Marc Victor, former Marine and current defense lawyer, asks the question. Do we live in a police state? He provides a valuable discussion of the protections of the Constitution, which he says do not exist, and provides a glimpse into the all powerful practice of "interpretation" as a means of removing textual restrictions in favor of unchecked government power. He says the Constitution is merely words on paper, and then discusses how those words have been interpreted to render limits on government power over the lives of citizens essentially null and void.
While his words are depressing, he still finds a reason for optimism. His discussion of the Constitution is valuable for public servants.