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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

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:19 AM

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

Instead, as the following shows, the U.S. government has become a warring empire, governed by laws that are rash, unjust and...

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To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:54 AM

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ― Benjamin Franklin

For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.

Once again, there is...

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The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 6:18 PM

We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election.

Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible way by the presidential candidates--certainly not if doing...

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Fear of the Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 11:10 AM

The zombies are back. They are hungry. And they are lurking around every corner.

The zombie narrative, popularized by the hit television series The Walking Dead, in which a small group of Americans attempt to survive in a zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic world where they're not only fighting off flesh-eating...

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Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:58 PM

• Are you afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms?

• Do you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law?

• Do you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper...

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How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 8:00 PM

In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school lockdowns, police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry (leaving children devastated and damaged), reports of school resource officers tasering and shackling unruly students, and public schools undergoing lockdowns and active drills, I find myself wrestling...

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Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 12:27 PM

We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to...

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Are Public School Students the New Inmates in the American Police State?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:06 PM

In the American police state, you're either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).

When you're a child in the American police state, life is that...

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'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 1:37 PM

"Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse." ― Alan...
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Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

(90) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:48 PM

"If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."--George Washington

The architects of the American police state must think we're idiots.

With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society...

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Roadside Strip Searches and Other Police State Indignities

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:46 PM

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."--Martin Luther King Jr.

There's an ill-will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized...

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We Are the Government: The Power of Jury Nullification

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:59 PM

"The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people... We are the government."--John Lennon

Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected officials who dance to the tune of their corporate benefactors, and a court...

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Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

The game is rigged, and "we the people" keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck...

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Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

(17) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there's always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.

The odds weren't...

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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Justice in America is not all it's cracked up to be.

Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.

James Bain spent 35 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old boy, but he...

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The American Police State from A to Z

(4) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 2:39 PM

For those who haven't been attention, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United States of America is really all about.

A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, a...

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Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:11 PM

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down...

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The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:38 PM

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides...

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Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:54 PM

"No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right and keeps on a-comin'."--Texas Rangers

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and...

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Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 4:44 PM

"Free worlders" is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the "free world." However, appearances can be deceiving.

"As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons," writes former prison employee Marlon...

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