Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The End of American Freedom

As the Obama administration escalates the erosion of civil liberties begun by President Bush, Americans increasingly find themselves underneath the "soft tyranny" of the surveillance state. With secret authorizations for drone attacks on US citizens, "prolonged detention", enactment of FEMA camp legislation, and the militarization of local police forces by the federal government - what are they preparing for and is this the America so many have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend?

With the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recent purchase of over 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition and thousands of armored vehicles of the type used in Iraq and Afghanistan - the question remains why? Is the US government secretly preparing for nationwide civil unrest? Will a "national emergency" or "crisis" provide the impetus for further infringements of human rights and civil liberties, not just in America, but worldwide?

In a country where everyone's lives are published online and where the National Security Agency archives all of this digital information forever, is this the vision the Founding Fathers had for what was intended to be the pillar of human rights and liberty - to light the way for worldwide democracy and the promise of freedom from tyranny?