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Police State

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

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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.

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 ...