How the US turns into a police state

08.08.2019

US President Donald Trump made an appeal to the nation, in which he announced a “quick” death penalty for those responsible for the mass executions. Trump also ordered toughening laws, control over citizens, social networks, video games and the Internet. What can total reinforcement of control come across for the USA?

Brutal mass executions of people are already becoming an invariable attribute of modern American society. When something happens once or only several times, it can be a malfunction of the legal and social system, but when such acts of violence overwhelm the country with enviable regularity - at the very time to talk about big, very serious problems.

There is nothing surprising in the fact that a “democratic” American society today is becoming both a catalyst and a litmus test for the most ugly forms of manifestation of various social deviations. US laws vary from state to state, the acquisition and carrying of weapons is legalized in the country, and modern means of communication, which are hardly regulated at all, reinforce the desire of individuals to take advantage of their democratic rights and the second amendment to the Constitution.

Recent acts of violence in Texas and Ohio have shown the freedom-loving American society that something went wrong. It is difficult to say whether everything could have been different if the country was not ruled by big business tycoons, including large IT companies, if there were no influential arms lobbies, and if Donald Trump had not come to power, as if deliberately linking these three components.

The US president himself understands: it’s time to change something. That is why instead of the usual words that his presidency “has grown, improved and flourished,” he now speaks of the need to change the entire system of control over citizens, their communication processes, demands to use leverage, change laws and punish those guilty reprisals.

Such agility poses an important question: to what extent should people be responsible for what the system pushes them to? Trump’s appeal to the nation in the White House was dedicated to this, and he proposed a panacea that sounds more like fantasies from dystopian novels than a real program of action.

Drastic measures

The appeal of the US president to the nation on August 5 was broadcast by NBC. Trump quite rightly decided that the mass shootings of people last weekend should not remain in a vacuum and without attention at the highest level.

The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side FOREVER!

He noted that he is in close contact with Attorney General William Barr and the head of the FBI, Christopher Ray. Trump recalled that the shooter in El Paso before the shooting of people published racist appeals on the Internet, and this is what the prosecutor's office and the FBI should pay attention to.

The US president called for bipartisan solutions, because "in the two decades since the Columbine, the nation has been horrified to see how one mass shooting replaces another."

What does Trump offer?

The first is the earlier identification of criminals. Trump said he gave the US Department of Justice orders to work with local and federal agencies and Internet companies. They will need to develop citizen control measures to identify criminals “before they strike.”

The second is to stop the promotion of violence in society by putting control over the distribution of violent content and video games with scenes of violence.

The third is law reform. According to Trump, it is necessary to identify people with mental disorders who are capable of acts of violence. If necessary, these people need to not only be treated, but also detained, Trump said.

Finally, he declared the need for harsh punishment for those responsible for the executions. The US Department of Justice must draft a law to ensure that hate crime perpetrators and those who commit mass killings are “executed quickly and without years of delay.”

Who is responsible?

In fact, Donald Trump called for the introduction of the death penalty in all states, although now capital punishment is legally permitted only in 29 states out of 50, and only 19 of them have actually been applied or have been applied over the past 10 years.

However, Trump's proposals should now take on a legislative and legislative character. This means that laws will appear in the country that legalize surveillance on the Internet and social networks for citizens, allow the detention of suspicious and potentially dangerous individuals, theoretically give the Ministry of Justice and the FBI the right to search or interrogate, and the court system the death penalty.

Separately, we note the desire of Trump to control the receipt of weapons by potentially unreliable citizens. The most interesting thing here is that Trump soon after taking office as president signed a bill repealing the rules of the Obama era, aimed at blocking the procurement of firearms for people with mental disabilities.

Signed by Trump in 2016, a bill that reduces control over the proliferation of weapons was greeted with enthusiasm at the National Rifle Association (NRA) of the United States. The document abolished the requirement for citizens receiving a disability due to mental illness to register their purchase at FBI databases through local social services. Thus, since 2016, any mentally ill US citizen could buy weapons, and the federal authorities did not know anything about this.

Trump requires the adoption of new laws that can turn citizens into objects for surveillance and, in some cases, prosecution by the authorities.

When Trump was pretended to repeal the law on limiting the spread of weapons, he pretended to maintain tighter control.

The opinions of Trump supporters and opponents are divided. Influential Democrats met the president’s new initiatives critically. They blamed Trump for the massacres because of his racist remarks that could prompt the El Paso shooter to shoot people. Democrats also blame Trump for the fact that he is not going to limit the spread of weapons.

Republicans generally sided with Trump, unless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the president to "not sign laws that violate citizens' constitutional rights."

If you put everything together, the picture is depressing. In the United States, the nuts have been tightened in the regulation of social networks and the activities of IT companies for a year now. Some of them have so far refused to transfer user personal data to the FBI. However, they will have to agree when the relevant law appears.

The death penalty in the USA is a big dark spot on the country's legal system. Executions in America are carried out by lethal injections to criminals, and the medical field is poorly regulated for these purposes.

As for Trump himself, it is much easier for him to say that the “psychos” are to blame for everything and declare a hunt for them, than to admit his own mistakes. Initiatives to strengthen control have already been supported by all of Trump's closest associates in the party, which means that the bills will be given the green light.

Here are just intensified surveillance of citizens, the identification of unreliable, their prosecution, control over social networks and other similar measures - this is far from what the democratic society takes as its merit. After all, the authorities should bear the same responsibility for atrocities as those who commit them, but Trump is to blame for the citizens themselves, for whom they simply overlooked.