Is America Becoming A Police State?

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There are a number of reasons why a person would ask the question of if America is becoming a police state.

With the suspension of Habeus Corpus, the passage and incremental implementations of Draconian laws such as the Patriot Act, and the harassment of airline passengers by the TSA.american-flag-2a2

With each incremental encroachment on the rights of Americans by the United States government that questions becomes scarier and more valid by the day. In fact, it justifies a far more powerful question.

Why?