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MAY 11, 2019

WHITEHEAD: ON THE ISSUES

D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy

Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society

The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

RUTHERFORD: ON THE FRONT LINES

Man Faces a Year in Prison for Criticizing Police

Gov’t Officials Arrest Disabled Veteran for Buying Canned Iced Tea, Bug Spray

Napping Not Allowed: Ban on Sleeping in Cars Could Allow Police to Seize Car Occupants, Vehicles and Carry Out Warrantless Searches

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IN THE COURTS

The Supreme Court’s Majority Defends the Death Penalty

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Gun Questions During Traffic Stops

Federal Judge Sides With Federal Government, Rules Mass Surveillance Can Remain Secret

Massachusetts Judge Says ATF Can Apply A Suspect’s Fingerprints To Unlock An IPhone

Federal Judge Says Flashing Headlights To Warn Drivers Of Hidden Cops MIGHT Be Protected Speech

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Predator Cops Are a Menace to Society

The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

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Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms

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BOOK: Battlefield America: The War on the American People (Autographed by John W. Whitehead)

AMERICAN POLICE STATE

WATCH: Woman Goes Off on Montana Cops who Walked in Her Home Without a Warrant

Police In Oklahoma Kill Unarmed Naked Teen

Victims Say Domestic Abuse by Police Officers Goes Unpunished

The Growth of the American Police State

AMERICA AT WAR

US and China Account for Almost Half of World’s Military Spending

BEHIND BARS

John Kelly Joins Board of Company Operating Largest Shelter for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

People in Alabama Prisons Are Shackled to Buckets for Days on End

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NATIONAL SECURITY

US Searches of Phones, Laptops at Airports Rising

Monthly Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border Top 100,000

GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

Police Officers Outran Misconduct, Felonies and Became Police Chiefs

Former Cop Sentenced to 9 Years for Selling Drugs Stolen by Corrupt Police Squad

WAR ON KIDS, FAMILY

Mother Arrested for Letting Child Take Lyft to School

A 9-Year-Old Boy Was Handcuffed. How Many Other Children Have Been?

After a False Accusation, Police and Child Services Forced a Family Apart for 7 Months

Man Who Kept Girl In Dog Cage, Sexually Assaulted Her Won’t Serve Prison Time

You Apparently Can’t Win A Drug War Without Sexually Abusing Kids And Murdering Parents

Arizona’s Department Of Child Safety Has A Pattern Of Sending SWAT Teams For ‘Medical Kidnapping’

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Technology Is Supercharging Local Police

Uber To Track Drivers And Passengers In Real-Time Using RapidSOS App

FREE SPEECH

Facebook Bans Far-Right Leaders for Being ‘Dangerous’

Offended By What Someone Said? Now You Can Report Them To Law Enforcement

Florida Man Arrested After Refusing to Remove Obscene Sticker From Window

TECHNOLOGY

Robots Edge Closer to Unloading Trucks in Amazon-Era Milestone

ECONOMY

Wealthy Elites Freak Out As Homeless Hordes Take Over West Coast Neighborhoods

RESISTANCE

Family Separation Protests Surveilled by Private Firm for DHS

The State of the Union: These Are Dangerous Times, and the Government Is To Blame

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By John W. Whitehead
February 4, 2019

“As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”—Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in AmericaThese are dangerous times.

Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or because of terrorism, which is statistically rare, or because our borders are being invaded by armies, which data reports from the Department of Homeland Security refute.

No, the real danger that we face comes from none other than the U.S. government and the powers it has granted to its standing army to steal, cheat, harass, detain, brutalize, terrorize, torture and kill.

The danger “we the people” face comes from masked invaders on the government payroll who crash through our doors in the dark of night, shoot our dogs, and terrorize our families.

This danger comes from militarized henchmen on the government payroll who demand absolute obedience, instill abject fear, and shoot first and ask questions later.

This danger comes from power-hungry bureaucrats on the government payroll who have little to no understanding of their constitutional limits.

This danger comes from greedy politicians and corporations for whom profit trumps principle.

You want to know about the state of our union? It’s downright scary.

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A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

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By John W. Whitehead
November 5, 2018

For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” ― Brené Brown, research professor at the University of HoustonNot all heroes wear the uniform of war.

In the United States, however, we take particular pride in recognizing as heroes those who have served in the military.

Yet while we honor our veterans with holidays, parades, discounts at retail stores and restaurants, and endless political rhetoric about their sacrifice and bravery, we do a pitiful job of respecting their freedoms and caring for their needs once out of uniform.

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 is America’s badge of shame, with large numbers of veterans impoverished, unemployed, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, suicide, and marital stress, homeless, subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals, and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration offices.

Still, the government’s efforts to wage war on veterans, especially those who speak out against government wrongdoing, is downright appalling.

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Victory: Court Dismisses Case Against Disabled Veteran Arrested After Lawful Purchase of Canned Iced Tea, Aerosol Bug Spray & Razor Blades

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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In a victory for common sense and moderation in how police carry out security protocols, a general district court has granted The Rutherford Institute’s request to dismiss the government’s case against a disabled war veteran who was arrested and charged with a crime after he lawfully purchased cans of Arizona iced tea, aerosol bug spray, a light bulb, and razor blades, all of which were on the City of Charlottesville’s list of temporarily prohibited, potentially “dangerous” items.

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John Miska, a disabled war veteran, was charged with violating a City ordinance prohibiting potentially “dangerous” items. Incidentally, the veteran’s guns (not among the list of prohibited items) caused no alarm. In throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.

Elliott M. Harding of Harding Counsel PLLC, assisted The Rutherford Institute with Miska’s case.

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AMERICAN POLICE STATE

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AMERICAN POLICE STATE

Risk of Police-Involved Death by Race/Ethnicity and Place

Inked With a Skull in a Cowboy Hat, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Describes Exclusive Society of Lawmen at California Station

Former Deputy Who Made Child Porn Gets Probation Instead Of Prison Time

Salem Police: Deputy Stole Guns From Dead Man’s Home While on Duty

Policeman Confronts Reporter For Taking Photos of Him Detaining Homeless Man

Police Called Multiple Times on Girl Selling Homemade Cookies

Family Begs For Answers After Veteran Dies In Police Custody—Claim His Organs Are Missing

Cincinnati Police Use Taser on 11-Year-Old Girl Accused of Stealing From Supermarket

Cops Go To Wrong House, Kill Innocent Man, Receive A Free Pass From Local Grand Jury

Girl, 11, Shocked With Police Taser at Cincinnati Kroger

WATCH: Cop Attacks Handcuffed, Blindfolded Man for No Reason, Injuring Him—Not Guilty

State Police Testing Saliva Swab to Catch Stoned Drivers

Arkansas Officer Fired After Telling Group of Black Men They ‘Don’t Belong’ in His City

OVERCRIMINALIZATION

80-Year-Old Grandma Thrown in Jail For Smoking Pot In Her Own Home to Treat Her Arthritis

Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

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By John W. Whitehead
April 30, 2018

“Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better. READ MORE HERE!

Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work

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By John W. Whitehead

April 16, 2018

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“This is true whether you’re talking about taxpayers being forced to fund high-priced weaponry that will be used against us, endless wars that do little for our safety or our freedoms, or bloated government agencies such as the National Security Agency with its secret budgets, covert agendas and clandestine activities. Rubbing salt in the wound, even monetary awards in lawsuits against government officials who are found guilty of wrongdoing are paid by the taxpayer.”

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“Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”— James Russell Lowell, 19th century American novelist…..

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