Kucinich: America is becoming a 'national-security state'

Kucinich, who is considering a run for Congress in Washington state in the 2012 election following congressional redistricting, told a small crowd that the U.S. had been "calcified" by fear since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, according to The Seattle Times.

The prominent congressional liberal also criticized both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and called on the U.S. to bring home its troops from bases around the world.

The Seattle Times reported Kucinich was "coy" about rumors that he might move to Washington later this year in order to stay in the Congress. The congressman said he did not believe a candidate needed to be "homegrown," while emphasizing that he is "not a candidate" for a seat in Washington. 

"Where people live is always interesting," Kucinich said to applause." Where they stand is quite instructive."