And he asks it in an intelligent way. When most people hear "police state," they immediately think of Nazi Germany or Chile and Argentina under their dictatorships: jack-booted thugs, spectacular displays of power, people being hauled away in the middle of the night. Obviously, our country doesn't look like that.
So why would Potter even pose the question? What about the current relationship between the police and the population looks suspicious to him? He gives seven examples:
1. Raids, Harassment, and Intimidation of Dissidents by Police
When FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents raided multiple activist homes in the Northwest recently, they were in search of “anti-government or anarchist literature.” [Recognize that one?]
2. Militarization of Domestic Law Enforcement
As Arthur Rizer wrote for The Atlantic:
"In an effort to remedy their relative inadequacy in dealing with terrorism on U.S. soil, police forces throughout the country have purchased military equipment, adopted military training, and sought to inculcate a “soldier’s mentality” among their ranks."
3. Disproportionate Prison Sentences for Political Activists
The reason Marie Mason, who destroyed property, received a prison sentence twice as long as racists, who harmed human beings, is because of her politics.
Likewise Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in prison for non-violent disrupting an illegal oil and gas lease auction because he cost corporations thousands of dollars.
4. Creation of New Laws for People Because of Their Political Beliefs