20 Signs That The United States Is Rapidly Becoming A Totalitarian Big Brother Police State

March 10, 2010

Once upon a time, the United States was a land of unparalleled freedom.  The rest of the world envied the freedom that ordinary Americans had to think, say and do what they wanted.  But all of that has changed.  Now Americans have to fear that they will be tackled by a squad of security goons and dragged off to a detention facility somewhere if they spill a Pepsi on a flight attendant or take a few too many pictures of a public building.  The United States used to be the polar opposite of totalitarian regimes like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, but now America is rapidly becoming very much like them.  Due to the fear of a boogeyman living in a cave somewhere or some guy with explosive powder in his underwear we are all being forced to give up our freedoms and learn to live in a Big Brother police state. 

But have things really changed so much that we have to give up all of the cherished freedoms that our fathers and grandfathers fought and died for?  Haven’t there always been fanatics and crazies and criminals out there?  Why do we suddenly have to become so afraid of them? 

In the past, Americans would not let anyone make them live in fear.  If some unbalanced individual did something bad, it wasn’t the end of the world, was it?  No, in the past Americans dusted themselves off and continued to live as free men and women.  You see, when we live in fear and radically alter our way of life just to feel a little more secure, we lose.  We have let someone else steal our freedom and our dignity.

But now in the name of “security” all kinds of bizarre proposals have been implemented on the local, state and national levels.  Somehow we think that if everything that we do is watched, monitored and analyzed we will all be safer somehow.

Maybe we are safer and maybe we aren’t, but we are certainly a whole lot less free.

The following are 20 signs that the United States is rapidly becoming a totalitarian “Big Brother” police state….   

#1) A new bill being pushed by Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman would allow the U.S. military to round up large numbers of Americans and detain them indefinitely without a trial if they “pose a threat” or if they have “potential intelligence value” or for any other reason the President of the United States “considers appropriate”.

#2) Lawmakers in Washington D.C. working to create a new immigration bill have decided on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would be required to obtain.

#3) Barack Obama is backing a plan to create a national database to store the DNA of people who have been arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime.

#4) Just to get on an airplane, Americans will now have to go through new full-body scanners that reveal every detail of our exposed bodies to airport security officials.

#5) If that wasn’t bad enough, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that airport screeners will begin roving through airports randomly taking chemical swabs from passengers and their bags to check for explosives.

#6) Starting this upcoming December, some passengers on Canadian airlines flying to, from or even over the United States without ever landing there, will only be allowed to board their flights once the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined they are not terrorists.

#7) Organic milk is such a threat that the FDA has been conducting military style raids on Amish farmers in Pennsylvania.

#8) An NYPD officer has broken his silence and has confessed that innocent citizens are being set up and falsely arrested and ticketed in order to meet quotas.

#9) A growing number of police departments across the U.S. are turning to mobile camera systems in order to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars.

#10) For decades, Arizona has been known as “the sunset state”, but lately many frustrated residents have started calling it “the surveillance state”.

#11) Judges and police in Florida have been caught using “secret codes” on tickets in the state of Florida.

#12) An extensive investigation has revealed that between 2003 and 2007, that state of Texas quietly gave hundreds of newborn baby blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics database.

#13) A 6-year-old girl was recently handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#14) One 12-year-old girl in New York was recently arrested and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk.

#15) In Florida, students have been arrested by police for things as simple as bringing a plastic butter knife to school, throwing an eraser, and drawing a picture of a gun.

#16) When a mother on a flight to Denver spanked both of her children and cussed out a flight attendant who tried to intervene, she suddenly found herself handcuffed and headed for prison.  Why?  She was charged with being a domestic terrorist under the Patriot Act.

#17) A new global treaty may force U.S. Internet service providers to spy on what you do online.

#18) A leaked Obama administration memo has revealed plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres of land from Montana to New Mexico.

#19) 56 percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said that the U.S. government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.

#20) But one other recent poll found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “It is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.”

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  • flooded

    this is so true… ver ymuch the same happening in the uk too… big brother taking over the world?

  • KCS

    Where’s the CHANGE? Or is this Obama merely a Bush-Lite? He still wants to control the masses? I’m not sure. Obama seems to have two faces. One facing towards the right and the other to the left, never to the center–literally and by the way he speaks. Do you ever see him looking straight ahead? See what I mean the next time you see Obama talk. He is a dissapointment and it will be the downfall of the democrats in the mid-term elections. First of all get rid of Nancy Pelosi. She is a nut.

  • http://na PATRIOT

    Folks things are only going to get worse, because you keep voting the scum back to their evil work in DC.

    If you want real change and power their are 2 things that must be done

    1) Stop electing incumbants to Congress and state offices.

    2) Work stoppages must become a regular feature on the American terrain. One or two days a month, all non-vitaessential workers. do not go to work. The boss can’t and won’t fire their entire company. WORK STOPPAGES REGULARLY. PERIOD

    By these two actions w will have our nation back-PDQ

  • staggerlee

    It’s time to take a good look at the direction our country is heading and need to think independent of both parties Dems and Repubs and vote third party and get all of the incumbents out of office!! Everyone thinks that its not my representative it’s not my senator it’s all of the others in other states. Or they think that they vote for the lesser of two evils when the reality is that they are both evil. The Repubs and Dems wrote all of the rules for campaigns and the media is owned and controlled by these same people plus they want to shut down the free Internet and hand control over to the FCC. so it will be an uphill battle prepare yourself for a long bumpy ride nothing wrong with having some extra food water ammo etc..

  • me4u2nv

    There’s more to number 16 than the author or the link indicates, she allegedly was abusing the kids, threw an object at the attendant, was drunk and had dropped the one kid on his back and head and left him there crying, etc. The children were placed in the care of relatives until the case could be resolved. Whether she should have been charged under a terrorist law is the question here.

  • me4u2nv

    #7: Harassing an Amish farmer verbally and bullying someone is not “military style raids”. Are there other instances the author is referring to?

  • ShadesOfKnight

    Freedom is the most precious thing in the universe… that’s why all governments and so many others seek to steal it from you.

  • Ethan Allen

    Liberty in the USA:

    Going, going …

  • dubsak20

    Also Unconstitutional Border Patrol Check Points on any Interstate leaving Border States.And are increasingly intrusive by the day.The amount of money that the Border Patrol recieves Annually to do thier job.Should start at the Border.Not harrasing American Citizens on their way to work.God Help Us!

  • Thomas O’Neill

    “Once upon a time, the United States was a land of unparalleled freedom. The rest of the world envied the freedom that ordinary Americans had to think, say and do what they wanted.” When? When exactly was this once upon a time? During the McCarthy era? During the 19th century when ordinary American Indians were subjected to near genocide and ordinary African Americans were held as slaves? It is time Americans learned to distinguish between propaganda and fact.

  • joshua

    only thing i can say is wake up and do not join a group stand up for your self and tell the new world order/ big guys of the group to go take a hike. we do not need the council for national policy or the johnberk socity controling the debate and making us pick between the 2 partys be a indepent and stay away form the groups and do reasearch on your own or you will end up back in the mass saying it is ok to give up freedom for terrisom

  • dom27


  • This Sucks

    This truly Sucks, Votes don’t count, Politicians Lie like they are telling the truth, Fact has become fictions and TV is reality.

  • Stacy

    @Thomas….when? You are a nut. I am serious. It would seem if you are American…..if it were so bad why are you here?

  • Jury Nullification

    Stop the persecution of those accused of victimless non-crimes.

    Nullify unjust laws!!

    NEVER consent to be searched or answer any questions…

    Wake the sheeple, naptime is over..

  • http://www.roage.com Roger-Kent: Pool

    Becoming? No offense but was the author beamed here last week? The US Republic was dissolved in March of 1861.

  • http://theman.com mr man

    LMAO Start a revolution and we will be living back in the caves. Turn off the TV and have a revelation and make that church some money. Whine moan and complain and things will always be the same. Most have decided to watch TV and consume while others decided to work. Then you blog the rich are evil? Then you read and believe all of the BS on the net without checking out the facts. If these are the only complaints I think we are going to be ok! See there are 500 + people running things in this great USA and almost 300,000,000 complaining. Get off your asses start a small business so you can become a advertiser for Glen Beck. I think cash for gold and bio seeds are running out of money too. Peace and stupidly out??? Love to all the man.

  • lateralus88

    Don’t be so naive people to say that the current party in power is the reason for everything. Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for some of the problems we face. To say that it’s only Democrats that are cause of it is ludicrous. Also, and this is usually a tactic used by people who think you are too stupid to actually read articles for yourselves… the person that wrote this article wrote it in a very cryptic way. He leaves out a lot of vital information with regard to what the actual offense is and the circumstances that possibly caused the behavior. Take #12 for instance. The blood samples they donated are COMPLETELY anonymous. All they could possibly learn from them are if you are male/female and your race. Is that really that bad? As a father I would have absolutely ZERO problem with that, especially if the sample is being used for pediatric research. When it says that people may not have their kids screened because of it… those people are morons. “Let’s see… I let them have a blood sample that’s completely anonymous… or I don’t get my kid screened for diseases” Give me a break. And as for the airport scanner… don’t give a crap about that either. First, the pictures aren’t kept and placed on a magazine. Second, if airports don’t install security measures then YOU PEOPLE are just like everyone else. You will be the first to blame the current President for it… saying “he should have done more to prevent it”. You will bite the hand that feeds at every turn. Show me the LIBERTY in making it easier for some nutjob to get on an airplane full of people with a bomb. What’s next? Should they outlaw metal detectors too? That might infringe on the amount of time it takes me to get through the airport… or they might find out that I have bad teeth that have lead to a few fillings in my time…. might as well set that one aside too. As for the Amish farmer… what if he is selling milk to people? If so, it has to be tested to make sure it’s safe to drink. What if his cows have diseases? For all the crazy mom’s out there… they don’t want their babies to get sick from organic milk because it hadn’t been tested. And when someone DOES get sick off the milk he’s selling… there will be a huge uproar from people who are furious at the FDA for not testing the milk. To the person saying we are becoming like Nazi Germany… you should kill yourself for saying that. I’m sure plenty of Jewish AMERICAN’s are pretty happy that we saved them from deathcamps. To just generally say that we are “becoming like Nazi Germany” is to tarnish their good names. For me, I wouldn’t care about a few crazy people…. but when some of these crazy people fly planes into buildings and try to acquire materials that if detonated on American soil would wipe out EVERYONE living here… I’m willing to allow someone to take an anonymous blood sample for pediatric research and to let Sally the airport security lady see my balls for 10 seconds so she can try to prevent some douchebag from carrying a thin gasoline pouch under his shirt and a match hidden in his mouth. Maybe I can get her number after she see’s how cute my balls are… hmmmmm….

  • http://none howard

    In England numbers 3 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 19 are already in operation, 17 is on its way to be implemented.
    Due to the rise of Muslims in England they are taking over and no white person can say Boo – if you do you some are arrested for rascism. The police are frightened to arrest muslims or any other ethnic person for the same reason.
    Our freedoms are going due to this – Within 3 years 5 main cities will have a majority od Muslims living there. Many london schools are 100% NOn White.
    Our government have allowed SHARIA LAW be introduced so muslims can police themselves.
    You may be interested in looking at… stopcp.com
    The world is a frightening place – BIG BROTHER IS HERE ALREADY !!

  • http://none howard

    The UK has 1% pf the worlds population but…….
    25% of the worlds CCTV cameras !!!!

  • Ivan New Zealand

    Why are you people so bloody scared of everything?You are scared of muslims,germs,police,aliens,things that go bump in the night,your government….you are so cowardly that you sit on your fat arses and murder Pakistani children by remote control. Please grow up and aquire some balls.

  • Eli

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president” Origin Unknown

    Naomi Wolf “Goodbye to America, A Letter Of Warning to a Young Patriot”

  • Eli

    “But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”

  • Jimbo

    The only way to save America is this. “Re-elect No-one

  • Stephen

    This is the biggest reason I hate liberals now. Their nanny states ALWAYS and INEVITABLY devolve into police states. God help us!

  • K

    The Amish farmer was raided for selling raw dairy products, not necessarily organic dairy. And this has happened in other states as well (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia I believe) and is over small farm products like beef, chicken, & pork as well.

    These were “military style” raids. The Ohio family that was raided was held at gunpoint (their children too). Here’s a link:


    Just clearing up a minor error (and answering a comment above) in an otherwise excellent and pointed list.


  • http://Yahoo JOHN TAVERNESE

    While listening to a local talk show on the radio this morning, I couldn’t help but shake my head in disbelief. It was about the reason why a lot of Black people voted for Obamma. This person stated that once Obama was president, the handouts would start coming. No one, Black or White in their right mind would think that way. What I’m getting at is their are a few that do. These are the one’s that are hurting our country with their “head in the sand” attitude. The problems won’y go away if you depend on our leader’s. It’s up to us, as a group to say, “we had enough!”
    Remember, a lot of brave men & women died for our freedom, DON’T LET THEM DOWN!

  • NotASheeple

    This is the reason you hate liberals? lol
    Get educated bro.
    Who do you think started the patriot act?
    Everybody should know by now that Republicans/Democrats/Liberals/Conservatives are all the same.

  • Josey

    Find the truth at http://www.Infowars.com

  • DireWolf

    Papers please… or go to the re-education camp. No job, no buy or sell, no life without your proper documentation, unless you live outside the grid and then you will have a price on yor head.

  • Don’tWannaBeAnAmericanIdiot

    No, he meant:

    “Once upon a time, the United States was a land of unparalleled freedom for Anglo-Saxons. The rest of the world envied the freedom that ordinary American Anglo-Saxons had to think, say and do what they wanted.”


    “Once upon a time, the United States was a land of unparalleled freedom for freemasons. The rest of the world envied the freedom that ordinary American freemasons had to think, say and do what they wanted.”


  • WakeUpPeople

    Everybody here should do themselves a favour and watch the Obama Deception – downloadable from youtube.
    You will understand whats going on. Doesnt matter who wins the vote, both candidates are put there by those who plan to ruin the world.
    They want to ruin it so that we would be desperate for an out – and then offer us one – the new world order.
    One world government, one wolrd currence, total controll of everyone in the system.
    You try and do anything important without your social security number….
    And dont think you are not in their net, do you have a creditcard, any debt at all? They’ve got us already.

  • Lives in NM

    Amun: Could not agree more, not to brag but I have known these things for the last 30 years (Thanks Anthony Hilder). Over the years I have tried many many times to wake people up to no avail. Even my own brothers, I gave them a copy of Loose Change and asked them what they thought about it?

    The answer was probably the info on the video was true but……………….. they never wanted to discuss it again………………….. why? Because it made them feel bad. Americans are that way, don’t tell them that there is a 800lbs gorilla behind then sodomizing them they would rather think of it as something everyone has to put up with so there is no point in complaining.

    I know that when the real collapse comes too many will die and loose everything and many of those have had someone tell them the truth at least once in their lives.
    I know that there are some we tried to wake up over the years who are now thinking maybe the crazy guy we met who told us about the 800lbs gorilla was right, you and I will never know

    Watching the Collapse from a safe distance

    Da Dude

  • joey

    If you are willing to give up civil liberties in exchange for safety you deserve neither.

  • Ashley

    I trust Obama. If anyone deserves total power its him and his gov.

    and P.S. There are still many “Americans” today that wish for the freedoms and opportunities that other Americans have… We should not be so quick to boast on the freedoms of all people in America

  • http://facebook/topcatradio.com TopCatRadio

    A lot of American Citizens complain about what going on in Washington, in their State and their City, but do nothing. Most want even vote. We get the government we deserve, right or wrong. Every time you expect the government to do for you what you should be doing for yourself, the smaller the citizens become and the larger and more powerful the government becomes. Than one day we wakeup with no freedoms. Now, what fault is this?

  • Stacy

    @KCS..are YOU serious? You honestly DO NOT have a clue to what is transpiring.
    And barry isnt going to be the downfall of the democrats..he is going to be the downfall of America….OPEN YOUR EYES….wow…

  • Stacy

    Ashley…how old are you? You trust barry and his thugs? Do some reading and KNOW what marxism, commies, and fascism are. Then take a look at the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Get yourself educated and KNOW what on earth is going on. For crying out loud. YES, WE AMERICANS ARE ALL LOSING FREEDOMS..WELL EXCEPT THE ELITES. WAKE UP AND EDUCATE YOURSELF….

  • http://www.myspace.com/silksmile Cari Revolutionary

    #21 – kids have to give their fingerprint to eat lunch at cafeteria in public schools!!


  • http://911essentials.com Aunt Bee

    Everything is fine. Have some more pie. http://911essentials.com

  • http://www.swingvoters.politicalgateway.com Gary Swing

    Thomas O’Neill is absolutely right. The idea of the United States as a land of freedom was never anything but a propaganda myth. This is a nation built upon a foundation of genocide, slavery, imperialism, and racism.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is the idiots that vote for “CHANGE” without asking what the definition of ‘change’ is.

  • Anon

    Nothing new here. Sad state of affairs but brought on by people themselves through the illogical and immoral form of “government” we have come to know as “democracy”. “Democracy” is nothing more or less than “power through the stupidity of the herd” as it enables the rulers to rule with the more or less direct concend of the “people” or more properly termed: “the herd”. Americans have been fed lies and wrongful education for decades for the purpose of making them docile and ignorant in the face of truth. Thus they vote for people because they feel it is a “duty” and they vote without ever knowing what exactly they are doing, and even if it should happen that they found out about the wrongdoings they have partaken in they are helpless to stop it because of said immoral “democracy” and the concend they have given. This thing is happening everywhere(also in countries that do not even claim to be “democratic) and is not an american issue although you act as though america is the whole world with the ignorance you are so well-known for throughout the world.

  • pat

    Agree with the spirit, but what period of time was that “Once upon a time” in your first sentence??? When we had blacks as slaves? When women couldn’t vote? When native americans were massacred? When Japanese were interned? Point is we have always been oppressive and its a myth that we were ever free.

  • Mike

    It is a very sad but true thing. Our home was raided yesterday by the Seabrook, Texas Code Enforcement Officers, Building Official, and a Police Officer. A search warrant was issued for our home so the building official could look for building code violations, and violations in accordance with the City Of Seabrooks’ code ordinance. They took pictures of our messy house, yard and even some dirty dishes that had piled up in the sink because I had oral surgery the previous day and had not had the chance to load them into the dishwasher. Freedom is nothing more that a faint memory. It certainly cheapens the very constitution that our once great nation was founded on. Can we ever be the great nation that we once were? I still think we can. It is going to take a revolution within our own boundaries. When enough people get tired of it, maybe we as a nation can stand up and take our freedom back. Writing this is terribly hurtful for me as I am a pacifist and hate war and conflict. However, I have finally begun to understand why there has to be conflict in order to have freedom. It is a very hurtful thing to watch a country that I have had a passionate love for all of my life to suffer such a slow agonizing painful death.

  • cwg

    lateralus88 sure had a lot to say in his reply. This goes out with love. Our author here has taken some artistic license, and has thus embellished a little. However, I find his embellishments to be understandable. Just the mere thought of needing to use federal resources for an amish farm for something that was obviously trivial to begin with. Well, it’s enough to get me excited enough to do some embellishing of my own. He may have told half truths, but at least it got you to research the stories. If we all think about how such stories make us feel on the inside we may find his half truth closer to mirroring our whole truth.

  • http://hellraiserslittlesisters.com HELLRAISER

    Velcome to the USSA! Vhere are your papers?

  • rtaylortitle7

    We’ve got to vote a 3rd Party in, even if it means a coalition of some type (unless the Tea Party incumbents can stick to their guns and force a major change).

  • meg

    Everyone watch the documentary called “End of America” especially lateralus88. I think then you would understand that calling America “Nazi Germany” isn’t too far off the mark. Nothing changed with the new administration. There are no parties. They are all paid by the same people. So if you think anything has changed with Obama as president instead of Bush, I ask you to take a closer look. Obama says one thing and does another. Everything that is happening is for our “protection” and for our “good”…I can decide those things for myself. Fear tactics to make you all slaves. As Americans I hope you understand that the concept of innocent until proven guilty no longer is true. We, the citizens, have all become guilty until proven innocent. Look to your own government to find the terrorists.

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