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Longtime readers
know that I don’t spend much time in the United States; I usually
swing by for a month or so each year to visit friends and family,
and the period in-between visits can often stretch 6 months or more.

This is sufficiently
long enough that I notice a lot of changes… some so drastic
that they hit me in the head like a baseball bat.

For example,
just last week when I was at Los Angeles International Airport,
the police set up a checkpoint outside the main entrance as if we
were in downtown Baghdad driving into the Green Zone.

And I couldn’t
believe my eyes when, driving down Santa Monica Boulevard last Wednesday,
I saw a police urban assault vehicle modeled after a US Army mechanized
infantry fighting vehicle. It’s designed for one thing: maximum
destruction.

It’s truly
appalling how police forces across the country have become militarized.
The concept of ‘peace officer’ no longer exists. Police
are now paramilitary forces who only protect and serve the political
class.

Because I’ve
been out of the country for so long, I notice these changes more
acutely; it’s like diving in head first into ice-cold water
as opposed to wading in slowly. And this rise of the police state
is accelerating.

Here’s
the thing – when you look around the world, you can see a lot
of chaos and turmoil. Hardly a day goes by when there’s not
multiple riots and protests in the western world being met with
overwhelming force from the government.

The government
is sending a clear message: “We are in charge.”

It’s no
wonder that, according to a recent Gallup poll, a record-high 81%
of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being
run. On a proportional basis, this is 25% higher than during the
Watergate scandal.

What’s
even more stark is that, according to the same poll, roughly HALF
of Americans believe the federal government has become so large
and powerful that it POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT to the rights and
freedoms of ordinary citizens.

This certainly
explains why the government is increasing its offensive capabilities.

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