So I'm going to do this in a few different parts... Mostly because the topics vary slightly, and I want to do a little more research for the second installment of this post.
As mentioned before, one of the things that I'm increasingly concerned about is the potential for a militarized, police state here in the US. As you will see, the pieces are well in place, and all we really need is for the final domino to fall. "Terrorists" gave us the TSA, the patriot act, a host of outrageous executive orders, and stripped us of several of our liberties. People must understand that this is a gradual erosion of our rights, our will, and our strength of spirit. To cook a frog, you can't just throw him in boiling water, you have to heat up the water gradually with the frog still in it. With every command they give, we kneel and submit... with every step forward they take, we take one more back. This isn't about the TSA shoving their hands down my pants, or the FDA cracking down on little girls selling lemonade or girl scout cookies, or even the DHS being able to shutdown our farms and confiscate our food... It's about where we draw the line. When do we finally say enough is enough?
The following documentary highlights some recent examples of what I just described. Though I don't agree with every single one of his opinions 100%, the film is still very powerful, and should be outrageous to everybody who still values personal freedom and the little liberties that we used to enjoy and take for granted.
The following incident following Katrina in New Orleans in which the police/coast guard forcibly disarmed american citizens. Now, I do believe that the second amendment should be kept in check, but I also believe that we should never surrender our second amendment rights.
(Interviews and personal testimonies of the events)
This, to me, is one of the most shocking unreported events in recent history. The G20 was held in Pittsburgh in 2009, and there was a massive, peaceful demonstration against it. The police, coast guard, boarder patrol, and other miliatary officials rolled onto the scene, stating that it was an "unlawful assembly" and ordered all the protesters to leave. When they didn't, they started attacking unarmed civilians with batons, riot gear, gas, and the LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device). Of course, our 1st amendment guarantees we, the people, the right to peaceably assemble, and of the dozens of videos of this event that I have watched, not ONCE did a protester act in violence first. I've even seen footage of them attacking a girl as young as 16 or 17 from the looks of it as she backed away in submission. Again, this stuff is so surreal it's almost incomprehensible that it's happening under our noses, with the media never even giving it the time of day. But this isn't a video game or a movie... this is real life, and I'm sorry to say it paints a pretty bleak future. I'm only going to share one video of this event, but there are tons on youtube. If you're so inclined, browse and watch a few for yourself... I think you'll be just as disgusted as I am.
And, just for fun, here's a few quick vids of some of the other devices they're coming out with. They track your phones, your emails, and your internet history, scan your licenses, listen to your calls, and keep you filed in a 'terrorist database'. Now, they're watching you from the skies too. What a wonderful Orwellian world we live in.
(they just launched one of these in my home state of Utah... a little bit different in design, but similar concept).
Lastly, I wanted to post a link to a feature-length documentary from Alex Jones. It's a bit dry and drags on at times, but it's still worth watching if you have the time to spare and are interested in pursuing the mater further. It covers the instances I just mentioned in greater detail and lots of things that I didn't. Again, I don't agree with all the opinions expressed in this video 100%, but it's hard to disagree with the raw footage that it depicts.
Finally, a rather poignant speech that sums it all up rather perfectly. Until next time...