To the US gov't we the people are the enemy. Surveillance camera's everywhere, the ubiquitous If you see something say something to make us fearful of would be terrorists. All meant to keep tabs on us & w/ electronic surveillance of our phones & computers we're under constant surveillance. As for gov'ts explanation of nat'l & int'l incidents, "official" lies have become the natural order of things; a dystopia in real time.
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Let's come straight out with it, to the US government, We the People are the enemy.
If you've read John W. Whitehead  regularly you're already aware of that.
The tell-tale sign: surveillance camera's seemingly everywhere. On most street intersections, photo enforced streets, roads by all schools, airports, railway stations, toll roads and all commercial stores.
Then there's the ubiquitous, "If you see something, say something" heard in Metro subway stations, airports and railway stations. It's portrayed as a necessary given for our "safety and protection" make us fearful of would be terrorists and other bad guys out to harm us.
But really ALL meant for the authorities to keep close tabs on us everywhere. Combined with electronic surveillance of our cell phones and computers-whether on or off-and the NSA pretty much has us under its constant surveillance.
Of course it's all against the 4th Amendments strictures against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and without "probable cause" making it all illegal. Yet most Americans apparently don't care taking the foolish "I haven't done anything wrong so why worry about it" mantra.
It appears the public has been so propagandized and indoctrinated, they've accepted these illegal surveillance intrusions into their everyday lives.
But think about it: If the public absolutely objected to their governments spying on them these illegal intrusions could be severely curtailed, limited only to court ordered warrants for specific instances of suspected criminal activities-as legally specified in the Constitution.
The reason the government has become so paranoid of the people? They know we're the many and they're the few and if our police and military realized they were protecting and defending the indefensible, against the Constitution they've sworn to uphold, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, the party would all be over.
And that necessary "revolution" returning the government to and for the people could soon be realized.
Then all our illegal wars and occupations ended, the military downsized to defend only against an imminent attack, the billions spent on unnecessary defense industry weaponry eliminated, nuclear weapons eliminated and peace in the world realized.
So our government knows its biggest enemy is its own people, not terrorists, Russia, China, Iran or North Korea.
It's us, you and me they're really afraid of. That's why they take the measures they do. Why they infiltrate peaceful protests and demonstrations with agent provocateurs who initiate violence giving the authorities the pretext to interfere and shut it down. It's how "Occupy" was shut down in 2011 with government authorities acting in coordination nationwide.
It's why the National Guard was called out to intervene in the summer of 2014 after police shot an unarmed Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, MO. when citizen protests erupted.
Now protests at political conventions are cordoned off far from the convention sites fearing a repeat of the protests and demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic convention.
It's also why the military draft was eliminated specifically to get a compliant, all volunteer army of draft age men and women who were a significant part of those 1968 protests.
All governments propagandize and indoctrinate its people. In the US it starts with standing to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" in our schools, the standing for the "Star Spangled Banner", saluting the flag, belief in our "supposed" free elections, extolling the military as our "heroes", the Navy a "force for good", military flyovers at professional athletic events, spotlighting service men and women in the stands eliciting a standing ovation, playing "America the Beautiful" during the 7th inning stretch.
It's all part of the indoctrination process.
When this past season professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick was ostracized refusing to stand for the national anthem before an NFL game he was condemned in the MSM as un-American, ungrateful and a traitor to his country. Though what he did was not illegal and protected under the Constitution.
Standing for and singing the national anthem is voluntary and not required. But long standing tradition has made it "appear" as required behavior.
It's hard to know whether Americans are the most propagandized people ever. We certainly are obedient and compliant people accepting illegal government intrusions and generally accepting the governments explanations (propaganda?) of all significant national and international incidents.
It's almost certain the government knows with a population generally compliant to its strictures it can and will do anything with impunity knowing it will not be held accountable for its actions.
That's why "official" Washington represents the most dangerous, rogue state entity in the world and seen by most people worldwide as the primary threat to peace in the world.
Yet to most Americans we're the beacon on the hill embracing freedom and democracy.
In America "official" lies have been taken on a whole new meaning, become the natural order of things; a dystopia in real time.
 John W. Whitehead, "Battlefield America: The War on the American People" and "A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State"
Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009