Police State USA: How Orwell's Nightmare is Becoming our Realityby Cheryl K. Chumley
The Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize America today. The God-given freedoms they championed in the Bill of Rights have been chipped away over the years by an ever-intrusive government bent on controlling all aspects of our lives in the name of safety and security. NSA wire-tapping and data collection is Orwellian in its scope. The TSA, BLM, and IRS are all
The Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize America today. The God-given freedoms they championed in the Bill of Rights have been chipped away over the years by an ever-intrusive government bent on controlling all aspects of our lives in the name of safety and security. NSA wire-tapping and data collection is Orwellian in its scope. The TSA, BLM, and IRS are all jockeying for control of our lives. Warrantless searches are on the rise and even encouraged in some communities.Free speech, the right to bear arms, private property, and freedom of religion all are under attack. The Constitution has been tossed on the same trash pile as the Bible.
From traffic light cameras to phone tapping, from militarized police forces to targeting specific groups of people, the government is unfettered in its desire to control the American people. Police State USA chronicles how America got to the point of being a de facto police state and what led to an out-of-control government that increasingly ignores the constitution and exploits 9/11 security fears to justify spying on its citizens. Stunning new surveillance technology makes it easier to keep tabs on the people. The acquisition by police departments of major battlefield equipment emboldens officials to strong-arm those they should be protecting. The failure of the news media to uphold the rights of citizens sets the stage for this slippery slope. Police State USA tells how we might overcome and recapture our freedoms, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
Police State USA to your police chief, to your county commissioner. We can
turn the tide."
Journalist Chumley (Washington Times) sets forth an aggressive and brisk case that the federal government, and the Obama administration in particular, has been steadily eroding constitutionally guaranteed liberties. The author covers everything from National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping to overly aggressive local policing methods in a manner that is accessible. However, while a persuasive plea is made, particularly in regard to disturbingly aggressive law enforcement tactics, it is often watered down by the book's excessively wide scope; the author covers too many topics, providing little more than information that is widely available from other news sources. The extremely partisan tone also dilutes the effect of the material, especially when more balanced titles, such as Russ Feingold's While America Sleeps, are available. Chumley's excoriation of government overreach may be well served, but her glossing over of abuses by the private sector and selective outrage make the book fall short of convincingly making that argument. VERDICT Even if the partisan tone may turn some casual readers off, the timely subject matter and accessible writing may create interest from readers of topical nonfiction. But overall, while this will speak to the choir effectively enough, it will likely create few converts.—Ben Neal, Richland Lib., Columbia, SC
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Meet the Author
Cheryl K. Chumley is a full-time writer with The Washington Times. She writes about politics and government for various newspapers, Internet news sites, and think tanks. She is a journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation, a prestigious conservative organization in Washington, D.C., where she spent a year researching and writing about private property rights.
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More a Tea Party manifesto than an investigation into the loss of privacy and property rights. Chumley believes all rights come from God and that property rights are supreme. She rails against everything from HOAs and zoning laws to Obama's foreign policy. The book is well researched (with the exception of a couple of minor mistakes) but doesn't break any new ground.