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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/
SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Operation Vigilant Eagle: Is This Really How We Honor Our Nation's Veterans?
Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 23 million veterans who have served in World War II through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the plight of veterans today, while often overlooked, is common knowledge: impoverished, unemployed, lacking any decent health benefits, homeless, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, marital stress.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, September 16, 2013 Licensed to Kill: The Growing Phenomenon of Police Shooting Unarmed Citizens
Here's a recipe for disaster: Take a young man (or woman), raise him on a diet of violence, hype him up on the power of the gun in his holster and the superiority of his uniform, render him woefully ignorant of how to handle a situation without resorting to violence, train him well in military tactics but allow him to be illiterate about the Constitution, and never stress to him that he is to be a peacemaker and a peacekeeper,
(102 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2013 Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising Up Compliant, Non-Thinking Citizens
Those who founded America believed that an educated citizenry knowledgeable about their rights was the surest means of preserving freedom. If so, then the inverse should also hold true: that the surest way for a government to maintain its power and keep the citizenry in line is by rendering them ignorant of their rights and unable to think for themselves.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2013 The Land of the Blind: The Illusion of Freedom in America
We are living in a fantasy world carefully crafted to resemble a representative democracy, while in reality we are little more than slaves in thrall to an authoritarian regime, with its constant surveillance, manufactured media spectacles, secret courts, inverted justice, and violent repression of dissent.
(45 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 22, 2014 The Second Amendment: A Symbol of Freedom or An Invitation to Violence?
You can largely determine where a person will fall in the debate over gun control and the Second Amendment based on their view of government and the role it should play in our lives. The government, for its part, has adopted a “do what I say, not what I do” mindset when it comes to Americans’ rights overall and the Second Amendment, in particular, and it's not good.
(35 comments) SHARE Monday, February 13, 2017 Coming Soon to a City Near You: The U.S. Military's Plan to Take Over America
The U.S. military plans to take over America by 2030. According to "Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity," a Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. military plans to use armed forces to solve future domestic political and social problems. What they're really talking about is martial law, packaged as a well-meaning and overriding concern for the nation's security.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 10, 2015 Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose. The game is rigged, and "we the people" keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that politics matter, as if there really were a difference between the Republicans and Democrats (there's not).
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Martial Law, Detention Camps and Kangaroo Courts: Are We Recreating the Third Reich?
America no longer operates under a system of justice characterized by due process, an assumption of innocence, probable cause, and clear prohibitions on government overreach and police abuse. Instead, our courts of justice have been transformed into courts of order, advocating for the government's interests, rather than championing the rights of the citizenry, as enshrined in the Constitution.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America's Standing Army?
It's not difficult to see why the DHS has been described as a "wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast." If it is a beast, however, it is a beast that is accelerating our nation's transformation into a police state through its establishment of a standing army, a.k.a. national police force.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2015 They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy
What most Americans perceive as life in America--privileged, progressive and free--is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and "freedom," such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.
(47 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2016 From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath
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. So why do we keep doing it over and over again?
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 25, 2015 The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism
Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, September 14, 2015 Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State
In the American police state, you're either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.). When you're a child in the American police state, life is that much worse.
(26 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Questions We Should All Be Asking Our Government
The consequences of the failure to do our due diligence in asking the right questions, demanding satisfactory answers, and holding our government officials accountable to respecting our rights and abiding by the rule of law has pushed us to the brink of a nearly intolerable state of affairs.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, July 14, 2014 What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State
There's a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don't like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.
(19 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 11, 2015 The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay
America's next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 8, 2013 Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?
America today is not much different from the America of the early colonists, who had to contend with British soldiers who were allowed to "enter private homes, confiscate what they found, and often keep the bounty for themselves." This practice is echoed today through SWAT team raids and the execution of so-called asset forfeiture laws.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 14, 2015 Reclaiming the Christmas Spirit: Ten Great Christmas Movies to Help You Shake the Police State Blues
After months of gloom and doom, we're just a few weeks away from Christmas, struggling to latch onto that spirit of joy, excitement, innocence, magic and hope we had as children. Even so, it takes a monumental effort to get past the Grinches and Scrooges who can you make you feel like yours is anything but a wonderful life. Here are ten of my favorite Christmas movies to help restore your faith in humanity.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It's a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said--about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption--while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Welcome to the United Police States of America, Where Police Shoot First & Ask Questions Later
No longer is it unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later. What is unusual is our lack of outrage, the relative disinterest of our elected representatives, the media's abysmal failure to ask questions and demand answers, and our growing acceptance of the status quo in the United Police States of America.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2015 Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror
Fear, as history shows, is the method most often used by politicians to increase the power of government. Even while President Obama insists that "freedom is more powerful than fear," the tactics of his administration continue to rely on fear of another terrorist attack in order to further advance the agenda of the military/security/industrial complex.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 14, 2014 Jesus Lived in a Police State
Jesus Christ was an itinerant preacher and revolutionary activist, who not only died challenging the police state of his day--namely, the Roman Empire--but provided a blueprint for civil disobedience that would be followed by those, religious and otherwise, who came after him.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, February 22, 2016 Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism
We have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age--the age of authoritarianism. Even with its constantly shifting terrain, this topsy-turvy travesty of law and government has become America's new normal.
(19 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2015 Battlefield America: The War on the American People
The malls may be open for business, the baseball stadiums may be packed, and the news anchors may be twittering nonsense about the latest celebrity foofa, but those are just distractions from what is really taking place: the transformation of America into a battlefield.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, November 27, 2017 Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too
At a time when police can do no wrong--at least in the eyes of the courts, police unions and politicians dependent on their votes--and a "fear" for officer safety is used to justify all manner of police misconduct, "we the people" are at a severe disadvantage. Add a traffic stop to the mix, and that disadvantage increases dramatically.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Who Will Protect You from the Police? The Rise of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions
With every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent.
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2018 No Doubt About It: The Deep State Is Real and Trump Is Its Latest Tool
Apart from tweets that are little more than sound and fury, Trump is not a man who is raging against the machine. He is too much a part of the machine. Trump is not advocating for peace with Russia, or North Korea or any other nation. He is selling us out to the war hawks.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don't Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, police have no duty, moral or otherwise, to help those in trouble, protect individuals from danger, or risk their own lives to save "we the people." This begs the question: if the police don't have a duty to protect the public, what are we paying them for? And who exactly do they serve if not you and me?
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2014 Free Speech, RIP: A Relic of the American Past
Clearly, the government has no interest in hearing what "we the people" have to say. Yet if Americans are not able to peacefully assemble for expressive activity outside of the halls of government or on public roads on which government officials must pass, the First Amendment has lost all meaning.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Private Police: Mercenaries for the American Police State
It's one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop--entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards--pulls you over and subjects you to a stop-and-frisk or, worse, causes you to "disappear" into a Gitmo-esque detention center not unlike the one employed by Chicago police at Homan Square?
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, July 8, 2013 College Girls, Bottled Water, and the Emerging American Police State
Public outcry has gone viral over an incident in which a college student was targeted and terrorized by Alcohol Beverage Control agents (ABC) after she purchased sparkling water at a grocery store. What makes this particular incident significant is the degree to which it embodies all that is wrong with law enforcement today, both as it relates to the citizenry and the ongoing undermining of our rule of law.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 19, 2016 There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt
Anyone who believes that they can wage--and win--an armed revolt against the American police state has not been paying attention. Those who wage violence against the government and their fellow citizens are playing right into the government's hands. Violence cannot and will not be the answer to what ails America.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State
It's no coincidence that during the same week in which the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Yates v. United States, a case in which a Florida fisherman is being threatened with 20 years' jail time for throwing fish that were too small back into the water, Florida police arrested a 90-year-old man twice for violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding the homeless in public.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Shielded from Justice: The High Cost of Living in a Police State
In its report on police brutality and accountability in the United States, Human Rights Watch notes that taxpayers actually pay three times for officers who repeatedly commit abuses: "once to cover their salaries while they commit abuses; next to pay settlements or civil jury awards against officers; and a third time through payments into police 'defense' funds provided by the cities."
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 10, 2017 Beware the Dogs of War: Is the American Empire on the Verge of Collapse?
Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn't making America--or the rest of the world--any safer, it's certainly not making America great again, and it's undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt.
In fact, it's a wonder the economy hasn't collapsed yet.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2015 In a Cop Culture, the Bill of Rights Doesn't Amount to Much
In the cop culture that is America today, the Bill of Rights doesn't amount to much. Unless, that is, it's the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights (LEOBoR), which protects police officers from being subjected to the kinds of debilitating indignities heaped upon the average citizen.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 16, 2017 America's Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows
The U.S. government isn't protecting us from terrorism. The U.S. government is creating the terror. It is, in fact, the source of the terror. Just think about it for a minute: almost every tyranny being perpetrated against the citizenry--purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure--has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government.
(20 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 25, 2014 We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson?
Ferguson provided us with an opportunity to engage in a much-needed national dialogue over how police are trained, what authority they are given, what weaponry they are provided, and how they treat those whom they are entrusted with protecting. Caught up in our personal politics, prejudices and class warfare, we have failed to answer that call.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Programmed to Kill: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Dogs
At least 25 dogs are killed by police every day. Clearly, our four-legged friends are suffering at the hands of a police state in which the police have all the rights and the citizenry (and their "civilian" dogs) have little to none.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2015 'We the People' Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath
In an age of overcriminalization, government officials are constantly telling Americans what not to do. Yet it used to be "we the people" telling the government what it could and could not do. Indeed, the three words used most frequently throughout the Bill of Rights in regards to the government are "no," "not" and "nor."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State
Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there's always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly. The most common reason for a citizen to come into contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop.
(47 comments) SHARE Monday, April 21, 2014 The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?
Unfortunately, the intrepid, revolutionary American spirit that stood up to the British, blazed paths to the western territories, and prevailed despite a civil war, multiple world wars, and various economic depressions has taken quite a beating in recent years. Nevertheless, the time is coming when each American will have to decide: will you be a slave, rebel or revolutionary?
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Whatever recent victories we've enjoyed--the Second Circuit ruling declaring the NSA's metadata program to be illegal, Congress' inability to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act, even the Supreme Court's recognition that free speech on the internet may be protected--amount to little in the face of the government's willful disregard of every constitutional safeguard put in place to protect us from government abuses.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Power to the People: John Lennon's Legacy Lives On
It's been 36 years since John Lennon was gunned down by an assassin's bullet on December 8, 1980, but his legacy and the lessons he imparted in his music and his activism have not diminished over the years.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 8, 2017 The FBI: The Silent Terror of the Fourth Reich
When and if a true history of the FBI is ever written, it will not only track the rise of the American police state but it will also chart the decline of freedom in America, in much the same way that the empowerment of Germany's secret police tracked with the rise of the Nazi regime.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State
In interactions with the police, if you don't want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don't say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of noncompliance. This is the new "thin blue line" over which you must not cross in interactions with police if you want to walk away with your life and freedoms intact.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 1, 2016 If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It
The American people are being guilted, bullied, pressured, cajoled, intimidated, terrorized and browbeaten into voting. Nothing in the Constitution requires that you vote. Whether or not you cast your vote in this year's presidential election, you have every right to kvetch, complain and criticize the government when it falls short of your expectations.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Iron Jaws of the Police State: Trump's America Is a Constitution-Free Zone
Please. Somebody give Attorney General Jeff Sessions a copy of the Constitution. And while you're at it, get a copy to President Trump, too. In fact, you might want to share a copy with the nation's police officers, as well. I have my doubts that any of these individuals--all of whom swore to uphold and defend the Constitution--have ever read any of the nation's founding documents.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, June 23, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State
Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected around us, the police and other government agents can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, April 17, 2017 Run for Your Life: The American Police State Is Coming to Get You
Daily, all across America, individuals who dare to resist--or even question--a police order are being subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned abuse ranging from forced catheterization, forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and cavity searches, and other foul and debasing acts that degrade their bodily integrity and leave them bloodied and bruised.
SHARE Tuesday, December 29, 2015 What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don't Want
We in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc. What remains to be seen is whether 2016 will bring more of the same
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?
orced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases--these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 3, 2015 The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election. Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible way by the presidential candidates--certainly not if doing so might jeopardize their standing with the unions, corporations or the moneyed elite bankrolling their campaigns.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 26, 2015 Fear of the Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim
The zombie narrative plays to our fears and paranoia. Yet while dystopian stories used to reflect our anxieties, now they reflect our reality, mirroring how we as a nation view the world around us, how we as citizens view each other, and most of all how our government views us.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2013 The Myth of a Post-Racial America
We can easily see that there are many policies and practices in America which perpetuate the inequality of races. The following is a brief rundown of the many fronts on which America continues to fail to live up to its "post-racial" ideal.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Don't Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs
The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights. Consider that if you kill a police dog, you could face a longer prison sentence than if you'd murdered someone or abused a child. If a cop kills your dog, however, there will be little to no consequences for that officer. Not even a slap on the wrist.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 11, 2016 The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears
The state of our nation under Obama has become more bureaucratic, more debt-ridden, more violent, more militarized, more fascist, more lawless, more invasive, more corrupt, more untrustworthy, more mired in war, and more unresponsive to the wishes and needs of the electorate. Most of all, the government, already diabolical and manipulative to the nth degree, has mastered the art of "do what I say and not what I do" hypocrisy.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 26, 2014 A Military Plot to Take Over America: Fifty Years Later, Was the Mission Accomplished?
John Frankenheimer's 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May is a clear warning to beware of martial law packaged as a well meaning and overriding concern for the nation's security. Yet, incredibly enough, 50 years later, we find ourselves hostages to a government run more by military doctrine and corporate greed than by the rule of law established in the Constitution.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 16, 2014 An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
What a strange and harrowing road we've walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, August 22, 2016 Children of the American Police State: Just Another Brick in the Wall
The nation's young people have been given front-row seats for an unfolding police drama that is rated R for profanity, violence and adult content. Unfortunately, now that school is back in session, life is that much worse for the children of the American police state.
(17 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Dictator for Life: The Rise of the American Imperial President
Just recently, China announced its plan to make its president, Xi Jinping, president for life. President Trump thinks that's a great idea. Trump thinks the idea of having a president for life is so great, in fact, that America might want to move in that direction. Here's the thing: we already have a president for life.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 5, 2014 The FBI: America's Secret Police
Every regime has its own name for its secret police. In the U.S., it's the FBI that does the dirty work of ensuring compliance, keeping tabs on potential dissidents, and punishing those who dare to challenge the status quo.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 30, 2016 The Election Has Been Hacked: The Dismal Reality of Having No Real Electoral Choices
The FBI is worried: foreign hackers have broken into two state election databases. The Department of Homeland Security is worried: the nation's voting system needs greater protection against cyberattacks. I, on the other hand, am not overly worried: after all, the voting booths have already been hacked by a political elite comprised of Republicans and Democrats who are determined to retain power at all costs.
SHARE Tuesday, May 26, 2015 The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance
The police state is about to pass off the baton to the surveillance state. Having already transformed local police into extensions of the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation's soldier cops into techno-warriors.
(20 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 14, 2013 The Police State Mindset in Our Public Schools
America is now on a fast track to raising up an Orwellian generation--one populated by compliant citizens accustomed to living in a police state and who march in lockstep to the dictates of the government.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, June 29, 2015 The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech
As a society, we've become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. The result is a nation where no one says what they really think anymore, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing views. Intolerance is the new scarlet letter of our day.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 2, 2018 Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better: Round Ups, Checkpoints and National ID Cards
Here in Amerika, things are getting worse as the nation inches ever closer towards totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and "we the people" have none.
With the government empowered to carry out transportation checks to question people about their immigration status, you're going to see a rise in these "show your papers" incidents. Here's why that's a problem.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Jesus Died in a Police State
It is fitting at a time when the nation is grappling with moral questions about how best to execute death row prisoners, whether police should be held responsible for shooting unarmed citizens, and to what extent we allow the government to dictate, monitor and control every aspect of our lives, that we remember that Jesus Christ died at the hands of a police state.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 24, 2017 Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions & Co.'s Thinly Veiled Plot to Rob Us Blind
Jeff Sessions, the nation's top law enforcement official, would not recognize the Constitution if he ran right smack into it. Whether the head of the Trump Administration's Justice Department enjoys being the architect of a police state or is just painfully, criminally clueless, Sessions has done a great job thus far of sidestepping the Constitution at every turn.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2016: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
Let's not take the mistakes of 2016 into a new year with us. The election is over. The oligarchs remain in power. The police state is marching forward, more powerful than ever. All signs point to business as usual.
The lesson for those of us in the American police state is simply this: if there is to be any hope for freedom in 2017, it rests with "we the people."
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 26, 2015 Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools
On any given day when school is in session, kids who "act up" in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under "control."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2015 The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen in a Police State Is a Dead One
Americans of every age and skin color are being taught the painful lesson that the only truly compliant, submissive and obedient citizen in a police state is a dead one. It doesn't matter where you live--big city or small town--it's the same scenario being played out over and over again in which government agents, hyped up on their own authority and the power of their uniform, ride roughshod over the rights of the citizenry.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Has the American Dream Become the American Nightmare?
We've been on the receiving end of the government's taxpayer-funded handouts--and its deceptively well-intended dictates--for so long that many Americans have forgotten what it is to think for themselves, provide for themselves, and govern themselves.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 24, 2019 The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America
Sex trafficking especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. This is America's dirty little secret.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2017 We All Lose: Obama's Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency
After eight years in office, Barack Obama leaves our nation with a weakened Constitution that has been dealt one crippling blow after another by court rulings and government overreach, with militarized police empowered to shoot first and ask questions later, with SWAT-team raids, with government corruption, with more debt than ever before, and with a citizenry more broken and oppressed than ever.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2019 How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power
What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don't talk back, don't challenge government authority, don't speak out against government misconduct, and don't step out of line. For those who refuse to meekly accept the heavy-handed tyranny of the police state, the danger is all too real.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Monsters with Human Faces: The Tyranny of the Police State Disguised as Law-and-Order
Disagree all you want about healthcare, abortion and immigration-hot-button issues that are guaranteed to stir up the masses, secure campaign contributions and turn political discourse into a circus free-for-all-but surely we can manage to stand united on certain principles that should be non-negotiable in the midst of the destructive, disrupting, diverting, discordant babble being beamed down at us by the powers-that-be?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Nullify Government Tyranny: In 2020, Harness the Power of Your Discontent
Twenty years into the 21st century, and what do we have to show for it? Government corruption, tyranny and abuse have propelled us at warp speed towards a full-blown police state in which egregious surveillance, roadside strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, police b
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Vigilantes with a Badge: The War Against the American People
The following incidents are cautionary tales for anyone who still thinks that they can defy police officers, even if it's simply to disagree about a speeding ticket, challenge a search warrant or defend oneself against an unreasonable or unjust charge, without deadly repercussions. The message they send is that "we the people" have very little protection from the standing army that is law enforcement.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Human Lab Rats: The U.S. Government's Secret History of Grisly Experiments
Grisly experiments, barbaric behavior and inhumane conditions have become synonymous with the U.S. government, which has meted out untold horrors against humans and animals alike. Did you know that the U.S. government has been buying hundreds of dogs and cats from "Asian meat markets" as part of a gruesome experiment into food-borne illnesses?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Don't Call the Cops If You're Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old
Here's another don't to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: don't call the cops.
(20 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 4, 2017 When Government Evil Triumphs, Freedom Falls
If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Unfortunately, the American government has been very, very, very bad: so bad, in fact, as to be almost indistinguishable at times from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain on the citizenry.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2015 How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects
By accessing your DNA, the government will soon know everything else about you that they don't already know: your family chart, your ancestry, what you look like, your health history, your inclination to follow orders or chart your own course, etc.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Fleecing the American Taxpayer: The Profit Incentives Driving the Police State
If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are American taxpayers forced to "spend more on state, municipal, and federal taxes than the annual financial burdens of food, clothing, and housing combined," but we're also being played as easy marks by hustlers bearing the imprimatur of the government.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades as Politics
Much like the fabricated universe in Peter Weir's 1998 film The Truman Show, in which a man's life is the basis for an elaborately staged television show aimed at selling products and procuring ratings, the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 9, 2019 The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America's Power Elite
Politics, religion, sports, government, entertainment, business, armed forces: it doesn't matter what arena you're talking about, they are all riddled with the kind of seedy, sleazy, decadent, dodgy, depraved, immoral, corrupt behavior that somehow gets a free pass when it involves the wealthy and powerful elite in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Not Guilty: The Power of Nullification to Counteract Government Tyranny
If there is any means left to us for thwarting the government in its relentless march towards outright dictatorship, it may rest with the power of juries and local governments to invalidate governmental laws, tactics and policies that are illegitimate, egregious or blatantly unconstitutional.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Killer Instincts: When Police Become Judge, Jury and Executioner
It's easy to get outraged when police wrongfully shoot children, old people and unarmed citizens watering their lawns or tending to autistic patients. It's harder to rouse the public's ire when the people getting shot and killed by police are suspected of criminal activities or armed with guns and knives. Yet both scenarios should be equally reprehensible to anyone who values human life, due process and the rule of law.
SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2015 The Wolf Is Guarding the Hen House: The Government's War on Cyberterrorism
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), sold to the public as necessary for protecting us against cyber attacks, is an Orwellian exercise in tyranny-masquerading-as-security that makes it easier for the government to spy on Americans, while officially turning Big Business into a government snitch. Be warned: this cybersecurity bill is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism
We're not living the American Dream. We're in the grip of a financial nightmare. "We the people" have become the new, permanent underclass in America. We get taxed on how much we earn, taxed on what we eat, taxed on what we buy, taxed on where we go, taxed on what we drive, and taxed on how much is left of our assets when we die, and yet we have no real say in how the government runs, or how our taxpayer funds are used.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'
*Are you afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms?
*Do you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law?
*Do you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Stay Alert, America: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Stay alert, America. This is not the time to drop our guards.
Nothing has changed since the election to alter the immediate and very real dangers of roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT-team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, etc.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 28, 2016 Memorializing the Horrors of War with 10 Must-See War Films
President Obama is paying lip service to the victims of America's nuclear carnage, all the while continuing to feed the war machine. Yet war is a grisly business, a horror of epic proportions, and has become a centerpiece of American entertainment culture.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America
Mark my words, America's war spending will bankrupt the nation. Right now, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front: it's spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad. This is how military empires fall and fail.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 13, 2017 Rule by Thieves: One Week in the Life of the American Kleptocracy
In the same week that Wikileaks dropped its bombshell about the CIA's use of spy tools to subject law-abiding Americans to all manner of government surveillance and hacking--a revelation that caused barely a ripple of concern among the citizenry--the government quietly and with little fanfare continued to wage its devastating, stomach-churning, debilitating war on the American people.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Don't Just Give Thanks. Pay It Forward One Act of Kindness at a Time
How do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for one's safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions?
It's not going to happen overnight. Or with one day of thanksgiving.
SHARE Tuesday, February 21, 2017 The Illusion of Freedom: The Police State is Alive and Well
We're in a national state of denial. Yet no amount of escapism can shield us from the harsh reality that the danger in our midst is posed by an entrenched government bureaucracy that has no regard for the Constitution, Congress, the courts or the citizenry. If the team colors have changed from blue to red, that's just cosmetic. Scrape off the surface layers and you will find that the American police state is alive and well.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?
I'm having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2018 Silence Is Betrayal: Get Up, Stand Up, Speak Up for Your Rights
The United States of America is run by a cabal of racist, classist, sexist, militaristic, misogynistic, greedy, heartless thugs who are obviously satisfied that their latest CEO -- Donald Trump -- is doing such a great job of keeping the nation polarized and pole-axed by his reality show antics.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 14, 2020 COVID-19 and the War on Cash: What Is Behind the Push for a Cashless Society?
Cash may well become a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. As these COVID-19 lockdowns drag out, more and more individuals and businesses are going cashless (for convenience and in a so-called effort to avoid spreading coronavirus germs), engaging in online commerce or using digital forms of currency (bank cards, digital wallets, etc.). As a result, physical cash is no longer king.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 20, 2016 A Week in the Life of the American Police State
If you've been caught up in the circus that is the presidential election, you've likely missed the latest news about all the ways in which the government continues to erode our freedoms, undermine our sovereignty, abuse our trust, invade our homes, invade our privacy, destroy our property, hijack our bank accounts, and generally render itself above the law.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 3, 2015 How Reality TV Is Teaching Us to Accept the American Police State
For the majority of Americans who spend their waking, leisure hours transfixed in front of the television or watching programming on their digital devices, the American police state itself has become reality TV programming--a form of programming that keeps us distracted, entertained, occasionally a little bit outraged but overall largely uninvolved, content to remain in the viewer's seat.
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2018 A New World Order
To anyone who's been paying attention to the goings-on in the world, it is increasingly obvious that we're already under a new world order, and it is being brought to you by the Global-Industrial Deep State, a powerful cabal made up of international government agencies and corporations. This marriage of governmental and corporate interests is the very definition of fascism.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 17, 2017 Anything Goes When You're a Cop in America
President Trump needs to be reminded that no one is above the law, especially the police. Unfortunately, Trump and Jeff Sessions, head of the Justice Department (much like their predecessors) appear to have few qualms about giving police the green light to kill, shoot, taser, abuse and steal from American citizens in the so-called name of law and order.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 30, 2014 Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State
For years now, the government has been carrying out military training drills with zombies as the enemy. The zombie exercises appear to be kitschy and fun--government agents running around trying to put down a zombie rebellion--but what if the zombies in the exercises are us, the citizenry, viewed by those in power as mindless, voracious, zombie hordes?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 9, 2013 The End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State
This is what a world without the Fourth Amendment looks like, where the lines between private and public property have been so blurred that private property is reduced to little more than something the government can use to control, manipulate and harass you to suit its own purposes, and you the homeowner and citizen have been reduced to little more than a tenant or serf in bondage to an inflexible landlord.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 15, 2016 America's Gestapo: The FBI's Reign of Terror
The FBI, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, rivals the NSA in resources, technology, intelligence, and power. Yet while the NSA has repeatedly come under fire for its domestic spying programs, the FBI has continued to operate its subversive and clearly unconstitutional programs with little significant oversight or push-back from the public, Congress or the courts.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 The Tyranny at Standing Rock: The Government's Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working
What we're witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipelineconstruction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government's battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 8, 2017 John Lennon Was Right: The Government Is Run by Maniacs for Maniacal Means
Not much has changed in the 37 years since John Lennon was gunned down by an assassin's bullet. All of the many complaints we have about government today--surveillance, corruption, harassment, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc.--were used against Lennon, who never refrained from speaking truth to power and calling for social justice, peace and a populist revolution.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2019 How Evil Wins: The Hypocritical Double Standards of Political Outrage
Please spare me the media hysterics and the outrage and the hypocritical double standards of those whose moral conscience appears to be largely dictated by their political loyalties. Anyone who believes that the injustices, cruelties and vicious callousness of the U.S. government are unique to the Trump administration has not been paying attention.
SHARE Monday, December 18, 2017 Jesus Was Born in a Police State
The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one. Yet what if, instead of being born into the Roman police state, Jesus had been born and raised in the American police state?
SHARE Wednesday, December 3, 2014 America's Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State
After a year dominated with news of police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry, photo ops of militarized police shouldering assault rifles while perched on top of armored vehicles, and reports on how police are using asset forfeiture laws to pad their pockets with luxury cars, cash and other expensive toys, I find myself asking: how do you prepare a child for life in a police state?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America
With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called "government speech."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Freedom for the Speech We Hate: The Legal Ins and Outs of the Right to Protest
Instead of encouraging people to debate issues and air their views, by muzzling free speech, we are contributing to a growing underclass of Americans who are being told that they can't take part in American public life unless they "fit in." This attempt to stifle certain forms of speech is where we go wrong.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 7, 2018 The Constitution is Not Neutral
We no longer have a representative government, a rule of law, or justice. Liberty has fallen to legalism. Freedom has fallen to fascism. Justice has become jaded, jaundiced and just plain unjust. And for too many, the American dream of freedom and opportunity has turned into a living nightmare.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2016 A Few Uncomfortable Truths You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates
Despite the dire state of our nation, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible, helpful way by any of the so-called viable presidential candidates. So here are a few uncomfortable truths about life in the American police state that we will not be hearing from either of the two leading presidential candidates.
SHARE Wednesday, September 6, 2017 What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies
Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 5, 2015 'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against the 'Monster'
John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2020 This Is Amerika: Where Fascism, Totalitarianism and Militarism Go Hand In Hand
In Charlottesville, the government failed to uphold its constitutional mandates. The police failed to carry out their duties as peace officers. And the citizens found themselves unable to trust either the police or the government to do its job in respecting their rights and ensuring their safety.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 10, 2019 The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell's 1984 Is No Longer Fiction
Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It's been 70 years since Orwell-dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass manipulation are the norm-depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism and totalitarianism in 1984. Who could have
SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat?
How will the government's War on the Coronavirus impact our freedoms? For a hint of what's in store, you can look to China-our role model for all things dystopian-where the contagion started. In an attempt to fight the epidemic, the government has given its surveillance state apparatus, which boasts the most expansive and sophisticated surveillance system in the world, free rein.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Technofascism: Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age
Welcome to the age of technofascism. Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother. While on paper, we are technically free to speak-at least according to the U.S. Constitution-in reality, however, we are only as free to speak as the government and its corporate partners such as Facebook, Google or YouTube may allow. That's not a whole lot of freedom.
SHARE Thursday, May 4, 2017 Big Brother Is Still Watching You: Don't Fall for the NSA's Latest Ploy
Supposedly the National Security Administration is going to stop collecting certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. Privacy advocates are hailing it as a major victory for Americans whose communications have been caught in the NSA's dragnet. If this is a victory, it's a hollow victory. Here's why.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You
Surveillance cameras, government agents listening in on your phone calls, reading your emails and text messages and monitoring your spending, mandatory health care, sugary soda bans, anti-bullying laws, zero tolerance policies, political correctness, parents getting arrested for negligence for letting their kids play outside alone: these are all outward signs of a government that believes it knows what is best for you.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 30, 2014 'You're Either a Cop or Little People': The American Police State in 2014
For those of us who have managed to survive 2014 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?
Who needs bread and circuses when you have the assortment of clowns and contortionists that are running for the White House?
Truly, politics in America has been reduced to a three-ring circus complete with carnival barkers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, lion tamers, animal trainers, tight rope walkers, freaks, strong men, magicians, snake charmers, fire eaters, sword swallowers, knife throwers, ringmasters and clowns.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2015 The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System
While President Obama said all the right things about the broken state of our criminal justice system, he failed to acknowledge that prosecutors, judges and police bear the burden of our failed justice system, along with the legislatures and corporations who have worked with them to create an environment that is hostile to the rights of the accused.
SHARE Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Battlefield America Is the New Normal: We're Not in Mayberry Anymore
While the nation has been distracted by a media maelstrom dominated by news of white supremacists, Powerball jackpots, Hurricane Harvey, and a Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the American Police State has been carving its own path of devastation and destruction through what's left of the Constitution.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2019 It's Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government
The First Amendment does more than give us a right to criticize our country: it makes it a civic duty. Certainly, if there is one freedom among the many spelled out in the Bill of Rights that is especially patriotic, it is the right to criticize the government. The right to speak out against government wrongdoing is the quintessential freedom.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State
We are living in a virtual world carefully crafted to resemble a representative government, while in reality we are little more than slaves in thrall to an authoritarian regime, with its constant surveillance, manufactured media spectacles, secret courts, inverted justice, and violent repression of dissent. This is not freedom. This is not even progress.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Welcome to the Matrix: Enslaved by Technology and the Internet of Things
If ever Americans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expediency and comfort delivered by way of blazingly fast Internet, cell phone signals that never drop a call, thermostats that keep us at the perfect temperature without our having to raise a finger, and entertainment that can be simultaneously streamed to our TVs, tablets and cell phones.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 9, 2018 A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail
Aided and abetted by the likes of Jeff Sessions--a man who wouldn't recognize the Constitution if it smacked him in the face--the American dream has become the American scheme: the rich are getting richer and more powerful, while anyone who doesn't belong to the power elite gets poorer and more powerless to do anything about the nation's steady slide towards fascism, authoritarianism and a profit-driven police state.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 21, 2013 Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance
Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people--even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control at all costs.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 The War on America's Military Veterans, Waged with SWAT Teams, Surveillance and Neglect
In recent years, military servicemen and women have found themselves increasingly targeted for surveillance, censorship, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and/or mentally ill, and stripped of their Second Amendment rights, all for daring to voice their concerns about the alarming state of our union and the erosion of our freedoms.
SHARE Monday, September 9, 2013 Farewell to Big Sister: Janet Napolitano's Orwellian Legacy Lives On
Under Napolitano's leadership, the DHS managed to entrench the federal government's power in an increasingly Orwellian America at great cost to Americans' civil liberties. Lest we forget, the following are some of Napolitano's "greatest hits" when it comes to civil-liberties violations.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 27, 2017 Death at Your Door: Knock-and-Talk Police Tactics Rip a Hole in the Constitution
Police insist that there's nothing coercive about knock-and-talk tactics. Yet whether police are knocking on your door at 2 am or 2:30 pm, as long as you're being "asked" to talk to a police officer who is armed to the teeth and inclined to kill at the least provocation, you don't really have much room to resist, not if you value your life.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Rule by Brute Force: The True Nature of Government
As long as we continue to put our politics ahead of our principles--moral, legal and constitutional--"we the people" will lose. And you know who will keep winning by capitalizing on our fears, deepening our distrust of our fellow citizens, and dividing us into polarized, warring camps incapable of finding consensus on the one true menace that is an immediate threat to all of our freedoms? The U.S. government.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State's Panopticon Village
The Prisoner's Village is an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable. The American Police State, much like The Prisoner's Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 16, 2015 To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late
For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of dej vu about the Paris attacks. What remains to be seen is whether France, standing where the United States did 14 years ago, will follow in America's footsteps as she grapples with security, freedom and justice.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Don't Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age
Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. Unfortunately, we who should have known better neglected to maintain our freedoms or provide our young people with the tools necessary to survive, let alone succeed, in the impersonal jungle that is modern civilization.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 7, 2016 'We the People' Against Tyranny: Seven Principles for Free Government
While Americans wander about in their brainwashed states, their "government of the people, by the people and for the people" has largely been taken away from them. Whether we ever realize it not, the enemy is not across party lines, as they would have us believe. It has us surrounded on all sides. Even so, we're not yet defeated.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2020 This Is Not a Revolution. It's a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation
What is unfolding before us is not a revolution. The looting, the burning, the rioting, the violence: this is an anti-revolution. The protesters are playing right into the government's hands, because the powers-that-be want this. They want an excuse to lock down the nation and throw the switch to all-out martial law. They want a reason to make the police state stronger. It's happening faster than we can keep up.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Violence Begets Violence: The Orlando Shootings and the War on Terror
Until we start addressing the U.S. government's part in creating, cultivating and abetting domestic and global terrorism, we'll be no closer to putting an end to the violence that claimed 50 lives at an Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016, than we were 15 years ago when nearly 3,000 individuals were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 4, 2014 We're All Criminals and Outlaws in the Eyes of the American Police State
Follow the money trail. When you dig down far enough, you quickly find that those who profit from Americans being arrested are none other than the police who arrest them, the courts which try them, the prisons which incarcerate them, and the corporations, which manufacture the weapons and equipment used by police, build and run the prisons, and profit from the cheap prison labor.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 23, 2020 The Great Election Fraud: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Election?
In a country of more than 330 million people, we are given only two choices for president. How is it that in a country teeming with creative, intelligent, productive, responsible, moral people, our vote too often comes down to pulling the lever for the lesser of two evils?
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2016 What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State
Today's presidential hopefuls must jump through a series of hoops aimed at selecting the candidates best suited to serve the interests of the American police state. Candidates who are anti-war, anti-militarization, anti-Big Money, pro-Constitution, pro-individual freedom and unabashed advocates for the citizenry need not apply.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2016 Fascism, American Style
If Donald Trump is a fascist--as nearly half of Americans surveyed believe--then so is every other politician in office or running for office in America who has ever prioritized money and power over human beings.
SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2017 The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017
Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, etc.
Unfortunately, few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 22, 2014 The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List for a Better World
Each year, I wish for the same things--an end to war, poverty, hunger, violence and disease--and each year, I find the world relatively unchanged. I've seen enough of the world in my 68 years to know that wishing is not enough. We need to be doing.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 14, 2017 Power Corrupts: A Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and Predators
Power corrupts. Worse, absolute power corrupts absolutely. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 20, 2019 How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age
Based on the current political climate, things could very well get much worse before they ever take a turn for the better. The only way we'll ever achieve change in this country is for the American people to finally say "enough is enough" and fight for the things that truly matter. It doesn't matter how old you are or what your political ideology is.
SHARE Tuesday, November 22, 2016 When It Comes to Fake News, the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Culprit
In the midst of the media's sudden headline-blaring apoplexy over fake news, you won't hear much about the government's role in producing, planting and peddling propaganda-driven fake news--often with the help of the corporate news media--because that's not how the game works.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, October 16, 2020 The 2020 Election Bamboozle
This is not an election. This is a con game, a scam, a grift, a hustle, a bunko, a swindle, a flimflam, a gaffle, and a bamboozle. In this carefully choreographed scheme to strip the American citizenry of our power and our rights, "we the people" are nothing more than marks, suckers, stooges, mugs, rubes, or gulls. We are victims of the Deep State's confidence game.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 24, 2016 Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State
Those living through this present age of militarized police, SWAT team raids, police shootings of unarmed citizens, roadside strip searches, and invasive surveillance might feel as if these events are unprecedented, yet the characteristics of a police state and its reasons for being are no different today than they were in Jesus Christ's lifetime: control, power and money.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2018 You Want to Make America Great Again?
Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign.
That's what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.
SHARE Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment
Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for making a mockery of the First Amendment. All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is not quite as keen on the idea of a robust First Amendment as it used to be, especially when that right is being exercised on the Court's own front porch.
SHARE Thursday, February 1, 2018 The True State of Our Union: A House Divided, Enslaved & Mired in the Mistakes of the Past
History has a funny way of circling back on itself. The facts, figures, faces and technology may change from era to era, but the dangers remain the same.
This year is no different, whatever the politicians and talking heads may say to the contrary. Brush up on your history, and you'll find that we've been stuck on repeat for some time now.
You want to know about the true State of our Union? Listen up.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2016 The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution
When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she's providing us with a glimpse into an increasingly troubling mindset among government officials who believe that the government not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. All the while, a different kind of drama is unfolding in the dark backstage, hidden from view by the heavy curtain, the elaborate stage sets, colored lights and parading actors.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 From 9/11 to COVID-19, It's Been a Perpetual State of Emergency
Don't pity this year's crop of graduates because this COVID-19 pandemic caused them to miss out on the antics of their senior year and the pomp and circumstance of graduation. Pity them because they have spent their entire lives in a state of emergency.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 7, 2017 The Government Is Increasingly the Enemy of Freedom
The protest laws being introduced across the country--in 18 states so far--are supposedly in the name of "public safety and limiting economic damage." Don't fall for it. No matter how you package these laws, no matter how well-meaning they may sound, no matter how much you may disagree with the protesters or sympathize with the objects of the protest, these proposed laws are aimed at one thing only: discouraging dissent.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Government Shutdown Or Not, The Police State Will Continue To Flourish
Shutdown or not, war will continue. Drone killings will continue. Surveillance will continue. Censorship and persecution of anyone who criticizes the government will continue. The government's efforts to label dissidents as extremists and terrorists will continue.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 14, 2013 'Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a 'Free, Safe' Society?
We no longer live in a free society. Having traded our freedoms for a phantom promise of security, we now find ourselves imprisoned in a virtual cage of cameras, wiretaps and watchful government eyes. All the while, the world around us is no safer than it was a decade ago. Indeed, it well may be that we are living in a far more dangerous world, with the government itself
having become the greater threat to our freedoms.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You're a Cop
Although the courts have historically held that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, in its 8-1 ruling in Heien v. State of North Carolina, the Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of ignorance.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Merchants of Death: America's Toxic Cult of Violence Turns Deadly
We are caught in a vicious cycle.
With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country's fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 17, 2017 Chaos in Charlottesville: No One Gave Peace a Chance, Including the Police
Let's be clear about one thing: no one--not the armed, violent, militant protesters nor the police--gave peace a chance during the August 12 demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. One young woman is dead because of the hate, violence, intolerance, racism and partisanship that is tearing this country apart, and it has to stop.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2016 How to Beat the Post-Election Blues and Recapture the True Spirit of Christmas
Before you know it, Christmas will be a distant memory and we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming of politics, war, violence, materialism and mayhem. There may not be much we can do to avoid the dismal reality of the police state in the long term, but in the short term, there are things we can all do right now to make this world just a little bit kinder.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 9, 2017 America Breaks Down: The Anatomy of a National Nervous Breakdown
With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country's fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2018 Whose Country Is This? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore?
ACT: Say "enough is enough" to government-sponsored violence. The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror or mass shooting. Violence has become the government's calling card. We are no longer "innocent until proven guilty."
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2013 Obama, NSA Spying and the Dangers of Secretive, Authoritarian Government
Recent reports indicating that President Obama was aware of and personally approved an NSA program that involved spying on the personal communications of various international leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have once again highlighted the deception and intransigence of the Obama administration in dealing with the revelations that the National Security Agency has been acting outside the bounds of the law.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 25, 2017 Patriots and Protesters Should Take a Knee for the Constitution
At a time when the American flag adorns everything from men's boxers and women's bikinis to beer koozies, bandannas and advertising billboards, and the National Anthem is sung by Pepper the Parrot, this conveniently timed outrage over disrespect for the country's patriotic symbols rings somewhat hollow, detracts from more serious conversations that should be taking place about critical policy matters of state.
SHARE Thursday, November 29, 2018 Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government--But It Could Get You Killed
In theory, "we the people" have a constitutional right to talk back to the government. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded as much in City of Houston v. Hill when it struck down an ordinance prohibiting verbal abuse of police officers as unconstitutionally overbroad and a criminalization of protected speech. In practice, however, talking back, especially when police are involved, can get you killed. The danger is real.
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.
SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2016 What Happens to a Dream Deferred? Ask Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 50 years after King was assassinated, his dream of a world without racism, militarism and materialism remains distant. Indeed, the reality we must contend with is far different from King's dream for the future: America has become a ticking time bomb of racial unrest and injustice, police militarization, surveillance, government corruption and ineptitude, blowblack from a battlefield mindset and endless wars.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 19, 2018 Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work
We get taxed on how much we earn, taxed on what we eat, taxed on what we buy, taxed on where we go, taxed on what we drive, and taxed on how much is left of our assets when we die. While we may not have much choice in the matter of how our taxes are used, we still have a voice and a vote, and it's time the American people made their voices--and their votes--heard.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 8, 2014 We're All Criminals and Outlaws in the Eyes of the American Police State
Why are we seeing such an uptick in Americans being arrested for such absurd "violations" as letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, growing vegetables in their yard, and holding Bible studies in their living room? What's really behind this drive to label Americans as criminals?
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 16, 2019 From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State
When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals. In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, and upheld by secret courts that operate behind closed doors, obeying one's conscience and speaking truth to the power of the police state can render you an "enemy of the state."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2015 From Neighborhood Cops to Robocops: The Changing Face of American Police
If 2014 was the year of militarized police, armored tanks, and stop-and-frisk searches, 2015 may well be the year of technologized police, surveillance blimps and scan-and-frisk searches. Just as we witnessed neighborhood cops being transformed into soldier cops, we're about to see them shapeshift once again, this time into robocops, complete with robotic exoskeletons, super-vision contact lenses, computer-linked visors ...
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2014 'Just Salute and Follow Orders': When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law
Indeed, the American people have been cheated and lied to for so long that we've arrived at a stage of disbelief and skepticism. So when the Obama administration announces that it will be rolling out proposals to rein in the NSA bulk collection of data about Americans' private communications, you'd be perfectly justified in wondering what other far-fetched schemes they plan to sell you next.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Say No to "Hardening" the Schools with Zero Tolerance Policies and Gun-Toting Cops
Just what we don't need: more gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons. Microcosms of the police state, America's public schools already contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the "outside."
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Virtual School Hazards of a Police State Education During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has added yet another troubling layer to the ways in which students (and their families) can run afoul of a police state education now that school (virtual or in-person) is back in session. It's a train wreck just waiting to happen.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?
In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, "we the people" have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Ten Reasons Why America Does Not Need to Go to War Over Syria
So, now that we're fully distracted and have forgotten about Edward Snowden's damning revelations about the NSA and the fact that the government has been paying AT&T to have its employees monitor Americans' phone calls as part of a DEA drug monitoring program, not to mention the fact that the IRS has been secretly using the DEA surveillance and then instructing its agents to cover their tracks, what about Syria?
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2018 America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown
When things start to fall apart or implode, ask yourself: who stands to benefit? In most cases, it's the government that stands to benefit by amassing greater powers at the citizenry's expense.
SHARE Tuesday, April 2, 2019 American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We're Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone
Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only instead of Rod Serling's imaginary "land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas," we're trapped in a topsy-turvy, all-too-real land of corruption, brutality and lies, where freedom, justice and integrity play second fiddle to political ambition, corporate greed, and bureaucratic tyranny.
SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2016 The People vs. the Police State: The Struggle for Justice in the Supreme Court
With every vacant seat on the Supreme Court and in key judgeships around the country, we are witnessing a transformation of the courts into pallid, legalistic bureaucracies governed by a new breed of judges who have been careful to refrain from saying, doing or writing anything that might compromise their future ambitions.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2013 John Carpenter's Prophetic Visions of the American Police State
While Carpenter's films are also infused with a strong anti-authoritarian, laconic bent, those seeking a good scare tend to overlook the deeper, overarching themes that speak to the filmmaker's concerns about the unraveling of our society, particularly our government.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Don't Vote for a Psychopath: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government
There is no difference between psychopaths and politicians. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about Democrats or Republicans. Once psychopaths gain power, the result is usually some form of totalitarian government or a pathocracy. In other words, electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri. So why do we keep voting them in?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2018 It's All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades as American Politics
The political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population. Likewise, "The Trump Show" keeps the citizenry distracted, diverted and divided. This is the magic of the reality TV programming that passes for politics today.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 26, 2013 Elysium: The Technological Side of the American Police State
While much has been said about Blomkamp's use of Elysium to raise concerns about immigration, access to healthcare, worker's rights, and socioeconomic stratification, what I found most striking and unnerving was its depiction of how the government will employ technologies such as drones, tasers and biometric scanners to track, target and control the populace, especially dissidents.
SHARE Tuesday, December 11, 2018 A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them
We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis. What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people--and those who represent them--about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2013 What We Should Not Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
In the true spirit of Thanksgiving here is a list of things about this emerging police state that I am not thankful for and will never remain silent about as long as the government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 Kennedy Was Right: We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution
When Kennedy called on Americans to "bear the burden of a long twilight struggle" to defend freedom in its hour of maximum danger, I never would have guessed how long that twilight would last--or that half a century later, we, the American people, would come to represent the gravest threat to our freedoms through our apathy, ignorance and indifference.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 15, 2018 The Age of Petty Tyrannies
Federal and state governments now require on penalty of a fine that individuals apply for permission before they can grow exotic orchids, host elaborate dinner parties, gather friends in one's home for Bible studies, give coffee to the homeless, let their kids manage a lemonade stand, keep chickens as pets, or braid someone's hair, as ludicrous as that may seem.
SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Justice Sleeps and 'We the People' Suffer: No, the U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Save Us
The U.S. Supreme Court will not save us. It doesn't matter which party gets to pick the replacement to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The battle that is gearing up right now is yet more distraction and spin to keep us oblivious to the steady encroachment on our rights by the architects of the American Police State. Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice.
(17 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Why I'm Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine's Day
Almost every week I get an email from an American expatriate who commiserates about the deplorable state of our freedoms in the United States and urges me to leave the country before all hell breaks loose and my wife and children are tortured, raped, brutalized and killed. So why am I still here?
SHARE Wednesday, August 28, 2013 50 Years Later, It's Time to Stop Paying Lip Service to King's Dream
Fifty years after King gave voice to his dream, America is still plagued with wars, government surveillance, and a military-industrial complex that feeds a national diet of warmongering. And King, once a charismatic leader and voice of authority, has been memorialized in death to such an extent that younger generations recognize his face but miss out on his message. Yet, for those who can hear, he still speaks volumes.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Tolerance Cuts Both Ways: Freedom for the Speech We Hate
Tolerance cuts both ways. This isn't an easy pill to swallow, I know, but that's the way free speech works, especially when it comes to tolerating speech that we hate. The most controversial issues of our day have become battlegrounds for those who claim to believe in freedom of speech but only when it favors the views and positions they support.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2020 Since 9/11 the government's answer to every problem has been more government
From 9/11 to COVID-19 "we the people" have acted the part of the helpless gullible victims desperately in need of the government to save us from whatever danger threatens. In turn the government has been all too accommodating and eager while also expanding its power and authority in the so-called name of national security.
SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2013 Maryland v. King and the Total Loss of Our Bodily Integrity
Now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's devastating decision in Maryland v. King --in which a divided Court determined that a person arrested for a crime who is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty must submit to forcible extraction of their DNA--you can add invasive DNA sampling to the list of abuses being "legally" meted out on the long-suffering American populace.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 19, 2020 Virtual School Dangers - The Hazards of a Police State Education During COVID-19
Over the course of the past 30 years the need to keep the schools "safe" from drugs and weapons has become a thinly disguised, profit-driven campaign to transform them into quasi-prisons complete with surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs, school resource officers, strip searches and active shooter drills.
SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2020 John Lennon at 80: One Man Against the Deep State 'Monster'
John Lennon, born 80 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist, and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.
SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Caging Children, Separating Families: Has the War on Immigration Gone Too Far?
Dragging young children kicking and crying and screaming from their parents, separating those children from their parents indefinitely, locking those children up in cages ("dog kennels") like animals, and subjecting them to the predators of the American police state: these are acts that no decent people should tolerate from their government.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 10, 2018 The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America
We are sliding fast down a slippery slope to a Constitution-free America. We've been heading in this direction for some time now, but this downward trajectory has picked up speed since Donald Trump became president.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 29, 2020 The Election Has Already Been Hijacked
Republicans and Democrats alike fear that the other party will attempt to hijack this election. Yet the damage has already been done. The outcome is a foregone conclusion: the Deep State will win and "we the people" will lose.
SHARE Tuesday, May 7, 2019 D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.
SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2013 A Christmas To-Do List for a Better World
How do we press on and make the world a better place in the face of weaponized drones, far-reaching surveillance and a government that with every passing day is coming to resemble authoritarian regimes of old?
(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.