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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 accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom. His concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization in Charlottesville, Va. Whitehead serves as the Institute's president and spokesperson. His thought-provoking commentaries call people to action and address a wide range of contemporary issues from faith to politics and television to constitutional rights. He is also a frequent commentator on a variety of issues in the national media, as well as the editor of the award-winning pop culture magazine, Gadfly. Whitehead's book A Government of Wolves will be published in June 2013. Please visit On Target to view Whitehead's weekly video commentaries. He also blogs daily about the emerging police state at

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Betraying the Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act? While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2019
Don't Just Give Thanks. Pay Your Blessings Forward Fixing what's wrong with this country is not going to happen overnight, but in the short term, there are things we can all do right now to make this world (or at least our small corners of it) a little bit kinder, a lot less hostile and more just. On a larger scale, we need to stop being silent bystanders to our nation's downfall. It's never too late to start making things right in the world.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Impeach the Government: Rogue Agencies Have Been Abusing Their Powers for Decades Don't fall for the partisan shell game that sets Donald Trump up as the fall guy for the Deep State's high crimes and misdemeanors. Set your sights higher: impeach the government for overstepping its authority, abusing its power, and disregarding the rule of law.
Wounded warriors participate in the 2019 Navy basketball trials., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Casualties of War: Military Veterans Have Become America's Walking Wounded Many of those who have served in the military are among America's walking wounded. Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 20 million veterans who have served in World War II through the present day, the plight of veterans today has become America's badge of shame.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 5, 2019
A New Kind of Tyranny: The Global State's War on Those Who Speak Truth to Power In an age of prosecutions for thought crimes, pre-crime-deterrence programs, and government agencies that operate like organized crime syndicates, there is a new kind of tyranny being imposed on those who dare to expose the crimes of the Deep State, whose reach has gone global. The Deep State has embarked on a ruthless, take-no-prisoners, all-out assault on truth-tellers, activists, journalists and whistleblowers.
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
They Live, We Sleep: Beware the Growing Evil in Our Midst We're living in two worlds, you and I. There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media. Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America-privileged, progressive and free-is a far cry from reality.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Pathocracy of the Deep State: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government Electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman.
Metropolitan Police, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State's Deadly Toll on America's Children Forced to watch helplessly as trigger-happy police open fire on loved ones and community members alike, children have become the heartbreaking casualties of the government's endless, deadly wars on terror, on drugs, and on the American people themselves.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 7, 2019
John Lennon vs. the Deep State: One Man Against the 'Monster' It's getting harder to reconcile John Lennon's dream of peace with the reality of the police state.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Guns for Hire: No, the Government Shouldn't Be Using the Military to Police the Globe Eventually, all military empires fall and fail by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death. It happened in Rome. It's happening again.
Police, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Welfare Checks Turn Deadly: You Might Want to Think Twice Before Calling the Cops Think twice before you call the cops to carry out a welfare check on a loved one. Especially if that person is autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffering from dementia, disabled or might have a condition that hinders their ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order. Particularly if you value that person's life. Disabled individuals make up a third to half of those killed by police.
Militarized Police, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2019
Martial Law Masquerading as Law and Order: The Police State's Language of Force There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good It's been 230 years since James Madison drafted the Bill of Rights--the first ten amendments to the Constitution--as a means of protecting the people against government tyranny, and what do we have to show for it? Nothing good. In America today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.
Matrix, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Is the U.S. Government the Enemy of the People? America's Lost Liberties, Post-9/11 What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.
barring freedom, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2019
The American Gulag: Brick by Brick, Our Prison Walls Get More Oppressive by the Day We in the American Police State may enjoy the illusion of freedom, but that is all it is: an elaborate deception, rooted in denial and delusion, that hides the grasping, greedy, power-hungry, megalomaniacal force that lurks beneath the surface. Brick by brick, the prison walls being erected around us by the government and its corporate partners-in-crime grow more oppressive and more pervasive by the day.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 21, 2019
American Apocalypse: The Government's Plot to Destabilize the Nation Is Working The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation. No, this is not another conspiracy theory. Observe for yourself what is happening right before our eyes. Domestic terrorism fueled by government entrapment schemes. Civil unrest stoked to dangerous levels by polarizing political rhetoric. A growing intolerance for dissent. The seeds of chaos are being sown, and it's the U.S. government that will reap the harvest.
2013/03/21 From Brooklyn to Oakland. Rest in Power Kimani Gray & Alan Blueford, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 12, 2019
Who Inflicts the Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government and Its Police Forces Yes, gun violence is a problem in America. Yes, mass shootings are a problem in America. Yes, mentally ill individuals embarking on mass shooting sprees are a problem in America. However, tighter gun control laws and so-called "intelligent" background checks fail to protect the public from the most egregious perpetrator of gun violence in America: the U.S. government.
NSA Parody Logo, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 8, 2019
We're All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security. Cue the Emergency State, the government's Machiavellian version of crisis management that justifies all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.
Torn US flag, From YouTubeVideos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 7, 2019
We're All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State Trump promised to give the FBI "whatever they need" to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism. With that promise, flippantly delivered without any apparent thought for the Constitution's prohibitions on such overreach, the president has given the FBI the green light to violate Americans' civil liberties in every which way.
Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 31, 2019
The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here? Despite the finger-pointing and outcries of dismay from those who are watching the government discard the rule of law at every turn, the question is not whether Donald Trump is the new Adolf Hitler but whether the American Police State is the new Third Reich. Yet the warning signs are unmistakable: the Deep State's love affair with totalitarianism began long ago.

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