The US Empire's Military "Reach"
Many on the "left" have refused to admit that the US is an Empire--not one like the Roman Empire, based on territorial domination, but one based on economic and political control. It's also backed by the (by far) the world's largest military. This chart details the US military's reach: http://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/fo1029_usbases12001.gif . And remember, the crowd control/anti-civil rights programs developed overseas ALWAYS gets brought back home to control the populace.