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 |

The Rutherford Institute :: A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them |

December 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.

The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.

What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people—and those who represent them—about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them |

The Offended Majority – PaulCraigRoberts.org

December 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For too many decades the American people, by which I mean the people born and raised in the US in neighborhoods where there were family and neighbors who shared a culture, language, values, and history, have sat tolerantly while a tiny percentage of the population took away their culture by making it offensive to the tiny minority for Americans to live in their own culture.

For example, as John Whitehead of the Rutherford institute makes clear in his statement below, Americans are no longer allowed to practice Christmas outside their own homes. Homosexuals might be out of the closet, but the vast majority of Americans have been shoved into the closet.

Whitehead gives an accurate account of Americans’ inability to enjoy a public celebration of Christmas. The tiny minority simply won’t allow it and succeeded in using the Supreme Court to prevent it.

Source: The Offended Majority – PaulCraigRoberts.org

The Rutherford Institute :: Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed |

November 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.

It’s not an easy undertaking.

Weaponized by police, prosecutors, courts and legislatures, “disorderly conduct” charges have become a convenient means by which to punish those individuals who refuse to be muzzled.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed |

The Rutherford Institute :: Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control | John Whitehead 

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We never learn.

In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes.

Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and has been—perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes once profit and power are added to the equation.

The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state’s hands.-

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control |

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

November 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The government even has a name for its war on America’s veterans: Operation Vigilant Eagle.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals, military veterans and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics bode ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans |

The Rutherford Institute :: America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown | John Whitehead

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown |

The Rutherford Institute :: Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? |

October 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? |

The Rutherford Institute :: You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again |

October 16, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign.

That’s what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.

Yet through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom, rendering it with little more meaning than the right to file a lawsuit against government officials.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again |

The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State |

October 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us.

Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Indeed, every dystopian sci-fi film (and horror film, for that matter) we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science and technology, Big Business, and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful—but not without help from the citizenry.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State |

The Rutherford Institute :: Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age? |

September 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.

Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government rulers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age? |

The Rutherford Institute :: What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America |

September 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head.

We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties.

We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a police state.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America |

The Rutherford Institute :: Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer |

September 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It used to be that if you talked back to a teacher, or played a prank on a classmate, or just failed to do your homework, you might find yourself in detention or doing an extra writing assignment after school.

Of course, that was before school shootings became a part of our national lexicon.

Nowadays, as a result of the government’s profit-driven campaign to keep the nation “safe” from drugs, weapons and terrorism, students are not only punished for minor transgressions such as playing cops and robbers on the playground, bringing LEGOs to school, or having a food fight, but they are being punished with suspension, expulsion, and even arrest.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer |

The Rutherford Institute :: Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms |

August 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I have known a lot of good cops, I have defended a lot of good cops, and I have been fortunate to call a number of good cops friends.

So when I say that warrior cops—hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge—have not made America any safer or freer, I am not disrespecting any of the fine, decent, lawful police officers who take seriously their oath of office to serve and protect their fellow citizens, uphold the Constitution, and maintain the peace.

My beef is with the growing squads of warrior cops who have been given the green light to kill, shoot, taser, abuse and steal from American citizens in the so-called name of law and order.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms |

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