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Thursday, December 31, 2015

What's In Store For Our Freedoms In 2016? More Of Everything We Don't Want

In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again—egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc.—although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.

What remains to be seen is whether 2016 will bring more of the same or whether “we the people” will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2015 was far from a banner year.

The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don’t find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized surveillance state.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it strange that most young people want to be led rather than being a leader. Of course a few ago it was just the opposite , everyone wanted to be the boss or manager or CEO etc.. This is a good example of socialism and communism that Obama and the likes have instilled in our nation. Absolutely no desire to get ahead .
Another good example is sports , very high pay for little education , some can't even pass a simple test.
We are now considered a 3rd world country !!