Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp?

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Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp?

There has been no society in the history of the world that has ever been 100% safe. No matter how much money the federal government spends on "homeland security", the truth is that bad things will still happen.  Our world is a very dangerous place and it is becoming increasingly unstable.  The federal government could turn the entire country into one giant prison camp, but that would still not keep us safe.  It is inevitable that bad stuff will happen in life.  But we have a choice.  We can choose to live in fear or we can choose to live as free men and women.  Our forefathers intended to establish a nation where liberty and freedom would be maximized. 

But today we are told that we have to give up our liberties and our freedoms and our privacy for increased security.  But is such a trade really worth it?  Just think of the various totalitarian societies that we have seen down throughout history.  Have any of them ever really thrived?  Have their people been happy?  Unfortunately, the U.S. federal government has decided that the entire country needs to be put on lock down.  Nearly everything that we do today is watched and tracked, and personal privacy is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  Many of the things that George Orwell wrote about in 1984 are becoming a reality, and that is a very frightening thing.  The United States is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Sadly, we are rapidly becoming the exact opposite of that.

I don't know about you, but I never signed up to live in North Korea.  When I was growing up I was taught that repressive regimes such as North Korea are "the bad guys" and that America is where "the good guys" live.

So why do we want to be just like North Korea?

When they put in the naked body scanners at U.S. airports and started having TSA agents conduct "enhanced pat-downs" of travelers, I decided that I was not going to fly anymore unless absolutely necessary.

Then I heard about how "random bag checks" were being conducted at Metro train stations in the Washington D.C. area, and I was glad that I was no longer taking the train into D.C. anymore.

But now the TSA is showing up everywhere.  Down in Houston, undercover TSA agents and police officers will now "ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior."

So now I have another thing to add to my list of things that I can't do anymore.

No more riding buses for me.

But the truth is that you can't escape this expanding security grid no matter how hard you try.

In fact, TSA "VIPR teams" conduct approximately 8,000 "unannounced security screenings" every year at bus terminals, train stations, ports and highway rest stops throughout the United States.

Look, every society needs some level of security.  There are always bad guys out there that want to harm innocent people.

But in the United States we must demand that those in charge of our security do their jobs in a way that does not compromise our dignity, our liberties or our freedoms.

Does having TSA thugs touch the private parts of old women and young children before they get on their flights keep us any safer?

Of course not.

But it does move our country in a very dangerous direction.

The reality is that this "Big Brother control grid" that is being constructed all around us is expanding in a thousand different ways.

For example, a new bill before the U.S. Congress would require black box data recorders to be installed in all new vehicles starting in 2015.  These black box data recorders will be able to constantly transmit data about everything that your car is  doing to the government and to the insurance companies.  The following is from a recent article by Eric Peters....

And naturally, they – the government, insurance companies – will be able to track your every move, noting (and recording) where you’ve been and when. This will create a surveillance net beyond anything that ever existed previously. Some will not sweat this: After all, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why worry? Except for the fact that, courtesy of almost everything we do being either “illegal” or at least “suspicious” we all have a great deal to hide. The naivety of the Don’t Worry, it’s No Big Deal crowd is breathtaking. Did the average Soviet citizen also “not have anything to hide,” and hence why worry?

But the last possibility is probably the creepiest possibility: EDRs tied into your car’s GPS will give them – the government and its corporate **** ******* (edited for language) – literal physical control over (hack) “your” vehicle. This is not conspiracy theorizing. It is technological fact. Current GM vehicles equipped with the same technology about to be mandated for every vehicle can be disabled remotely. Just turned off. All the OnStar operator has to do is send the appropriate command over the GPS to your car’s computer, which controls the engine. It is one of the features touted by OnStar – of course, as a “safety” feature.

In the future, it will be used to limit your driving – for the sake of “energy conservation” or perhaps, “the environment.” It will be the perfect, er, vehicle, for implementing U.N. Agenda 21 – the plan to herd all of us formerly free-range tax cattle into urban feedlots. So much easier to control us this way. No more bailing out to the country or living off the grid – unless you get there (and to your work) by walking.

Even when you are sitting at home you are still being watched and monitored in countless ways.

For example, every single call you make on your cell phone is intercepted and monitored by the government.

Your Internet activity is tracked and monitored by a whole host of government agencies as well.  If you doubt this, just read this article.

Now CISPA would expand government surveillance of the Internet even further.  The following description of CISPA comes from the Electronic Frontier Foundation website....

CISPA creates an exception to all privacy laws to permit companies to share our information with each other and with the government in the name of cybersecurity…. CISPA’s ‘information sharing’ regime allows the transfer of vast amounts of data, including sensitive information like internet use history or the content of emails, to any agency in the government including military and intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency or the Department of Defense Cyber Command. Once in government hands, this information can be used for any non-regulatory purpose so long as one significant purpose is for cybersecurity or to protect national security.

Frightening stuff, eh?

I want you to imagine a scenario for a moment.  Imagine that the government assigned two "watchers" to you that followed you everywhere you went and stared directly into your face the entire time.

Would you feel comfortable?

Why not?

You don't have anything to hide, do you?

Well, of course the truth is that none of us would like having our privacy constantly invaded.  It is not pleasant to constantly feel like you are being watched.

That is why all of these new "security measures" are so alarming.  A system is being set up where all of us are being constantly watched and monitored 24 hours a day.

And most Americans have no idea how fast the transition to full martial law could potentially be.

Barack Obama recently updated an old executive order that has been around for decades that would enable him to take charge of all food, all energy, all health resources and all transportation resources in the United States with the stroke of a pen. This new update would allow him to do it even in "non-emergency" situations.

The following is what U.S. Representative Kay Granger recently had to say about this executive order....

This means all of our water resources, construction services and materials (steel, concrete, etc.), our civil transportation system, food and health resources, our energy supplies including oil and natural gas – even farm equipment – can be taken over by the President and his cabinet secretaries.  The Government can also draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill "labor requirements" for the purposes of "national defense."  There is not even any Congressional oversight, only briefings are required.

Later on in her letter, Representative Granger even used the phrases "martial law" and "government takeover" to describe the power that Barack Obama potentially has under this executive order....

It is still unclear why this order was signed now, and what the consequences are for our nation – especially during times of peace.  This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.

Do you trust Barack Obama with that kind of power?

Unfortunately, considering the really bad decisions that all of our government officials regularly make, it is really hard to trust any of them to do the right thing at this point.

The American people need to let their voices be heard on these issues.  If not, the federal government will continue to strip away our privacy, our liberties and our freedoms until everything is gone.

Do you want your children to grow up in a country that has been turned into a giant prison camp and that more closely resembles North Korea than it does the nation that our forefathers originally founded?

If not, please do what you can to speak out against these abuses.

The truth is that the federal government does not really even care about our national security anyway.

If they did, they would secure our borders. Just today I read that the National Guard is withdrawing 900 troops from the U.S.-Mexico border.  Our border security is already a total joke and now it is going to be even worse.

Over the past several decades, tens of millions of people have crossed that border illegally.  Every single day, terrorists, drug dealers, gang members, sexual predators and a whole host of other "bad guys" could be crossing that border and we would never even know about it because we aren't doing anything to stop it.

For nearly 60 years, the U.S. government has successfully protected the border between South Korea and North Korea, but the U.S. government flatly refuses to protect our own borders.

Until the federal government decides to do what the U.S. Constitution requires them to do and start protecting our borders, then the federal government should not be asking any of us to make a single sacrifice in the name of "security".

The truth is that we can have a reasonable level of security in this nation without giving up the liberties and the freedoms that millions of Americans have shed their blood to protect.

We do not need to turn the United States into a giant prison camp.  America is supposed to be the land of the free, and we need to work hard to get that dream back.



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theTribster's picture

The. Dream is gone, killed over the last 40 years by a deliberate group of people that control everything. Now, it is ramped all the way up and ready to be implemented - this year!
This is the worst possible outcome for human beings because it guarantees that pain and suffering will increase forever....
All that can be done now is revolt against the system and replace the current set of 'leaders' but that won't be easy nor is it likely to happen. Welcome to the Prison Industrial Complex of America the Beautiful.
Fundamentally driven by greed for power and money...

Homeland Security's picture

The federal government is the largest employer. No entity spends more or has more spending power. The federal government must keep spending to transfer taxpayer's money, and the money borrowed, to the largest corporations to keep them afloat and their employees employed. Its a shame that a project that should cost $1 million costs $100 million, but what choice do we have. If the spending stops the system collapses. But do not worry, Homeland Security is making sure to spend its share to protect the citizens in case of a crises. Rest assured we are watching out for you.

smiler03's picture

Great article apart from this ridiculous statement at the end...

"without giving up the liberties and the freedoms that millions of Americans have shed their blood to protect."

Millions of Americans?? Even if you include the American Civil War it's only just over 1 million*. Take away the Civil War and you have about half a million. Some of those other deaths have NOTHING to do with protecting American liberties and freedoms.


*Unless you're counting band aid spilling of blood as well.

QuietCorday's picture

I would like to approach this from a different angle if I may.

In the west, a policy only tends to get through if it hits more than one policy outcome target. In some senses, the more targets a policy can hit, the more it is perceived as "a good policy" decision to implement.

In policy circles, two birds in the bush are better than a bird in the hand, so to speak.

So working back from this, you then are faced with the question of "which policy targets are these measures designed to hit?" And this is where it gets a little bit worrying because to answer this, you have to figure out how government sees the state of play now, and the various scenarios into the future depending on how things turn -- and a fair amount of this information we are simply not privy to.

I am not American, so I don't have an ear to the ground over there, but my hunch would be the following ... from the parochial to the global.

1) These measures create *jobs* and filter money into certain sectors (a kind of New Deal for the Security Industry).

2) These measures are designed to make ordinary people *feel* safe.

3) Government knows something about terrorist activity that they can't release -- probably because it is, in some way, their fault or has huge implications (cause riots, bring down government, create a serious geostrategic global problem).

4) They are putting in place the tools to lock things down if "something serious" hits economically, politically, or geo-strategically, and this is something they probably suspect has a 70 percent+ chance of occuring.

Basically, I would suggest they know they have seriously fucked up, and have done so on numerous fronts, and the situation is teetering from numerous angles that are not necessarily-related (but may very well be). The policy solution of security-philia partially solves the above *issues* without letting the cat out of the bag and if nothing serious happens, it has the added Neo-Keynesian bonus of creating new jobs where none existed before and makes government look like they *are doing something*.

You always have to look behind the curtain with new or changing policies. It is never only about the problem that is is supposed to be about, and it is always a partial solution to all the targets to make them slightly more manageable politically in the short to medium term. 

The border thing interests me a lot. It suggests there are numerous benefits to that policy and I am intrigued as to consider what they are perceived to be. For example, I wonder whether, in Britain, the lack of EU8 controls of movement of labour, which led to millions of Polish migrants entering Britain in the last decade (I am not biased as my mother is a Katyn baby) was to a) prove that work was available and challenge historical beliefs about the causes of British unemployment, which in turn would destroy any militant perspective, b) to provide a counterbalance to subcontinental immigrant groups, c) to reduce the political power of the English working class, d) to introduce more conservative and catholic christian perspectives into the British landscape (Blair was a Catholic from a Tory family), as well as bolster British industry by providing downwards pressure on wages through increased competition and workers willing to accept lower prices for their labour.

One policy: many targets. The question is ... what is it about Mexican illegal immigration to the US that is so favourable to US government across numerous fronts?  I could come up with quite a few ideas ... they won;t be good for *you* per se, but we don't know what *they* know and are thinking.

The Alarmist's picture

Even if their motives are pure and good, there is no going back. If they were to relax one even minor security measure and then something were to happen where fingers could be pointed to that laxity in security, they would suffer to no end. The safest course of action is to keep tightening, especially since they will need to deal with the internal backlash at some point.

mt paul's picture

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falak pema's picture

Obammy says drones can kill at will in Yemen. As it open territory for "terrorists". Like the heretics of old!

Obama Clears The Military To Kill Almost Anyone By Drone In Yemen - Business Insider

The Alarmist's picture

When do they expand this program to Montana?

Winston of Oceania's picture

It is necessary in fact as the Masters of the Universe have written a check which they are not good for. They have on the other hand a commodity with which to deal; labor of the debt slave be it willing or not...

smb12321's picture

The federal government is bloated, inefficient and potentially authoritarian and we are a slave to debt (by personal choices). BUT I've never believed that "they" want to enslave us.  I mean, if "they" have the power to act with impunity why waste resources, money and time setting up an elaborate mechanism for control that would take time from having fun?  (So what about the insane energy and resource used in running concentration camps? They were certifiably insane and, sadly, most were simply "following orders."

The idea that more surveillance makes us safer is like the notion that passing enough laws will stop all crime and/or prevent accidents. I don't fear Bush or even Obama but a crisis provokes fear and appeals to simplistic, extremes (look at ZH posts for some examples).  Tracking will become a way of life.  It is up to us to prevent it from being used in unsavory ways.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Does the government really care about loss of life?  These statistics are quite funny: http://www.jpands.org/vol8no2/cohen.pdf.

The leading causes of loss of life are: Alcoholism, poverty, & smoking.  The probability of death due to terrorism is essentially zero.  Guess where all the money is spent? Guess what happens when the government becomes all powerful?  Yep.  The leading causes of loss of life increase.

TBT or not TBT's picture

You forgot to mention carbohydrates, and fructose and sucrose specifically.

theprofromdover's picture

But whose arrest and incarceration will trigger an outcry?

Bill Black, Marc Faber, Kyle Bass, Martin Armstrong (again), Grayson, A-G Schneiderman, the Blog-writers, Matt Taibbi, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Paul? Probably none of the above. That is our greatest shame.

Secession is the only hope for us, and how do you build momentum for that.

smb12321's picture

But if people are truly so evil that they will incarcerate citizens for what they believe, why would yet another political entity be safer?   Are folks in (say) Georgia freedom loving and liberal with individual rights whereas Vermont  wants to arrest those who say bad things?  

California is no better (and in many cases worse) that DC so why would secession work?  As Ron Paul always says, the real issue is not the FED, foreign intervention or phony "wars" (drugs, poverty, reading, terror).  It's changing Americans's views on the idea of of the role of government and until that is done the situation will keep replicating itself over and over.  I certainly wouldn't want my freedom dependent upon some of the poster on this board.

i-dog's picture


"why would secession work?"

Because each state would present a slightly different economic environment and regulatory structure. It would be insane to believe that Texas would be the same as the left coast, or that Mississippi would end up being the same as North Dakota.

Those who were not happy with the government in their native state could apply to enter another state that was more to their liking. Some states might have strict entry requirements and social benefits, while others might welcome anyone prepared to work and look after themselves. Choices and consequences!

Only socialists want all states to be exactly the same under an overarching central government (politburo), whether in DC or Brussels. Yet, nature abhors a monoculture ... and the history of humankind is one of divergence and diversity from simple beginnings in the Rift Valley of Africa.

smb12321's picture

Your proposal requires no seccession.  People are choosing with their feet, fleeing badly  mismanaged blue states (CA, NJ, IL, MI, NY, RI, CT, etc) to better managed red states (TX, TN, GA, ND, FL, NC, UT, etc).  The beauty of the US is (was?) our federal system of a central government with semi-independent states.  Socialists want centralized power above all - liberty is frightening to them.    

kurt's picture

two words: Milspec Guillotine

thruid's picture

I remember as a kid watching old black and white flicks about espionage and intrigue in Nazi Germany.   The Gestapo was always represented by a guy in a trench coat and fedora asking for someones "papers".  I remember thinking that is what it means to live under fascism.  It seems all that is missing these days is the trench coat and fedora.

CoolBeans's picture

I've been searching for a gun-friendly country.  This looks like one (Guatemala) but even in the nice, patrolled areas - look like I may actually have to use one from time to time.  Hmmm...may not be a good option. 

DosZap's picture

I've been searching for a gun-friendly country. This looks like one (Guatemala) but even in the nice, patrolled areas - look like I may actually have to use one from time to time. Hmmm...may not be a good option


Might be a good idea to see what their penalties are for crime, and what constitutes same.

I am sure their prison system is ON par with most SA countries.

Also, gun friendly, ok, can you bring yours with you?.IF you owned them.

CoolBeans's picture

Good point. 

Yeah, guns.  Uh, what guns?  I don't have any guns...don't know (cough) what guns you are talking about.

Geez, there must be somewhere in the world, short of a deserted island that we can use for an escape.

Westcoastliberal's picture

Good article.  Seems to me we stopped being the "good guys" when we started overthrowing democratically-elected governments (Iran, a host of govs in S. America), and decided we had the right to send CIA/Black Ops teams into other sovereign countries to "make adjustments".  Of course the capper is violation of the Geneva convention by using torture.

Welcome to the new, "improved" version of America where your neighbor is "encouraged" to rat your ass out, whether you actually did anything wrong or not.  And it's all surveillance all the time here in happyland.

Lednbrass's picture

The practice of the Federal government overthrowing other sovereign governments and replacing them with lackeys started about 150 years ago.

michael_engineer's picture

"It is still unclear why this order was signed now, and what the consequences are for our nation – especially during times of peace.  This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace."

Is resource depletions and how that might ripple through the economy a possible reason?  The title of the EO does mention resources as in "National Defense Resources Preparedness".  There is some face value truth in the title.

The rationale may not be so big brotherish as many commentators and authors opine about.  It's more likely driven by stability and continuity concerns.  Sure some toes will get stepped on, but resource depletions will be stepping on some toes for you anyway whether you like it or not, or whether you are prepared for it or not.

TBT or not TBT's picture

In case of an EMP attack the federal government will take all food and water for itself first, as many projections of the results of an EMP attack would entail over 90% die off of the population through starvation, disease, and ultimately also a good dose of cannibalism.    Food warehouses/silos and water supplies would be captured and held by professional soldiers and police, probably, at least in the central planners' imagination.   Personally I think central command and control would cease just about instantly.

michael_engineer's picture

It's probably more likely that there would be a much slower motion and gradually deepening economic crisis due to resource depletions that would cause a government to react in order to try to provide stability and continuity on the shift to a new paradigm.

tony bonn's picture

"No matter how much money the federal government spends on "homeland security", the truth is that bad things will still happen..."

bad things only happen because of the bush crime syndicate and the rockefeller axis of evil both of which have a strong committment to naziism....

the murders of the kennedys, king, attempted of reagan, 9/11, and myriad others were all by the hand of the bcs which now uses private companies to avoid laws against destruction of privacy.

a vote for obama or romney is a vote for adolph hitler.

the only terrorists in the world are the bcs and i do not say that as hyperbole.

Peter Pan's picture

Is there any wonder why the USA has such a high incarceration rate given the lousy minimum wage rate?

Is it any wonder it is clueless when it has over 60% of the world's lawyers but only 5% of the world's population?

The USA is already in jail given that there are and there always will be just two political parties both of which answer to the same bosses.

DeadFred's picture

If you look at the timing of increases in law enforcement and security you'll see the biggest spike came from the 2008-9 meltdown. Here on ZH we hear every day how things are doomed while the MSM hails the green shoots popping up all around. The ones who really know what's going on know that ZH is telling the real story and they are preparing for the train wreck that's coming. Their motivations could range from acting responsibly in the face of a coming threat to malevolently exploiting the chaos for their gain, but remember that it was Obama's Chief-of-staff that said "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste". When I look a Obama I don't see a lot of altuism seeping out of his pores.

pops's picture

Before anyone gets the warm and fuzzies over Kay Granger, remember she voted FOR the NDAA.   And both our Senators from Texas voted for it. 



Cathartes Aura's picture

Texass seems to excel in electing control freaks, including Kay Bailey Hutchison who has a long history pushing those weather modification bills around,

Prepare yourself for more water shortages, floods, droughts, and a sharp decline in food supplies in the United States when U.S. Senate Bill 1807 & U.S. House Bill 3445, that were introduced on July 17, 2007, are voted into law.


that was back in 2007. . . how's that weather modification working for ya, Texas?

DosZap's picture

And both our Senators from Texas voted for it.

And I gave both of mine HELL for it.

DID you?,if not it's still not too late...............

Diet Coke and Floozies's picture

"Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp?"

Could it be that TPTB know that America is full of entitled people with guns, falling moral standards and peak resources on earth?

Just a thought, I could be wrong.

On the other hand, I was reading about the French revolution yesterday. It horrified royalty across Europe.

DeadFred's picture

That was the Great Reset version 1.0

It's no wonder TPTB are taking precautions now that they see ver 2.0 rolling off the shelves.

flattrader's picture

All I can say is...

bomb building government C4 plane overthrow assassination end the fed stay in bed happy earth day fuck the nsa occupy a tree save the bees burn down a Walmart use explosive farts conspiracy communism truck fertilizer boom grab a gun have some ain’t got nuthin to do join the coup home guard gold silver stockpile weapons boycott vampire squid is full of yids race war ethnic cleansing FEMA camp cracker whitey is mighty righty feminazis are so hottie insurection posse comitatus pull your money hanging bankers can't fail put wall street in jail open wide Stellar Wind lots o shit is coming in

...and Have a Nice Day.

You can quote me.

CoolBeans's picture

The Man's Internet surveillance system just started spitting out a report on you.

F'em.  Vendetta!

Let's all swamp the system until their SkyNet control system fails.

flattrader's picture

If they want a piece of me, they can stand in line.

I'm busy overthrowing a municipal city council, so they'll have to que up at the very end.

No frontsies.

akak's picture

Assassinate Obama nuclear jihad bomb Washington!

flattrader's picture

Aw, come on akak...Make it rhyme.  There's so much you can do with "Obama."

GlobalCtzn's picture

The underlying question/premise of this article is totally flawed. They are not worried in the least about keeping us safe...........


Reorient yourself and your line of questioning or you will be forever chasing your tail.

BidnessMan's picture

Good point.  It seems the concern is keeping THEM safe.

gnomon's picture

You will know when to act, but will you act?  Will you be a Man or whimper out of this world discredited and enslaved?

You will get a chance to redeem your whole life.  Will you let it pass by for the fear of death when living will mean demeaning subjugation unto death?

When they bust down your door or your neighbor's door make the right choice, the moral choice.  And whoever carries out these orders, if they be known by you or not, deserve neither pity nor life.

"Give me Liberty or Give me Death"

rwe2late's picture


May Day Protest - no work, no banking

(of course, a general strike is AGAINST THE LAW,

so provided the authorities don't construe it as a "strike", it's a protest)



jwoop66's picture

May Day protest so you can show support for the thugs described in the article.   You are a most excellent tool comrade!

rwe2late's picture

"show support for the thugs"???

Sleepless Knight's picture

Dont you know? All Americans are guilty unless you work for the Government or a large financial institution.

CoolBeans's picture

True that - and isn't it sickening that the citizens of the USSA actually pay their salaries? 

ExploitTheMarket's picture

Great article.... I, and many others I know have really scaled back on travel and other things and have basically "gone dark" to a degree (in other words living with less liberty).  I refuse to fly unless I absolutely must, and now am starting to avoid other things as well.... Absolutely disgusting that people throughout history have sacrificed their lives many in my family as well) for liberty only to have it killed like this.  

and yes, "The naivety of the Don’t Worry, it’s No Big Deal crowd" is indeed breathtaking....