Battlefield America with John W Whitehead

America’s Dirty Little Secret

Sex trafficking has become the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. It is estimated that at least 100,000 children—girls and boys—are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked annually. Some […]

A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

This isn’t the American Dream I grew up believing in. This certainly isn’t the American Dream my parents and grandparents and those before them worked and fought and sacrificed to achieve. This is a cold, calculated system of profit and losses. Now you can shrug all of this away as a consequence of committing a […]

The Danger of Cops in Schools

Just what we don’t need: more gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons. Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools already contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.” Now President Trump and Attorney […]

Enough Is Enough: Will Stronger Gun Control Measures Prevent Gun Violence?

Enough is enough. That was the refrain chanted over and over by the thousands of demonstrators who gathered to protest gun violence in America. Enough is enough. We need to do something about the violence that is plaguing our nation and our world. Enough is enough. The world would be a better place if there […]

America’s Collision Course with Tyranny

The Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored. Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given […]

Welcome to the American Police State – Armed & Dangerous 2018

In the American police state, police have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. In fact, police don’t usually need much incentive to shoot and kill members of the public. Police have shot and killed Americans of all ages (many of them unarmed) for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, […]

Merchants of Death: Who is to Blame for America’s Mass Shootings?

We are caught in a vicious cycle. With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country’s fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many […]

Is the Military Industrial Complex Bankrupting America?

Right now, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front: it’s spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security)  to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad. This is how military empires fall […]

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us

The U.S. Supreme Court will not save us. The Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect “we the people” against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected […]

Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too

We’ve all been there before. You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. You’ve read enough news stories, seen enough headlines, and lived in the American police state long enough to be […]

Financial Tyranny: ‘We the People’ Are the New Permanent Underclass in America

Americans can no longer afford to get sick and there’s a reason why. That’s because a growing number of Americans are struggling to stretch their dollars far enough to pay their bills, get out of debt and ensure that if and when an illness arises, it doesn’t bankrupt them. This is a reality that no […]

Don’t Call the Cops If You’re Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken […]

How Freedom Dies

It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that dominate the news headlines. But stop being distracted. Don’t be fooled, not even a little, no matter how tempting it seems to just take a peek. Why? We’re being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of […]

Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions & Co.’s Thinly Veiled Plot to Rob Us Blind

Under the guise of “fighting crime,” Jeff Sessions, the nation’s top law enforcement official, gave police the green light to rob, pilfer, steal, thieve, swipe, purloin, filch and liberate American taxpayers of even more of their hard-earned valuables (especially if it happens to be significant amounts of cash) using any means, fair or foul. In […]

Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State’s Panopticon Village

Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide: this is the new mantra of the architects of the police state and their corporate collaborators (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Instagram, and so on). The American Police State has become a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in […]