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Doesn’t it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now? Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns. But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things? Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society.
One of the hallmarks of an authoritarian government is its fixation on hiding everything it does behind a wall of secrecy while simultaneously monitoring, invading and collecting files on everything its citizenry does. This, America faces today, which it has never faced in its history.
While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom. Business thrives when people feel free to live and work. When a government tightens the grip too much, many people just start shutting down. As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.
Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but approximately 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. Click on the image below to see a larger version.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.
That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the “control grid” that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.
Many people believe this is just because the society we live in is criminalizing normal behavior and this would in turn create an expanding “prison industrial complex” where prisons (which are privatized, for-profit industries with shareholders who build and invest in them) make money. Believe it or not, most prisons and detention facilities are privately owned, not government owned. This means that they get money (Lots of $$) from the city, state or federal government from taxes collected by citizens to pay for the costs of the facility, at a profit. You heard me right, many prisons get money (Lots of $$) for every person they put in their prison and the shareholders and owners of the prisons make money on that.
Many of the arguments you hear about to support the continuation and expansion of this “prison industrial complex” are usually something like, “well the prison provides jobs for people and keeps the economy growing.” See, when they build one of these huge prisons to eventually overcrowd (since they know normal behavior is being criminalized) they need to build roads to get to the prison, housing districts to house the workers, power plants to supply power, police stations, shopping centers, etc. A prison creates a mini-society that will eventually grow. It puts all the people in the prison it doesn’t like in society (like thinkers, rebels, artists, undesirables, people who don’t follow orders or assimilate) and when those people are in prison, the rest of society functions fine, without anyone causing a problem or trying to demand rights or demand oversight or demand equality or the like. Prisons create the perfect, mindless zombie society for the 1984 type or Brave New World type of future that some people in power want. When people get out of prison, they can’t get jobs and try to adapt back to a normal life, because no one hires criminals. They have to go on parole and pay money to the state even AFTER they served time and then deal with psychologists and UA’s and all kinds of uphill battles. Most people get out of jail and go back to environments that allow for them to continue their self-abuse (which most crimes, especially drug offenses) lifestyle. Drug offenders who are addicted to serious drugs might need a doctor, but should we be destroying their lives forever by putting them in prison?
Now does it look so weird when you see overcrowded prisons and perhaps your city passing laws that make no sense? Our society is criminalizing normal behavior, people. This is something much of the South started after the civil war. Instead of slavery, Southern states outlawed marijuana use, knowing that much of the use was culturally bias towards non-whites. This in turn allowed them to build the first big prisons and detain people against their will for “breaking the law” and then forcing them to work. Thats right, prisons force people to work. Cleaning roads, building license plates, you name it. Even farming. In the South, the prisons that force inmates to work are allowed to sell their services or products at a profit on top of the money they make maintaining their prisons, at a profit, which they collect from taxpayers. Sound crazy? Take a look at what they pay some of these inmates. In some cases its $.02 cents an hour. No joke.
In one case, a judge was sending children to juvenile detention so much the facility overloaded with inmates. Turned out, the judge was a shareholder in the detention facility. This means that legally, the judge had a “conflict of interest” in all cases he oversaw seeing as how his income was affected by the decisions he made as judge. The more people he put away, the more money he made. Sound criminal? It is. But our society is so apathetic to corruption these days that nothing is being done.
But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?
Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days. The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for….
#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife’s email.
#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers. So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn’t clean up.
#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.
#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.
#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family’s wishes.
#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly. For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.
#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10″ and “I love my friends Abby and Faith” on her desk.
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.
#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school. It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.
#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.
#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free. So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.
#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up. About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicago were taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.
#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.
Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?
Most of the people in jail or prison are NOT violent offenders either. They are people who were convicted of a drug related offense.
Don’t you think that prisons were originally meant for people who were a danger to society, not for people who are a danger to themselves. People with drug addictions need serious medical help, from a doctor, not thrown in a tiny room and confined and then have their futures ruined because of a criminal record. This is why drug legalization is not just a common sense argument, it is a moral argument. Its not about defending the abuse of drugs, it is about appropriately categorizing the right punishment or consequence for abusing drugs. Drug abuse is a medical concern, a self inflicting abuse issue, not a society harming one. Drug abuse is for doctors to treat, not for prison guards to beat inmates.
Listen to the host of New World Order Report interview Mason Tvert, the leader in marijuana reform laws activism:
- US embassy cables: US diplomats relate the sorry state of Russia’s prisons (guardian.co.uk)
- How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Criminal? (creditloan.com)
- Will the Supreme Court Keep Prisons Overcrowded? (time.com)