At the same time, Putin has invoked the threat of Chechen terrorism in Russia to justify more and more police-state
controls in Russia and greater centralization of power in his hands.
Sasha Abramsky's article serves as a perfect example of how we all, even on the left, are being scared into falling in line with the police-state
policies of the "war on terror.
Rather than being seen as bringing a police-state
mentality into our schools, it seems worth looking at.
The third section, "The Face of a Police State," exposes the extremes of police-state
illegalities and brutalities.
The threat of terrorism is being used to centralize police-state
powers in the hands of a strong federal executive.
I agree with Evan McElravy: The FTAA protesters in Quebec were misguided, as was the police-state
response ("Enemies of Trade," July).
But a better way to fight police-state
tactics--one that won't result in clealry guilty criminals being set free--is to punish severely officials who engage in beatings, unwarranted searchings, and the like.
Bush's consolidation of police-state
powers under the executive branch, their defense of civil liberties could weaken considerably if a Democrat is elected president two years from now.
It gives vast new police-state
powers to federal agencies.
I began to ponder which was more discouraging to me: the presence of so many people so woefully informed about trade or the police-state
response to them.
Second, my suspicions that we five in a police-state
verite were more than confirmed with each grainy videotape of the top of someone's bead at the newsstand, or of a stalled, blurred figure running out of view, caught on a parking-lot surveillance camera.
Moreover, the increase in crime and terrorism would provide impetus for police-state