America ranks 6th worst police state
The 17 criteria that were used to define an electronic police state are
- Daily documents: How much is required day-to-day for residents to present state-issued
identity documents or registration.
- Border issues: What is demanded for a border entry.
- Financial tracking: The states ability to search and record financial
- Gag orders: The penalties for revealing to someone else the state is searching their
- Anti-crypto laws: Bans on cryptography.
- Constitutional protections: Either a lack of protections or someone overriding them.
- Data storage: The states ability to record and keep what it uncovers.
- Data search: The processes to search through data.
- ISP data retention: The demand for ISPs to save customers records.
- Telephone data retention: States requirements for communications companies to
record and save records.
- Cell phone records: The saving and using of cell phone users records.
- Medical records: Demands from states that medical records retain information.
- Enforcement: The states ability to use force (SWAT teams) to seize someone.
- Habeus corpus: Either an absence of such rights or someone overriding them.
- Police-Intel barrier: the absence of a barrier between police and intelligence
- Covert hacking: State operatives meddling in data on private computers covertly.
- Loose warrants: Warrants that are being issued without careful review of police claims
by a truly independent judge.
The countries making up the top ten in the rankings are Red China, North
Korea, Belarus, Russia, England/Wales, USA, Singapore, Israel, France and Germany.
Following the top ten the rankings are: 11. Malaysia, 12. Ireland, 13.
Scotland, 14. Netherlands, 15. South Korea, 16. Ukraine, 17. Belgium, 18. Australia, 19.
Japan, 20. New Zealand, 21. Austria, 22. Norway, 23. India, 24. Italy, 25. Taiwan, 26.
Denmark, 27. Hungary, 28. Greece, 29. Canada, 30. Switzerland, 31. Slovenia, 32. Poland,
33. Finland, 34. Sweden, 35. Latvia, 36. Lithuania, 37. Cyprus, 38. Malta, 39. Estonia,
40. Czech Republic, 41. Iceland, 42. South Africa, 43. Spain, 44. Portugal, 45.
Luxembourg, 46. Argentina, 47. Romania, 48. Thailand, 49. Bulgaria, 50. Brazil, 51.
Mexico, 52. Philippines.
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