A piece from Discovery News, timely…. given our summer of scandal.
Recent disclosures concerning the National Security Agency — and its secret program to collect phone call data on millions of Americans — have generated a storm of controversy. Legislators are lining up on each side of the issue, and a recent report from NPR suggests a broader cultural reaction to the news: Sales of George Orwell’s novel “1984” have spiked 6,000 percent since the story broke, as media commentators liken the scandal to Orwell’s depiction of a future police state.
The term “police state” is a little tricky, but it generally suggests a system of repressive government control where law is derived from executive power, with widespread state surveillance and suppression of free speech. Here are 10 signs — from history and recent headlines — that you’re living in a police state, or that your country may be headed in that direction.