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Police State

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.

Looking at a Bigger Picture: Criminals and Rogue Organizations Within

Rob Kall | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Rob Kall

These rogue institutions are costing the USA trillions of dollars annually. But it goes beyond money. The perpetrators behind these problems don't use guns. They use massive holes in the intentional ignoring of laws by people who should be enforcing them.

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.

Scared to Death

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't call this America a "police state," not given what that came to mean in the previous century, nor a "totalitarian" state, given what that meant back then. The truth is that we have no appropriate name, label, or descriptive term for ourselves.

John Carpenter's Prophetic Visions of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

As freedom crumbles around us, why do "we the people" allow it to happen? In Carpenter's view, the real enemies of freedom -- the real aliens -- are us.

Who Will Protect You From the Police?

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

You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your attackers. It's the police.

How We Respond To Protest

Radley Balko | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

In a post at the "Occupy Police" blog, former Madison, Wisconsin Police Chief David Couper writes . . . Since the days of the the labor and ci...

Stepping Into Bizarro World, American-style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If Vladimir Putin's Russia is a place of asylum for American dissidents and the U.S. is doing a reasonable job of imitating aspects of the old USSR, we are on Bizarro Earth, aren't we?

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, the courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials -- especially the police -- vast discretion in carrying out strip searches for a broad range of violations.

College Girls, Bottled Water and the Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What do college girls and bottled water have to do with the emerging American police state? Quite a bit, it seems. Public outcry has gone viral over ...

Bread and Circuses

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

We must arouse ourselves from the pleasant dream that everything is, basically, alright. We must disabuse ourselves of the fallacy that as long as we don't see stormtroopers in the streets our freedoms must still be intact.

Florida v. Harris: Turning Police Dogs Into Search Warrants on a Leash

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"The unspoken power dynamics in a police/civilian encounter will generally favor the police, unless the civilian is a local sports hero, the mayor, or...

You Are Still (Barely) Free To Move About The Country

Radley Balko | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics

This video warms my cold libertarian heart. For a primer on these and related issues, I suggest you check out the good folks at Flex Your Rights. ...

Missouri v. McNeely: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

The Police State Comes To Arkansas

Radley Balko | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Unfortunately, not an exaggeration: "[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck," Stovall said. "If you're out walking, ...

Police State Tactics and the First Debate

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

I'm not comparing the US in 2012 to Germany in 1934. But really, so what? We don't have to be headed into the equivalent of history's most disgusting state-sponsored savagery to be concerned at the path our own country is taking.

The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War With Itself

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.

Guantanamo Bay: The Model for an American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What is the legacy of Guantanamo Bay? 171 men continue to languish there. The Bush torture program has been legitimized by the Obama administration, and indefinite detention has been codified as law.

America's Commitment Laws Are Silencing Dissenters

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With one stroke of a magistrate's pen, these service men are being declared mentally ill, locked away against their will, and stripped of their constitutional rights.

Do We Want a 'Stop-and-Frisk' Society?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 10.15.2012 | New York
Anthony Gregory

After the horrible Aurora, Colorado, shootings, Bloomberg said the United States should adopt more gun control nationwide but is this what he has in mind? Is this the type of society he wants to have?