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Police State

Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For all the accolades poured out upon Jesus, little is said about the harsh realities of the police state in which he lived and its similarities to modern-day America, and yet they are striking.

Own Goal

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

Help Activists After Their Release from Detention! An Initiative of Yemeni Journalist Feras Shamsan

Elham Manea | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Elham Manea

He was left without justice. All his demands for an apology and an acknowledgment that he was detained unjustly were left without answer. And no one seems to notice his blight. No one seems to understand his psychological wounds, not to mention the physical ones.

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

South Carolina single mom Debra Harrell allowed her daughter to play at a popular park for three days this summer. This was after the girl's laptop was stolen and she didn't want to just sit at mom's job -- McDonald's -- all day. A "Good Samaritan" saw the girl unsupervised and called 911.

Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.19.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a mo...

The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

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

Where Do We Go From Here?

Harmann P. Singh | Posted 01.25.2015 | College
Harmann P. Singh

As a generation defined by technology, we must use the media we have at our disposal as a platform to broadcast the stories of racial prejudice and to build meaningful connections across our various communities. Creating these social bonds will help destroy the notion of an "other" and will unite us as a nation against hate.

We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Ferguson provided us with an opportunity to engage in a much-needed national dialogue over how police are trained, what authority they are given, what weaponry they are provided, and how they treat those whom they are entrusted with protecting.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With every passing day, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering narrow rulings focused on the letter of the law.

Shielded From Justice: The High Cost of Living in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Try to tally the pain, loss and medical bills of those in cities and towns across the nation who are reeling from the blows inflicted by the government's standing armies, and you will find yourself reeling.

Should We Just Follow Orders? Rules of Engagement for Resisting the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

To begin with, and most importantly, Americans need to know their rights when it comes to interactions with the police, bearing in mind that many law enforcement officials are largely ignorant of the law themselves.

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

How To Fix An Out-Of Control Police State

The Atlantic | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

The power of the State—of government, in other words—is awesome. And nowhere is that power greater than when it controls life, death, and liberty....

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Is America Being Turned Into a War Zone?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.

From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

To our detriment, local police -- clad in jackboots, helmets and shields and wielding batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, and assault rifles -- have increasingly come to resemble occupying forces in our communities.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

Cliven Bundy and the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion.

Jesus Lived in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jesus challenged the political and religious belief systems of his day. And worldly powers feared Jesus because he dared to speak truth to power in a time when doing so often cost a person his life.

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They've already...

Cops May Be Intercepting Your Text Messages

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 03.23.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Local police in the U.S. may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a new technology tool known as St...

Vigilantes With a Badge: The War Against the American People

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist.

Lessons in Censorship We Already Knew

Daniel M. Cofall | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Daniel M. Cofall

In a truly free society, the only censorship we really need to worry about is governmental censorship that is bound with legal ramifications. Certainly, the Holy Grail here is the First Amendment.