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What It Was Was Freedom!

http://www.ptshamrock.com/whatitwas.pdf

"(...)The united States [correct spelling] is now one of the most oppressive police dystopian states in the world! Don’t believe me? A recent police state study ranks the U.S. as the 6th worst in the world, with the United Kingdom in 5th, behind only the most ardent dictatorships.

A study titled “The Electronic Police State,” designed to rank countries in terms of how aggressively they monitor their populations electronically, has placed the US as 6th and the United Kingdom as 5th on a global index. The two countries lag behind only China, North Korea, Belarus and Russia in terms of governmental surveillance.

Fast forward a few years and with the way government policies and programs are heading,it’s possible the US and UK will be in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with only North Korea worse. And that prediction is subject to sure to be slow but forthcoming changes in North Korea by its new leader, 27 year old Swiss educated leader Kim Jong-un.

The report, titled The Electronic Police State, (a PDF link)
https://secure.cryptohippie.com/pubs/EPS-2008.pdf was compiled from information available from different organizations such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, the Ludwig von Mises Institute and The Heritage Foundation.

“In an Electronic Police State, every surveillance camera recording, every e-mail you send, every Internet site you surf, every post you make, every check you write, every credit card swipe, every cell phone ping… are all criminal evidence, and they are held in searchable databases, for a long, long time,” the report states. “If some leader behaves badly, will you really stand up to oppose him or her? Would you still do it if he had all the e-mails you sent when you were depressed? Or if she has records
of every porn site you’ve ever surfed? Or if he knows every phone call you’ve ever made? Or if she knows everyone you’ve ever sent money to?” the report asks.

The 17 criteria that were used to define an electronic police state are listed below:
1. Daily documents: How much is required day-to-day for residents to present state-issued
identity documents or registration.
2. Border issues: What is demanded for a border entry?
3. Financial tracking: The state’s ability to search and record financial transactions.
4. Gag orders: The penalties for revealing to someone else the state is searching their
records.
5. Anti-crypto laws: Bans on cryptography.
6. Constitutional protections: Either a lack of protections or someone overriding them.
7. Data storage: The state’s ability to record and keep what it uncovers.
8. Data search: The processes to search through data.
9. ISP data retention: The demand for ISPs to save customers’ records.
10. Telephone data retention: States’ requirements for communications companies to record
and save records.
11. Cell phone records: The saving and using of cell phone users’ records.
12. Medical records: Demands from states that medical records retain information.
13. Enforcement: The state’s ability to use force (SWAT teams) to seize someone.
14. Habeus corpus: Either an absence of such rights or someone overriding them.
15. Police-Intel barrier: the absence of a barrier between police and intelligence
organizations.
16. Covert hacking: State operatives meddling in data on private computers covertly.
17. Loose warrants: Warrants that are being issued without careful review of police claims
by a truly independent judge.(...)