Ten years after 9/11, the United States of America has become a paranoid nation of spies, cops, and informants.
This report from NPR:
In today’s post 9/11 America, there are 15,000 informants working with the FBI. That’s nearly three times as many as there were 25 years ago.
Over the years, when there has been a surge in the number of informants the FBI recruits and uses, there’s a specific target in the FBI’s sights — first organized crime, then drug smuggling, and now counterterrorism.
This also comes on the heels on the report from the AP, describing how the CIA and NYPD have been steadily infiltrating minority communities:
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated Press investigation has found.
This takes us back to a report done by the Washington Post, in which over 10% of the U.S. population has some top secret clearance. I commented on this in a previous article:
The latest investigations and reports have pointed to a huge, overloaded bureaucracy of secret government agencies, all tasked to spy and report on the dealings of average Americans. The most prominent investigation, labeled Top Secret America by the Washington Post, elaborated on the massive security complex that has engulfed this country since 9/11, granting over 1,000,000 individuals across the country with top-secret security clearance. Thousands upon thousands of companies are engaged in targeting domestic Americans for seemingly “suspicious” behavior, anything from attending a rally to purchasing certain items at the store. The investigation has opened copious avenues of government and military abuse, practiced in the militarization of local police, granting of billion-dollar defense contracts to former military officials, and much more.
As the sweeping power of local and national police departments is increased with every measure, the people must remind the government whom they serve and protect, not whom they must infiltrate, track, and spy on.