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John W. Whitehead
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John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead’s aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom. His concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization in Charlottesville, Va. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson. His thought-provoking commentaries call people to action and address a wide range of contemporary issues from faith to politics and television to constitutional rights. He is also a frequent commentator on a variety of issues in the national media. Whitehead's book Battlefield America: The War on the American People is available now, online and in stores. Please visit On Target to view Whitehead's weekly video commentaries. He also blogs daily about the emerging police state at

Entries by John W. Whitehead

What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 1:47 PM

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution's bare minimum requirements of being a natural born citizen, a resident of the United States for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.

Today's presidential hopefuls...

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Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

(19) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:31 PM

Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for making a mockery of the First Amendment.

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

It shouldn't have been a big deal.

After all, this...

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Don't Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 11:37 AM

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state.

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Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 1:26 PM

In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censorship, jail and ultimately death.

However, where many Americans go wrong is in assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or challenging the...

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Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes Are Watching Every Move You Make

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:41 PM

Government eyes are watching you.

They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you're watching on television and reading on the internet.

Every move you make is being monitored, mined for...

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Fleecing the American Taxpayer: The Profit Incentives Driving the Police State

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:37 AM

If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off.

Not only are American taxpayers forced to "spend more on state, municipal, and federal taxes than the annual financial burdens of food, clothing, and...

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The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 4:23 PM

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)

When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she's not just spouting partisan rhetoric in the heated national debate over abortion. She's providing us with a...

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From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 11:58 AM

"Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this. That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill...
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Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 9:38 AM

"In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime -- the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for...
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Fascism, American Style

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 1:01 PM

"If we define an American fascist as one who, in case of conflict, puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States." ― Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States

This is an indictment of...

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Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Despite the fact that we've been burned before, most Americans continue to allow themselves to be bamboozled into casting their votes for one candidate or another, believing that this time they mean what they say, this time they really care about the citizenry, this time will be different.

Of course,...

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Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 11:00 PM

America is at a crossroads.

History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The...

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The People vs. the Police State: The Struggle for Justice in the Supreme Court

(47) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 8:16 AM

The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has predictably created a political firestorm over who gets to appoint the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, when, how, and where any judicial nominee will stand on the hot-button political issues of our day (same-sex marriage, Obamacare,...

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Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:00 PM

Not only has free speech become a four-letter word--profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places--but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal.

The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the...

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Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 9:22 AM

Who needs bread and circuses when you have the assortment of clowns and contortionists that are running for the White House?

Truly, politics in America has been reduced to a three-ring circus complete with carnival barkers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, lion tamers, animal trainers, tight rope walkers, freaks, strong...

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The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 1:17 PM

Free speech is not for the faint of heart.

Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat and tidy bow. Free speech is often messy, foul-mouthed, obscene, intolerant, undignified, insensitive, cantankerous, bawdy and volatile.

Unfortunately, our appreciation for a...

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What Happens to a Dream Deferred? Ask Martin Luther King Jr.

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:19 PM

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it...
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The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 5:30 PM

"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but...
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Playing the Government's Game: When It Comes to Violence, We All Lose

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:55 PM

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight. Because once they've got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only...
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What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don't Want

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 10:11 AM

As I illustrate in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful...

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