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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
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(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

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