The Rutherford Institute :: The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction | By John W. Whitehead |

June 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality.

Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: You’re Under Arrest: How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power | By John W. Whitehead

June 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their 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.

We live in an age in which “we the people” are at the mercy of militarized, weaponized, immunized cops who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: You’re Under Arrest: How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power | By John W. Whitehead

The Rutherford Institute :: Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State | By John W. Whitehead |

May 30, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Red pill or blue pill? You decide.

Twenty years after the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which humans exist in a computer-simulated non-reality powered by authoritarian machines—a world where the choice between existing in a denial-ridden virtual dream-state or facing up to the harsh, difficult realities of life comes down to a red pill or a blue pill—we stand at the precipice of a technologically-dominated matrix of our own making.

We are living the prequel to The Matrix with each passing day, falling further under the spell of technologically-driven virtual communities, virtual realities and virtual conveniences managed by artificially intelligent machines that are on a fast track to replacing us and eventually dominating every aspect of our lives.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age | By John W. Whitehead

May 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people.

They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.

As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences.

It’s a dismal prospect, isn’t it?

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age | By John W. Whitehead |

D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy – John W. Whitehead

May 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Week after week, the script changes (Donald Trump’s Tweets, Congress’ hearings on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the military’s endless war drums, the ever-widening field of candidates for the 2020 presidential race, etc.) with each new script following on the heels of the last, never any let-up, never any relief from the constant melodrama.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State | By John W. Whitehead |

April 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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.”

That list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is merely the latest victim of the police state’s assault on dissidents and whistleblowers.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism | By John W. Whitehead |

April 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Case in point: Lawmakers across the country have been acting as fronts for corporations, sponsoring more than 10,000 model laws written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks such as the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone | By John W. Whitehead |

April 2, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

It’s not merely that life in the American Police State is more brutal, or more unjust, or even more corrupt. It’s getting more idiotic, more perverse, and more outlandish by the day.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments | By John W. Whitehead |

March 27, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster.

This is not a new development, nor is it a revelation.

This is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world—including its own citizenry—in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good.

Mind you, there is no greater good when the government is involved. There is only greater greed for money and power.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs | By John W. Whitehead |

March 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

In this, as in so many instances of official misconduct by government officials, the courts have ruled that the cops have qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that incentivizes government officials to engage in lawless behavior without fear of repercussions.

This is the heartless, heartbreaking, hypocritical injustice that passes for law and order in America today.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: Pity the Nation: War Spending Is Bankrupting America | John W. Whitehead |

March 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

War spending is bankrupting America.

Our nation is being preyed upon by a military industrial complex that is propped up by war profiteers, corrupt politicians and foreign governments.

America has so much to offer—creativity, ingenuity, vast natural resources, a rich heritage, a beautifully diverse populace, a freedom foundation unrivaled anywhere in the world, and opportunities galore—and yet our birthright is being sold out from under us so that power-hungry politicians, greedy military contractors, and bloodthirsty war hawks can make a hefty profit at our expense.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your hard-earned tax dollars are being used for national security and urgent military needs.

It’s all a ruse.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Pity the Nation: War Spending Is Bankrupting America | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make a Mockery of the Fourth Amendment | By John W. Whitehead |

March 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

You think you’ve got rights? Think again.

All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.

This is the grim reality of life in the American police state.

Our so-called rights have been reduced to technicalities in the face of the government’s ongoing power grabs.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make a Mockery of the Fourth Amendment | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data | By John W. Whitehead |

February 27, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Uncle Sam wants you.

Correction: Big Brother wants you.

To be technically accurate, Big Brother—aided and abetted by his corporate partners in crime—wants your data.

That’s what we have been reduced to in the eyes of the government and Corporate America: data bits and economic units to be bought, bartered and sold to the highest bidder.

Those highest bidders include America’s political class and the politicians aspiring to get elected or re-elected. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “If you have been to a political rally, a town hall, or just fit a demographic a campaign is after, chances are good your movements are being tracked with unnerving accuracy by data vendors on the payroll of campaigns.”

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: I’m Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine’s Day, and Neither Should You | By John W. Whitehead |

February 12, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Appearances to the contrary, this country does not belong exclusively to the corporations or the special interest groups or the oligarchs or the war profiteers or any particular religious, racial or economic demographic.

This country belongs to all of us: each and every one of us—“we the people”—but most especially, this country belongs to those of us who love freedom enough to stand and fight for it.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we are fast approaching the point at which we will have nothing left to lose.

Don’t wait for things to get that bad before you find your voice and your conscience.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: I’m Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine’s Day, and Neither Should You | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: The State of the Union: These Are Dangerous Times, and the Government Is To Blame | John Whitehead

February 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

T-he 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.

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

The Rutherford Institute :: Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare | John Whitehead

January 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

At that point, when you find yourself in the government’s crosshairs, it will not matter whether your skin is black or yellow or brown or white; it will not matter whether you’re an immigrant or a citizen; it will not matter whether you’re rich or poor; it will not matter whether you’re Republican or Democrat; and it certainly won’t matter who you voted for in the last presidential election.

At that point—at the point you find yourself subjected to dehumanizing, demoralizing, thuggish behavior by government bureaucrats who are hyped up on the power of their badges and empowered to detain, search, interrogate, threaten and generally harass anyone they see fit—remember you were warned.

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump’s longtime supporters, for example.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare |

The Rutherford Institute :: Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI’s Diabolical Plan to Create a Nation of Suspects | John Whitehead

January 23, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

“As more and more data flows from your body and brain to the smart machines via the biometric sensors, it will become easy for corporations and government agencies to know you, manipulate you, and make decisions on your behalf. Even more importantly, they could decipher the deep mechanisms of all bodies and brains, and thereby gain the power to engineer life. If we want to prevent a small elite from monopolising such godlike powers, and if we want to prevent humankind from splitting into biological castes, the key question is: who owns the data? Does the data about my DNA, my brain and my life belong to me, to the government, to a corporation, or to the human collective?”―Professor Yuval Noah Harari

Uncle Sam wants you.

Correction: Uncle Sam wants your DNA.

Actually, if the government gets its hands on your DNA, they as good as have you in their clutches.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI’s Diabolical Plan to Create a Nation of Suspects |

The Rutherford Institute :: Beware the Emergency State: Imperial, Unaccountable and Unconstitutional – John W. Whitehead

January 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The civil unrest, the national emergencies, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters,” the government’s reliance on the armed forces to solve domestic political and social problems, the implicit declaration of martial law packaged as a well-meaning and overriding concern for the nation’s security…

The government has been planning and preparing for such a crisis for years now.

No matter that this crisis is of the government’s own making.

To those for whom power and profit are everything, the end always justifies the means.-

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Beware the Emergency State: Imperial, Unaccountable and Unconstitutional |

The Rutherford Institute :: WHITEHEAD: Break the Cycle: In 2019, Say No to the Government’s Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse |

December 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses—cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable—that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long.

Let’s make 2019 the year we stop living in a state of utter denial, desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, accustomed to reports of government corruption, and anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state.

Let’s make 2019 the year we refuse to allow the government’s abusive behavior to be our new normal. There is nothing normal about 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 brutality, profit-driven prisons, or pay-to-play politicians.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: WHITEHEAD: Break the Cycle: In 2019, Say No to the Government’s Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse |

The Rutherford Institute :: Government Shutdown or Not, the Police State Will Continue to Flourish |

December 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The government has shut down again.

At least, parts of the government have temporarily shut down over President Trump’s demand for a $5 billion border wall.

Yet while these political games dominate news headlines, send the stock market into a nosedive, and put more than 800,000 federal employees at risk of having to work without pay, nothing about this government shutdown will diminish the immediate and very real dangers of the American Police State with its 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, private prisons, weaponized drones, red light cameras, tasers, active shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Government Shutdown or Not, the Police State Will Continue to Flourish |

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