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Articles by John W. Whitehead

Watchlisted: You’re Probably Already on a Government Extremism List

by John & Nisha Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute—Commentary

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.”—Hunter S. Thompson

 According to the FBI, you may be an anti-government extremist if you’ve:

a) purchased a Bible or other religious materials,

b) used terms like “MAGA” and “Trump,” ...

The White House Goes Rogue: Secret Surveillance Program Breaks all the Rules

by John & Nisha Whitehead

This essay originally appeared in Rutherford on November 29, 2023.

“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.”

William O. Douglas, dissenting in Osborn v. United States ...

We the Targeted: How the Government Weaponizes Surveillance to Silence its Critics 2372

by John & Nisha Whitehead

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a ...

A Nation of Snitches: DHS Is Grooming Americans to Report on Each Other

By John & Nisha Whitehead

September 19, 2023

“There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary ...

We’re All Suspects in a DNA Lineup, Waiting to be Matched with a Crime

By John & Nisha Whitehead
August 21, 2023

“Make no mistake about it … your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason… I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would ...

FBI Make-Work Entrapment Schemes: Creating Criminals in Order to Arrest Them

by John and Nisha Whitehead

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

We’re not dealing with a government that exists to serve its people, protect their liberties and ensure their happiness.

Rather, we are the unfortunate victims of the diabolical machinations of a make-works program carried out on an epic scale whose only purpose is to keep the powers-that-be permanently (and profitably) employed.

Case in point: the FBI.

The government’s henchmen have become the embodiment of how power, once acquired, can be so easily corrupted and abused. Indeed, far from being tough on crime, FBI agents are also among the nation’s most notorious lawbreakers.

Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches, synagogues and mosques; issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans’ phone records; using intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government, or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then entrapping them, the overall impression of the nation’s secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug, flexing its muscles and doing the boss’ dirty work.

Clearly, this is not a government agency that appears to understand, let ...

360 Degree Surveillance: How Police Use Public-Private Partnerships to Spy on Americans

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

“We live in a surveillance state founded on a partnership between government and the technology industry.”

— Law Professor Avidan Y. Cover

In this age of ubiquitous surveillance, there are no private lives: everything is public.

Surveillance cameras ...

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

by John & Nisha Whitehead

“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”


You’d better watch out — you’d better not pout — you’d better ...

The FBI’s Gestapo Tactics: Hallmarks of an Authoritarian Regime

by John & Nisha Whitehead

This article was originally published by The Rutherford Institute on August 22, 2022. It is reprinted here with permission.


“We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.” —Harry Truman


With every passing day, the United States government borrows ...

Everybody’s Guilty: To the Police State, We’re All Criminals Until We Prove Otherwise

by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.”

—Hunter S. Thompson

The burden of proof has been reversed.

No longer are we presumed innocent. Now we’re presumed guilty unless we can prove our innocence beyond a reasonable ...



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