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Is the U.S. Government the Enemy of the People? America's Lost Liberties, Post-9/11

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Take heed, America.

Our losses are mounting with every passing day.

What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

The rights embodied in the Constitution, which have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded, are now on life support.

Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, press, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more have become casualties in the government's war on the American people, a war that has grown more pronounced since 9/11.

Since the towers fell, the U.S. government has posed a greater threat to our freedoms than any terrorist, extremist or foreign entity ever could. Indeed, the U.S. governmentthe government that was supposed to be a "government of the people, by the people, for the people"has become the enemy of the people.

This is a government that has grown corrupt, greedy, power-hungry and tyrannical over the course of the past 240-plus years.

This is a government that is laying the groundwork to weaponize the public's biomedical data as a convenient means by which to penalize certain "unacceptable" social behaviors. Incredibly, as part of a proposal being considered by the Trump Administration, a new government agency HARPA (a healthcare counterpart to the Pentagon's research and development arm DARPA) will take the lead in identifying and targeting "signs" of mental illness or violent inclinations among the populace by using artificial intelligence to collect data from Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home.

This is a government that railroads taxpayers into financing government programs whose only purpose is to increase the power and wealth of the corporate elite.

This is a governmenta warring empirethat forces its taxpayers to pay for wars abroad that serve no other purpose except to expand the reach of the military industrial complex.

This is a government whose wall-to-wall surveillance has given rise to a suspect society in which the burden of proof has been reversed such that Americans are now assumed guilty until or unless they can prove their innocence.

This is a government that treats its people like second-class citizens who have no rights, and is working overtime to stigmatize and dehumanize any and all who do not fit with the government's plans for this country.

This is a government that uses free speech zones, roving bubble zones and trespass laws to silence, censor and marginalize Americans and restrict their First Amendment right to speak truth to power.

This is a government that adopts laws that criminalize Americans for otherwise lawful activities such as holding religious studies at home, growing vegetables in their yard, and collecting rainwater.

This is a government that persists in renewing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the president and the military to arrest and detain American citizens indefinitely.

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Will those who talk/write about "America" PLEASE be specific about that meaning JUST the US OF America, unless they mean all the Americas. The distinction is important. Does Bolivia, one of The Americas, support
Trump's "American" policies? Rhetorical question.

"America" meaning JUST the US OF America is un-defined....and too damn patriotic sounding...as if we are to break into song or something.

Bolivians, Uruguayans, Mexicans and Canadians, etc. etc , are ALSO Americans...being in N. or S. or Central America. Or shall we in the USA co-op the collective name for just US....to maybe suggest to the world that ALL "Americans", North, South and Central, support "American" policies? That's a laugh.

PS: Hawaii, a colonized stolen US state, isn't even IN The Americas...it's in Polynesia.

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We use "America" in the name of our country, the United States of America. No other country uses America in their name in all of North and South America. I have never heard of Bolivians, Mexicans, Paraguayans, Canadians or any other country wanting to be called Americans, though I could be wrong. I like to use US when I refer to us in the USA.

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Amazingly now that 911 happened almost 20 years ago - coupled with the fact that most people - at the earliest - become politically aware around 15-18 that people under 35 years of age never lived in a previous 911 world - they have only only lived under permanent war and a police state - Unbelievable

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I believe one could rightfully call it America as if you look closely at what has been occurring throughout the Americas it is the quest for a government by and for the elite few. The quest for regime change throughout this hemisphere has been dismantling the sovereign rights of each nation, creating economic collapse and societal disruption with the leader being replaced by a puppet of the Deep State masters all in the agenda of the New World Order One Government World.

First, they formed the European Union which controls nations by unelected puppets of the Deep State. The EU in effect over-rule the sovereignty of each nation under its control.

Second, is the Western Hemisphere, the Americas.

The TPP and TTIP are designed to over-rule sovereign rights in the countries joining those.

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When I see the people in Hong Kong protesting every day for months to preserve and protect what little democracy they have, I am filled with admiration and jealousy.

Why jealousy?

Because protests like that will never happen here because we've been brainwashed into believing that protesting the government is 'unpatriotic', when the exact opposite is true. This is especially true after the false flag event of 9/11 and the hyper-patriotism that has followed since then.

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I'm sure it's also the hyper-militarization of all police forces, along with the willingness to call in the Army that would make Americans reluctant to just "take to the streets".

The U.S. has proven it doesn't give a damn about human life or human suffering, and would be quite comfortable demonstrating that to its own People.

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You are quite correct. If the people dare to oppose their masters, they won't have enough bodybags for all the victims of the militarized police forces opposing them. When the people can field the same level of firepower as the thugs, then they might have a prayer of winning the fight.

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