Police State, U.S.A.
By Christopher J. Coyne, Yuliya Yatsyshina
This article appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of The Independent Review.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government expanded its domestic police powers on the grounds of protecting the person, property, and liberties of U.S. citizens. Many of these expanded police-state powers persist today. This paper explores how a constitutionally constrained democratic government can take on police-state powers that sustain themselves over time and catalogs some police-state powers implemented after the 9/11 attacks that have persistedincluding surveillance activities, militarization of the police, civil asset forfeiture, expanded border patrol, and the no fly list.
AfghanistanCivil Liberties and Human RightsConstitutional LawDefense and Foreign PolicyIraqLaw and LibertyPolicingTerrorism and Homeland Security
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