Home / Be The Change / Antiwar / $1 Trillion Spent on US Police State Since 9/11 — If they ‘Hated Our Freedom,’ They Must Love Us Now

$1 Trillion Spent on US Police State Since 9/11 — If they ‘Hated Our Freedom,’ They Must Love Us Now

state

Never let a tragedy go unused. This mantra of the State is as strong today as it was the day after 9/11.

As 9/11 was used to invade and occupy Iraq and Afghanistan – securing a geopolitical foothold in the region like never before – civil rights were dismantled and energies were devoted to the development of a massive domestic surveillance state that Stasi Germany could only dream of.

Indeed, 9/11 served as the perfect pretext for carrying out the goals of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) – headed by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other purveyors of U.S. military hegemony.

In a policy document called Rebuilding America’s Defenses published exactly one year before 9/11, PNAC wrote:

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.

While Cheney and the gang were wrecking the Middle East, carrying out countless extrajudicial killings and torturing “enemy combatants,” the same fabricated legal justifications for those actions were being used to build an enormous surveillance apparatus in the homeland.

Construction of spy centers increased at a frenzied rate as the “black budget” soared. The military- and surveillance-industrial complex couldn’t be happier, and indeed, their profit windfalls fueled about half of the economic recovery during the 2000s.

The Patriot Act, NSA warrantless wiretapping and FBI National Security Letters are a few examples of the abuses carried out under the banner of 9/11. The Snowden revelations finally began to jolt enough Americans into a state of awareness.

READ MORE:  Michigan Township Working with Police To Put Cameras ‘In Every Neighborhood’

No one really knows the extent of the “hidden world, growing beyond control” of the surveillance state. Six years ago a Washington Post investigation found:

“Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.

An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space.”

There is no evidence to suggest this astounding growth has been put in check. In 2013, the Black Budget was $52.6 billion, spent on 16 spy agencies with over 107,000 employees. The “espionage empire…rivals or exceeds the levels at the height of the Cold War.”

According to the New York Times, the amount spent on domestic counter-terrorism since 9/11 is a staggering $1 trillion. This is only for “homeland security measures,” not the overseas so-called War on Terror.

It is disturbing insight into how the State can manage a sustained campaign of fear-mongering, with the aid of mainstream media, to fog the vision of the American populace while spending incredible amounts of our tax money on an almost non-existent threat.

As John Mueller, senior research scientist at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, says, this spending is not based on factual reality. It is a government-media scam based on an “aberration” of 9/11 rather than a true likelihood of terrorist attacks.

An American has about a 1 in 4 million chance of being killed by a terrorist on U.S. soil, which has resulted on average seven deaths a year. One is far more likely to die from lightning or getting struck by a deer, Mueller said.

“No one wants to talk about acceptable risk. But clearly we do accept a lot of risk. We can’t get risk down to zero in anything: automobiles, surgery, or a deer running across the road,” Mueller said. “We basically live with those threats.”

The Department of Homeland Security receives the lion’s share of the funding, with $37 billion to be allotted there in 2017, out of the total $50.4 billion – an 11.5 percent increase over 2016.

READ MORE:  14-Year-Old Child on Free Lunch Program Arrested, Charged, Standing Trial for $.65 Milk

The director of the Ohio Homeland Security agency, a prime beneficiary of the funding, says the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings justify all this spending and warns that another 9/11 could happen if we don’t remain committed to the spending.

He doesn’t explain how we can expect to stop a psychopath from grabbing a gun and shooting up a nightclub or a place of employment, unless they put in place the kind of total surveillance George Orwell fictionalized in his book 1984.

Perpetrators of the surveillance state don’t need facts when justifying their existence. They will continue simply appealing to emotion, stoking fear and using 9/11 to spend another trillion on an almost non-existent threat.

  • Hill Billy

    I’ll say again what I’ve said many times before…Once the breakdown begins they won’t be able to stop it. A nuclear facility would make 300+ sq. miles uninhabitable for a long long, long time.

  • Funny I was sent a video of the destruction step by step of a nuclear bomb and can’t post it.
    Matt I have noticed as I have said, were are all these trillions coming from, We no longer work in millions or billions we do trillions. Who the Global Courts.

    As far as rent a cop those are not our grandmas police. These trained seals or ex rangers. Many Security Company have this to me they are mercenaries. One H of a way to treat your people?

    • Mod8guy

      Careful. Many of us have been bog to support our friends. This does not put us in the category of soulless scum. Your words are the words of someone without the sack to sign a blank check.

  • David Hall

    Fear mongering to spread their police state, what they wanted, what they got, what we have to live with now. No privacy, no protection…papers please! No papers, okay I’ll have to cage or kill you! It will soon make Germany during Hitler look like a classroom. We have almost as many people in prisons as Hitler did in the death camps. Police depts. could not exist without revenue agents. Just a little humor or is it?. Amerikkka never was great…now it is a pig pen!

    • [email protected]

      I usually gain approximately $6k-$8k /a month with my internet task. For anyone eager to do basic at home tasks for 2h-5h /a day from your sofa at home and make valuable checks while doing it… Then this work is for you… http://ur1.ca/pg5kh

      asdfg

    • Lowell5425

      I currently get paid approximately 6-8 thousand bucks /month on the internet. If you are considering to do simple online tasks for some hrs each day at your house and gain decent benefit in the same time… This is a work for you… http://2.gp/G8zm

      fdsafs

  • gininitaly

    Excuse the source, but listen to the Russian former KGB agent in 1985.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AogiAUrf_I0

    DEMORALIZATION
    DESTABILIZATION
    CRISIS
    NORMALIZATION (sic)

  • 09/11/2016 Only 9/11 Truth Can Smash The 9/11 Lies • 15 years. 15 long years, unfolding with the inevitability of a horror film.

    The PATRIOT Act.

    The Department of Homeland Security.

    The NSA panopticon.

    The militarization of Police State USA.

    The occupation of Afghanistan.

    The ongoing war in Iraq.

    https://www.corbettreport.com/only-911-truth-can-smash-the-911-lies/

  • Robert Farrior

    And of course it isn’t just the so-called war on terror that makes this country a police state; it’s all the other founts of tyranny, including the war on some drugs, which still is the number one fount of totalitarianism in this nation of oppression!
    Revolution NOW!
    robertsrevolution.net

  • Privilege

    They have used 9/11 to entrap and kill the minority population. Law enforcement officers are the violent extremist free to kill without provocation or consequences.

  • Alleged Comment

    Ironcially, te Constitution was created to put the hands of governing onto the people. So how is it the people have managed to turn on themselves?

    • Mod8guy

      They have bought into the lie that we are not safe otherwise competent enough to defend ourselves. This is the wedge driven between all of society.

  • Mauryan

    It is all about money and power. The shadow government running the Western agenda does not care about public welfare. American citizens do not matter them either. Everyone is a resource to be exploited. These are basically mentally sick maniacs who know how to manipulate everyone and everything to meet their intended goals. There is an agenda for reducing world populations. These people want to play Gods. It is unfortunate.