In A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead charts America's transition from a society governed by "we the people" to a police state governed by the strong arm of the law. In such an environment, the law becomes yet another tool to oppress the people. As a constitutional attorney of national prominence, and as president of The Rutherford Institute, an international civil liberties organization, Whitehead has been at the forefront of the fight for civil liberties in this country. The recurring theme at the heart of A Government of Wolves is that the American people are in grave danger of losing their basic freedoms. The simple fact is that the Constitution - and in particular the Bill of Rights - is being undermined on virtually every front. Indeed, everything America was founded upon is in some way being challenged. The openness and freedom that were once the hallmarks of our society are now in peril. We were once a society that valued individual liberty and privacy. But in recent years we have turned into a culture that has quietly accepted surveillance cameras, police and drug-sniffing dogs in our children's schools, national databases that track our finances and activities, sneak-and-peek searches of our homes without our knowledge or consent, and anti-terrorism laws that turn average Americans into suspects. In short, America has become a lockdown nation, and we are all in danger. A Government of Wolves not only explains these acute problems but is a call to action offering timely and practical initiatives for Americans to take charge of present course of history and stop the growing police state. But time is running out. We are at critical juncture and every citizen who values his or her personal freedom needs to pay close attention to the message in this book!
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About 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, Virginia. Deeply committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms of every American and the integral human rights of all people, The Rutherford Institute has emerged as a prominent leader in the national dialogue on civil liberties and human rights and a formidable champion of the Constitution. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most vocal and involved civil liberties attorneys, Whitehead’s approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom and the 2010 Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award for “[his] decades of difficult and important work, as well as [his] impeccable integrity in defending civil liberties for all.” As nationally syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff observed about Whitehead: “John Whitehead is not only one of the nation’s most consistent and persistent civil libertarians. He is also a remarkably perceptive illustrator of our popular culture, its insights and dangers. I often believe that John Whitehead is channeling the principles of James Madison, who would be very proud of him.” Born in 1946 in Tennessee, John W. Whitehead earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. He served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nat Hentoff xi
Part I Is This America? 1
1 I Am Afraid 3
2 Who Will Protect Us from Our Government? 13
3 On the Road to a Police State 23
Part II The Future Is Here 31
4 Fiction Has Become Reality 33
5 Reality Check 39
6 Smiling at Big Brother 47
Part III Welcome To The Police State 51
7 1984 53
8 America's New Way of Life 55
9 SWAT Team Mania 63
10 Dominate. Intimidate. Control. 75
11 The New York Prototype 85
Part IV The Electronic Concentration Camp 91
12 The Matrix: Where They Live 93
13 The Federal "Gestapo"? 97
14 Living in Oceania 105
15 The Watchers and the Watched 113
16 A Total Control Society 123
Part V America The Battlefield 133
17 Subduing a Populace: THX 1138 135
18 Tactics of Intimidation 137
19 Tasering Us into Compliance 143
20 The Goodbye Effect 151
21 Attack of the Drones 159
Part VI The New American Order 169
22 Soylent Green Is People 171
23 Are We All Criminals Now? 175
24 The Criminalization of America's School Children 185
25 The Prison Industrial Complex 193
26 The Psychology of Compliance 203
Part VII The Point Of No Return? 209
27 V for Vendetta 211
28 Have We Reached the Point of No Return? 215
29 Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them 219
30 Compliant Lambs or Nonviolent Gadflies? 225
31 What Kind of Revolutionary Will You Be? 229
About the Author 287
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Every one should read this book. Don't miss this one.
If you want to know what is happening in your country, the United States of America, this book is a MUST READ!
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