dupes, undermine him and push us toward war with the nuclear superpower.

And Americans yawn.

A few months ago the British government passed what’s been called the most invasive spy law in the western world. The law is presented as if it gave new capabilities to Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain’s spy agency, but we now know the tail wags the dog. The new law merely legalizes what GCHQ spies, and by extension U.S., Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand spies, were already doing. The capability of the deep state drives the law, not vice-versa, because the deep state is in charge, not the politicians.

Once Americans wake up in shackles, it will be too late to stop the descent into totalitarianism, but I see no evidence Americans will wake up en mass before then. Leftist brown shirts, funded by George Soros and agitated by former President Obama, riot in the streets and shut down college campus activities, but Trump gets blamed. Don’t be surprised when they, backed by their deep state allies, stage a variation of the Reichstag fire to regain public power and advance totalitarianism.

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