Two posts in a week --wow
I once was a supporter of the Patriots Act and much that it included. Recent events in my life have made me pretty cynical. Without being too specific I have really become worried about the Homeland Security people.
I am old enough to remember that there was a lot of resistance at the founding of the FBI There was a Constitutional argument about a national police force vs local law enforcement so when the FBI was carefully limited to interstate crime, violation of Federal rather than local or state law, etc. Any watcher of television has seen the tension arise between local law enforcement and the FBI when the FBI takes over a case that began in local jurisdiction (as well as the occasional relief felt by local law when the FBI has assumed jurisdiction when a case is going badly or when a serial killer is involved.
Homeland Security was sold to the public as an agency designed to protect the country from terrorists, spies and that sort of thing..
We are beginning to find Homeland Security involved with totally domestic crime and they are clearly not as careful of how they operate as are the local and state law enforcement. Beyond Homeland Security, we see from the recent events in Nevada the Bureau of Land Management seems to have swat teams or military groups enforcing law with the appearance of military attack on US citizens. WE have a Posse Comitatus (my spelling is down the tubes) that keeps the US army from enforcing the law within the borders of the US. but it seems that the Federal Government is by passing the historical and constitutional basis of law enforcement and oozing toward a National Police Force of some kind or kinds. When I think of a National Police Force it brings to mind the Gestapo or the NKVD…. Iiiiick