Local police recently conducted a serious anti-terror training exercise in Massachusetts at the State House in Boston. Armed law enforcement donned their military-style hardware and hit the streets in full force.

But are these measures congruent with a free society?

The official news blog of the Massachusetts State Police reports on this development:

The Massachusetts State Police will conduct a tactical response drill this Saturday, Nov. 29, at the State House in Boston, from the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any passersby who observe a large volume of troopers and police vehicles around the State House and on Beacon Street should be advised that this activity is a training drill and there is no reason for alarm. The drill is not open to the media or public.

This was the latest in a series of similar events that took place over the past several years. Black-hawk helicopters have been used in these simulations. Simulated gunfire has even taken place. Operations occurred in many different cities including Miami, Houston and Harrisburg. They have even conducted these operations at schools, holding drills with gun-wielding masked men barging into school buses and classrooms.

It almost seems the idea is to terrorize the students to protect them from terror.

Certainly, nobody wants our society to become vulnerable to a terrorist attack. We want our law enforcement to have the necessary resources at their disposal to protect society from legitimate threats. However, it is possible for the government to go too far with these measures. Even more frightening, there may be an ulterior motive behind these anti-terror drills. The motive being to condition the masses to accept the police state, and live in a constant state of fear.

This fear is unnecessary because, in actuality, the likelihood of an American dying from terrorism is extremely minute. According to the most recent available data, you are far more likely to die from fluke occurrences than at the hands of any terrorist. Falling out of the bathtub, or getting a dog bite, or getting struck by lightning are all more serious threats to life than terrorism. So, where is the war against bath tubs? Where is the war against lightning? Those ideas make about as much sense as the War on Terror that has the public in constant hysterics.

The reason why our society’s priorities are so misaligned is that the terror threat serves as the government’s bread and butter. It is their golden ticket to justify any behavior, without any accountability or serious questioning from the public. The Constitutional abuses have become so heinous under the Bush and Obama administrations, it’s hard to believe that the public would have ever stomached it if it wasn’t for the constant invoking of the terrorism canard.

When the government bureaucrats defend the NSA’s blatently illegal and unconstitutional spying program, they always reference the terror threat. However, they cannot point to one concrete instance where they have stopped an attack due to their “intelligence gathering.” When the government bureaucrats defend unnecessary wars in Libya, Iraq or wherever else, they always reference the terror threat. But look at those countries now. They are in total chaos. They are now safe havens for radical Islam when they were not prior to the U.S. invasions and bombing campaigns. These insane federal policies have been normalized, due to that ever-so-convenient terror threat.

We must be honest about what the dangers to our freedom really are. There are certainly many bad people throughout the world who hate America, but these foreign enemies are far less of an imminent threat to our liberties than our domestic enemies. For instance, you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. Giving the police access to tanks, drones, bayonets and other goodies usually reserved for the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan only exacerbates that threat. This is happening precisely because of federal influence.

The feds, aided by propaganda outlets such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, are training law enforcement that they should be at war with the people. The 2012 NDAA is an open declaration of this war. No-hesitation targets have been distributed to law enforcement that train them to shoot at children and pregnant women. The FBI’s ‘Communities Against Terrorism’ flyers instruct the public that seemingly innocuous behavior such as taking photographs, avoiding eye contact, and using cash instead of credit cards is potential terrorist activity worthy of suspicion and profiling.

It doesn’t end there. The DHS’ ‘See Something, Say Something’ program encourages Americans to spy on on each other. The DHS-funded S.T.A.R.T. program at the University of Maryland lists sovereign Americans as the nation’s top terror concern ahead of ISIS, Al Queda and the Ku Klux Klan. This was no accident. The S.T.A.R.T. program had previously listed folks who are ‘reverent of individual liberty’ and ‘suspicious of centralized federal authority’ as terror threats as well. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials proclaim America to be a ‘war zone’ even as the crime rate plummets to near historic lows. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. The stage has already been set for a devilish tyranny to emerge on our shores.

In lieu of these alarming developments, what should you be more afraid of: A nebulous, ambiguous foreign bogeyman or a federal government aggressively waging war against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Our enemies foreign cannot hold a candle to our enemies domestic. Don’t buy into the hype offered up by the feds. Get to work nullifying the federal beast.

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