A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State

A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State

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by John W. Whitehead

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“A NATION OF SHEEP WILL BEGET A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES”–EDWARD R. MURROW America is fast moving into a state of lockdown. Surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, blood draws at DUI checkpoints, mosquito drones, tasers, privatized prisons, GPS tracking devices, zero tolerance policies, overcriminalization,


“A NATION OF SHEEP WILL BEGET A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES”–EDWARD R. MURROW America is fast moving into a state of lockdown. Surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, blood draws at DUI checkpoints, mosquito drones, tasers, privatized prisons, GPS tracking devices, zero tolerance policies, overcriminalization, free speech zones—these are all symptoms of the emerging police state in America. A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES paints a chilling portrait of a nation in the final stages of transformation into outright authoritarianism, whose citizens have become little more than a nation of suspects to be cowed, corralled, and controlled. Pulling from his extensive knowledge of constitutional law, history, and futuristic films, John W. Whitehead helps readers navigate this treacherous terrain and provides them with a blueprint for hopefully finding their way back to freedom.

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Publishers Weekly
Using a handful of movies as metaphors– not to mention a healthy dose of George Orwell – attorney John W. Whitehead's book is an overzealous investigation of the increasingly invasive methods various surveillance agencies are using under the guise of protecting citizens. He offers example after example of the erosion of civil liberties. The Patriot Act, Whitehead says, has given government agencies like the NSA and even local police departments the ability to use electronic surveillance via GPS, cell phones, and cameras to monitor our activities, often without our knowledge. His increasingly strident tone as he describes mobile scanners that can monitor your every movement, even in your own home, and a society in which pharmaceuticals are used to keep the populace anaesthetized and obedient cranks up the melodrama. With photos clippings, diagrams, bullet points, full page graphics, the execution of this book may come off as a riled-up rant but his multiple examples, backed up with copious footnotes and references, are enough to give even the most optimistically obedient citizen cause for concern. Whitehead is a concerned citizen bursting at the seams to get his point across. (June)
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John Whitehead is one of the most eloquent and knowledgeable defenders of liberty, and opponents of the growing American police state, writing today. I am pleased to recommend A Government of Wolves to anyone interested in learning how modern America increasingly resembles a dystopian science fiction film instead of a Constitutional Republic. — Ron Paul, 12-term US Congressman and former Presidential candidate

The loss of liberty doesn't begin with invading armies, but with creeping government that slowly and almost imperceptibly invades our privacy with cameras, drones, wiretaps and monitoring of email communication. We are told this is for our own good. In this book, John Whitehead sounds a warning about overreaching government we had better heed before the point of no return has been reached. — Cal Thomas, Syndicated and USA Today Columnist/Fox News Contributor

I was privileged to have Duke Ellington as a mentor, who said of the jazz that was unsuccessfully banned in their countries by Stalin and Hitler: The music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country. But only a basically free country could have produced back then such freedom of expression that has become so energizing a global presence. If we are to be again this free a nation, John Whitehead will have had a lot to do with our being able to swing again. — Nat Hentoff, American historian and nationally syndicated columnist

? Where is Thomas Paine now that we need him? He's here just in the nick of time in the person of John Whitehead, an uncompromising debunker of lies, rhetoric mongers, rights-shredders and the criminal acts of our shameless, double-crossing government. Drop everything and read A Government of Wolves before it's too late! I loved and was horrified by this disturbing and courageous book! — David Dalton, New York Times bestselling author and a founding editor of Rolling Stone Magazine

A masterfully documented chronicle of frightened citizen vassalage to a Leviathan state in a hopes of a risk-free existence. An end to liberty is at hand. — Bruce Fein, associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and author of American Empire Before The Fall

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Meet the Author

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, VA. Whitehead serves as the Institute's president and spokesperson.

Nathan Irving Nat Hentoff is an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media and writes regularly on jazz and country music for The Wall Street Journal.

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A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading on all school campuses before it is too late, before the rule of law becomes fiction through propaganda and subtle conditioning of the populace, starting with our children. You owe it to yourself,  the Founding Fathers, and your country to read this book.
SquirrelSlayer More than 1 year ago
For me this was like preaching to the choir. I'm 60 and have watched liberty in this country be nibbled away like a small mouse with a very large cheese. Every time I hear "there ought to be a law" I just cringe. Really - you don't think we have enough? Laws are like grains of sand on a beach. You don't notice one (unless it's YOUR eye it gets in), however, you wake up one day and you can't see the water anymore. Some are well intentioned (the road to hell is paved with good intentions) but most are just to serve whatever lobbyist can pay the most (we have the best politicians money can buy). Younger people won't notice so much - much of the damage was done well before they were born. Perhaps John's book can enlighten a few. Most are too preoccupied with "the bread and circus". Anyway -I can't quite say it was a "delightful" read, however, it was a necessary one. Keep up with the good fight John. (I fear it's far too late.) “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The assault on our constitutional rights is clearly set forth in this book. We are giving over our rights for the illusion of security. Yet, the courts defeat the citizens security concerns by releasing the worst criminals, by making law abiding citizens keep silent with more and more erosion of our ability to speak out. Big government is defeating this last bastion of liberty in the world today. If the USA fails to be a republic of the people and falls under governmental controls, regulations and the PC crowd, we will be under the drug of mindless entertainment and the inability to think and act as free people.
Malleus More than 1 year ago
This book takes great strides in illuminating the crimes of our local, state and federal governments. Slowly our rights are being eroded while we sit here and do nothing. Every point that the author raises in this book is easily verified through internet searches. Read it and be afraid, be very afraid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be read by anyone who is concerned about the future of America I am not an alarmist by nature but I am also not naïve as to what is going on in our government today. William Pitt said "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it." This book is very telling about what power is doing to those in authority today. You need to read this book, especially if you think you could not be the victim of authority out of control.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every one should read this book. Don't miss this one.
BoatLA More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what is happening in your country, the United States of America, this book is a MUST READ!
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gedCA More than 1 year ago
FEAR AND LOATHING IN AMERICA.  "...SWAT teams battering down doors without search warrants and FBI agents acting as a secret police that investigate and 'detain' dissenting citizens have become all-too-common  occurrences in contemporary America."—page 63/305 Sweet, police-state, paranoia.  Ya gotta love it.  And I do.  I remember well what a good friend once told me, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that everyone isn't out to get ya." A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES: The emerging American Police State, by John Whitehead and Nat Hentoff is a good old-fashioned, sky-is-falling, diatribe of the type that used to get my hackles up—way up.  It still does, but now the fury is sprinkled through with a touch of sadness that my generation should be leaving our children and grandchildren in much worst shape than we were ever in.   We were the beneficiaries of the 'Greatest Generation.'  We got to enjoy all the cool innovations—suburbia, shopping malls, fast-food drive-thrus, and Rock 'n Roll... We had it all.  But, for our legacy, we're leaving drive-by surveillance; warrantless, no-knock, SWAT team raids; eye-in-the-sky spy drones, and all those glorious, allegedly non-fatal, 'compliance' weapons.   Which brings me back to having my hackles raised.  I was furious when I read just how decimated our Forth Amendment rights have become; upset and frightened to learn how extensively militarized our 'local' police agencies now are—but I didn't go ballistic, with fear and loathing, until I read:  "In August 2012 the Social Security Administration (SSA) placed an order for 174,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition."—page 75 Hollow point ammunition is, oh, so deadly.  Is the SSA planning to need to use deadly force against its more rebellious octogenarian beneficiaries, someday?  Be forewarned, old folks.  When you come, come heavily armed.  Your opposition already is. Recommendation:  You don't have to be paranoid to read this stuff...  But it does help.  And it helps to be reminded of the need for vigilance.  Especially nice, too, to read a refresher summary (first time introduction, for some, no doubt) of the Bill of Rights. "...at one time, the idea of a total surveillance state tracking one's every move would have been abhorrent to most Americans"—page 123 NOOKbook edition, 305 pages