Is America a Police State?

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and From Mainline to Sideline. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason and many other publications.


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The Communist defendants lost, which Martelle calls a “victory of the mob over the minority.” A more serious charge is that subsequent government actions against subversives, such as the Patriot Act, are “not the conditions of a free society. These are the acts of a police state. .  . ” And they stand American freedoms “on their head.”

Martelle turns rather uncharitable toward CPUSA bosses such as Gus Hall. After his beloved Soviet Union ceased to exist, Hall turned even farther left, and East. “The world should see what North Korea has done,” Hall said. In some ways it’s a miracle. If you want to take a nice vacation, take it in North Korea.” That’s where The Fear Within ends, and that’s a shame because Hall refutes Martelle’s major claim.

After the 1949 trial, the CPUSA continued to exist, supported by Soviet money, and no government campaign prevented Hall from running for President of the United States in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984. In 1980 and 1984, Angela Davis was his running mate. Davis went on to become a professor at UC Santa Cruz. Those are not the conditions of a police-state society.

The Fear Within, a self-refuting book, confirms that careful scholarship about Communism has taken a toll on revisionist writers, but they still have a way to go. Should any reader wish to balance Martelle’s account with a trial held by an actual police state, they should turn to Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010) for a treatment of the 1952 Slansky show trial in Czechoslovakia, held amidst hysterical fears of “Jewish bourgeois nationalism.”

Eleven of the defendents were Jews and the Czech Communist regime executed the eleven by hanging, then incinerated the bodies. The regime then took the ashes of the victims and used them to fill ruts in the road. That’s what a real police-state trial looks like.

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  • sedoanman

    If this were a police state, where are the concentration camps for political prisoners? Surely the media would have uncovered at least ONE by now.

    • Linde

      There are centers for political prisoners only the PC name is "FUSION CENTER".
      From what I understand there are many. I googled the term "Fusion Center" and there are many articles not just FEMA articles.
      Described as being built close to railroad access for easy on/off, also barbed wire facing inward to prevent escapes. Some are large as in Guantanimo, meant to house entire families!
      About 6 yrs ago I looked up Haliburton on Wikipedia. Toward the end of the of the article was some info about detention facilities and Haliburton was awarded the contract
      to build them. A reason given for 'needing' them was for cases of pandemics, mass surges of immigrants and for cases of mass civil disruptions here in the USA.
      These facilities coincide with the recent military bill concerning terrorist's being held indefinitely and for any reason, IMHO average American citizens whose opinions differ from the governments. Please check for yourself.

  • tagalog

    Police states generally have labor camps and mental hospitals for the non-conformists.

    Here, we elect them to Congress, promote them, pay them high salaries, and award them money damages when people say rude things about them.

    McCarthy was wrong; instead of our government having over 200 spies for Soviet Communism within our government, we had AT LEAST 310, and that's just the ones revealed by the few Venona transcripts we managed to decipher. And what happened to the Commie spies who were revealed? The ones who named names, like Elia Kazan (and Edward Dmytryk), have the audience at the Oscar awards a half century later refuse to applaud their real achievements and treat them as traitors to Americanism; one Commie spy commits suicide and that becomes an atrocity of American democracy; Alger Hiss is defended to his dying day, and beyond; Ted Hall dies of old age without having spent a day behind bars; and so and so on, ad infinitum.

    Police state; somebody needs to introduce the writer to a police state. Send him on an enforced vacation to any communist nation. How about that great vacation in North Korea?

    • Fred Dawes

      And that is the person who will make the police state

  • Steve Chavez

    We need to take a serious look at the Communist Party USA of the 80's and their use of front organizations, like the U.S. Peace Council, an affiliate of the Soviet KGB's World Peace Council, since it was this period of extreme infiltration at our universities to recruit students who were then sent to aid in the Communist takeover of Central America!

    Those students of the 80's are the leaders of the United States and have infiltrated every government department including all the way to the top: The Oval Office! Google "Barack Obama Sundial 1983" which is an article Obama wrote while at Columbia on the worst of Communist fronts that were sympathetic to the Soviets who were funding them through Gus Hall and the CPUSA! Robert Spencer's new book also reveals an Obama who professor who said that Obama would gather with "other Marxist-Leninists." Obama did admit that he sought out Marxist professors and the Sundial article proves he sought out Marxist students whose despised the United States and who love the Soviet Union more than their own country!!!

    I visit the CPUSA.ORG and PWW.ORG site almost every day and Communism is not over! If you read their articles, you wouldn't be able to tell if it was the mornings Democrat talking points. Many Democrats are guest speakers at their meetings and conventions and they seek the CPUSA advice on issues like the Iraq War as Waters, the head of the "Out of Iraq Caucus" has met with CPUSA peace fronts like United for Peace and Justice led by Leslie Cagan, a focus of an article last week concerning the Hamas flotilla!

    When I started writing here, in comments only, years ago, my main mission was this question: "Why is the Communist Party USA left out of public discussion and analysis?"

    If you want to learn who the "enemy within" is and how they influence others with their hidden agenda! Our soldiers battle the enemy abroad! I fight them on here, the REAL FRONT-LINES and it begins at the top: BARACK OBAMA! EXPOSE THEM ALL!

  • Ghostwriter

    There are many people who live in this country who have lived under Communism and revile it. They would probably feel that they got off lightly after seeing what the Communists did to their loved ones after reading this book.

  • mrbean

    I read this article and now I am depressed, and I think;

    Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel , "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."

    Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land."

    Today, the government has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

    I was so depressed last night thinking about Obamacare, the economy, the Astros, the Afghan and Iraq wars, lost jobs and 10% unemployment, baby-boomers with no savings, Social Security stoppage, confiscating my retirement funds, etc . . .

    That I called a Suicide Hotline. I even had to press 1 for English.

    Then….. I was connected to a call center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal. They got really excited on the other end and asked if I could drive a truck and promised me 72 virgins if I would take the job.

  • Amused

    Oh get a bloody grip , what a bunch of FOOLS . This is not nor will it ever be a "police state " . Dawes -take another aspirin . Billingsly go seek professional help for your paranoia .Anyone who buys this load of steaming crap , has got waqy too much time on their hands . And you call yourselves AMERICANS ? No , just a bunch of paranoid wussies.