If one still needed further proof that America has become a police state then read the following: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20117058-281/homeland-security-moves-forward-with-pre-crime-detection/. In summary, The DHS intends to deploy a security protocol called FAST that would help authorities ferret out individuals harboring, get this, malintent. Using algorithms and sensory data that monitors speech and vocal patterns, breathing, eye movement, body heat and even fidgeting, DHS "professionals" will determine your threat potential and take any necessary preemptive steps.
Here is an extended quote from a DHS pdf file.
"The baseline for the project is the development and validation of the Theory of Malintent. Malintent is the intent to cause harm. Although individuals may experience malintent in a variety of situations, the specific focus of FAST is identifying individuals who exhibit physiological indications, which in the specific screening settings, are determined to be associated with malintent. Behavioral scientists hypothesize that someone with malintent may act strangely, show mannerisms out of the norm, or experience extreme physiological reactions based on the extent, time, and consequences of the event. The FAST technology design capitalizes on these indicators to identify individuals exhibiting characteristics associated with malintent.
The scope of malintent has three distinguishing factors: the extent of planned harm, the future time horizon of the event, and the consequences to the individual who is planning the event. The extent of harm can range from individuals planning to cause a disturbance or use false documents to individuals who are planning an assassination or terrorist attack. The future time horizon can range from planning an event years in advance to planning to carry out the act immediately after passing through screening. The consequences to the actor (perceived as either positive or negative) can range from none to being temporarily detained to deportation, prison, or death."
Wow! What a terrific pretext for killing anyone on the State's shitlist. Evidence, you say? Please, who but DHS professionals could make sense of the gobbledy gook data from FAST? ("Trust us, there was a really bad guy inside him just waiting to get out, to explode, he had to go down, don't talk to me about proof, it'd be too scientific for you to follow you simple sheeple civilian")
One wonders: With FAST in place how many people would get arrested for walking into the company office nursing harmless escapist fantasies about kicking the boss in the sack?
The DHS , as we all know, has already made it its business to look up America skirts and fondle America's "junk." Everyday hundreds of thousands of men, women and even children are harassed, harangued, humiliated and sexually violated by uniformed badge wearing thugs in the name of national security. But they are just warming up. Now they claim the right to detain, imprison and or/kill you for something you haven't even done. Ladies and gentlemen, its official, the DHS believes in the existence of Thought Crimes.
First Leviathan struck down the hallowed veneration for the creed that a man's home is his castle, then It struck down the sanctity of the body (per the 4th amendment) and now It says even your thoughts are no longer your own.
I would like to close with two quotes from Thomas Jefferson, who more than anyone, explained the nature of the social contract and how the preservation of liberty was the paramount function and most sacred duty of government and, in fact, the only legitimate basis for the State's authority.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.