For those whose minds have been short-circuited into believing the candy-coated propaganda peddled by the politicians, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United States of America is really all about.
A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, a police state "is characterized by bureaucracy, secrecy, perpetual wars, a nation of suspects, militarization, surveillance, widespread police presence, and a citizenry with little recourse against police actions."
B is for our battered BILL OF RIGHTS. In the cop culture that is America today, where you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is rarely held accountable for violating your rights, the Bill of Rights doesn't amount to much.
C is for CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE, a practice wherein the police seize and keep private property they "suspect" may be connected to criminal activity, whether or not any crime was actually committed.
D is for DRONES. At least 30,000 drones will be airborne in American airspace by 2020, part of an $80 billion industry. Although some drones will be used for benevolent purposes, many will also be equipped with lasers, tasers and scanning devices.
E is for the ELECTRONIC CONCENTRATION CAMP a.k.a. the surveillance state, in which all aspects of a person's life are policed by government agents and all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, and their communications spied upon.
F is for FUSION CENTERS, data collecting agencies spread throughout the country that serve as a clearinghouse for information shared between state, local and federal agencies. These fusion centers constantly monitor our communications, everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails.
G is for GRENADE LAUNCHERS. The federal government has distributed more than $18 billion worth of battlefield-appropriate military weapons, vehicles and equipment such as drones, tanks, and grenade launchers to domestic police departments across the country. As a result, most small-town police forces now have enough firepower to render any citizen resistance futile.