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Torture, Incarceration and War in the U.S.

            The majority of Americans twenty years ago would agree that unwarranted, mass incarceration, torture and perpetual war are products of a morally corrupt society. The view of this in our society has changed drastically since. A facade has been set up to cultivate false fear in the minds of our population. We are indoctrinated to unquestioningly fear what our government deems as terrorism, mass drug addiction, and the crumbling of our holy capitalistic system which every American schoolchild is taught repeatedly to hold dear to their heart. Thus, through this, we find justification in these things that were once known as morally abhorrent. Hollywood Bush-era war propaganda, widespread neo-conservatism, and politically propagated theological beliefs have glorified violence, torture of the accused, and mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders. A sense of Nationalistic pride is created through this, we feel as if we are cleansing our society, ridding it of danger. This is a very dangerous thing. Our government has sunk itself and its people into a massive hole of debt going to war with an idea and incarcerating the poverty stricken. An idea cannot be defeated. It's a perfect enemy. It's a never ending war for a nation's people to rally around, unwaveringly following authoritarian instruction. It's an excuse for our government to reach its authoritarian imperialist tentacles across our borders and even into our homes. .
             Incarceration in America today has evolved into a business, instead of a means of protection for our society. We have moved to privatization of the prison industry. This poses a great threat to us. Like all corporations, privatized prison agencies have profit, not people in mind. Through campaign funding, lobbyists, and shareholders in congress and senate, these corporations have successfully tightened laws and imposed outrageous mandatory sentencing on even nonviolent drug offenders.

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