Prison Security Reaches Main Street, USA
Americans are treated like prisoners every day. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve committed a crime. Government agencies are bringing prison practices to Main Street America in the name of national security.
Your rights and privacy are being stripped away, “for your own safety.”
Their vision of a perfectly secure and safe society has no room for privacy. No room for dissent. And before long, there won’t be any room for creativity or innovation either.
It’s no wonder our economy is as sluggish as it is. Economic stagnation naturally follows the loss of freedom.
There’s more than one reason why free countries prosper and tyrannical countries don’t. The freedom to express yourself, to wonder, to invent … these are the things that enrich the society we’re living in. But in order to have these things, a society has to value freedom.
You’ve probably heard Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Our liberties are quickly disappearing in the name of national security. National security is big business, and the government knows just where to go for their next big idea.
We’ve identified five security tactics that have made their way out of prisons and onto Main Street.
5 Prison Security Tactics
the Government Uses on You
They Track Your Every Move
High-tech camera systems are useful inside prisons, because authorities want to be able to quickly identify anyone that starts trouble or commits a crime. It makes sense.
But these days, cameras and surveillance systems are just as prevalent and even more sophisticated outside prison walls.
Think about all of the places you see surveillance cameras every day. Traffic cameras over intersections. Video surveillance cameras on public streets and plazas. Many cities now are even setting up camera systems to track license plates. Plain and simple, your movements are being monitored and tracked on a daily basis
When someone commit a crime, is convicted in a court of law, and is then imprisoned, they’re stripped of their right to privacy while they serve out their sentence.
Part of that loss of privacy means that prison authorities will randomly check prisoner’s living quarters for weapons or drugs and may even stop prisoners and pat them down. It makes good sense, if the person has been convicted and sentenced.
But what about the random checkpoints and roadblocks that police regularly use on law-abiding citizens? What about he “stop-and-frisk” policy that became infamous in New York?
If you happen to be stopped at a roadblock or a random check point, a law enforcement officer will ask you questions about your activities and plans. He’ll look you over and scan inside your vehicle, too. If he feels anything is out of the ordinary, he might ask you to submit your vehicle to a search.
“After all,” he might say, “if you don’t have anything to hide, why not?”
How is that any different than how prisoners are treated? Other than of course, in the case of a prisoner, they’ve been convicted of a crime.
The phone calls that prisoners make while they’re confined are monitored for good reason. Authorities want to prevent additional crimes, riots, escape plans, etc.
Now consider the telephone surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) on the communications of all Americans. The NSA knows who you’re calling. And who’s calling you. They can use your cell phone to track your location and your movements. And then they gather and store all of the information they’ve collected “in case they need it in the future.”
They’re watching “just in case.”
With the information they gather through cell phone data, federal officials can put together a very complete picture of your life. They can see where you work, where you spend your free time, the names of your friends, even what time of day you leave and come home.
Depending on the applications you have on your phone, they may able to figure out even more, like where you shop and what you like to read.
Most prisons rely on an underground network of snitches to provide information about what is happening among their inmates.
Authorities want to know who’s smuggling in contraband. Who’s planning to attack someone else, or trying to escape That kind of thing.
But law enforcement officials on the outside have also long relied on snitches— usually small-time criminals— to help them land “bigger fish.”
But it’s only just recently that law officers have begun calling on average citizens to report suspicious behavior among their friends, colleagues and neighbors.
The Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something,” campaign seeks to build a national network of snitches, tasking everyday American citizens with reporting “suspicious activity” by their fellow citizens to appropriate law enforcement.
Armed Guard Towers
The right to gather peaceably and protest against the actions of our government is sacred, and guaranteed to us by the First Amendment.
But these days, no protest is complete with out a police presence, just in case the crowd needs controlling. And the strategies those officers use against protesters are the exact same ones they use to control crowds behind prison walls.
Guard towers are constructed to secure the perimeter of prison yards. At the top sit armed guards, radios or other communications equipment, and cameras.
New technology from TerraHawk, LLC allows law enforcement to move this surveillance tactic from out of the prison yard and onto city street corners.
Officers are already using TerraHawks’s Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower, or “M.U.S.T.” as they like to call it, in parking lots and anywhere large groups of citizens are gathering.
According to the company’s official website, the M.U.S.T. “uses its own vehicle to deploy an elevated tower and climate controlled capsule to an eye level height of over 25 feet. The vehicle can be fully deployed by one person at any location in less than two minutes without leaving the vehicle.”
In the name of safety and security, the federal government and even local and state agencies are turning our nation into one where the citizens are treated like prisoners “for their own good.”
If you’ve committed a crime and been convicted and sent to prison you’ve given up your right to privacy. That’s true.
But the same isn’t true for law-abiding citizens. At least, it shouldn’t be.
It’s time to stand up and say, “Enough is enough,” every chance we get.
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