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Prisons Without Walls: We’re All Inmates in the American Police State

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By John W. Whitehead
June 15, 2015

This commentary is also available at www.rutherford.org.
“It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free—to be under no physical constraint and yet be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the nation wants him to think, feel and act. . . . To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free.”—Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World Revisited

“Free worlders” is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the “free world.” However, appearances can be deceiving.

“As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” writes former prison employee Marlon

ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD  Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at http://www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

Brock, “it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls.” In fact, if Brock is right, then we “free worlders” do live in a prison—albeit, one without visible walls.

In federal prisons, cameras are everywhere in order to maintain “security” and keep track of the prisoners. Likewise, the “free world” is populated with video surveillance and tracking devices. From surveillance cameras in stores and street corners to license plate readers (with the ability to log some 1,800 license plates per hour) on police cars, our movements are being tracked virtually everywhere. With this increasing use of iris scanners and facial recognition software—which drones are equipped with—there would seem to be nowhere to hide.

Detection and confiscation of weapons (or whatever the warden deems “dangerous”) in prison is routine. The inmates must be disarmed. Pat downs, checkpoints, and random searches are second nature in ferreting out contraband.

Sound familiar?

Metal detectors are now in virtually all government buildings. There are the TSA scanning devices and metal detectors we all have to go through in airports. Police road blocks and checkpoints are used to perform warrantless searches for contraband. Those searched at road blocks can be searched for contraband regardless of their objections—just like in prison. And there are federal road blocks on American roads in the southwestern United States. Many of them are permanent and located up to 100 miles from the border.

Stop and frisk searches are taking place daily across the country. Some of them even involve anal and/or vaginal searches. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has approved strip searches even if you are arrested for a misdemeanor—such as a traffic stop. Just like a prison inmate.

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Peaceful Politics

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by J.G. Vibes
(Contributing Author)

 

(NWR) – This article is the beginning of a series where I will point out some of the problems in modern political philosophy and shed light on some possible solutions that can help us reverse the ominous path that our species is walking.  In today’s selection we are going to discuss the brutal nature of republics and democracies, and consider how both are varying forms of slavery, which have clung to the human psyche as remnants from our mundane past.

If the primary goal within a society is to achieve happiness, safety, freedom and peace then we can surely say that there is not a place on earth where this has been accomplished.

Coincidentally, almost every chartable geographical area on the planet is micro managed by organizations who claim responsibility for ensuring the happiness and safety of the people.  These organizations call themselves “governments” and it is fairly obvious by now that they are absolutely horrible at their jobs and are actually responsible for the majority of the world’s suffering.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an open dictatorship, a democracy, a republic, a communist state or a system of mercantilism, they have all failed miserably in creating a free society. More

Hostile takeover: Subjecting the US to UN control

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Little of what has issued from the District of Criminals is lawful or constitutional and most of what has come from this den of vipers is an overt attack on the constitution and civil liberties. 

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While claiming they want world peace and disarmament, those in our “government” have, for decades of course, worked to make sure there was a war going on somewhere.  After all, what good is a military war machine based economy if you aren’t blowing up another country and killing off a fair number of their indigenous citizens?  There is money to be made from dropping those bombs, and, then we get to steal the assets of the country we obliterated and sell them off to our best global corporate buddies.  

Behind all of the phony peace talks, so-called peace treaty’s and other false geo-political machinations which appear to be never ending, is the intent not only to create fictionalized reasons to mount wars of aggression, but also to move us into position for the convening of a constitutional convention (Con-Con).  And, as these so-called peace talks go on endlessly, we mount one illegal act of war after another against every country that has refused to capitulate to world banking cartels, global corporations, and the United Nations.  The only way we will ever have peace is if these things are obliterated from the face of the earth. 

If the president and or congress can create enough federal unconstitutional interference to anger the states causing them to file suit against the fed, a convention could be convened.  The purpose of this convention could end, finally, the United States as a sovereign nation subjecting it totally to United Nations rule and subverting our national laws and control.  As of this date, 35 states have filed suit against the federal government over encroachment on states rights and the creation of undue burdens on the states for the benefit of increasing federal power and control.  Only 38 states are required to convene a convention. 

We are in dangerous territory.  More

Homegrown spy agencies: A threat to us all

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“So we have 72 of these centers operating across the US, spying, data-mining, gathering useless information of all kinds on everyday people so as to empower the militarized police departments, sheriffs departments and a host of agents of all kinds operating under the umbrella of the federal government and existing almost for no other reason than to spy on …us. “

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We identified the terrorists! Its YOU!

We can no longer afford to waste our time fearing some unknown and unidentifiable terrorist from some far away country; our greatest threat is far closer and much more present: the department of Homeland Security.  While the numerous spy agencies existing today in the US become bloated with not only unlawful powers and authority, massive amounts of borrowed money is used to expand these threats to a once free, America.

Too many of us still think that Homeland Security exists to protect the nation from foreign terrorists.  The truth is, this behemoth agency exists to protect the federal government and all its agencies, agents, operatives and federal officials from …you! 

Across the country, fusion centers methodically gather data of all kinds on everyday American citizens.  According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website:  More

“You are either with us, or you work for the government”: Is this the new definition of an American citizen?

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Who, by virtue of all these listed activities and many more, was deemed a threat to the government?  Read the bills.  The only thing missing in them is your specific name.  All of this brought to you by the Republicans during the Bush Administrations. 

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So now Bush and the neo-cons are blameless? And you want the Republicans back? 

For all of you out there beating the drum for Republican’s to take control of both houses of Congress, I have to ask:  Were you in a coma from 2000 to 2008? 

While I surely do not support the current administration and its globalist agenda, and, while I believe Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid represent a clear and present danger to the country at large, I find them no more repugnant than say, Karl Rove or Tom Delay; their personalities and intentions no less malignant than those of the neo-cons who set the overthrow of the sovereign United States into motion.  I find them equally as frightening in their contempt for us, as I did Dick Cheney and his crew of fascist driven cohorts.  And now you want to put the masterminds of this coup’ back in control?  What is it you think will change?  What is it that you think these psychopaths and sociopaths are going to do to better the current crisis in our government?  

How quickly and conveniently so many of you have forgotten that it was the Republicans, lead by the neo-con faction, who gave us the unconstitutional: 

  • Patriot Acts;
  • John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007; a bill which gave the president the unlawful authority to:
  • declare anyone of us a domestic terrorist for resisting the growing tyranny of our own government; More

The Death of the Republic Revisited

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by: Gary Rea (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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In my article, How the American Republic Died at Philadelphia in 1787 I showed, with quotes from the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, alike, how our original constitution, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1781) was illegally scrapped and replaced with a new Constitution (1787), which formed a wholly new government – one which was deliberately designed to grow into the fascistic behemoth we see today. Here, I will go into the various ingenious ways in which the Federalists designed the Constitution to achieve that end, all while making it appear as though our liberties were safeguarded.

First, though, I think it is necessary to point out exactly how and why this subterfuge was illegal, in the first place. The best way of doing so is to simply examine the wording of Article VIII, Section 1 of the Articles of Confederation, which says:

“And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state, and the union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every state.” More

The positive results of simply “showing up” or: Why staying home and doing nothing isn’t in your best interest

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Two years ago, Californians stood up and fought back against government collusion with coporate interests and fought back against a bill meant to end fresh/raw milk sales. 
On October 8, 2007 AB 1735 was signed into law in California. This law did nothing to protect anyone, as it purported, but did everything to limit the rights of consumers in California. Had it been allowed to stand, raw milk would have dried up as of January 1, 2008. An emergency bill was written as a response and on January 16, 2008, Assemblymembers Nicole Parra (D), Mike Villines (R), and Tom Berryhill (R) demanded AB 1735 be changed by enacting AB 1604. Raw milk supporters turned out in droves and in a few short hours, democracy prevailed and raw milk drinkers and producers were protected. The following video shows history in the making.” More

Dear Speaker Pelosi: About that “preserving the integrity of congress”, thing

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PPJG   Marti Oakley (c) copyright

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Dear Speaker Pelosi:

About that “preserving the integrity of congress”, thing;  Please be advised that you cannot possibly preserve that which (congress, collectively) does not possess.

While I was stunned at Rep. Wilson’s outburst, I quickly realized what it was that shocked me.  It was his spontaneous honesty!  It was what he actually felt; what his true gut reaction was.  I can see why you feel the need to censure him; honesty cannot be tolerated in the golden halls of what was once the government of “We the people” and certainly not passionate outbursts especially from what is portrayed as your opposition.

While I claim no appreciation for either the left or the right wing of this aberration operating as what is supposed to be the people’s government, I have to admit to my admiration for Rep. Wilson.  After all, when have we last seen any representative or senator for that matter, actually showing any passion for any cause?  Unless of course, it has the word(s), “corporation(s)” attached to it. 

I have spent a great deal of my time watching the day to day hearings, votes and the one minute speeches called “debates”, delivered to the CSPAN camera’s in a chamber empty of but few of our elected officials and many times, none at all. 

I have watched and listened in disbelief as massive amounts of time are wasted asking for some notable so & so’s birthday to be recognized; congratulating each other on what fine and distinguished individuals their “friends across the isle”, are.

I have watched and listened as both factions of this true “one-party” system, have abused their majority ranking to:

  • Suspend rules to force votes;
  • To submit and pass massive legislation that none of you reads;
  • That all of you use to attach pork spending to non-related bills costing tax payers billions in what is nothing less than an attempt to buy votes at home;
  • That is in total opposition to the people you were elected to represent;
  • That is in direct conflict with our rights and liberties.
  • I have sat through committee hearings that were so obviously staged and slanted on various topics and issues, that it left me stunned and wondering at what point congress came to believe we were all so stupid we wouldn’t be able to perceive the deception taking place?

These things and many others equally egregious are done as routine; just business.  At every opportunity congress has shown us that we are not a consideration; we just pay the bills. 

As congressional poll ratings are dangerously close to registering in the negative, you might stop to consider why the public holds congress in such low regard.  Of course there is always the possibility that I misinterpreted to whom you were directing this comment on preserving integrity.  I of course immediately believed you were addressing this to those who pay your salaries.  I have concluded you were addressing those who believe as you do that you are somehow above and beyond the common people: you were addressing your cohorts in congress.

Maybe a better line for you to adopt would be: “We must establish some integrity in congress” and move in that direction. 

Just my thoughts; my humble opinion.

© Marti Oakley 2o10

Oklahoma still fighting for Sovereignty

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For Immediate Release
12/23/08
Citizens to Assemble in Support of Bipartisan Legislative Efforts to Protect Oklahomans from the Federal Collection, Sharing and Control of Personal Data.
Oklahoma City–January 3rd there will be “Citizens Assembly for Oklahoma Sovereignty” sponsored by OK-SAFE, R3PUBLICANS, and the Constitutional Alliance along to support the Tenth Amendment Resolution and to show that Oklahoma citizens firmly reject The Real ID Act of 2005 and similar proposals to use personal information or biometrics to enroll Americans in a national identification plan. This bipartisan event is open to all residents of Oklahoma who wish to retain their rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the US Constitution and Bill of Rights should attend this assembly on Jan 3rd at 7 pm to be held at Character First, 520 W. Main in OKC. 
State Representative Charles Key and Senator Constance Johnson will be special guest speakers at the assembly and will inform attendees about current proposals before the State Legislature that would protect Oklahoma citizens’ private data from being exposed.  Several Bills have been submitted by Oklahoma legislators that specifically address the collection, sharing and retention of personal information and biometrics that put all Americans at risk such as the REAL ID ACT.

The Tenth Amendment Resolution HJR 1003, authored by Representative Key, presents fair notice to Washington that Oklahoma will not be intimidated into relinquishing legal authority, responsibility or jurisdiction over matters reserved to the state as declared Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution which reserves all powers not granted to the federal government to the state or the people.

Mark Lerner, leading expert on the biometrics industry, founding member of the Constitutional Alliance will be present to give an update on the latest news regarding parallel efforts to resist untenable national/global ID schemes.  The Constitutional Alliance is a non-partisan coalition of Americans committed to preserving state and national sovereignty and the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property. They have been working with legislators, officials and citizens nationwide to educate them about the grave threat posed to our fundamental freedoms that the misuse of biometric identifiers pose and have crafted model legislation designed to stop the national/global ID plan. 
  
For more information or to RSVP, please contact;
Kaye Beach
R3PUBLICAN Activist
405-818-3224
ladyaxiom@yahoo.com

Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water

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By Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman, with Michael Fox
Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons, 2007

THIRST investigates eight recent high-profile controversies over the corporate takeover of water in the U.S, and illuminates how citizens are fighting back in heartland communities like Stockton, CA, Lexington, KY, Holyoke, MA, and Mecosta County, MI. Political corruption, high stakes financial takeovers, and behind the scenes maneuvering by some of the richest corporations characterize a David and Goliath battle in which local citizens muster creative and often surprising organizing methods to preserve their right to local, public control of this precious resource.

The PBS documentary Thirst showed how communities around the world are resisting the privatization and commodification of water.  Now THIRST, the book, picks up where the documentary left off, revealing the emergence of controversial new water wars here in the United States.

THIRST exposes the corporate attempts to:

  • Take over municipal control of water in communities around the country
  • Buy up rights to groundwater in the US
  • Create and corner the market on bottled water

It also shows how people in affected communities are fighting back to keep water affordable, accessible, sustainable and public:

  • By creating new methods to challenge the corporate juggernaut in an age of globalization
  • By challenging tired clichés of Republican and Democratic political alignments

We are at the tipping point in the new, global water wars. The United States is ground zero. What happens in the next few years will determine the fate of water and our basic democratic rights. THIRST is a battlefield account of the conflict.

ww.thirstthemovie.org/book.html

Court Declares Corporations Are People, Some Human Beings Are Not

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Abolish Corporate Personhood When corporations were declared to be “persons” by the law, we should have realized where this was going. Declaring a corporation a “person” gives that corporation the rights of an individual citizen, and sometimes more due to the amount of capital that a corporation can generate to make sure that its “rights” are upheld. Here is an article that reveals this unequal designation of “rights.”

http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/linkframe.php?linkid=51986

Barbara H. Peterson

Confronting My Representative

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http://fallin.house.gov/contact.shtml

I just learned that my representative, Mary Fallin, whom I helped elect in 2006, was among those in the House who voted for the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. So, I’ve just contacted her about it:

Rep. Fallin, when I helped to elect you, I expected you to be faithful to your oath to uphold the constitution of the United States of America. Now, I learn that you were among those who voted in favor of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

 

This act, if passed by the senate, will enable, not only the Bush administration, but any future administration to label any American citizen a “homegrown terrorist” or “enemy combatant” simply for holding or expressing beliefs the government deems to be included in the vague definitions this act constitutes as “homegrown terrorism.”

 

Especially troubling is the wording “use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence…”

 

 The way this is worded, it implies the government considers “force” to be something different and apart from “violence.”

 

As vague as this definition is, the President is given a virtual blank check in interpreting what he considers to be “force.” This can be construed to include “forcing” an issue before congress for debate, “forcing” the government to live up to the constitution, or speaking out against the government “forcefully,” for example.

 

Since the word “force” has been separated from the word “violence,” this implies that “force” needn’t be actual physical violence.

 

Even more threatening to our freedoms is the definition of “Ideologically Based Violence,” which extends this vague definition of “force” to include the political, religious or social beliefs of any individual or group.

 

In other words, Rep. Fallin, this act that you have voted for will make it possible for whomever is in charge of our government, either now or in the future, to selectively decide that some individuals’ or groups’ political, religious or social speech or activities, including their constitutionally protected free assembly and protest against our government, constitutes sufficient “force” to make said individuals or groups guilty of “ideologically based violence.”

 

I hope that you will reconsider your vote and appropriately act to stop this bill from being passed in the senate, as well. I know you have no jurisdiction in the senate and cannot vote on the bill again, but you do have the ability to influence your colleagues in the senate to refrain from passing this incredible infringement upon the rights and liberties of all Americans for generations to come.

Thank you for your patience and for reading this.”

 Gary

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