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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 http://agovernmentofwolves.com/
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 3, 2021 A New State of Segregation: Vaccine Cards Are Just the Beginning
In this age of COVID-19 that unrestricted right to move about freely is being pitted against the government's power to lock down communities at a moment's notice. And in this tug-of-war between individual freedoms and government power "we the people" have been on the losing end of the deal.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 7, 2021 Make Way for the Snitch State
We're being spied on by a domestic army of government snitches, spies and techno-warriors. This government of Peeping Toms is watching everything we do, reading everything we write, listening to everything we say, and monitoring everything we spend.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 24, 2021 Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank-Check Traffic Stops
If you're nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be. For better or worse, from the moment you're pulled over, you're at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to "serve and protect."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2021 The Age of Fear: A Graduation Message for Terrifying Times
With all that is crashing down upon us, from government-manipulated crises to the blowback arising from a society that has repeatedly prized technological expedience and mass-marketed values over self-ownership and individual sovereignty, those coming of age today are facing some of the greatest threats to freedom the world has ever witnessed.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Comply or Die: The Only Truly Compliant Person in a Police State Is a Dead One
At a time when growing numbers of unarmed people have been shot and killed for just standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something-anything-that police could misinterpret to be a gun, or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer's mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety, even the most benign encounters with police can have fatal consequences.
SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Machinery of Death: When the Government Acts as Judge, Jury and Executioner
The government should not be in the business of killing its citizens. Nevertheless, the U.S. government continues to act as judge, jury and executioner over a populace that have been pre-judged and found guilty, stripped of their rights, and left to suffer at the hands of government agents trained to respond with the utmost degree of violence.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2021 A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law
This is what we have been reduced to: A violent mob. A nation on the brink of martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. And a Constitution in tatters. We are imploding on multiple fronts, all at once.