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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/

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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 24, 2016
The Path to Total Dictatorship: America's Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, America's shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government--also referred to as "The 7th-Floor Group"--may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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,
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Miley Cyrus and the Pornification of America Those concerned about the emerging police state in America should be equally concerned about the pornification of America: they are two sides of the same coin.
6 - The U.S. Civil Rights Movement, From ImagesAttr
(102 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Declaration of Independence, with Firearm, From ImagesAttr
(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Declaration independence signing, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2014
238 Years Later, Would Americans Still Choose Freedom Over Slavery? A cursory review of the true state of our freedoms as outlined in the Bill of Rights shows exactly how dismal things have become since the Founders stated their grievances in the Declaration of Independence.
Screen grab from Pentagon video, From ImagesAttr
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The Super Bowl's Biggest Losers: The Boys and Girls Being Sold for Sex 20 Times a Day There can only be one winner emerging from this year's Super Bowl LIV showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, but the biggest losers will be the hundreds of young girls and boys--some as young as 9 years--who will be bought and sold for sex during the course of the big game.
You Lose, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 10, 2016
American Horror Story: The Shameful Truth About the Government's Secret Experiments We are citizens of a government that has dehumanized us and reduced us to little more than faceless numbers, statistics and economic units. As John Lennon summed it up, "I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that."
Obey, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Politician, From FlickrPhotos
(47 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited...Why? Thom Hartmann talks with Ben Norton, Independent Journalist Website: bennorton.com, about the dash cam video recorded during the arrest of Sandra ..., From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
School Lockdown, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Peace Officers/ militarized police, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2014
Turning America Into a War Zone, Where 'We the People' Are the Enemy Life in the American police state is fast becoming an endless series of don'ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun.
Redwood City Swat Team, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
NY April 2014, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
police State USA, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Should We Just Follow Orders? Rules of Engagement for Resisting the Police State The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we've entered an age of militarized police in which we're no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists and Killers The U.S. government has become a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Face (original 1), From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2013
From NSA Spying & VIPR Sweeps to Domestic Drones: A Round-Up of the Police State Programs NOT Affected by Govt Shutdown The one area not impacted in the least by a government shutdown will be the police/surveillance state and its various militarized agencies, spying programs and personnel. Take a look at the programs and policies that will not be affected by a government shutdown, and you'll get a clearer sense of the government's priorities.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You Why are police departments across the country acquiring heavy-duty military equipment and weaponry?
Shut Down A14, From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Traffic stop, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Crazy statue of liberty sees you all., From YouTubeVideos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Police BADGE, From FlickrPhotos
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
no nukes, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Private Security, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
Archery, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2013
The End of Childhood in the Era of the Emerging American Police State It wouldn't be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation's schools. Here are some of the latest incidents.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Police Stop, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2016
All the Ways You Can Comply and Still Die During An Encounter with Police If you ask police and their enablers what Americans should do to stay alive during encounters with law enforcement, they will tell you to comply (or die). The problem is what to do when compliance is not enough.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Police state, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Family gives update on baby burned by SWAT team, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Once upon a time..., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2015
Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation Every fable has a moral, and the moral of this story is to beware of anyone who urges you to ignore your better instincts and trust the government.
Police, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Pollution, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear from the Politicians) No matter what the politicians might say about how great America is, the fact is that the nation seems to be imploding. Consider the following facts.
The People Not Admitted, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Ferguson PD, From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Dachau Concentration Camp, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp: The Many Ways That You're Being Tracked, Catalogued and Controlled As the following will show, the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, is perhaps the most insidious of the police state's many tentacles, impacting almost every aspect of our lives and making it that much easier for the government to encroach on our most vital freedoms.
dead dog :(, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
We The People, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
The dangers of traffic stops., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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?
While people are distracted by small victories the threat grows bigger and closer., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2020
This Is a Test: How Will the Constitution Fare During a Nation-Wide Lock Down? The coronavirus epidemic may well be a legitimate health concern, but it's the government's response to it that worries me more in the long term.
John Lennon New York City, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Police Brutality Protest - Anaheim - July 29 2012 - 48, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It's a Cultural Disease While the Obama administration has said all the right things about the need to scale back on a battlefield mindset, it has done all the wrong things to perpetuate the problem.
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
They Live, We Sleep: Beware the Growing Evil in Our Midst We're living in two worlds, you and I. There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media. Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America-privileged, progressive and free-is a far cry from reality.
Police, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Welfare Checks Turn Deadly: You Might Want to Think Twice Before Calling the Cops Think twice before you call the cops to carry out a welfare check on a loved one. Especially if that person is autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffering from dementia, disabled or might have a condition that hinders their ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order. Particularly if you value that person's life. Disabled individuals make up a third to half of those killed by police.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Your Money or Your Life: What's Behind the Latest Government Scam to Rob You Blind? The government and its corporate partners in crime have come up with a new scheme to not only scam taxpayers out of what's left of their paychecks but also make us foot the bill, and it's coming at us in the form of a war on cash.
You are being watched, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
armed police taser, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Long voter lines discourage voters, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
supreme court, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Suspending the Constitution: Police State Uses Crises to Expand Its Lockdown Powers You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured. This coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Unless we find some way to rein in the government's power grabs, the fall-out will be epic.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 12, 2015
How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in the American Police State? In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school lockdowns, anpolice shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), I find myself wrestling with the question: how do you prepare a child for life in the American police state?
SHARE More Sharing        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
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'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11 Ironically, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks occurs just days before the 228th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there is virtually nothing to celebrate.
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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.
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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.
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No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss No matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we--the permanent underclass in America--will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2019
The American Gulag: Brick by Brick, Our Prison Walls Get More Oppressive by the Day We in the American Police State may enjoy the illusion of freedom, but that is all it is: an elaborate deception, rooted in denial and delusion, that hides the grasping, greedy, power-hungry, megalomaniacal force that lurks beneath the surface. Brick by brick, the prison walls being erected around us by the government and its corporate partners-in-crime grow more oppressive and more pervasive by the day.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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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.
Watch: Outrage after cop shoots man's dog A community in Salt Lake City, Utah, is in an uproar after a police officer shot a family pet earlier this week. For more information please visit ..., From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Just happy to be living in a time with so many cool things. Wait, are we living?, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State There's always a price to pay for standing up to the powers-that-be. Yet as this list shows, you don't even have to be a dissident to get flagged by the government for surveillance, censorship, and detention. All you really need to be is a citizen of the American police state.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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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.
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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.
2013/03/21 From Brooklyn to Oakland. Rest in Power Kimani Gray & Alan Blueford, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here? Despite the finger-pointing and outcries of dismay from those who are watching the government discard the rule of law at every turn, the question is not whether Donald Trump is the new Adolf Hitler but whether the American Police State is the new Third Reich. Yet the warning signs are unmistakable: the Deep State's love affair with totalitarianism began long ago.
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Impeach the Government: Rogue Agencies Have Been Abusing Their Powers for Decades Don't fall for the partisan shell game that sets Donald Trump up as the fall guy for the Deep State's high crimes and misdemeanors. Set your sights higher: impeach the government for overstepping its authority, abusing its power, and disregarding the rule of law.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 17, 2017
Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State's Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force Forget everything you've ever been taught about free speech in America. It's all a lie. There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Keeping an eye on you., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 16, 2014
Government of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich: It's Time for 'Militant Nonviolent Resistance' We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2016
American Psycho: Sex, Lies and Politics Add Up to a Terrifying Election Season When it comes to sexual predators, there should be no political bright line test to determine who gets a free pass and who goes to jail based on which candidate is better suited for office.
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1989-034-21%2C Warschau%2C Parade vor Adolf Hitler., From WikimediaPhotos
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The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship. It works the same way every time.
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Raising Up Compliant Children in the American Police State Today's public schools, far from being bastions of free speech, are merely microcosms of the world beyond the schoolhouse gates, and increasingly, it's a world hostile to freedom.
Eastern State Penitentiary, From ImagesAttr
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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 More Sharing        Wednesday, August 21, 2019
American Apocalypse: The Government's Plot to Destabilize the Nation Is Working The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation. No, this is not another conspiracy theory. Observe for yourself what is happening right before our eyes. Domestic terrorism fueled by government entrapment schemes. Civil unrest stoked to dangerous levels by polarizing political rhetoric. A growing intolerance for dissent. The seeds of chaos are being sown, and it's the U.S. government that will reap the harvest.
Matrix, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Is the U.S. Government the Enemy of the People? America's Lost Liberties, Post-9/11 What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.
From flickr.com/photos/45256566@N04/8500013978/: George Orwell, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government? Have we become the enemies of our own government? It's not an unreasonable question, given the government's actions in recent years.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Turning America into a Battlefield: A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation The military plans to use southwestern states as staging grounds for guerilla warfare drills in which highly-trained military troops equipped with all manner of weapons turn American towns and cities in quasi-battlefields. Why?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 11, 2020
We're All in This Together: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream I'm outraged at what has been done to our freedoms and our country. You should be, too.
Greyhound Bus, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 7, 2014
Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government? There was a time in our history when our forebears said "enough is enough" and stopped paying their taxes to what they considered an illegitimate government. They stood their ground and refused to support a system that was slowly choking out any attempts at self-governance, and which refused to be held accountable for its crimes against the people.
Torn US flag, From YouTubeVideos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 7, 2019
We're All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State Trump promised to give the FBI "whatever they need" to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism. With that promise, flippantly delivered without any apparent thought for the Constitution's prohibitions on such overreach, the president has given the FBI the green light to violate Americans' civil liberties in every which way.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2019
Don't Just Give Thanks. Pay Your Blessings Forward Fixing what's wrong with this country is not going to happen overnight, but in the short term, there are things we can all do right now to make this world (or at least our small corners of it) a little bit kinder, a lot less hostile and more just. On a larger scale, we need to stop being silent bystanders to our nation's downfall. It's never too late to start making things right in the world.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business With a growing demand for sexual slavery and an endless supply of girls and women who can be targeted for abduction, this is not a problem that's going away anytime soon.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid, America: Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies Politics is a reality show, America's favorite form of entertainment, dominated by money and profit, imagery and spin, hype and personality, and guaranteed to ensure that nothing in the way of real truth reaches the populace.
Protesting Obama at the UN, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Apocalypse Now: 2017 Was Another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year Just our luck that 2017 gave us more of the same bad news that we've experienced in recent years. Here's just a small sampling of what we suffered through in 2017.
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Transforming America's Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance Despite a general consensus that zero tolerance policies have failed to have any appreciable impact on student safety, schools have doubled down on these policies to the detriment of children all across the nation.
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Television, Football and Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed to Keep the Police State in Power Where we go wrong as a society is when we become armchair quarterbacks, so completely immersed in the Big Game or the Big Campaign that we are easily controlled by the powers-that-be--the megacorporations who run both shows--and oblivious to what is really going on around us.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2016
Don't Just Blame the Cops: Who Is Responsible for America's Killing Fields? The latest shootings--in Texas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Illinois, New York, Missouri, and every other state in the nation--are symptomatic of a psychotic outbreak by a nation that has been waging a war against its own citizens for too long.
HAPPY XMAS (War Is Over), From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 23, 2019
War Is Over If You Want It: Pointers for Spreading Some Christmas Cheer What a year. It feels as if government Grinches and corporate Scrooges have been working overtime to drain every last drop of joy, kindness and liberty from the world.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Imperial President's Toolbox of Terror: A Dictatorship Waiting to Happen The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts--powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler--empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The Beatles in America, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 3, 2014
50 Years After the Beatles: Isn’t It Time for Another Political & Cultural Revolution? While the Beatles' greatest legacy was in effecting a revolution of spirit and mind, today we're in dire need of revolutionaries willing to challenge the status quo.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014? What remains to be seen is whether 2014 will bring more of the same or whether "we the people" will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2013 was far from a banner year.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Betraying the Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act? While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts.
Digital Jesus, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2015
What If Jesus Had Been Born 2,000 Years Later in the American Police State? What if Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet, had been born 2,000 years later? How would Jesus' life have been different had he be born and raised in the American police state?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 28, 2016
'We the Prisoners': The Demise of the Fourth Amendment While the First Amendment--which gives us a voice--is being muzzled, the Fourth Amendment--which protects us from being bullied, badgered, beaten, broken and spied on by government agents--is being disemboweled.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons The First Amendment's assurance of a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances has become predicated on how much money you're willing to shell out in order to gain access to your elected and appointed officials.
The Face of Human Trafficking  | Megan Rheinschild | TEDxSantaBarbara Sex Trafficking of underage girls is happening right in our own backyards, small towns and big cities across America. These kids are our kids, profoundly ..., From YouTubeVideos
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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.
mashup of EFF foundation's version of NSA logo combined with Google Logo, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2014
Orwell's Nightmare: The NSA and Google--Big Brother Meets Big Business What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces? No need to wonder. Just look around you. It's happened already.
Obama's Lost Legacy of Change, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Police Will Now Inspect Homes Without Notice (or Warrant)!, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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?
Statue Of Liberty, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat? We are indeed at our most vulnerable right now, but it's the American Surveillance State -- not the coronavirus -- that poses the greatest threat to our freedoms.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 10, 2014
Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police The government insists it can carry out all manner of surveillance on us, but if we dare to return the favor, even a little, we get roughed up by the police, arrested, charged with violating various and sundry crimes.
Metropolitan Police, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State's Deadly Toll on America's Children Forced to watch helplessly as trigger-happy police open fire on loved ones and community members alike, children have become the heartbreaking casualties of the government's endless, deadly wars on terror, on drugs, and on the American people themselves.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
Police Brutality Protest - Anaheim, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State The theater of the absurd that passes for life in the American police state grows more tragic and incomprehensible by the day.
Fireworks, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
It's Time to Declare Your Independence from Tyranny, America It's time to declare your independence from tyranny, America. For too long now, we have suffered the injustices of a government that has no regard for our rights or our humanity. The danger is real.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 11, 2017
Let's Make America Free Again: 230 Years After the Constitution, We're Walking a Dangerous Road Our national priorities need to be re-prioritized. For instance, Donald Trump wants to make America great again. I, for one, would prefer to make America free again.
Speak No Evil, From FlickrPhotos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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The Pathocracy of the Deep State: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government Electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman.
DNA, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Armed Police, From FlickrPhotos
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Compliance 101: Gun-Toting Cops Endanger Students and Turn the Schools into Prisons America's schools are about as authoritarian as they come.
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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.
Reality TV, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good It's been 230 years since James Madison drafted the Bill of Rights--the first ten amendments to the Constitution--as a means of protecting the people against government tyranny, and what do we have to show for it? Nothing good. In America today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.
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Sin Taxes & Other Orwellian Methods of Compliance That Feed the Government's Greed So-called "sin taxes" have become a particularly popular technique used by the Nanny State to supposedly discourage the populace from engaging in activities that don't align with the government's priorities (consuming sugary drinks, smoking, drinking, etc.).
Lincoln city pd stop (1), From FlickrPhotos
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Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils 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.
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Guns for Hire: No, the Government Shouldn't Be Using the Military to Police the Globe Eventually, all military empires fall and fail by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death. It happened in Rome. It's happening again.
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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.
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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.
George Harrison - Taxman, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
You might be a terrorist if---, From ImagesAttr
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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.
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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.
Apocalypse Now, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Bankrupt, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Back-to-the-basics: A-to-Z building blocks of what the United States of America is about., From ImagesAttr
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Freedom or the Slaughterhouse? The American Police State from A to Z For those whose minds have been short-circuited into believing the candy-coated propaganda peddled by the politicians, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United States of America is really all about.
DHS checkpoint, From YouTubeVideos
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Ihre Papiere, Bitte! (Your Papers, Please): Are We Being Set Up for a National ID System? Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now--whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again--rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.
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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.
Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Muhammad Ali NYWTS, From WikimediaPhotos
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Ali Is Dead, Fear is Alive & Free Speech Is Being Dealt a Knock-Out Punch As a nation, we have a tendency to sentimentalize cultural icons in death in a way that renders them non-threatening, antiseptic and easily digested by a society with an acute intolerance for anything controversial, politically incorrect or marred by imperfection.
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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.
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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.
Prison Trump, From GoogleImages
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There Is No 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card for the President Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card just for being president.
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The American Surveillance State Is Here. Can It Be Evaded? On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on, and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
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Come Home, America: Stop Policing the Globe and Put an End to Wars-Without-End It's time to bring our troops home. The U.S. military reportedly has more than 1.3 million men and women on active duty, with more than 450,000 of them stationed overseas in nearly every country in the world.
Jury Nullification, From ImagesAttr
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We Are the Government: Tactics for Taking Down the Police State How do you not only push back against the police state's bureaucracy, corruption and cruelty but also launch a counterrevolution aimed at reclaiming control over the government using nonviolent means? You start by changing the rules.
258px-Family_watching_ ..., From ImagesAttr
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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.
Tyranny, From YouTubeVideos
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P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of Tyranny from A to Z While America continues to fixate on the drama-filled reality show scripted by the powers-that-be, directed from the nation's capital, and played out in high definition across the country, the American Police State has moved steadily forward.
New world order is Coming!, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Police brutality, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
zombies, From ImagesAttr
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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?
Stamps of Germany %28DDR%29 1975%2C MiNr 2096, From ImagesAttr
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The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth About the American Police State We have been conned into believing that if we say what we fear, we will be branded idiots and fools by those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Yet the truth is staring us in the face just as surely as the fact that the Emperor was wearing no clothes.
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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.
Don't Be a Puppet, From ImagesAttr
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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.
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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.
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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.
Cristo Redentore (Jesus Christ Redeemer), Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo, Venice, From FlickrPhotos
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The Child That Christmas Forgot: How Would Jesus Fare in the American Police State? What if, instead of being born into the Roman police state, Jesus had been born at this moment in time? What kind of reception would Jesus and his family be given? Would we recognize the Christ child's humanity, let alone his divinity? Would we treat him any differently than he was treated by the Roman Empire?
Video Games, From FlickrPhotos
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Mass Shootings: The Military-Entertainment Complex's Culture of Violence Turns Deadly We're left with more questions than answers about this latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, none of them a flattering reflection of the nation's values, political priorities, or the manner in which the military-industrial complex continues to dominate, dictate and shape almost every aspect of our lives.
John Lennon portrait, From WikimediaPhotos
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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.
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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.
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'Minority Report' Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.
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Red-Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment Red-flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, push us that much closer toward a society where everyone must be preemptively rendered harmless.
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Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Have the Police Become a Law Unto Themselves? We're dealing with a nationwide epidemic of court-sanctioned police violence carried out against individuals posing little or no threat of violence, who are nevertheless subjected to such excessive police force as to end up maimed or killed.
Militarized Police, From FlickrPhotos
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Martial Law Masquerading as Law and Order: The Police State's Language of Force There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.
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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 More Sharing        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?
Police Brutality, From Uploaded
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Qualified Immunity Is How the Police State Stays in Power The system is rigged, the government is corrupt, and "we the people" continue to waste our strength by fighting each other rather than standing against the tyrant in our midst.
Muzzling of free speech., From ImagesAttr
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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."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 7, 2019
John Lennon vs. the Deep State: One Man Against the 'Monster' It's getting harder to reconcile John Lennon's dream of peace with the reality of the police state.
Atlanta Airport Free Speech Zone, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
US Constitution, From GoogleImages
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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.
Rick's folks wired baby Jesus down!, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 19, 2016
The Radical Jesus: How Would the Baby in a Manger Fare in the American Police State? The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one. But what if Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet, had been born and raised 2,000 years later in the American police state?
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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.
Prison security, From ImagesAttr
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Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State The similarities between the worlds inhabited by locked-up inmates and those of us who roam about in the so-called "free world" are unnerving.
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The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards 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.
blood draw, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2020
Detect, Deter and Annihilate: How the Police State Will Deal with a Coronavirus Outbreak What do zombies have to do with the U.S. government's plans for dealing with a coronavirus outbreak? Everything.
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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.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono leave Amsterdam, From ImagesAttr
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'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.
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The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress What Americans don't seem to comprehend is that the police state with all of its trappings is little more than a front for a high-dollar operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of corporations.
Rally against police brutality, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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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 More Sharing        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.
swat team member, From ImagesAttr
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Just Shoot: The Mindset Responsible for Turning Search Warrants into Death Warrants, and SWAT Teams into Death Squads The epidemic of police violence continues to escalate while fear of the police increases and the police state, with all its surveillance gear and military weaponry, expands around us.
Wounded warriors participate in the 2019 Navy basketball trials., From FlickrPhotos
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Casualties of War: Military Veterans Have Become America's Walking Wounded Many of those who have served in the military are among America's walking wounded. Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 20 million veterans who have served in World War II through the present day, the plight of veterans today has become America's badge of shame.
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The American Delusion: Distracted, Diverted and Insulated from the Grim Reality of the Police State So much has happened in the year since Edward Snowden first appeared on the national scene that it's understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with all of the "events," manufactured or otherwise, which keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from the reality of the American police state.
SARS-CoV-2, From WikimediaPhotos
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After a Year Under Lockdown, Will Our Freedoms Survive the Tyranny of COVID-19? What started out a year ago as an apparent effort to prevent a novel coronavirus from sickening the nation (and the world) has become yet another means by which world governments (including our own) can expand their powers, abuse their authority, and further oppress their constituents.
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The Looming Financial Nightmare: So Much for Living the American Dream The U.S. government is spending money it doesn't have on programs it can't afford, and "we the taxpayers" are being forced to pay for it.
book burning, From WikimediaPhotos
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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.
EFF version of NSA logo, From WikimediaPhotos
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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.
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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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
One in nine young African American men between the ages of 20 and 34 is incarcerated, From ImagesAttr
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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 More Sharing        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.
USMS Asset Forfeiture poster, From FlickrPhotos
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Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind In jolly old England, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern-day America, greedy government goons steal from the innocent to give to the corrupt under court-legislature-sanctioned schemes called civil asset forfeiture.
Who Declared War on Free Speech?, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
State of the art surveillance, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Clipart - AM Eyeball Egg, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 2, 2020
America After the Election: A Few Hard Truths About the Things That Won't Change Nothing taking place on Election Day will alleviate the suffering of the American people. Unless we do something more than vote, the government as we have come to know it--corrupt, bloated and controlled by big-money corporations, lobbyists and special-interest groups--will remain unchanged.
Apathy, From ImagesAttr
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The Crisis of the Now: Distracted and Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State When we're being bombarded with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days, it's difficult to stay focused on one thing--namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law--and the powers-that-be understand this.
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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.
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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.
Trade card of C. Herrmann & Co., From FlickrPhotos
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The Pornification of America: How Young Girls Are Being Groomed by Sexual Predators It is estimated that the number of children who are at risk of being trafficked or have already been sold into the sex trade would fill 1300 school buses.
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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.
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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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2015
Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp: The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well For all intents and purposes, the National Security Agency has supposedly ceased its bulk collection of metadata from Americans' phone calls, but read the fine print: nothing is going to change.
The photomechanical print, The Struggle of the Slav by John S. Pughe (1870-1909). Original from Library of Congress. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel., From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Slippery Slope to Despotism: Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations You have no rights. That's the lesson the government wants us to learn from this COVID-19 business. Well, the government is wrong.
RIP, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Folsom Prison, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
SWAT, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Police-State Arrogance in the Era of the Corona Virus All over the country, government officials are weaponizing COVID-19 restrictions to muzzle protesters.
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Big_Brother_Is_Watching_You.jpg: Big Brother Is Watching You, From Images
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Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
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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.
Inheriting some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people., From FlickrPhotos
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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.
NSA Parody Logo, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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Who's to Blame for Battlefield America? Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture? The question of who's to blame for Battlefield America, as we are coming to know it, whether it's militarized police or a militarized culture, it's a little like the chicken and the egg debate
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Little Barbies: Sex Trafficking of Young Girls Is America's Dirty Little Secret They're called the Little Barbies. Children, young girls--some as young as 9 years old--are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. This is America's dirty little secret.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Trick or Treat: One Year Later, Is Trump a Blessing or a Curse to the Deep State? Has Donald Trump been a blessing or a curse to the architects of the American police state? One thing is for sure: a year into his presidency, Trump hasn't done much to improve the lot of the American people.
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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.
The American Police State, From ImagesAttr
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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.
We the People need to know about the power and importance of the U.S. Constitution., From YouTubeVideos
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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?
Money, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
Fascism, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
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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.
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Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny With every passing day, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice. This is especially so in the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is more concerned with protecting power than upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution.
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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.
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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.
Make Your Activism Count, From FlickrPhotos
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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 More Sharing        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.
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Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: 'See Something, Say Something' and Community Policing While community policing and federal programs such as "See Something, Say Something" are sold to the public as patriotic attempts to be on guard against those who would harm us, they are little more than totalitarian tactics dressed up and repackaged for a more modern audience as well-intentioned appeals to law and order and security.
A Confidence Trick - JM Staniforth., From WikimediaPhotos
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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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 23, 2015
This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Congress' Treachery, the FBI's Double-Crossing and the American Citizenry's Cluelessness: With Friends Like These, Who N It's no coincidence that almost exactly three years after Snowden began his steady campaign to leak documents about the government's illegal surveillance program, Congress is preparing to adopt legislation containing a secret provision that would expand the FBI's powers to secretly read Americans' emails without a court order.
The First Amendment Explained Continuing the Constitution for Dummies Series with the Bill of Rights and Amendment One. Explained simply so you can understand the Constitution of the ..., From YouTubeVideos
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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 More Sharing        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.
COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center in Glenn Island Park, New Rochelle NY, From FlickrPhotos
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The Worst Is Yet to Come: Contact Tracing, Immunity Cards and Mass Testing Nothing is ever as simple as the government claims it is.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 17, 2017
This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls: The Experiment in Freedom Is Failing Donald Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other's throats, because as long as we're busy fighting each other, we'll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form. The facts speak for themselves.
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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.
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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.
We're Living In A Police State, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies It's the endless, petty tyrannies inflicted on an overtaxed, overregulated, and underrepresented populace that occasionally nudge a weary public out of their numb indifference and into a state of outrage.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Resistance, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2018
A Badge of Shame: The Government's War on America's Military Veterans The government's efforts to wage war on military veterans, especially those who speak out against government wrongdoing, is downright appalling.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Deep State's Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 7, 2013
Now More Than Ever, Everybody's a Target in the American Surveillance State The recent revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers, with the complete blessing of the Obama administration, should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade.
Democracy vs Totalitarian Govt., From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tyranny Without a Tyrant: The Deep State's Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working The seemingly righteous indignation full of sound and fury that in the end signifies nothing, the partisan divide that grows more impassable with every passing day -- is not leading us anywhere good.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control Mark my words: red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government's power. These laws are a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Charlottesville, From FlickrPhotos
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What Went Wrong in Charlottesville: At All Levels, Government Is Still the Problem As Charlottesville makes clear, it's hard to make a difference locally when the local government is as deaf, dumb and blind to the needs of its constituents as the national government. Still, it's time to clean house at all levels of government.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compl While on paper, we are technically still free to speak, in reality, we are only as free to speak as a government official or corporate censor may allow.
ROTC Affair, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Hate Background, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
lab rats, From FlickrPhotos
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The Making of a Monster: We're All Lab Rats in the Government's Secret Experiments The U.S. government has unleashed untold horrors upon the world--including its own citizenry--in the name of global conquest, acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances. These horrors are being meted out against humans and animals alike.
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Amazon, Domino's and Big Brother: Drones Flying the Not-So-Friendly Surveillance Skies Imagine a robot hovering overhead as you go about your day, driving to and from work, heading to the grocery store, or stopping by a friend's house. This scenario is inching ever closer to becoming our reality as corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion.
Police, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Statue of Liberty, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Final Nail in the Coffin: The Death of Freedom in Our Schools Today's public schools have become microcosms of the world beyond the schoolhouse gates, and increasingly, it's a world hostile to freedom.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes No doubt about it: the coup d'etat was successful.
Boy Scouts Retire Flags, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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Deadly Distractions: Laying the Groundwork for the Next Civil War This impeachment fiasco is merely the latest in a never-ending series of distractions, distortions, and political theater aimed at diverting the public's attention from the sinister advances of the American Police State.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Anarchy Is Being Loosed Upon the Nation Things are falling apart. How much longer we can sustain the fiction that we live in a constitutional republic, I cannot say, but anarchy is being loosed upon the nation. We are witnessing the unraveling of the American dream one injustice at a time.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 6, 2020
COVID-19's Challenge to the Christian Church: What Would Jesus Do? In every age, we find ourselves wrestling with the question of how Jesus Christ--the itinerant preacher and revolutionary activist who died challenging the police state of his time, namely, the Roman Empire--would respond to the moral questions of our day.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Reality Check: No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss No matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we--the permanent underclass in America--will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.
Easter Week No. 6, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Stand Up to Tyranny: How to Respond to the Evils of Our Age The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state and never its tool.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 ...
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Obama’s Lies, NSA Spies, and the Sons of Liberty: Will You Choose Dangerous Freedom or Peaceful Slavery? In terms of Obama's latest speech on the NSA, if you read between the lines--or just ignore the president's words and pay attention to his actions--it's clear that nothing is going to change. The NSA will continue to abuse its power by spying on Americans' phone calls and emails. They will continue to collect metadata on our various communications and activities.
Virtual School Police State Hazard, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2016
Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today? Try suggesting, as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin did, that Americans should not only take up arms but be prepared to shed blood in order to protect their liberties, and you might find yourself placed on a terrorist watch list and vulnerable to being rounded up by government agents.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Kafka's America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance In a bizarre and ludicrous attempt at "transparency," the Obama administration has announced that it asked a secret court to approve a secret order to allow the government to keep spying on millions of Americans, and the secret court has granted its request.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2018
America Hasn't Learned a Thing: Racism, Materialism and Militarism Still Reign Supreme The "giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" that Martin Luther King Jr. railed so passionately against have yet to be conquered. In fact, the evils of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism have got us in a death grip. America hasn't learned a thing.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2016
Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes are Watching Every Move You Make Simply by liking or sharing this article on Facebook or retweeting it on Twitter, you're most likely flagging yourself as a potential renegade, revolutionary or anti-government extremist--a.k.a. terrorist.
Military in DC, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Summer of Hate Meets the Age of Intolerance Censoring speech-toppling monuments-kowtowing to political correctness-is not the answer to what ails this nation.
Keeping government bureaucrats off our backs--it's our right and responsibility. Determined citizens make things happen., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about because some determined citizens stood up and took a stand against tyranny.
Brattleboro, Vermont, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Police state, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Shielded from Justice: The High Cost of Living in a Police State Who pays the price for the police shootings that leave unarmed citizens dead or injured, for the SWAT team raids that leave doors splintered, homes trashed, pets murdered, and family members traumatized and injured, if not dead?
From flickr.com: Iraq, From Images
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Enough Is Enough: If You Really Want to Save Lives, Take Aim at Government Violence Why is no one taking aim at the U.S. government as the greatest purveyor of violence in American society and around the world? 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.
theatrical poster from movie Escape From New York, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
photo of drone prop used at protest against the planned opening of  a Drone Command Center at WIllow Grove Naval Air Base, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations We have indeed reached a crossroads. History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom.
A handful of armed protesters aren't going to fix what's broken in government., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Playing the Government's Game: When It Comes to Violence, We All Lose A handful of armed protesters are not going to fix what's broken in the government by forcing a showdown with government agents. In fact, this kind of scenario plays right into the government's hands by provoking a violent confrontation.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
The Constitution of the United States of America, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Your Freedoms Don't Have to Be Muzzled Just Because You're Wearing a Mask Blindly following the path of least resistance -- acquiescing without question to whatever the government dictates -- can only lead to more misery, suffering and the erection of a totalitarian regime in which there is no balance.
Trump TV, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State While strip searches may span a broad spectrum of scenarios, the common denominator remains the same: humiliation and degradation at the hands of government officials and a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 29, 2018
We're All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government's Land Grabs The American Dream has been reduced to a lease arrangement in which we are granted the privilege of endlessly paying out the nose for assets that are only ours so long as it suits the government's purposes.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger (1919-2014): He Changed the World One Song at a Time Long before the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, Jim Hendrix or Bob Dylan, there was Pete Seeger, a lone ranger fighting injustice with little more than a five-string banjo in hand and a gift for putting words to music.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2013
If Edward Snowden Is a Criminal, Why Aren't the Rest of Us Criminals As Well? Here's what I think: Snowden and the countless others like him who are daring to stand up to the government machine are acting as the moral conscience for a nation that has lost its way.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, December 7, 2020
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Psychological Warfare Disguised as a Pandemic Threat The nation is being overtaken by an alien threat that invades bodies, alters minds, and transforms freedom-loving people into a mindless, compliant, conforming mob intolerant of anyone who dares to be different, let alone think for themselves.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 15, 2014
From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State? The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government's response but in the community's response. This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Putting Big Brother in the Driver’s Seat: V2V Transmitters, Black Boxes & Drones We're on the losing end of a technological revolution that has already taken hostage our computers, our phones, our finances, our entertainment, our shopping, our appliances, and now, it's focused its sights on our cars.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
2020: The Year the Tree of Liberty Was Torched No doubt about it: 2020--a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad year for freedom--was the culmination of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad decade for freedom.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Home Invasions: All the Ways the Government Can Lay Siege to Your Property Americans are not safe in their homes. Not anymore. This present menace comes from the government and its army of bureaucratized, corporatized, militarized mercenaries who are waging war on the last stronghold left to us as a free people: the sanctity of our homes.
Free Speech Zone, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
To the police state this COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge boon like winning the biggest jackpot in the lottery, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Enemies of the Deep State: The Government's War on Domestic Terrorism Is a Trap We are moving fast down that slippery slope to an authoritarian society in which the only opinions, ideas and speech expressed are the ones permitted by the government and its corporate cohorts.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 31, 2014
The State of Our Nation: The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms is the Government The carefully crafted spectacle that is the State of the Union address is just that: an exaggerated farce of political theater intended to dazzle, distract, and divide us; all the while the police state marches steadily forward.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Digital Trails: How the FBI Is Identifying, Tracking and Rounding Up Dissidents With every new smart piece of smart technology we acquire, every new app we download, every new photo or post we share online, we are making it that much easier for the government and its corporate partners to identify, track and eventually round us up.
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, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump to name Supreme Court nominee this week., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Justice Sleeps and "We the People" Suffer: No, 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 U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.
John Lennon Wall, Mala' Strana, Prague, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Mile Markers of Tyranny: Losing Our Freedoms on the Road from 9/11 to COVID-19 You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we've lost along the way. These have become mile markers on the road to tyranny.
The Pentagon., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Warp Speed Ahead: COVID-19 Vaccines Pave the Way for a New Frontier in Surveillance The COVID-19 pandemic with its veiled threat of forced vaccinations, contact tracing, and genetically encoded vaccines is propelling humanity at warp speed into a whole new frontier-a surveillance matrix-the likes of which we've only previously encountered in science fiction.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 22, 2013
The NSA: "The Abyss from Which There Is No Return' We now find ourselves operating in a strange paradigm where the government not only views the citizenry as suspects but treats them as suspects, as well.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
What to Expect in 2021: Madness, Mayhem, Manipulation and More Tyranny So far, it looks like this year is going to be plagued by more of the same brand of madness, mayhem, manipulation and tyranny that dominated 2020.
What happens to separated children after Trump's executive order? Even though President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of illegal immigrant parents from their children, it's still unclear whether the nearly ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From af.mil: DOD to observe Constitution Day, Citizenship Day > U.S. Air Force , From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2020
What If the Christ Child Had Been Born in the American Police State? Can you imagine what Jesus' life would have been like if, instead of being born into the Roman police state, he had been born and raised in the American police state?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2020
End the Government's War on America's Military Veterans It's time to end the government's war on the American people, and that includes military veterans.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society In a number of cases, victims of sex trafficking report that police are among those "buying" young girls and women for sex. In other words, as a recent study makes clear, "victims are being exploited by the very people who are supposed to protect them: police officers."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Without Mavericks Like Nat Hentoff, Age 88, Freedom Would Be a Word Without Content Armed with a keen understanding of the law and an enviable way with words, brandishing a rapier wit and teeming with moral outrage, Nat Hentoff has never been one to back down from a fight.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: Thoughts on Election Day "We the people" have not done the best job of holding our representatives accountable or standing up for our rights. But there must be a limit to our temerity. What will it take for Americans to finally say enough is enough?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2020
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Midst of Toxic Politics and COVID-19 Lockdowns Yes, America, there is life beyond politics and it can be wonderful if you just give it a chance.
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America's New Normal: Mass Surveillance, Secret Courts, and Death to Whistleblowers Relying on secret orders handed down from government officials and the courts and emboldened by members of Congress with little concern for protecting the rights of the citizenry, government agents are now able to flout all safeguards to privacy while still claiming that they are technically acting within the bounds of the law.

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