"Those who question our methods are dangerous indeed. They pander to our enemies and undermine our ability to protect the Homeland". -Adolf Hitler
In Stalinist Russia there were many bureaucrats, police, who gladly rounded up their neighbors for punishment.
They pretended they were protecting the state, the dimmer ones even believed it, but they were just protecting their own interests and hurting their country.
In Nazi Germany likewise, and Pol Pot's Cambodia and many others.
Every country, good or bad, has its share of "apparatchiks", whose goal is simply to live within the system, accumulating short term successes without thinking. These cowards are the root of some countries ruin.
In the War on Terror, America has cultivated the attitude that leads to this evil, and we are slowly sinking in it. Well paid bureaucrats who know full well that their mission is dubious, but they also have a lot of ambition.
It has become second page news for a government agency to find a mentally ill person and paint them as a terrorist. Recently one young man converted to Islam and tried to circumcise himself. Those who knew him portrayed him in the press as obviously mentally ill. Anyone who has some experience with mentally ill people knows they can be easy to manipulate. It wasn't long before an "anti terrorism" agency wrapped him up in an elaborate plot involving complex explosives and devices that would normally be far beyond his capacities.
A person who has traveled somewhat knows that many countries have far more "genuine" terrorism than America as well as far less crime. A person has to ask, what are we encouraging?
We create elaborate laws to protect large corporations against people who might violate copyright laws and deprive them of income. We devote vast resources to create restrictive laws protecting these corporate interests, and our law enforcement agencies invest inordinate resources in them. Obviously the root of that interest is lobbying money invested in that agenda. Is there a similar motivator behind our ridiculous pursuit of fictional terrorism?
Today there are more people in jail in America than there were in Stalin's Gulag Archipelago. The total population of the Stalinist camps varied from 510,307 in 1934 to 1,727,970 in 1953. Currently there are well over 2 million people incarcerated in America.
It does not make sense to say America is reducing crime. We are not. We have a drug war going full speed, but drug usage has increased during the drug war, and the United States has higher drug usage rates than those countries that do not jail drug users.
So what is really going on?
It's a simple matter of politicians trying to get elected by promising to solve problems that they are not qualified to solve and law enforcement that is rewarded not for protecting society but for "producing" prisoners. The United States has, by far, the highest incarceration rate in the world as well as the highest rates of illegal drug use in the world.
Trying to use harsh laws to beat a population into prosperity has never worked, in any society, ever. It is a danger sign that leaders are desperately grasping at straws. America is long overdue to walk away from the heavy handed solutions that do not work, and return to fundamentals that have been tested by history.