Zero Hedge takes a look at the police state.

“We’ve reached the point where state actors can penetrate rectums and vaginas,where judges can order forced catheterizations, and where police and medical personnel can perform scans, enemas and colonoscopies without the suspect’s consent. And these procedures aren’t to nab kingpins or cartels, but people who at worst are hiding an amount of drugs that can fit into a body cavity. In most of these cases, they were suspected only of possession or ingestion. Many of them were innocent… But these tactics aren’t about getting drugs off the street… These tactics are instead about degrading and humiliating a class of people that politicians and law enforcement have deemed the enemy.”—Radley Balko, The Washington Post

When I was growing up in the 50s it was the Nazis who did this sort of thing – at least that is what the war propaganda movies showed. The message was – America is better. Citizens have rights.

Not any more. The enforcers know how to take your rights from you. “I smelled marijuana” is enough.

Or. “That looks like drug money to me.” Fortunately money is presumed guilty. And the money gets tried in court. Preposterous you say? Look up “civil asset forfeiture”.

We used to understand that government corrupts everything it touches. We used to be rabid about small government. We gave that up for easy solutions – enforcers will enforce morality.