A Secret Police in America?
::::::::RAND lays out plans for the body snatchers.
If you don't think Americans can be pulled off the streets by a
secret police for having controversial, and anti-establishment views,
then think again. Search warrants are a thing of the past. And if you
think the people will object against illegal arrests, then you have
learned nothing from the last eight years. In poor societies that are
on the verge of economic collapse it is more often the case that
neighbors turn against neighbors, and any sense of community is
restricted to intimate friends and family.
Every news headline out of Washington suggests America is a
full-fledged police state. The kleptocratic government is hoping that
Americans will squeal on each other, by encouraging distrust in
communities, and advancing propaganda that serves the weakening of
public morale. It is not outlandish to think that some Americans will
tattle to the authorities about what they view as 'suspicious
behavior', if a sizable amount of money is offered. And there's a lot
of money to go around within the American government.
Especially for pretty much anything intelligence or police related,
making it very likely that Americans will seize on this economic
opportunity in hard times, even if it means betraying their countrymen,
and their own conscious.
But that's petty spying. The real treachery is being done in the NSA
spying facilities that have been built across the country, including one in Texas, and another one in Utah,
which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion dollars, and take up 1.5
million square feet. The high-tech surveillance capabilities in these
facilities and others have been greatly expanded under
Obama's administration. But the real dangers for individual liberty and
public safety is the establishment of a highly trained secret police
that will operate above the law, and behind the view of public scrutiny.
A new civilian policing agency, created for sophisticated and
wide-ranging challenges like crowd control, intelligence operations,
and analyzing high-level political threats, is being proposed by the RAND corporation
for security stabilization in war-battered regions, and other hostile
environments overseas, but it is possible that this same agency could
potentially be used for domestic purposes. RAND says the advantages of
a Stability Police Force (SPF) outweighs the political and economic
costs, which they estimate could cost upwards of $1 billion per year,
consisting of 6,000 highly effective agents, who will be able to do
specialized tasks that are critical for establishing security. The
report entitled A Stability Police Force for the United States, says:
Our analysis clearly indicates that the United States
needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission. Stability
operations have become an inescapable reality of U.S. foreign policy.
Establishing security with soldiers and police is critical because it
is difficult to achieve other objectivessuch as rebuilding political
and economic systemswithout it. The cost of not fixing this gap is
significant. The United States will continue to experience major
challenges in stability operations if it does not have this policing
capacity. These challenges include creating the ability to establish
basic law and order, as well as defeat or deter criminal organizations,
terrorists, and insurgents.
Of course, this means that traditional laws like the Posse Comitatus Act
will have to be thrown completely overboard because they constrain the
government from using the military for law enforcement activities in
the United States.
And there are serious concerns about installing such an elite police
force, especially if its operations both within the United States and
abroad are kept secret. Images of Stasi come to mind. Indeed, it's a
dark picture: dissenting Americans dragged off in the middle of the
night, detained without trial, and their faces hidden from news cameras.
So if you still doubt that political repression could happen in
America, in the land of the free and home of the brave, then you are
about to be rudely awakened. Because it has already happened.
Maybe not in your neighborhood, or to a person you know, but it has,
and will continue to happen. Being in political denial is suicide at
this point. So don't resort to political taunting just because a few
aware Americans are deciding to organize in numbers and are planning to
physically defend themselves from a criminal government. You may not
know it now, but your silence in the face of, and your support for
political repression, whether from the right or left hand, will forever
mark you as a fearful traitor to the good and the just.
Saman Mohammadi is a soldier of the infowar, and a full-time university student in Toronto, Canada. His blog is The Excavator - http://disquietreservations.blogspot.com.