Seven Examples of a “Police State,” and How They Are Appearing in the US

The image that most people hold of a “police state” is a representation of extreme power dynamics, and repressive tactics to maintain them, at specific points of history. The current political climate in the United States is unique in many ways, and distinct from those eras. However, it shares core attributes that we generally associate with a “police state”:

1. Raids, Harassment, and Intimidation of Dissidents by Police

2. Militarization of Domestic Law Enforcement

3. Disproportionate Prison Sentences for Political Activists

4. Creation of New Laws for People Because of Their Political Beliefs

5. Creation of Special Prison Units

6. Pervasive Use of Surveillance

7. Criminalization of Ideology

via Seven Examples of a “Police State,” and How They Are Appearing in the US.

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