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Articles by John W. Whitehead

Digital Tyranny: Beware of the Government’s Push for a Digital Currency

by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute

“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.”—Thomas Paine

The government wants your money.It will beg, steal or borrow if necessary, but it wants your money any way it can get it.

The government’s schemes ...

You’d Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has a Naughty List, and You’re On It

by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, Rutherford.org

He sees you when you’re sleeping 

 He knows when you’re awake

He knows when you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness’ sake!

—“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

Santa’s got a new helper.

No longer does the all-knowing, all-seeing, jolly Old St. Nick need to rely on antiquated elves on shelves and other seasonal snitches in order to know when you’re sleeping or awake, and if you’ve been naughty or nice.

Thanks to the government’s almost limitless powers made possible by a domestic army of techno-tyrants, fusion centers and Peeping Toms, Santa can get real-time reports on who’s been good or bad this year. This creepy new era of government/corporate spying—in which we’re being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted—makes the NSA’s rudimentary phone and metadata surveillance appear almost antiquated in comparison.

Consider just a small sampling of the tools being used to track our movements, monitor our spending, and sniff out all the ways in which our thoughts, actions and social circles might land us on the government’s naughty list.

Tracking you based on your health status. In the age of COVID-19, digital health passports are ...

Make Way for the Snitch State The All-Seeing Fourth Branch of Government

The All-Seeing Fourth Branch of Government

by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

It is just when people are all engaged in snooping on themselves and one another that they become anesthetized to the whole process. As information itself becomes the largest business in the world, data banks know more ...

Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank Check Traffic Stops

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman ...

Comply or Die: The Only Truly Compliant Person in a Police State Is a Dead One

by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute – Commentary

“If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t ...

Machinery of Death: When the Government Acts as Judge, Jury and Executioner

“Police fail to grasp that they are public servants for peace. They should provide a civil service, to enforce the laws equally, without bias and with discretion. They must understand that they do not have immunity or special ...

Don’t Call the Cops. Especially if Your Loved Ones Are Old, Disabled or Have Special Needs

by John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute – Commentary

“Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.”
Steve Silberman, The New York ...

This Is Not a Revolution. It’s a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation

by John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute – Commentary

“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you—pull your beard, flick your face—to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle ...

Suspending the Constitution: Police State Uses Crises to Expand Its Lockdown Powers

By John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute, March 24, 2020

 “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” — Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

 You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but they are also rendering the citizenry fully dependent on the government for financial handouts, medical intervention, protection and sustenance.

Unless we find some way to rein in the government’s power grabs, the fall-out will be epic.

Everything I have warned about for years—government overreach, invasive surveillance, martial law, abuse of powers, militarized police, weaponized technology used to track and control the citizenry, and so on—has coalesced into this present moment.

The government’s shameless exploitation of past national emergencies for its own nefarious purposes ...

Nullify Government Tyranny: In 2020, Harness the Power of Your Discontent

by John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute – Commentary

“The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will ...

 

 

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