John W. Whitehead
April 13, 2015
"What the government is good at
is collecting taxes, taking
away your freedoms
and killing people.
It's not good at much else."
The American people remain eager to be
persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the
problems that plague us.
Yet no matter who wins this next
presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will
be the same as the old boss, and we - the permanent underclass in
America - will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the
police state in all matters, public and private.
Indeed, as I point out in my new book
Battlefield America: The War on the American People,
it really doesn't matter what you call them,
long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White
House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the
shots will continue to do so.
Consider the following a much-needed
reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of
overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and
meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same
"economic elites and
organized groups representing business interests have
substantial independent impacts on U.S. government
17,000 local police forces are equipped with such
military equipment, as Blackhawk helicopters,
machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams,
explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision,
rappelling gear and armored vehicles," reports Paul Craig
Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
"Some have tanks."
is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who
cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That
is not an exaggeration."
FACT: The number of
violent crimes in the country
substantially, the lowest rate in forty years, while
the number of Americans being
jailed for nonviolent
crimes such as driving with a suspended license is
FACT: Despite the fact that
women only make up 8 percent of the prison population,
they are more likely to be strip searched, though not more
likely to carry contraband.
FACT: Despite the fact that we
FACT: Since 2001 Americans have
$10.5 million every hour for numerous
foreign military occupations, including in Iraq and
There's also the
million spent every hour on maintaining the United
States' nuclear stockpile, and the
spent every hour to produce and maintain our
collection of Tomahawk missiles.
And then there's the money the
government exports to other countries to support their
arsenals, at the cost of
million every hour for the American taxpayers.
FACT: It is estimated that
2.7 million children in the United States have at least one
parent in prison, whether it be a local jail or a
state or federal penitentiary, due to a wide range of
factors ranging from over-criminalization and surprise raids
at family homes to roadside traffic stops.
FACT: At least
400 to 500 innocent people are killed by police officers
Indeed, Americans are now eight
times more likely to
a police confrontation than they are to be killed by
a terrorist. Americans are 110 times more likely to
die of foodborne
illness than in a terrorist attack.
FACT: Police officers
are more likely to be struck by lightning than be made
financially liable for their wrongdoing.
FACT: On an average day in
over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT
There has been a notable buildup
in recent years of SWAT teams
non-security-related federal agencies such as,
the Department of
the Railroad Retirement
the Tennessee Valley
the Office of Personnel
the Consumer Product Safety
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
the Education Department
FACT: The FBI's Next Generation
Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, which is
set to hold data on millions of Americans, will
include a variety of biometric data, including palm prints,
iris scans, and face recognition data.
The FBI hopes to have 52 million
images by 2015. NGI will be capable of
uploading 55,000 images a day, and conducting tens
of thousands of photo searches a day.
FACT: Comprising an
$82 billion industry, at least 30,000 drones are
expected to occupy U.S. airspace by 2020.
FACT: Devices are now being
developed that would
allow police to stop a car remotely, ostensibly to
end police chases.
FACT: Everything we do
will eventually be connected to the Internet.
By 2030 it is estimated there
100 trillion sensor devices connecting human electronic
devices (cell phones, laptops, etc.) to the
Internet. Much, if not all, of our electronic devices will
be connected to Google, which openly works with government
FACT: In 2015 mega-food
corporations will begin rolling out high-tech shelving
outfitted with cameras in order to
shopping behavior of customers, as well as
information like the age and sex of shoppers.
FACT: If knowledge is power,
it's no wonder Americans are in hot water. According to a
study by the National Constitution Center,
41 percent of Americans,
"are not aware that there
are three branches of government, and 62 percent
couldn't name them; 33 percent couldn't even name one."
"spends more than
thirty-four hours a week watching live television...
plus another three to six hours watching taped
Perhaps the most troubling fact of all
is this: we have handed over control of our government and our lives
to faceless bureaucrats who view us as little more than cattle to be
bred, branded, butchered and sold for profit.
If there is to be any hope of restoring
our freedoms and reclaiming control over our government, it will
rest not with the politicians but with the people themselves.
When all is said and done, each American
will have to decide for themselves whether they prefer dangerous
freedom to peaceful slavery.