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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 End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's time for a second American Revolution. Not a revolution designed to kill people or tear down and physically destroy society, but a revolution of the minds and souls of human beings--a revolution promulgated to restore the freedoms for which our founders sacrificed their fortunes and their lives.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Having watered down the Fourth Amendment's strong prohibitions intended to keep police in check and functioning as peacekeepers, we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of having militarized standing armies enforcing the law.

Huffington This Week: The Lion in Winter

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Jon Ward puts the spotlight on John McCain and finds the longtime senator both pursuing new fights with characteristic grit and reflecting on his legacy. And Radley Balko writes about the increasing militarization of our police forces, as the American Civil Liberties Union is now looking into the ways police are using weapons that were once used only for war.

Raid Of The Day: Jeffery Robinson

Radley Balko | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

In July 2002, police in South Memphis raided the home of 41-year-old Jeffery Robinson, a gravedigger who lived in a small building near the cemete...

Shooting In Salt Lake Leaves 3 dead, 1 wounded

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 04.14.2013 | Crime

MIDVALE, Utah — A suspect was on the run Tuesday after three people were shot to death and one was wounded at a known drug house in suburban Sal...

Severed Head Found After SWAT Team Showdown

AP | RUSS BYNUM | Posted 03.22.2013 | Crime

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police went to Chad Moretz's home to ask him about a friend who had gone missing and quickly found themselves in a tense standof...

Armed Robbers Escape After Taking Hostages At Department Store

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime

LOS ANGELES — Employees were closing up at a mall department store and preparing to go home when two gunmen stormed inside and took them hostage...

Looking Beyond Election Day: The Issues That Threaten to Derail the Nation

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With more than 50,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties is on the rise.

Teen Upset About Bad Grade Gets Killed By Police Sniper

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Crime

Parents of a teen killed by a SWAT team in suburban Atlanta in May spoke out this week for the first time to criticize police for aggressive tactics a...

Violence Begets Violence: Making Sense of the Dark Knight Massacre

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
John W. Whitehead

Yet even with the 24-hour coverage, we have more questions than answers, and speculation is rife. And the biggest question of all looms large: Who or what is to blame?

WATCH: SWAT Team Breaks Up Massive College Party With Teargas

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.24.2012 | College

Have you ever attended a party so wild a SWAT team had to break it up? On April 21, 33 people were arrested after an annual block party to celebra...

Repress U, Class of 2012: 7 Steps to a Homeland Security Campus

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Since 9/11, the homeland security state has come to campus just as it has come to America's towns and cities, its places of work and its houses of worship, its public space and its cyberspace.

The American Military Empire Comes Home

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are ...