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Americans (except those on NS!) are stupid to believe that they live in the "land of the free". You live in one giant, fucked up police state. If anybody here has studied the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, you will see the obvious parallels between him and Bush. An attack threatens the welfare of the nation(9/11), civil liberties are taken away in the name of nationalism/"terrorism" (Patriot Act) and anybody who doesnt agree with the removal of these rights is deemed a traitor. Meanwhile, the regime now has the power to spy on its people, and therefore there is a disincentive to speak out.
The term police state describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of Totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.
The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional republic.