Exposing The 'Boiling Frog' Of The American Police State

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

For many years, I’ve forecasted that the US will evolve into a police state; that it will begin slowly; then as more and more freedoms are removed, the creation of the police state will accelerate.

We’re now seeing that acceleration, as more and more Americans are detained, questioned, and having their property confiscated than ever before.

As an example, in 2016, some 20,000 travellers in and out of the US were stopped, often at random. Typically, their baggage was searched, their documents photocopied, access codes to their electronic devices demanded and their files copied. In most cases, no explanation was given, but they were advised that if the search was refused, they would be detained indefinitely.

The following year, in 2017, the numbers of people detained rose by 50%, to 30,000.

It’s important to note that the travellers were not threatened with arrest, which suggests that the authorities were working on the basis that the Patriot Act of 2001 allows all of the above activities - without cause being given, without a warrant being obtained, without access to a phone call or legal representation being allowed, and that the individuals in question may be detained, indefinitely.

This, of course, is in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that people have the right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

However, when people travel, they are particularly vulnerable, so the travellers in question are extremely unlikely to refuse. They understand that, “indefinitely” means, “until a Supreme Court ruling is passed, overturning the Patriot Act as unconstitutional.” If it hasn’t happened yet and isn’t under consideration, it’s safe to say that the level of police state allowed under the Patriot Act is permanent.

Police States have been implemented countless times throughout history. They tend to be most prominent where collectivism has already been instituted.

Wherever collectivism is already firmly established, new crackdowns are generally introduced suddenly. In Germany, in 1938, under existing Nazi rule, Kristallnacht took people by complete surprise. Later, in 1961, under existing Soviet rule, the Berlin Wall went up with no previous announcement. In both cases, the collectivist tyranny was already in place and the people had already successfully been subjugated. These events were merely further losses of freedom.

But what of a country that still enjoys a few of its former freedoms and is in the process of being transformed into a full-blown collectivist state? Well, in such cases, the loss of freedoms is often done in slo-mo.

Another way of describing this is the old adage of boiling a frog. Since a frog will jump out of a pot of hot water, place him in a pot of lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat. Before he knows it, he’s being boiled to death.

Likewise, when the intention is to convert a country to collectivism, make the early changes in stages. Get the people to accept that the losses of freedom are for the benefit of their safety. Then, the further along you go, the more you can accelerate the process.

At present, a majority of Americans appear to now understand that they’ve experienced a significant loss of their “guaranteed” freedoms. They’re now worried and, at each new stage of oppression they tend to say, “I’m not happy about this, but I can probably live with it… and, besides, they say that they’re doing it for my own safety.”

However, I think that it’s safe to say that a family returning from a holiday that’s just been isolated from each other, interrogated separately, frisked, had all their belongings pored through and copies of their papers and electronic files taken, without even being told the reason, does not feel as though it’s been done for their safety.

Remember, the 30,000 above were just hoping to reach their destination with no trouble from anyone. A generation ago, they never would have tolerated such a violation to their rights. But now, they submit and accept whatever they’re told to do.

But, upon release, they most likely assumed that the authorities had been looking for something specific. They were not. In recent years, there have been very few actual prosecutions from such Gestapo-like shakedowns, in spite of the copying of documents and confiscation of minor items. The object here is not to prosecute anyone; it is to teach people to submit.

This will be important later on.

What we’re witnessing is a loss of freedom in slo-mo. Just as Germans stood by and accepted Kristallnacht; just as they stood by and watched the Berlin Wall be built that would close off their freedom of migration, the great majority of Americans ultimately will stand by and watch the last of their freedoms be removed, because they’ve already been trained to submit to whatever indignities and restrictions are placed upon them.

After World War II, Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemöller was questioned as to how he and other Germans could possibly have simply stood by and watched as freedoms were removed, resulting eventually in total domination of the German people. He said,

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

Pastor Niemöller was able to make the above statement in 1976, as he was one of the few survivors of the concentration camps.

But, in addition to the above insight, there’s another very significant lesson to be learned here. Historically, whenever a government is instituting the transition into a collectivist state, one of the early warnings is a limitation on travel outside the country (getting the people used to the idea that they don’t have a right to leave). The US has now reached that point. The next development will be to teach them that, by travelling outside of the country, they are automaticallysuspect. The implication will be money laundering, drug trafficking, or terrorist activities.

Whether it’s accomplished through the use of a physical barrier, such as a wall, or through the intimidation of random searches and interrogations, as is presently underway in the US, or whether it’s simply the appearance of armed guards in ports of exit (like the armed guard in the photo above), the objective is not to obtain copies of your emails to your friends, or to go through socks in your luggage. It’s to teach you that your rights have been lost and you are expected to submit to any and all indignities and restrictions imposed on you.

Historically, the end-product is always the same. The final acceptance that you’ve waited too long to leave the increasingly oppressive country—and that you’ve been successfully locked in.

Comments

Lost in translation Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

And go where, exactly?

The worldwide trend is toward authoritarianism, regardless of the country.

And, the Federal Reserve and US Government have done such a bang-up job making enemies around the world with their Reserve Currency and Global War of Terror - would you really want to be living abroad when the reset finally hits?

Guess who the locals will blame...

Puerto Banus NA Superlat Thu, 07/05/2018 - 21:52 Permalink

certainly never said i was in the know...followed my gut and this is how it played out...quite happy with the result, but honestly it could all end tonight...surrounded by upper middle class here in panama, and lots of break ins....and i am the only gringo in the area...

not for everyone but it's part of the fun for me...never boring...have a few rifles, and a big back yard to shoot every now and then... the pop of supersonic lead certainly gets the word out...

my advise is...don't take my advise...take your own

 

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any_mouse Victor von Doom Fri, 07/06/2018 - 00:50 Permalink

Aid comes with a price. Except for the Zionists. The USA pays the price for supporting Ersatz Israel.

Aid to Haiti, the price was some children.

USA really, really wants to give AID to Syria but first we need to bomb a few folks.

The USA is the dysfunctional partner, you never know if you are going to thrown against a wall or have to listen to a teary I'm so sorry, here some dollars go buy yourself something.

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Killdo Puerto Banus NA Thu, 07/05/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

yes especially considering:

The government in Washington can, on suspicion alone without presentation to a court of evidence and conviction, confine US citizens indefinitely, torturing them the entire time, and can assassinate them at will without due process of law. This is the definition of a total police state tyranny. Yet Washington represents America as a “great democracy,” whose endless wars against humanity are “bringing democracy to the world.”

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Green2Delta Lost in translation Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

I asked the exact same question over a decade ago. I thought about fleeing when it became obvious where this was all headed. I looked at my options and realized the only sensible one was staying put. My skin color and my hair color would make me an obvious target in every country in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia. I don't speak a second language so that's another huge issue. At least in the US I'm familiar with many major cities and rural areas. I also know how to get access to certain defensive supplies should the need arise. 

Basically it boils down to this. If the Gestapo is going to get me might as well go out with a bang with my family by my side. The entire planet is a prison. I'll stay in this cell. 

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Aussiestirrer Lost in translation Fri, 07/06/2018 - 00:56 Permalink

The rest of the world dislikes you (America) for many reasons....by now you should be able to work out why..it may have something to do with dropping bombs on countless countries, robbing them of their gold, subverting their political systems, installing brutal dictators, political and personal arrogance.....the list is long and distinguished.

America has become the supreme dictator internationally and nationally. You reap what you sow.

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CheapBastard Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

I notice more and more professional societies require criminal background checks and fingerprinting before they "give" you a license.

Sadly, they don't do it for Wall Street fraudsters where a criminal record is compulsory.

gatorengineer CheapBastard Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

Im torn on this issue.  I am a firm believer that we need to close our borders, and lock up violent criminals.....

However we are at a point in history where law does not apply to the .1 percent in anyway shape or form, and they are so arrogant about it as to flaunt it.  Our current administration is amplifying the problem tremendously by failing to prosecute the obvious.

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HenryHall Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

There is always another option for US citizens who live in the US.

They can buy a yacht and simply sail away. Formalities are optional, it is perfectly legal to simply sail off into the blue yonder without telling anyone of your intentions.