Just look at Gitmo.
You mean the POW camp that's hosting people captured on foreign battlefields? Is there a single person there of any nationality who was captured on American soil?
No, no, no, you clearly don't understand.
There are no Prisoners of War (POWs) at Gitmo. POWs have rights you know.
No, Gitmo houses a number of illegal combatants which is an entirely different thing. And, as we all know, illegal combatants have no rights at all. Your president at the time said so himself (you know, the one who held his Presidency due to legal technicalities and a large team of lawyers in the first place).
Clearly, creating a legal limbo is the solution to really serious problems in the US... with the possible exception of drowning people in drawn-out legal battles for years, as a last-minute exit strategy. The US authorities don't care much about the outcome anyway - it is the battle itself that matters.
I'm not a fan of Gitmo and would like to see it shuttered sooner rather than later, but let's at least confine our discussions about it to reality. Reality: Nobody has been admitted in Gitmo in years, and none of those who were got sent there after being captured for crimes (real or alleged) on American soil.
Ah, well, yes, that is what they want you to believe
Jokes aside, I am sure current US "anti terrorism laws" provide the necessary options to transfer prisoners to Gitmo. After all, the only thing you need to do is classify such a person as an illegal combatant and all civil/human rights vaporize immediately. I am also pretty sure that ordinary citizens would know nothing about such transfers.
And don't even get me started on the secret CIA prisons in foreign countries, and the endless flights they took prisoners on (because hey: "people in transit are not covered by any local laws, so we can screw then and torture them as we see fit, as long as they're on the move").
I agree that the whole "police state" claim is a bit far-fetched, but as a US citizen you seriously have to wonder about the state of your