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John W. Whitehead implores the American people to get their heads out of the sand.

  • Jul 20, 2013
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What I am describing within these pages has not come about as an overnight change.  Rather, the emerging American police state can be seen in subtle trends introduced by those in leadership--government, media, education--towards greater control and manipulation of the individual.  With the advent of electronic media and the increasing computerization of American society, the mechanisms for manipulation have arrived"
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For those who are paying attention, the red flags are everywhere around us.  Slowly but surely, like Chinese water torture, the American people are losing their freedoms.  The Founding Fathers would be appalled.  The United States of America is slowly but surely exhibiting all of the characteristics of a police state.  According to author John W. Whitehead the slow but deliberate march towards authoritarianism began about two decades ago and has only accelerated since the unfortunate events of 9/11.  We are witnessing first-hand the dismantling of our institutions, due process, the rule of law and the American Constitution, all in the name of security.  Mesmerized by fear and the bread and circuses offered by the government and corporate America the majority of the American people have no idea what is happening to them and really don't seem to care.  John W. Whitehead is an author and attorney who is an expert in the area of constitutional law.  Whitehead believes that time is running out for the American people to rise up and clamp down on the military-industrial complex that is running roughshod over them. He has assembled a cornucopia of eye-opening facts and observations about all of this in his compelling new book "A Government of Wolves:  The Emerging American Police State".  Trust me, the more you read the more concerned you are going to be.

Did you know that federal agencies now employ more than 100,000 full-time personnel authorized to make arrests and carry firearms?  Consider that the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service all have their own law enforcement divisions.  Talk about overkill!  Were you aware that the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) mandates that anyone "suspected" of terrorism against the United States can now be held in military custody indefinitely and without trial?  Are you concerned that in just a few short years there will be an estimated 30,000 drones patrolling the skies in big cities and small towns all across America?  And if all of this were not enough, John W. Whitehead reveals the disturbing facts about the Utah Data Center, a $2 billion facility in the tiny desert town of Bluffdale.  According to the author: "At five times the size of the U.S. Capitol, the UDC is a clearinghouse and a depository for every imaginable kind of information to be tracked, collected, catalogued, and analyzed by the UDC's supercomputers and teams of government agents.  Had enough?  Unfortunately, time does not permit to me mention all of the outrageous ways that our government is abridging or trampling on the constitutional rights of the average American.  You really do need to read the book to get up to speed.

"A Government of Wolves:  The Emerging American Police State" is John W. Whitehead's clarion call for the American people to at long last take a stand and say "no more".  The battle lines have been drawn and essentially this is becoming a battle of overbearing government and corporate elites versus the rest of us.  Whether you are an anti-war activist, a Tea Party member, an Occupy Wall street participant, a Ron Paul supporter or a Second Amendment advocate the federal government does not want to hear from you and has myriad technologies (surveillance cameras, GPS tracking devices, tasers and facial recognition software to name but a few) at its disposal to discourage you from speaking out.  Furthermore, the militarization of local police forces is extremely troubling and potentially very dangerous. John Whitehead offers his comprehensive case in a logical and forthright manner.  Clearly, we are becoming a nation of suspects.  I for one do not want to live in a "nanny state" where bake sales and pot luck suppers are banned and 10 year old kids cannot set up a lemonade stand in front of their home without a $400 permit.  You will discover that there is an awful lot of food for thought in this book.  Very highly recommended!

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