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Police Militarization

Jesus Lived in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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...

Vigilantes With a Badge: The War Against the American People

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.26.2014 | 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.

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The State of Our Nation: the Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms Is the Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

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.

Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over ag...

Militarizing Santa Claus

Radley Balko | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

A couple years ago, I wrote a story about efforts by citizens in the town of Keane, New Hampshire, to block their city council from purchasing a DHS-f...

Dire Civil Liberties Predictions for 2014

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

As we come to the end of a year that saw revelations about massive government spying programs, horrifying stories of police abuse, and brazen violatio...

A Christmas To-Do List for a Better World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As Charles Dickens reminds us in A Christmas Carol, it's never too late to make things right in the world and try to be better people and, most importantly of all, pay your blessings forward.

Slowly, A Consensus Emerges To Oppose The Security State

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

From a new Reason/Rupe poll (pdf): Do you think local police departments using drones, military weapons and armored vehicles are necessary for...

Stopping Al Qaeda One MRAP at a Time in Rural America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes a single story has a way of standing in for everything you need to know. In the case of the up-arming, up-armoring, and militarization of police forces across the country, there is such a story.

The Over-Policing of America

Chase Madar | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Chase Madar

American over-policing involves far more than the widely reported up-armoring of your local precinct. It's also the way police power has entered the DNA of social policy, turning just about every sphere of American life into a police matter.

The Police-Industrial-Entertainment Complex

Radley Balko | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly ...

What We Should Not Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Mind you, if we do not push back against the growing menace of the police state now, future Thanksgivings may find us giving thanks for creature comforts that serve only to lessen the pain of having lost our most basic freedoms.

Talking "Warrior Cops" With Bill Maher

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Last week, I flew out to Los Angeles to do an interview for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. You can watch video of the interview below. I typically d...

Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While recycling unused military equipment might sound thrifty and practical, the ramifications are proving to be far more dangerous and deadly.

Who's to Blame for Battlefield America? Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly is responsible for the growing spate of police shootings, brutality and overreach that have come to dominate the ne...

Sasha Belenky

The Ship That Sailed Into The Hurricane & More Must-Reads

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Belenky | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

1. Tragedy On The Bounty One of the stranger stories to have come out of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast a year ago this week, is...

Radley Balko

Is This The Best Police Chief In America?

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

This article is the sixth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 5 here. In November 2011, a homeless man estimated t...

Radley Balko

An Occupy Activist Finds A New Cause To Champion

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

This article is the fourth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 3 here. SALT LAKE CITY -- Two men with different ap...

Radley Balko

Meet The Activist Bringing Conservatives On Board The Police Reform Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

This article is the third in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 2 here. SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is one of the reddest...

Radley Balko

As The Drug War Escalates, SWAT Teams Become 'Bullies With Badges And Guns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

This article is the second in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 1 here. OGDEN, Utah -- Former Sheriff William "Dub"...

Radley Balko

How A Drug Raid Gone Wrong Sparked A Call For Change In The Unlikeliest State In The Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

This article is the first in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. OGDEN, Utah -- It's late summer, and the house at 3268 Jackson...

Utah Won't Disclose Records On Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the main forces behind the mass militarization of America's police officers has been the Pentagon's 1033 and 1122 programs, which makes surplus...

From NSA Spying and VIPR Sweeps to Domestic Drones: A Round-Up of the Police State Programs Not Affected by a Government Shutdown

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

When it comes right down to it, whether or not the shutdown takes place, it will remain business as usual in terms of the government's unceasing pursuit of greater powers and control.