A Police State Hugo Chavez Would be Proud Of

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of a police state is, “A political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures.”

Within the past week, Americans have learned that:

1. The former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was untruthful with the victims of attacks at the U.S Consulate in Benghazi when she told them, “We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing do to with.”

“The American people were effectively lied to for a period of about a month,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Clinton, and many others that developed the so-called talking points about the attack on Benghazi were well aware that the Youtube video had little to do with the deaths of four Americans at the hands of Libyan terrorists;

2. That officials from the Internal Revenue Service selectively audited groups affiliated the words “tea party” and “patriot” or  organizations who aspired to advocate for such things as an adherence to the Constitution of the United States.

“This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist Republican, said on CNN’s State of the Union;

3. That high-ranking officials in the Obama administration’s Department of Justice secretly obtained telephone records from more than 20 telephone lines belonging to Associated Press journalists over a two-month period.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of the Associated Press and its reporters,” wrote Gary B. Pruitt, president and chief executive of the AP.

The line Americans have received from Obama et al over the past four years while addressing the Orwellian nature of the National Defense Authorization Act is, ‘You can trust us.’

“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems, “ said Obama, seeking to reassure the public during a commencement ceremony at Ohio State University just nine days ago.  “Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”

Yeah, right.

Obama’s remarks are eerie similar to those of Richard Nixon, who on November 18, 1973, told the Washington Post, “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

The use of the government’s arbitrary exercise of power in these instances is astonishing, and, quite frankly, illustrates that, while one can take a politician out of Chicago, one can never take the Chicago politics out of the politician.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at Amazon.com.


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3 Responses

  1. Miley

    Hillary lied, people died.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  2. Brandon

    I think it’s fair to assume that you would have pointed out the Patriot Act, which was brought about under President Bush which allowed all of these types of draconian acts by the DOJ and others, and just forgot. It couldn’t be that this is political pandering to whatever neo-con readers you might have. I’m sure that you would be the first to jump and scream that the invasion of the nation of Iraq was the same kind of machinations utilized to fool people within the government to obscure the truth of what really happened, just like Hilary did when four people died, and you would make the connection that possibly more than four people died during the invasion and occupation of Iraq? I mean, one might think that you’ve completely ignored the practices of a president from 2000 to 2008 and only look at the perceived faults of the administration of another president, but that wouldn’t be fair, would it?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  3. Steve Spingola


    Take some time and, instead of a knee-jerk response, read through my blog. You’ll see that I am not kind to the Patriot Act or many government surveillance initiatives. Being a libertarian is much different than being a neo-con.

    May 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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