2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review by John W. Whitehead | LewRockwell.com

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2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review by John W. Whitehead | LewRockwell.com

Depressing synopsized word cloud follows (don’t bother reading it. GE.)National Security Agency, NSA, eavesdropping, private email, phone calls, security/industrial complex, marriage of government, military and corporate interests, keeping Americans under constant surveillance, GPS tracking, secret spying on Americans, technology, our ability to control it, our Frankenstein, given it free rein in our lives, little thought to the legal or moral ramifications, every intimate detail, satellite-based technology in phones, cars, pets,  government never lose sight of us, keep tabs on American citizens, unreasonable searches and seizures, expectation of privacy, warrant and prove probable cause,  internet surveillance, House Judiciary Committee, Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, all internet traffic, easily monitored, government officials, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA),  government’s intent, control all internet traffic, combat copyright violations on the internet, tangled bureaucratic mess regulated by the government,  Intrusive pat-downs, virtual strip searches, screening stations,  Transportation Security Administration (TSA), American travelers searches, whole-body scanners, enhanced patdowns, airports, bag searches in train stations, Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) task forces, federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers, explosive detection canine teams, secure soft targets, malls, stadiums, bridges, department stores, restaurants, virtually limitless, integral component of everyday life, United States,  FBI’s operations manual, 14,000 agents to search law enforcement and private databases, household trash, deploy surveillance teams, investigate individuals, highly intrusive monitoring techniques, infiltrating suspect organizations, confidential informants, photographing, tailing suspect individuals, without factual basis, suspecting wrongdoing, a nation of suspects, reversing the burden of proof,  guilty until proven innocent, “proactively” look into people and groups, searching databases without making a record about it, conducting lie detector tests, searching people’s trash,  Patriot Act, four-year extension of three controversial provisions in the USA Patriot Act, authorize aggressive surveillance tactics, so-called war against terror, Bill of Rights, violating, First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments, redefined terrorism, non-terrorist political activities, protest marches, demonstrations, civil disobedience, potential terrorist acts, suspects of the surveillance state, drones over America, “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Act” (S.223), drones – pilotless, remote-controlled aircraft, used extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, general American airspace, police agencies use spy drones, “nonlethal” weapons, North Dakota, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Increased arrests for recording police encounters, arresting those who record them, wiretap laws, justification, acquitted, First Amendment right of citizens to record police, Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLOs),  firefighters, police officers, corporate employees, training to spy on and report to government, report “suspicious activity”, Fusion centers,  TLOs report, data collecting agencies, National Security Agency, monitor our communications, internet activity, web searches, text messages, phone calls, emails, CIA FBI, local police, transition to martial law, 72 fusion centers,  establishment of a standing army,  federal, local and state, national intelligence agencies, monetary grants for weapons training,  government police joined, permanent army, one composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband, appearance, weapons and attitude, local law enforcement agencie, transformed, civilian branches of the military, police equipped array weapons, tasers, increasing militarization of police, sophisticated weaponry against Americans,  employ military personnel domestically, edge police state,  police  invade homes without warrants, Barnes v. State, Indiana Supreme Court, citizens don’t have the right to resist police officers who enter homes illegally, trauma of a SWAT team raid, Kentucky v. King, U.S. Supreme Court, police carte blanche authority break into homes without warrant, wrong address , suspects the citizen may possess drugs, without possessing a warrant, America became the new battleground, National Defense Authorization Act NDAA of 2012, ensure that martial law,  decimates due process of law, habeas corpus, perceived enemy of the United States, radically expands definition legitimate target…..

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