Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
I have to give you fair warning, this is truly disgusting.
It's been over two years since Kelly Thomas, a 37-year old man from Fullerton, California was tased and beaten to death by local police.
Thomas was homeless, schizophrenic, and had a long history of mental illness. He'd also had his share of run-ins with the police.
And on the evening of July 5, 2011, Fullerton police approached Thomas once again, this time on suspicion of vandalism.
According to statements given by the police officers on the scene (and video footage), the conversation went something like this:
Cop: "Now you see my fists?"
Thomas: "Yeah, what about them?"
Cop: "They are getting ready to fuck you up."
And that's exactly what happened next. Fists. Beatings. Tasers. Followed by multiple other cops who arrived on the scene to participate.
Bear in mind, Thomas was unarmed and defenseless.
There are a number of videos on the Internet from nearby onlookers who were pleading with the police to stop beating Thomas. He can be heard screaming, totally subdued, facedown, at the hands of a team of Fullerton's finest.
The most graphic video was captured by a nearby security camera, clearly showing six police officers beating Thomas senselessly. It's utterly disgusting.
Click here to watch the video (skip to 17:55 to see it for yourself).
After the beating, it became clear that Thomas was in need of emergency medical attention. He was taken to a local hospital, and amazingly, the police instructed one of the paramedics on the scene to first attend to one of the officers' minor injuries, instead of Thomas who was lying unconscious in a pool of his own blood.
Thomas never regained consciousness and died five days later. He was literally beaten to death by six police officers.
It took two years, but the issue finally went to trial.
But despite overwhelming evidence of Thomas complying with the officers' requests, and their savage, excessive, merciless beatings of an unarmed man, all six officers were acquitted earlier this week by a jury of their peers.
They got away with murder.
This is the sort of thing you'd expect in Ukraine, Syria, or Equatorial Guinea. And yet, it happened in the Land of the Free... a.k.a. the United Police States of America.
For almost five years now, Sovereign Man has been discussing these concepts-- shining a big spotlight on the destructive forces that free people are up against.
Every day, the police state grows more contemptible. Central bankers print more money and rob the purchasing power of our savings. Politicians increase the debt, pass higher taxes, and create more debilitating regulations. Corruption runs rampant.
The trend is obvious for anyone who is paying attention.
Like the Romans, the French Bourbon monarchy, the Venetians, the Ottomans, etc. who came before, this time is not different. We are not different.
When it's clear that your country is headed down the tubes, it makes sense to spread your interests around the globe. We routinely discuss this strategy, both in this publication and our premium services.
But news like this really drives the point home.
Yes, it's certainly beneficial to look abroad in order to protect your assets, broaden your investment opportunities, and safeguard against inflation and capital controls.
But there's a deep, personal element to this strategy as well.
When cops can beat a man to death and walk away scot free, it certainly begs the question-- does it really make sense to risk your family's safety and security on a place that is rapidly turning into a banana republic?
We can hope that things get better. We can wait for all out revolution to spill into the streets. Or we can consider some appropriate options abroad, just in case.
Times have changed. And the latter is a rational, sensible strategy to pursue, especially if you're living in a country that becomes less free by the day.
If not now, when?
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com