John Whitehead

John W. Whitehead
Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of The Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017

A Future Riddled with Hidden & Not-So-Hidden Dangers “When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious […]

The Tyranny at Standing Rock: The Government’s Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working

“We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”— Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in The Works of Benjamin Franklin Divide and conquer. It’s one of the oldest military strategies in the books, and it’s proven to be the police state’s most effective weapon for maintaining the status quo. How do you […]

When It Comes to Fake News, the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Culprit

“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.”—Former New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg Let’s talk about fake news stories, shall we? There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material […]

‘We the People’ Against Tyranny: Seven Principles for Free Government

Time to vote with our feet” through sustained, mass civil disobedience! “As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”—Former presidential advisor Bertram Gross As history teaches us, if the people have little or no knowledge of the basics of government and their rights, those who wield governmental […]

The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government & Its Silent Coup

If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent! “Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action […]

All the Ways You Can Comply & Still Die During an Encounter with Police

The truly compliant, submissive & obedient citizen in a police state is a dead one! “Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, […]

A Culture of Fear & the Epigenetics of Terror

Fear Makes People Stupid! “No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”—Edward R. Murrow, Broadcast Journalist America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other. Normally mild-mannered individuals caught up […]

‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

Here’s how the world around us resembles Philip Dick’s dystopian police state “The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel […]

Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State

If you want a nation of criminals, treat the citizenry like criminals “Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing […]

The Raping of America- Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law […]

They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy

Ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy on our way towards fascism “You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”—They Live There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and […]

From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?

A questionable infringement justified in the name of safety to all-out tyranny “I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked — but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American values is just the aberration […]

The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State

“Obedience is the precondition to totalitarianism, and the precondition to obedience is fear.”  “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered […]

What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”-Edward Abbey, American author There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc.  Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I […]

Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

DHS: A beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. […]