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30 Signs The U.S Is Turning Into A Giant Prison

By Michael Snyder


If you live in the United States of America, you live in a giant prison where liberty and freedom are slowly being strangled to death. In this country, the control freaks that run things are obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do. Nothing is private anymore. Everything that you do on the Internet is being monitored. All of your phone calls are being monitored. In fact, if law enforcement authorities suspect that you have done something wrong, they will use your cell phone microphone to listen to you even when you think your cell phone is turned off. In many areas of the country, when you get into your car automated license plate readers track you wherever you go, and in many major cities when you are walking on the streets a vast network of security cameras and “smart street lights” are constantly watching you and listening to whatever you say. The TSA is setting up “internal checkpoints” all over the nation, Homeland Security is encouraging all of us to report any “suspicious activity” that our neighbors are involved in and the federal government is rapidly developing “pre-crime” technology that will flag us as “potential terrorists” if we display any signs of nervousness. If you are flagged as a “potential terrorist”, the U.S. military can arrest you and detain you for the rest of your life without ever having to charge you with anything. Yes, the United States of America is rapidly being turned into a “Big Brother” prison grid, and most Americans are happily going along with it.

The sad thing is that this used to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

So what in the world happened?

A fundamental shift in our culture has taken place. The American people have eagerly given up huge chunks of liberty and freedom in exchange for vague promises of increased security.

Our country is now run by total control freaks and paranoia has become standard operating procedure.

We were told that the terrorists hate our liberties and our freedoms, and that we needed to fight the terrorists so that we could keep our liberties and our freedoms.

But instead, the government keeps taking away all of our liberties and our freedoms.

How in the world does that make any sense?

Have the terrorists won?

As a country, we have moved so far in the direction of communist China, the USSR and Nazi Germany that it is almost impossible to believe.

Yes, turning the United States of America into a giant prison may make us all slightly safer, but what kind of life is this?

Do we want to be dead while we are still alive?

Is this the price that we want to pay in order to feel slightly safer?

Where are the millions of Americans that still yearn to breathe free air?

America is supposed to be a land teeming with people thirsting for independence. For example, “Live Free or Die” is supposedly the official motto of the state of New Hampshire.

But instead, the motto of most Americans seems to be “live scared and die cowering”.

We don’t have to live like this.

Yes, bad things are always going to happen. No amount of security is ever going to be able to keep us 100% safe.

We need to remember that a very high price was paid for our liberty and we should not give it up so easily.

As one very famous American once said, when we give up liberty for security we deserve neither.

The following are 30 signs that the United States of America is being turned into a giant prison….


A new bill that is going through the U.S. Senate would allow the U.S. military to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without trial. This new law was recently discussed in an article posted on the website of the New American….

In what may be a tale too bizarre to be believed by millions of Americans, the U.S. Senate appears ready to pass a bill that will designate the entire earth, including the United States and its territories, one all-encompassing “battlefield” in the global “war on terror” and authorize the detention of Americans suspected of terrorist ties indefinitely and without trial or even charges being filed that would necessitate a trial.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is a big supporter of the bill, and he says that it would “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield”.

According to the PPJ Gazette, the following are three things that this new law would do….

1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;

(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and

(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.


U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is asking Google to install a “terrorist button” on all Blogger.com blogs so that readers can easily flag “terrorist content” for authorities.


Most Americans have no idea how sophisticated the “Big Brother” prison grid has become. For example, in Washington D.C. the movements of every single car are tracked using automated license plate readers (ALPRs). The following comes from a recent Washington Post article….

More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time, helping police pinpoint stolen cars and fleeing killers. But the program quietly has expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago.

With virtually no public debate, police agencies have begun storing the information from the cameras, building databases that document the travels of millions of vehicles.

Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the District, which has more than one plate-reader per square mile, the highest concentration in the nation. Police in the Washington suburbs have dozens of them as well, and local agencies plan to add many more in coming months, creating a comprehensive dragnet that will include all the approaches into the District.


In some American schools, RFID chips are now being used to monitor the attendance and movements of children while they are at school. The following is how one article recently described a program that has just been instituted at a preschool in California….

Upon arriving in the morning, according to the Associated Press, each student at the CCC-George Miller preschool will don a jersey with a stitched in RFID chip. As the kids go about the business of learning, sensors in the school will record their movements, collecting attendance for both classes and meals. Officials from the school have claimed they’re only recording information they’re required to provide while receiving federal funds for their Headstart program.


Increasingly, incidents of misbehavior at many U.S. schools are being treated as very serious crimes. For example, when a little girl kissed a little boy at one Florida elementary school recently, it was considered to be a “possible sex crime” and the police were called out.


But what happened to one very young student in Stockton, California earlier this year was even worse….

Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.


In the United States today, police are trained to respond to even the smallest crimes with extreme physical force. For example, one grandfather in Arizona was recently filmed laying unconscious after police pushed his head into the flood inside a Wal-Mart on Black Friday night. It was thought that he was shoplifting, but it turns out that he says that he was just trying to tuck a video game away so other crazed shoppers would not grab it out of his hands.


Did you know that the government actually sets up fake cell phone towers that can intercept your cell phone calls? The following is how a recent Wired article described these “stingrays”….

You make a call on your cellphone thinking the only thing standing between you and the recipient of your call is your carrier’s cellphone tower. In fact, that tower your phone is connecting to just might be a boobytrap set up by law enforcement to ensnare your phone signals and maybe even the content of your calls.

So-called stingrays are one of the new high-tech tools that authorities are using to track and identify you. The devices, about the size of a suitcase, spoof a legitimate cellphone tower in order to trick nearby cellphones and other wireless communication devices into connecting to the tower, as they would to a real cellphone tower.

The government maintains that the stingrays don’t violate Fourth Amendment rights, since Americans don’t have a legitimate expectation of privacy for data sent from their mobile phones and other wireless devices to a cell tower.


U.S. border agents are allowed by law to search any laptop being brought into the United States without even needing any reason to do so.


In the United States of America, everyone is a “potential terrorist”. According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, “homegrown terrorists” represent as big a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does.


Most Americans are not that concerned about the Patriot Act, but that might change if they understood that the federal government has a “secret interpretation” of what the Patriot Act really means. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says that the U.S. government interprets the Patriot Act much more “broadly” than the general public does….

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  • http://www.centreofthepsyclone.com Shyam Mael

    In 2006 A Report on the Surveillance Society was compiled by the Surveillance Studies Network on the orders of the UK Information Commissioner. It described the ‘rapid development’ of many of the surveillance mechanisms listed above. Most of the above have been implemented in the UK for some years. Councils were installing microphones in street furniture such as lampposts as long ago as 2005, around the same time as loudspeakers and the recording devices were combined with CCTV. RFIDs in retail items including childrens school clothes, et cetera, et cetera.

    I wrote Psyclone (released in 2009) in part to warn people of this, which I hoped to do by presenting the new and potentially challenging data in narrative form and then providing research sources through an extensive appendix. I also included a section on the Centre of the Psyclone website, Surveillance Society, http://www.centreofthepsyclone.com/novelThoughts/pivot/entry.php?id=35) that provides more detail on the subject, including a detailed description and a variety of data sources regarding the Panopticon concept, a chilling picture of which you have above.

    The purpose of Psyclone is not just to inform, but also to empower. For that reason the website is roughly divided into two sections, Problems and Solutions. In Solutions, Surveillance Self-Defence http://www.centreofthepsyclone.com/novelThoughts/pivot/entry.php?id=11&w=novel_thoughts_solutions) provides protective data and strategies from some excellent sources, with lots of links to other data sources.

    Which may sound a little (or a lot!) like self-promotion, but it’s not me I’m promoting, it’s the result of four years work, which I’m still sharing freely.

    One thing I have noticed throughout those years whilst researching the various subjects covered is that, more often than not, things that are said to be under development or in the pipeline are already in place and functioning, even when that ‘news’ is released as ‘breaking news’ by what would be considered investigative or ‘whistleblowing’ sources.

    To conclude what’s turned into a much longer comment than intended, the good news is that much of the information that’s being kept away from people is actually positive and includes scientific validation for our amazing human potential and the tools available to us to take us out of the swamp into which we’ve been led into amazing possible futures, (hence the Solutions in Psyclone).

    Knowledge is power. Wake Up World’s reader/follower stats are amazing and great news. People are reclaiming their power!


  • Tryggvasson

    Let’s add:

    1. universal fingerprinting, as a foreigner, on entry into the US;

    2. biometric passports;

    3. having to take shoes off in airports (this could be integrated into the airport search pattern, already mentioned here);

    4. Genetic engineering and human cloning trials;

    5. Smoking persecution, which exceeds by far the scope of protecting no smokers.

    6. Closing of various public spaces at night;

    7. Being arrested for drinking alcohol in public places, without concealment of the container. Being drunk AND disorderly is an entirely different matter altogether.

    8. The fact that police are already entitled to detain people without accusations, trial or legal assistance, for an indefinite period;

    9. All e-mail and phone conversations being automatically screened, as we speak.

    10. Classification of public documents, impacting the life and liberty of every citizen, such as the ‘Iraqi missile program documents’.

    11. Mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets and seat-belts. While these are obviously helpful and a wise bet for anybody sane who wants to stay alive (with some nuancing on the seatbelt, for low speeds), it is a first step into the direction of the government imposing what is good for you, on you, without the existence of any threat posed by such behaviour to anybody else, already infringing the first principle of freedom “do what you want as long as you do not affect somebody else”.

    12. Governmental press and cultural censorship. No need for further details, we are all aware of many public cases.

    13. Informants slipped inside community groups that tackle freedom of anti-governmental issues.

    14. The interdiction to photograph in more and more public places. Not even the dictatorships in Romania, Bulgaria or Tunisia, which I am informed of, imposed for such measures. The interdiction only referred to military bases, which in America has already existed for many decades now. The list of objectives is ever expanding.

    The list could go on.

  • jim guenter

    what can we do?

  • Chris Higginson

    In France we have a very efficient form of control that costs a fraction of of the American Model.

    It is called “Neighbours” (“Neighbors” in American English).

    This system ensures spying takes place on the whole population at zero cost.

    Information is leaked to authorities who then take action.

    This worked very well during the French Revolution and also during the Second World War.

    By informing on “Neighbours” it was possible to get them guillotined or deported, and in that way you could move into their house and take over their possessions.

    You will find that this system has been refined to the Nth degree in Zimbabwe, where the currency has crashed and farms and homes are stolen on a daily basis by government supported thugs.

    So, to understand the future, take a look at what is happening in Europe now and Zimbabwe over the last thirty years!

    Who says Africa can not show us the way to the future?

  • Sheri

    This sounds like the show on CBS called Person of Interest which I watch each week and think, “This has got to at least be somewhat based on truth.”

    My friends call me “paranoid” but I think our government is capable of much more than most people believe. These examples are both unsettling and angering. I would love to move out of the USA as it has definitely ceased to be the “Land of the Free” we pride ourselves on. I would love to blame Obama but I fear this form of imprisonment began long before he became the leader of our country. I cringe when I try to think about how our country will look ten years from now. I appears we’re going backwards instead of forward.

  • https://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country.  

    Think about it.   No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without   investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily.   Rarely are these offenses punished.   Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.

    ”¨”¨In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world.   That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history.   Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers, USA is # 1”¨”¨

    Does any of that sound like a free country?

    As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, “It’s like slicing sausage.   First they out off a small slice.   That isn’t worth fighting over.   Then they take another small slice that isn’t worth fighting over.   Then another and another.   Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn’t worth fighting over, either.