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This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls: The Experiment in Freedom Is Failing

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We're being ravaged by a government of ruffians, rapists and killers. It's not just the police shootings of unarmed citizens that are worrisome. It's the SWAT team raids gone wrong--more than 80,000 annually--that are leaving innocent citizens wounded, children terrorized and family pets killed. It's the roadside strip searches--in some cases, cavity searches of men and women alike carried out in full view of the public--in pursuit of drugs that are never found. It's the potentially lethal--and unwarranted--use of so-called "nonlethal" weapons such as tasers on children for engaging in little more than childish behavior.

We're being forced to surrender our freedoms--and those of our children--to a government of extortionists, money launderers and professional pirates. Under the guise of fighting its wars on terror, drugs and now domestic extremism, the government has spent billions in taxpayer dollars on endless wars that have not ended terrorism but merely sown the seeds of blowback, surveillance programs that have caught few terrorists while subjecting all Americans to a surveillance society, and militarized police that have done little to decrease crime while turning communities into warzones.

We're being held at gunpoint by a government of soldiers: a standing army. As if it weren't enough that the American military empire stretches around the globe (and continues to leech much-needed resources from the American economy), the U.S. government is creating its own standing army of militarized police and teams of weaponized bureaucrats. These civilian employees are being armed to the hilt with guns, ammunition and military-style equipment; trained in military tactics; and authorized to lock the nation down under martial law.

Whatever else it may be--a danger, a menace, a threat--the U.S. government is certainly no friend to freedom.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, you cannot have a republican form of government--nor a democratic one, for that matter--when the government views itself as superior to the citizenry, when it no longer operates for the benefit of the people, when the people are no longer able to peacefully reform their government, when government officials cease to act like public servants, when elected officials no longer represent the will of the people, when the government routinely violates the rights of the people and perpetrates more violence against the citizenry than the criminal class, when government spending is unaccountable and unaccounted for, when the judiciary act as courts of order rather than justice, and when the government is no longer bound by the laws of the Constitution.

We won't be able to sustain this fiction much longer.

"Things fall apart," wrote W.B. Yeats in his dark, forbidding poem "The Second Coming." "The centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world... Surely some revelation is at hand."

Wake up, America, and break free of your chains.

Something wicked this way comes.

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John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties has earned him numerous accolades and (more...)
 

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