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6 F**ked-Up Things the Government Can and Will Do to You

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By Adam Smith on May 7, 2012

1. Detain you for days in a cell without food or water

On April 21, the Drug Enforcement Administration detained UC San Diego Student Daniel Chong at their offices after they raided a marijuana-filled “4/20” party the 23-year-old attended. He was not charged with any crime and was told he could go home.

But Chong did not go home that night. Instead, he was placed in a cell for five days without any human contact and was not given food or drink. In his desperation, he said he was forced to drink his own urine.


2. Legally take away your land if the government thinks it needs it

It’s called Eminent Domain. The government has the right to seize a citizen’s private property or seize a citizen’s rights in property with due monetary compensation. The problem? It’s done whether the owner wants to leave their home or not. So if a stretch of road needs to run through your backyard or if your land looks like a nice spot for the new local township building, the state has every right to take away the property that is rightfully yours.

3. Trick you into being sterilized without your consent

Nope, this is not Germany in the 1930s, when eugenics was the craze. This is America under the Nixon Administration. President Nixon dramatically increased Medicaid-funded sterilization of low-income Americans, primarily Americans of color. While these sterilizations were voluntary as a matter of policy, it is later suggested that they were often involuntary as a matter of practice as patients are often misinformed, or left uninformed, regarding the nature of the procedures that they have agreed to undergo.

Come in for a headache, stay for the vasectomy. Tricky Dick: Shooting blanks since 1968.

4. Lie to you about treating your treatable, deadly disease — because they want to see the long-term effects

Syphilis. Why’d it have to be syphilis.

The STD that has plagued mankind for centuries and was once treated ineffectively by injected mercury into the urethra (ouch), was the focus of research by the U.S. in the mid–20th century that has eventually become known as the Tuskegee Study. The study initially involved 600 black men — 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease — and was conducted without the patient’s consent or specific relevance to syphilis.

Researchers told the men they were being treated for “bad blood.” In exchange for taking part in the study, the men received free medical exams, free meals and burial insurance. They did not receive the proper treatment for the disease and were used solely to study the long-term effects syphilis had on the human body.

The worst part? The study began in 1932 and ended in 1972 (coincidentally when details were leaked to the press). Penicillin, which cures syphilis, was adopted as the cure for the disease in 1945.

5. Listen in on your conversations, read your emails and check your browsing history — because they think there is a chance you may be a threat

With no warrants or substantial evidence to back up their claims, the U.S. government can eavesdrop on your every move on just a hunch that you may be a danger to the homeland. The Patriot Act has been signed into law for over 10 years, and it’s still as controversial today as it was then. While the act was developed in order to keep better tabs on terrorists, it has also been used to:

  • Kick the homeless out of New Jersey train stations
  • Harass Las Vegas business into giving up financial data on its customers — What happens in Vegas, stay in Vegas … till the FBI puts it on their computer as public record
  • Accuse and arrest potential drug traffickers with no probable cause whatsoever, and
  • Discover a certain New York Governor was not withdrawing large sums of money to build a bomb, but to get it on with some high-class prostitutes.

Good thing we’re now safe from Elliot Spitzer declaring Jihad on America with his army of hookers.

6. Use whatever force it deems necessary to keep order in society

Makes sense to use some sort of force to combat resistance, except of course when that force is excessive. Like when simple arrests turn into assault and batteries, unarmed individuals are shot and killed in the streets or when a 10-year-old girl is tased in her own home. If an officer needs to taze an unarmed, 10-year-old girl, I’m not sure they’re fit to be on the streets to protect and serve.

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