A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State by John W. Whitehead

By John W. Whitehead

In a central authority of Wolves: The rising American Police State, John W. Whitehead charts America's transition from a society ruled by means of we the folks to a police nation ruled by way of the robust arm of the legislation. In such an atmosphere, the legislation turns into yet one more instrument to oppress the folks. As a constitutional legal professional of nationwide prominence, and as president of The Rutherford Institute, a world civil liberties association, Whitehead has been on the vanguard of the struggle for civil liberties during this nation.

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This is what we are faced with today, and it is epitomized by the USA Patriot Act. Although the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures go far beyond an actual police search of our homes, the passage of the Orwellian-named USA Patriot Act in 2001 opened the door to other kinds of invasions, especially unwarranted electronic intrusions into our most personal and private transactions, including phone, mail, computer, and medical records. The Patriot Act drove a stake through the heart of the Bill of Rights, violating at least six of the Constitution's ten original amendments, namely, the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments–and possibly the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well.

Constitutes resistance. S. Supreme Court effectively decimated the Fourth Amendment in an 8-1 ruling in Kentucky v. King40 by giving police more leeway to smash down doors of homes or apartments without a warrant when in search of illegal drugs, which they suspect might be destroyed if the Fourth Amendment requirement of a warrant were followed. In this particular case, police officers pursued a suspect they had seen engage in a parking lot drug deal into an apartment complex. Once there, the police allegedly followed the smell of burning marijuana to an apartment where, after knocking and announcing themselves, they promptly kicked the door in–allegedly on the pretext that evidence of drugs might be destroyed.

He even arrested members of the Maryland legislature and all kinds of people around the country who objected to his policies. We had the Red Raids in the early 1920s that started off J. Edgar Hoover's career in which hundreds of people were arrested, some of them deported without any due process at all. During the First World War, Woodrow Wilson not only practically suspended but also discarded the First Amendment. Then there were the Japanese internment camps of World War II, followed by Senator Joseph McCarthy's reign of terror, which was ended by fellow senators who realized that he had gone too far.

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