U.S. Turning Into a Military State

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Signs of an Emerging Police State
Government
5-24-13
Ian Gretka
Period 5
Mr. Ferguson

Ian Gretka
Mr. Ferguson
Government
5-24-13 People are becoming concerned that the United States is becoming a police state. The true test of whether America will respect and protect the freedom of secured liberties is not to be found during times of peace and tranquility, but rather during times of war and uncertainty. In a post-September-11th-world, America is taking such a test.
Since the inception of this country, the United States of America has had threats against its security and independence. During such times, those in control of enacted policies have had the duty to protect the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, while balancing those liberties with national security and defense. For both the citizens and the government, security is always on the mind of every person in every country, and has always been.
This country has seen the government attempts to secure itself against supposed threats, specifically during times of war, because that is when people feel the most vulnerable and exposed to those who would want to attack the United States. History has shown us that the natural reaction to threatening situations is for the government to take more power to protect against "would-be" threats, this is the dangerous inclination of human nature in attempts to feel secure, whether or not there is an actual threat. However, the United States Constitution sets forth principles underlying the basic structure of a free country during times of peace and war, whereby the government has the power to deter and punish crime, while respecting individual rights and refraining from infringing those rights. More specifically, the Bill of Rights sets forth the protections that the government must not violate for a free country to operate as such. America is…...

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