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We're All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State

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We've been down this road many times before.

If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security.

Cue the Emergency State, the government's Machiavellian version of crisis management that justifies all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.

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Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, "unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters": the government has been anticipating and preparing for such crises for years now.

It's all part of the grand plan for total control.

The government's proposed response to the latest round of mass shootings-red flag gun laws, precrime surveillance, fusion centers, threat assessments, mental health assessments, involuntary confinement-is just more of the same.

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It's a simple enough formula: first, you create fear, then you capitalize on it by seizing power.

For instance, in his remarks on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump promised to give the FBI "whatever they need" to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism.

Let that sink in a moment.

In a post-9/11 America, Trump's promise bodes ill for whatever remnants of freedom we have left. With that promise, flippantly delivered without any apparent thought for the Constitution's prohibitions on such overreach, the president has given the FBI the green light to violate Americans' civil liberties in every which way.

This is how the Emergency State works, after all.

So what does the government's carefully calibrated response to this current crisis mean for freedom as we know it? Compliance and control.

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For starters, consider Trump's embrace of red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people "suspected" of being threats, will only add to the government's power.

Be warned: these laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.

Seventeen states, plus the District of Columbia, now have red flag laws on their books. That number is growing.

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This article was published twice. The other version, also on the home page, preceded this one and has a list of comments.

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John, This is a good article and like you I think we have ample historical evidence to support the argument you make here. However, I feel like there does come a point where ideology conflicts with the reality of what is happening on both left and the right. I can't imagine why so many liberals who are certain that we are seeing the rise of another Nazi state are simultaneously arguing for a restriction on guns. I think to myself, if they genuinely believe there isna threat of a Nazi coming to your door, what is your plan? Invite them in for a mocha lattw and a biscotti so you can debate your political differences in a more civilized fashion? People like that don't talk. They want to annailate you. There is no talking to a violent extremist of any type. My family and I have had guns for my entire life and I would never use any firearm to hurt someone unless they were trying to hurt my family or an innocent person. I am a good person who ONLY has a gun because I recognize the reality that there are violent people in the world who would do harm to me and mine and I don't intend to let that happen. I despise collective punishment of any kind. You don't make laws that punish innocent people for the crimes of those who have committed crimes. However, there is a point where conservatives go out of their way into a realm of irrational argument where they don't want to do anything because ofnthe slippery slope argument that the left wants to ban all guns. At this point I feel like these shooters are committing acts of terrorism. Sure some are random acts by mentallyndisturbed individuals. But it seems ludicrous that if an individual has espoused a racists political ideology, has made multiple credible threats of harm, has created a manifesto of the violent ideations they possess and owns guns then lives could be saved by selective application of intelligence gathering. No you don't aothroize blanker surveillance. You get warrants. You investigate domestic threats as if they are any other terrorist threat. And you must provide evidence which will be reviewed in court to determine what to do with those involved. Government also has to be held accountable for this use of power. And we should make sure systems are in place to assure that misuse of that power is punished too. Take care, Michele

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I agree with Michele.

I personally do not own a gun, but in a police state it is probably a good idea to own one.

I do think, however, that people with a history of domestic violence as well as documented cases of mental impairment should be barred from owning a gun. I also see no justification for assault weapons or clips that hold dozens of rounds of ammunition. I also think people should be barred from owning arsenals. People have no need for such things unless they intend to do harm to others. I also think police should be prosecuted when they casually use their firearms.

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