VIDEO: America's Out-Of-Control Police State
Is the land of the free actually in danger of becoming a police state?
More and more, we're seeing people get arrested simply for filming police activity outside their property -- this woman saw a traffic stop in front of her house, filmed it from her porch, and was promptly arrested. Laws that seem to allow police officers to justify every act, no matter the damage or rationale behind it, have been rammed through every branch of government. Terry v. Ohio made it legal for police officers to stop and frisk anyone they think looks suspicious. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, or H.R. 347, gives the government the power to declare any space "restricted" and then summarily arrest anyone "trespassing" in the "restricted" area.
Perhaps the most troubling legislation is the "Stand Your Ground" law that legalizes the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable belief" that it is necessary to "prevent death or great bodily harm." This law, legal observers say, is the reason the Sanford Police Department waited two months before charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Laws like these augment the power of law enforcement until the public no longer needs protection by the police, but rather protection from the police.
Don't believe us? Just watch these videos of police officers caught in the act.
[ Jesse Ventura's Take ]
I want to know why our congressmen think we need prison camps for ordinary citizens. They put it right in a Congressional bill -- HR 645. I went to Washington to find some of the congressmen who co-sponsored the bill. And what happened gives a pretty good idea of how our nation has slid down the slippery slope to a possible police state. When I arrived at Congressman Gerlachs office on Capitol Hill, his chief of staff said the Congressman would be glad to see me until he found out what I wanted to talk about.