An argument can be made that between the War on Drugs and the War on Terror America is becoming police state. For a good example, see:
Nameless And Shameless: Masked DEA Agents Raid Innocent Women, Refuse To Reveal Their Identities
Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas court
By Ed O'Keefe, Published: September 19 at 2:35 pmE-mail the writer
A Texas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction, calling the evidence "legally insufficient," according to court papers released Thursday. The decision formally acquits DeLay of all charges, but it could still be appealed by the government. (Read the court's majority opinion and dissenting opinions.
I'm not a fan of Delay, but I thought from the get go that the prosecution was politically motivated.
I'm listening to and reading William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which he wrote shortly after World War II. Shirer lived in Germany when Hitler was coming to power, and after the war had access to thousands of pages of contemporary documents. The book is well written, insightful and horrifying. He makes an interesting point that the Nazis, who thought of themselves as supermen, the best of the best, were a bunch of perverts. This book would never get published today, with its politically incorrect language:
"But the brown-shirted S.A. never became much more than a motley bunch of brawlers. Many of its top leaders, beginning with its chief, Roehm, were notorious homosexual perverts. Lieutenant Edmund Heines, who led the Munich S.A., was not only a homosexual but a convicted murderer. These two and dozens of others quarreled and feuded as only men of unnatural sexual inclinations, with their peculiar jealousies, can." p. 120.
"No other party in Germany came near to to attracting so many shady characters. As we have seen, a conglomeration of pimps, murderers, homosexuals, alcoholics and blackmailers flocked to the party as if to a natural haven. Hitler did not care, as long as they were useful to him." p. 121-22.
Hitler himself had virtually no relationships with girls or women, except for a bizarre, masochistic affair with his much younger niece, who shot herself to get away from him.
Speaking of perverts, from the Daily Beast:
Gaddafi's Perverted Power Plays
He abducted young women as sex slaves and forced them to take drugs and watch porn. He raped his male guards, soldiers, and ministers. Annick Cojean talks about her new book on Gaddafi's cold-blooded sexual debauchery.
One Disturbing Reason For Our Exploding Prison Population (INFOGRAPHIC) - Private prisons with guaranties from the State to fill the beds