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December 11, 2009

A Secret Police in America?

By Saman Mohammadi

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.

Submitters Bio:

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.