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

New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1—The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs – Consortiumnews – Elizabeth Vos

April 24, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

WikiLeaks was founded in 2006, but it was the April 5, 2010, publication of “Collateral Murder” that made the whistleblower-publisher a world-wide phenomenon, attracting admirers and enemies.

WikiLeaks wrote of the film: “The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.”

WikiLeaks noted that Reuters had unsuccessfully attempted to gain access to the video through the Freedom of Information Act in the years after the strike.

The day after the release of the footage, The New York Times described WikiLeaks as a once-fringe website that had moved into the big time. “The site has become a thorn in the side of authorities in the United States and abroad,” it said. “With the Iraq attack video, the clearinghouse for sensitive documents is edging closer toward a form of investigative journalism and to advocacy.”

Source: New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1—The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs – Consortiumnews

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 |

Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange – Counter Punch – GIORGIO AGAMBEN

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at its disposal. It had to do with, according to Assange, selling to insurance companies and secret services data about the interests, desires, consumption habits, state of health, reading practices…in a nutshell data about the life of millions of individuals in all its aspects.

According to Assange—and I believe we can share his view—this would mean an unprecedented increase in the possible ways of controlling human beings through the powers of the market and the police. What is at the core of Assange’s arrest is, therefore, not only the desire to punish past WikiLeaks investigations, but to impede investigations currently underway that evidently all those implicated seem to be threatened by. It is also for this reason that it is necessary to express unreserved solidarity with Assange.

Source: Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange

Guess who killed our freedom of speech? – John Kaminski

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Once upon a time, U.S. politicians use to brag about how America was the only place in the world that permitted genuine freedom of speech. Of course, like everything else they say, that turned out to be a lie. Perhaps it is the greatest lie we have ever heard in our lifetimes.

In fact, America has traded its Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech for laws protecting the very people aiming to destroy the country.

We’ve lost our First Amendment, you know? Yes, that’s the one that claims to protect our Freedom of Speech. Hell, most Americans don’t know or care whether it exists or not, but the implications for everyone are ominous. Already in Michigan lawmakers are making of list of people who oppose government lies. Link

Source: Guess who killed our freedom of speech?

The Assange arrest is a warning from history | Intrepid Report.com – John Pilger

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sow the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilisation”. The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you on a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on radio, you running a podcast.

Assange’s principal media tormentor, the Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called “the greatest scoop of the last 30 years”. The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

Source: The Assange arrest is a warning from history | Intrepid Report.com

Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books” | Zero Hedge

April 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

“Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden wrote on Twitter in reaction to seeing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange dragged by UK police from his seven year asylum captivity at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.

As we reported Assange’s lawyer has confirmed that he was arrested not solely on charges stemming from skipping bail in the UK, but in connection with an extradition request from the US.

Hours after Assange was loaded into the police van, WikiLeaks confirmed he’d been taken to Westminster Magistrates court, noting “He has been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiracy with @xychelsea for publishing classified information revealing war crimes in 2010.”

Source: Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books” | Zero Hedge

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum – The Intercept – Robert Mackey

April 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Assange’s lawyer, Jen Robinson, tweeted that he had been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions in the United Kingdom, but also in relation to an American extradition request. Apparently citing Assange himself as a source, the lawyer said the warrant was for allegedly conspiring with Chelsea Manning to leak documents in 2010.

Moreno also said that British authorities had offered him a guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could be tortured or face the death penalty. That seemed like a clear reference to the United States, where, the United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia accidentally revealed in November that it had filed a secret indictment charging Assange with crimes related to Wikileaks disclosures.

Source: Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum

The Real SPLC – American Free Press – John Friend

April 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The infamous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) —also known as “Hate Inc.,” is one of the most powerful radical left-wing activist organizations in America. Today, however, it finds itself in total chaos due to events that have transpired in recent weeks. Morris Dees, the SPLC’s infamous co-founder and leader for decades, was fired by the organization and several other high-profile executives have now resigned.

On March 13, the SPLC, which masquerades as a civil rights group, announced that it had fired Dees, as this newspaper recently reported. Few specific details have emerged regarding the subversive, anti-America organization’s decision to sack Dees. Top officials have said merely he was let go for “misconduct.” Ten days later, SPLC’s president, Richard Cohen, who was regularly consulted by various mainstream media outlets as an expert on “hate,” announced he was resigning.

“After more than 30 years at the Southern Poverty Law Center, I’ve decided to step down,” Cohen announced in a statement released on March 23. “Other legacy civil rights organizations have transitioned to a new generation of leaders, and I believe that we should, too.”

Source: The Real SPLC – American Free Press

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 |

Look at the UK and see tyranny being imposed on disarmed Britons | Non-Intervention2 – Michael Scheuer

March 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly three years ago, the majority of the British electorate voted in a referendum to leave the EU. The British voters were sick of Brussels’ authoritarians strutting, preening, and acting as their masters; the EU-sanctioned flood of unwanted, diseased, unskilled, uneducated, and violent migrants; the refusal of their own government to protect them from that wave of human refuse; and the increasingly clear reality that the power of the British Parliament, judiciary, and laws was being blunted by EU institutions. It also was clear — though nearly all British media ignored this fact — that the civil liberties of Britons were being constricted in favor of giving legal preference to migrants. So much is this the reality, that a native-born Briton defending himself against a threat by, say, a knife-wielding Muslim, is more likely to be damned than helped by the law.

While shocked by the public’s support for what was, in essence, a freedom referendum meant to make sure that Britons once again would be ruled by Britons, and that British sovereignty, independence, and nationalism could again flourish, Britain’s political class stayed cool. The oh-so-wise. British upper-class – long ensconced in the parts of the Conservative Party — joined with other Conservative, Liberal, and Labor leaders, business titans, and almost all of the nation’s media to undermine, slow-roll, terrify the citizenry, and, eventually, undo the result of a legitimate referendum that approved the UK’s departure from the EU. To date they have succeeded. With very few exceptions, those working to keep the UK mired in the EU swamp have used every possible artifice to disguise their obvious contempt for the pro-exit voters’ because of lower socio-economic status, lack of Oxbridge educations, and cheeky uppityness in challenging what their betters had so kindly done for them by making Britons the groveling subjects of the mighty EU.

Source: Look at the UK and see tyranny being imposed on disarmed Britons | Non-Intervention2

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 |

Jewish Attitudes toward Free Speech: What’s Good for the Jews – The Occidental Observer – Kevin MacDonald

March 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Amazon is no longer selling books linked to White nationalism by the thought police at Quartz. It’s obvious that in the EU and since the 2016 election in the US, there have been campaigns to destroy the media presence of the dissident right by deplatforming from financial sites like PayPal, limiting followers and shadow-banning on Twitter, etc. Even mainstream conservatives like Ann Coulter and Charles Murray have had talks at universities cancelled amidst violence and threats of violence The campaign against free speech is clearly heating up. Since Jewish issues are discussed on this site (who knows for how long!), I thought it appropriate to comment on the recent history of Jewish attitudes toward free speech.

There is a huge contrast between the stance of the organized Jewish community regarding free speech depending on whether it’s “good for the Jews.” During the 1950s, the organized Jewish community consistently opposed measures intended to make it more difficult for communists to operate within the American system even as it officially opposed communism. For example, Jewish organizations objected to any infringements of civil liberties or academic freedom enacted to firm up national security. Jews were also vastly overrepresented in high-profile cases among those invoking the Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate oneself, so that public hearings like Sen. Joe McCarthy’s inevitably highlighted the Jewish role in communism. For example, in 1952, of 124 people questioned by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Weingarten identifies 79 Jews, 32 non-Jews and 13 with unknown ethnicity. All invoked the Fifth.

Source: Jewish Attitudes toward Free Speech: What’s Good for the Jews – The Occidental Observer

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 Terrifying Arrest of My Husband Roger Stone | Roger Stone | Stone Cold Truth

February 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

By now I’m sure you have heard about the terrifying pre-dawn raid on the house in Ft. Lauderdale where I live with my husband Roger Stone.

A little before 6am, twenty-nine assault weapon wielding FBI agents in full tactical gear, and wearing night vision goggles, surrounded our home. Because I am hearing impaired and I was sleeping, I did not hear the commotion when an FBI agent pounded on the door demanding my husband open it. I did not know he had been handcuffed and taken into custody.

I woke up only when two FBI agents burst into our bedroom and demanded that I get out of bed at gunpoint. I was marched out to the street in front of our house wearing only a night gown and in bare feet. I was instructed to stand next to my husband who was handcuffed and also barefooted. I am not charged with any crime.

Source: The Terrifying Arrest of My Husband Roger Stone | Roger Stone | Stone Cold Truth

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 |

Whatever Mueller Finds, Gag-Orders and No-Knock Raids Should Appall EVERYONE. | The Daily Bell – Joe Jarvis

January 31, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

I don’t care if you are the most rabid left-wing liberal, a staunch thin-blue-line conservative, or anywhere in between. This is the type of thing that should raise red flags to everyone who cares one iota about personal freedom or an impartial justice system.

It is a police state tactic, pure and simple.

Source: Whatever Mueller Finds, Gag-Orders and No-Knock Raids Should Appall EVERYONE. | The Daily Bell

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 |

Giuliani Says Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted – Consortiumnews – Joe Lauria

January 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, said Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had done “nothing wrong” and should not go to jail for disseminating stolen information just as major media does.

“Let’s take the Pentagon Papers,” Giuliani told Fox News. “The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they?  It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Nobody went to jail at The New York Times and The Washington Post.”

Giuliani said there were “revelations during the Bush administration” such as Abu Ghraib.  “All of that is stolen property taken from the government, it’s against the law. But once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it,” Giuliani said, “for the purpose of informing people.”

Source: Giuliani Says Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted – Consortiumnews

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