Posted by Brad @ 10:53 am on June 13th 2011

A Day in the Life of the Expanding Security State

I don’t think we realize just how global (in the macro sense) the expansion of our security state is becoming. Here are just two snapshots about the FBI, including their new revisions to officer guidelines that allow them to begin their search process – checking databases, going through trash, whatever – without even filling out any paperwork or offering up a reason for their doing so (in Bureau parlance, allowing agents to initiative searches “proactively”) and, in the other, a brief window into the increasingly large class of professional paid FBI informants, most of whom are con men, and most of whom get paid for every guy they entrap.

Remember, the terrible thing about the Bush and now Obama years was not any one policy, and in many ways it wasn’t even political, it was cultural. The real damage is, in only a decade, we have done a complete 180 on the presumptions underpinning criminal justice, surveillance, and civil liberties in America. It is no less fundamental than shifting to “guilty until proven innocent” and “American citizens do not have a presumption of privacy, but the American government does”. Simply put, our government, at its core, no longer believes that they have to honor any expectation of privacy or due process regarding the citizenry. Every policy change, from small to large, has trickled down from that, and our entire political structure is currently in the process of reorganizing accordingly.

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