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Monsters with Human Faces: The Tyranny of the Police State Disguised as Law-and-Order

John W. Whitehead
July 26th, 2019
The Rutherford Institute
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This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

“But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin…they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Enough already. Enough with the distractions. Enough with the partisan jousting. Enough with the sniping and name-calling and mud-slinging that do nothing to make this country safer or freer or more just. We have let the government’s evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery, and tyranny go on for too long.

We are approaching a reckoning. This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned when things fall apart and anarchy is loosed upon the world.

We have seen this convergence before in Hitler’s Germany, in Stalin’s Russia, in Mussolini’s Italy, and in Mao’s China: the rise of strongmen and demagogues, the ascendency of profit-driven politics over deep-seated principles, the warring nationalism that seeks to divide and conquer, the callous disregard for basic human rights and dignity, and the silence of people who should know better.

Yet no matter how many times the world has been down this road before, we can’t seem to avoid repeating the deadly mistakes of the past. This is not just playing out on a national and international scale. It is wreaking havoc at the most immediate level, as well, creating rifts and polarities within families and friends, neighborhoods and communities that keep the populace warring among themselves and incapable of presenting a united front in the face of the government’s goose-stepping despotism.

We are definitely in desperate need of a populace that can stand united against the government’s authoritarian tendencies.

Surely we can manage to find some common ground in the midst of the destructive, disrupting, diverting, discordant babble being beamed down at us by the powers-that-be?

Disagree all you want about healthcare, abortion, and immigration—hot-button issues that are guaranteed to stir up the masses, secure campaign contributions and turn political discourse into a circus free-for-all—but never forget that our power as a citizenry comes from our ability to agree and stand united on certain principles that should be non-negotiable.

For instance, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front. For the first time in the nation’s history, it is expected that the federal deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year, not to mention the national debt which is approaching $23 trillion. Meanwhile, the nation’s sorely neglected infrastructure—railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports, and roads—is rapidly deteriorating.

No matter how we might differ about how the government allocates its spending, surely we can agree that the government’s irresponsible spending, which has saddled us with insurmountable debt, is pushing the country to the edge of financial and physical ruin.

That’s just one example of many that shows the extent to which the agents of the American police state are shredding the constitutional fabric of the nation, eclipsing the rights of the American people, and perverting basic standards of decency.

Let me give you a few more.

The U.S. military empire’s determination to police the rest of the world, with more than 1.3 million U.S. troops being stationed at roughly 1000 military bases in over 150 countries, is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)—and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars.

No matter how we might differ about the role of the U.S. military in foreign affairs, surely we can agree that America’s war spending and commitment to policing the rest of the world are bankrupting the nation and spreading our troops dangerously thin.

All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush were inherited by Donald Trump. These presidential powers—acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives, and legislative signing statements and which can be activated by any sitting president—enable past, president and future presidents to operate above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.

Yet no matter how we might differ about how success or failure of past or present presidential administrations, surely we can agree that the president should not be empowered to act as an imperial dictator with permanent powers.

Increasingly, at home, we’re facing an unbelievable show of force by government agents. For example, with alarming regularity, unarmed men, women, children and even pets are being gunned down by police officers who shoot first and ask questions later. Just recently, in fact, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared a cop who aimed for a family’s dog (who showed no signs of aggression), missed, and instead shot a 10-year-old lying on the ground.

No matter how we might differ about where to draw that blue line of allegiance to the police state, surely we can agree that police shouldn’t go around terrorizing and shooting innocent, unarmed children and adults or be absolved of wrongdoing for doing so.

At its core, this is not a debate about politics, or constitutionalism, or even tyranny disguised as law-and-order. This is a condemnation of the monsters with human faces that have infiltrated our government.

For too long now, the American people have rationalized turning a blind eye to all manner of government wrongdoing because they were the so-called lesser of two evils. Yet as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the unavoidable truth is that the government has become almost indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug traffickingsex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on humanity.

Therein lies the problem.

It’s time to wake up and take a good, hard look around you. Start by recognizing evil and injustice and tyranny for what they are. Stop being apathetic. Stop being neutral. Stop being accomplices. Stop being distracted by the political theater staged by the Deep State: they want you watching the show while they manipulate things behind the scenes. Refuse to play politics with your principles.

Don’t settle for the lesser of two evils.

 

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Author: John W. Whitehead
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Date: July 26th, 2019
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  1. The Deplorable Renegade says:

    Another outstanding article by John W. Whitehead. I highly recommend his website. The govt. is living on borrowed time. Their day of reckoning is coming.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. dr
      you are delusional. you are outmanned. you are outclassed. you are outgunned. Military grade weapons and Air Superiority RULE and win modern conflicts. Anyone who stands up to it ….just dies. Just dead. Crispy critter.

      Served with national guard imbedded. The part timers are half assers compared to full timers in proficiency, skill. Part timers get hurt, killed. No fault of theirs. They are just not as well trained or conditioned to the chaos.
      When people are trying to kill you, you don’t have luxury of time to learn. Understand? Just how it is. Good ole boys don’t have a chance against well seasoned and trained troops with military grade weapons.

      So cut the Bravo Sierra. Don’t spout stupid delusion. Pray to God that Americans Never get stupid enough to turn on each other. What insanity. Foolish.
      Peace is only real option. This is not 1776. Non compliance is only tool that might work?
      Worked for Dr. King and Gahndi.

    • Panther says:

      “To serve and protect”. That slogan was once on a majority of police cars all over the USA. It’s no longer the case. They no longer serve and protect. Police today are sociopathic tyrants and revenue agents.

  2. Kevin2 says:

    And all of this is occurring in “relatively” good times. Let the economic bottom drop out painting the mural that resembles, “The Grapes Of Wrath”, and watch how uncivil it gets and the governmental response to it. I suspect that not only will the heavy handedness become very common but it will be broadcast with the intent to strike fear into future protestors.

  3. Genius says:

    Well then git yer ass out there John and fire the first shot! I wanna see headlines! Then maybe sheeple will follow. And thanks for pointing out the obvious captain. I personally will NOT BE A MARTYR for a nation of absolute morons! I want a culling, it is way overdue!

    • Kevin2 says:

      How is the death of who are essentially powerless, at a minimum certainly not in authority beneficial when I, and by extension us, are one of them?

      • Genius says:

        Because they voted for this shit and believe in all manner of statism and want shit from the masters and are way too irresponsible to be free and addicted to stupid shit and consume as much as fookin possible and need the govt. to wipe their little butts for them and are too stupid to look into ANYTHING and are a bunch of super gullible retarded troglodites and breed way too much and use govt. as a legal armed robbery agent to steal from me to give to them and think all this is just fine and pollute everything without a second thought and by their sheer numbers are the reason for a shitload of destruction of the planet and are fookin cop calling cowards that wants someone else to clean up their mess and protect them and give up their rights asap for any so called safety (we know how that works) and are low IQ knuckledragging idiots with NO creativity and no real skills and NO COMMON SENSE OR CRITICAL THINKING WHATSOEVER and make intelligent peoples lives miserable by sucking up everything around them and making everything expensive and foisting their assinine politics on the rest of us and I am supposed to befriend them?

        How’s that for an answer my man?

        • Kevin2 says:

          I’m responsible for none of the above. Actually “The Vote” is overrated as we’re not in a direct democracy. Voting for candidate (A) or (B) largely changes nothing. We live in a Plutocratic Oligarchy and those Plutocrats will not be culled; they’ll watch the masses kill each other, eventually crying for order and order they’ll get.

          Ordo Ab Chao

          I won’t be party to it.

          • Genius says:

            Hence people of the responsible type should not be culled. And yes, voting is a joke but the mind controlled statists will disagree. The plutocrats aren’t stupid, thats why they are in power. Out of chaos, ORDER. Certainly not the order we smarter people want but an evil order that will smash everything. It’s coming, and there is NOTHING we can do to stop it! Just a matter of time, the sheep will make sure it comes! Glad I’m older, wouldn’t want to be a party to the coming party of all parties!

            • Genius, Different site, different name, same bull shit.

            • George C says:

              100% agree. We are waaaay past the point of no return. The dumbing down of the population is complete and 90% of Americans are sleeping soundly as the take over of the country progresses along smoothly. It’s all over but the crying an gnashing of teeth. I’m 78 and really glad I was able to live through the “good old days” in which America actually was a great country.

        • Very well said! says:

          Very well said!

        • Anonymous says:

          Genius, best reply ever.

  4. Troops are not Military Personnel says:

    When you start an article using a misleading stat (1.3 million troops) but the link points to 1.3 million “Military Personnel” you have destroyed your credibility from the get go. “Troops” infers people carrying guns, but “military personnel” is anything from clerks to machinists to cooks. It takes far more support staff per actual combat soldier that most people think.

    I only point this out because when you invalidate your use of the language in the first paragraph, it delegitimizes the rest of your article. Plus, you make broad statements unsupported by facts…why should anyone believe you?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Generations of these evolved rats are just waiting for the “go” signal. They are programmed to succeed.

  6. Enjoyed this read. Regardless of political stance, the growing Police State is a detriment to all Americans.

  7. Kevin2 says:

    “Hence people of the responsible type should not be culled”

    Mass violence is indiscriminate. Targeted violence is just as bad; Who decides? Who is chosen? Who is not?

    I’ll not be a party to any of it. No good will come from any of it. Any good come from the French Revolution? Tyrant (A) King Louie is replaced by tyrant (B) Napoleon. I look around and see no Thomas Jeffersons.

    • Genius says:

      He who takes the tyrants head, becomes the tyrant in his stead. I understand that but the tyrant is the same people. Perhaps they will stand back somewhat and let the peasants fight it out. Who do you think will win? The morons or the smart people? Let nature make the call? No good can come of it but it is going to happen. Neither you nor I can say but I’m betting on the smart warrior survivalist types.

      • Genius says:

        On the downside…. the morons outnumber the smart people about 8 to 1. But then the masters have a waaaayyyyy bigger gap right now. Maybe 100 million to 1.

      • Clown World says:

        k said, ” I look around and see no Thomas Jeffersons.”

        The Founders owned slaves, outrightly — taxed, rationed, and controlled the settlement of supportive, white people.

        The 99% have an emotional need to be coerced.

        They feel abandoned, when the 1%, capable of free agency, do not oblige their masochistic tendencies.

        I respect that some smart people here are no respecters of persons, so comfortable in your own skin, regardless of all the politicking. No Napoleonic, small dog complexes.

        In the animal world, alpha leaders depose eachother. In civil life, free agents are tyrants or in competition for that position.

        Generally, any strong and confident person will attract a following, whether he wants one or not. People will take shelter under your umbrella. They want to be told where to go and what to do, to make themselves useful.

        The whole discussion, in this whole section, here, is inept, until you get to the point, where people enjoy this –the act of sacrificing themselves, willfully.

        And, you are discussing taking the other guy’s following.

        They can wander along aimlessly, under a state of anarchy but will always eventually seek out a strong man / moral authority and throw themselves upon his mercies, without so much as a stick being raised, in anger, necessarily.

        • Kevin2 says:

          “taxed, rationed, and controlled the settlement of supportive, white people.”

          How so?

          • Kevin2 says:

            In the wake of the US victory at Yorktown and the later establishment of the US Constitution I didn’t see the mass murder of former Tories unlike the French Revolution, NAZIs, Soviet Communists.

            The Founding Fathers established a workable as fair as possible under the times Republic. Subsequent actions of others in the cross continent “Manifest Destiny” like Jacksons “Trail Of Tears” was a stain but Europe and Asia were bloodbaths of an exponential size.

          • Clown World says:

            To use Larkin Rose’s example, shown at shtf, they wrote on a piece of paper, their right to tax you. War debts would result in a Whiskey Rebellion.

            “During the American Revolution only 3% of the colonists actively fought against the King’s tyranny.”

            Of those, what percent were authority figures. What about the other 97% of people.

            I believe that most were masochists and pedants. Most in my highschool woodshop could not read a ruler, and most in the working world are children in adult’s bodies, who would be disgraces if they had to act smooth or brave,

            • Kevin2 says:

              ““During the American Revolution only 3% of the colonists actively fought against the King’s tyranny.”

              I thank God for that 3% as I have no desire to live under British rule. As bad as the US is relative to what it was it’s still way better than the UK. Calif, NY and NJ are better than the UK. We can’t lower the bar any more.

  8. cougar says:

    cant stop the train now. the things listed in the writeup, debtload, 50 years of unchecked immigration, implosion of the family unit.

    the usa will reach the totalitarian state and resemble the third world as some of its cities do now at some point; just a matter of when.

    enjoy the last lap around the track trump is providing of the usa as founded and its likely to be the last one.

    • Well said says:

      You are spot on. The Republic will soon gasp for its last breath before it perishes. We have aesthetically allowed communist/socialist principles to invade our culture, while kicking the God of our heritage out of all institutions, all in the nAme of the fictitious , taken and used out of context….. “Separation of church and state” to somehow justify removing God from our culture, when a simp!e reading of history and founding documents, CLEARLY reveals the truth of the foundations of this American experiment.

      I too, will not be a martyr for a nation that is unrecognizable to its foundation, and has already been taken over by leftist communist s

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  10. Old Guy says:

    What has happened with this site? Hardly any comments. Bullshit articles. Nothing about the good news in current events. Not a peep about the supreme court ruling that Trump can use military money to construct the border wall. Not a peep about the miserable performance of mueler. and the fact all his hirelings where dimocrap supporters who hate Trump. this site has began to suck big time. Real Clear Politics and the Daily stormer are much better sites.

    • Old Guy, I suspect this site is under shadow banning. Have to continually refresh several times, to see the articles and recent comments.

      • Ketchupondemand says:

        OG, Him, yeah something’s not right here.
        Too bad as it was a decent place to communicate and trade ideas and ventings.
        What I don’t get is that Mac used to make an occasional comment…and now with this continually disorganized site he is nowhere to be heard. Keeps churning out mostly meaningless articles and makes bank by referring everything to Amazon…where’s that guy called F*ck Amazon by the way? 🙂
        now we’re down to under a dozen regular posters and that’s dwindling…

        • Genius says:

          I have also noticed a lot of ads have left here. The silver ads, the prepper ads, gas mask ads, fuel treatment ads, on and on. Now it is just a few crypto currency ads and cbd. I used to piss people off all the time with the truth and yet an article would have 100+ comments. The refresh every page BS has pushed it over the top now.

    • Old Guy,
      This is how to censor and ban a site. Just make it so lousy that people go away. It makes it look as if it’s our fault, and that there was no outside interference, which there is, of course.
      It was too much freedom.

      .

    • Anonymous says:

      “What has happened with this site?”

      There’s only so many prepping ideas and tips to pass along.

      The site became “old hat” to many veterans,and they had no desire to hang around and debate politics with the few remaining veterans and newcomers,so they moved on to other things.

      Everything eventually runs its course and people move on to other things.

      Is what it is folks..

  11. Anonymous says:

    People disappearing from this web site? Are people being disappeared in mass? Arrested? Red List round up?
    Or just censored by the comment “app”?
    Or is there nothing but AI Bots here? Just another Fed Honeypot?
    Who knows now days? We are living in interesting times.
    Lies. Misinformation. Crazies. Kooks. Nutjobs. More Lies Lies Lies by anyone and everyone “official”. Made up nonsense conspiracies. Some real conspiracies. All mass media outlets in USA owned and controlled by Foriegners. Why would government allow this? Is USA already taken over in quite war?
    Once reputable sources now controlled by Stasi Spooks and Corporations. Chaos. Everything that comes from mass media or government sources seem to be lies and more lies. So where is reliable- actionable -useful, info? That place used to be here. Then things went off rails.

    I have told people here and on other sites about things reported and witnessed. Now articles are on DrudgeReport about the human organ and body part harvesting in Pheonix, Az. Articles are still up as of this comment post time. Go read that garbage. See what this country has become. A horror movie that is now real.

    I do not believe all those people were already dead. I believe Mexican Drug cartels, Foriegn Governments, USA corporations like RAND, maybe even US local-state-federal government involved. Killing/Targeting, those who descent. Would not be suprised. They view you as cattle and sheep to be exploited. There is huge profit in human organ harvesting. Anytime money is involved the dirtbags come out to make bank. Governments kill millions of people worldwide. Many governments are just criminal organizations. Would be no suprise if they are now murdering for profit.

    When I was a child the ANTIFA nuts would already be in prison. Now what do they call rioters, looters, burners, police killers? “Social Justice Warrior”. That is what criminals and murderers are now called. Makes any normal person Sick with disguest. Reprehensible and SICK, to call Police killers, rioters, burners, looters, “Social justice warriors”. Lock up these damn criminals.

    I had to look up SJW. Then I said wtf? They are just common dirtbag criminals by a PC name.
    – – Why have good men not pushed back on the dirtbag criminals?
    – – Why are citizens who patrol US border arrested. But the illegals cut loose to run about doing crimes.
    – – Washington State is freeing illegal alien murderers and violent criminals?

    Free speech no longer allowed in the new changed Amerikka.
    Push back against the TechMonopolyBullieNWOCommie censorship. BREAK up these Tech Monopoly censors like Gaggle-FarceBook-YouKooks-Twatter. Break them up. FORCE them to allow free speech. Every nut deserves to be heard. To show his stupidity. To show Genuis. Edison-Tesla-Einstien many other greats where considered nuts by most.

    This post likely Censored. Truth no longer fashionable. Then they say there is no censorship. It is the “app” the “process” the “filter”. BS. You have chosen “app” for site! So OWN the censorship result !
    Rant complete. Gardening to do.

  12. aljamo says:

    There are certain things you can’t talk about. The usual truthful things about who holds the blame for the entire sordid mess, the controlling foreign entities who own our politicians who march in lockstep dictates to their orders while ignoring we the people.

  13. Old Guy says:

    Well it appears im not the only one who think this site is in decline. I cant even get a argument going anymore. Used to be I could infer that someone was a non productive taking cull parasite and get a rise out of someone. Ive got over a 100 thumbs down in the distant past. Those days are long gone. There is a article on the Daily Stormer. A boomer white woman told some misbehaving folks. Shut Up you stupid xiggers. and she has stuck to her statement. She refuses to be politically correct. Just lame bullshit articles here for the most part.

  14. Old Guy says:

    Before Trump was elected and during his first 2 years the Real clear Politics site was real one sided in favor of dimocraps. However they have changed and are a lot more centered and much improved in the last year. I used to go there just to see the political cartoons. Now I read many of the articles. The Daily Stormer is a bit radical. However they don’t put anyone up on a pedestal. They are like me . Believe it when you see it happen. and DTA Don’t Trust Anyone. The best way to not become disappointed is not to expect very much.

  15. rellik says:

    OG,
    I purposefully did not comment on this post yesterday.
    My only comment would be the same as I usually post
    on this sort of subject.
    Our problem is Democrats and we can’t legally ki ll them.
    I figred it bores the reader.
    A previous day’s explanation of what Prussian blue is was probably more interesting.
    That being said, anybody have experience on why a riding lawn mower is tearing up belts when it appears to be properly rigged?

    • Genius says:

      relik, My mower did the same thing a while back. I took a screwdriver and scraped everything I could off the deck and drive pulleys. Then blasted it clean with the hose. With the mower drive disengaged I checked all the pulleys to make sure they were free and put a new belt on. It has worked good ever since. Maybe you have a bent shaft somewhere?

    • Clown World says:

      Democrats enslave all the people, who conservatives are supposed to dislike, and Democrats are supposed to starve them of all useful resources.

      Get a tax grant, and pay a degenerate to mow your lawn with a pair of small scissors and a mustache comb, and call it progress.

      They will always keep making more.

    • Elkhound says:

      Rellik;

      Check the DECK PLATE.
      I bought a used Murray riding mower a few years back off a guy.
      The owner had installed a new deck plate because the original had rusted out on him,but he didn’t properly mount the deck plate and it caused the mower to sling the belt.

  16. Old Guy says:

    The problem is we have far too many cull taking Parasites. and too few working making Producers. And The majority of those Taking Parasites are Dimocraps.

  17. Kevin2 says:

    The chaos will motivate the masses to beg for security and it will come with relinquishing what remains of the Bill Of Rights. The “great culling” as this is called will not result in a victory for freedom, quite the contrary.

    • Capt Barty says:

      Unfortunately, you are quite correct. It’s a “problem, reaction, solution” setup. Get people to cry for “law and order”, and TPTB will supply the solution. Enough chaos, and the Constitution gets suspended. And, from an historical perspective, your local police and the “state militia” will be your worst enemies. No, I’m not a cop basher. But, they’ll follow orders; not necessarily all will, but most. Ask anyone who has Central European ancestry what happened to their grandparents or great-grandparents when the Soviets occupied their countries. Yes, the locals who wanted to “be somebody” and on the winning side, having power. It’s all been done before.

  18. Kevin2 says:

    In the middle of all of this agent provocateurs, on both sides, knowingly and unknowingly financed by TPTB using personnel and resources of intelligence agencies will see to it that demonization is achieved. The good will be the bad, the bad the good. The US public, in Ozzy and Harriet times didn’t care as such actions were honed to a fine art and used in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East post WWII. The Media fed the US public ostensible propaganda.

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  20. The Declaration of Independence IS The Document to Read. To Understand EVIL Study our DECLARATION. The Founders Clearly Defined Absolute Despotism and TYRANNY. Our Fedcoat Goverment is made up of two Poolitical Bands who have set in motion a Very UNCIVIL WAR. We The People are few now ,The Infamous THEY have step into the Light Of Day and can be seen and heard so wake the Fuc!!! Up . Uncivil War will be upon our Republic for THEY no longer can show cause for their Coup d’ e’tat. THEY mean to take and THEY have shown EVIL is in their black hearts . Pray for Peace prepare for a Very Uncivil War.