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A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police Stateby John W. Whitehead
Synopses & Reviews
A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State by John W. Whitehead charts America's transition from a society governed by "we the people" to a police state governed by the strong arm of the law. Author John W. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, is a proponent of freedom and believes that the American people are in grave danger of losing their basic liberties. The simple fact is that the Constitution — and in particular the Bill of Rights — is being undermined on virtually every front. Indeed, everything America was founded upon is in some way being challenged. The openness and freedom that were once the hallmarks of our nation are now in great peril. A Government of Wolves has been hailed by those on the left, right, and in between on the political spectrum due to its masterful chronicling of America's shift away from the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, which has historically shielded us from government abuses. John W. Whitehead not only explains these acute problems but is offering us a timely call to action through practical initiatives for Americans to take charge of our present course of history and stop the growing police state.
In addition to practicing constitutional law, John W. Whitehead is the president of The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit international civil liberties organization. Whitehead has been at the forefront of the fight for protection of civil liberties in America. The topics addressed in A Government of Wolves have become very prominent in our news media. In recent months there has been a dramatic shift in the overall national dialogue regarding public concern over an emerging police state in the America and its individual manifestations such as government surveillance, indefinite detention, and drones taking to domestic skies.
"Using a handful of movies as metaphors — not to mention a healthy dose of George Orwell — attorney John W. Whitehead's book is an overzealous investigation of the increasingly invasive methods various surveillance agencies are using under the guise of protecting citizens. He offers example after example of the erosion of civil liberties. The Patriot Act, Whitehead says, has given government agencies like the NSA and even local police departments the ability to use electronic surveillance via GPS, cell phones, and cameras to monitor our activities, often without our knowledge. His increasingly strident tone as he describes mobile scanners that can monitor your every movement, even in your own home, and a society in which pharmaceuticals are used to keep the populace anaesthetized and obedient cranks up the melodrama. With photos clippings, diagrams, bullet points, full page graphics, the execution of this book may come off as a riled-up rant but his multiple examples, backed up with copious footnotes and references, are enough to give even the most optimistically obedient citizen cause for concern. Whitehead is a concerned citizen bursting at the seams to get his point across. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated, and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. His approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom and the 2010 Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award for "[his] decades of difficult and important work, as well as [his] impeccable integrity in defending civil liberties for all." Whitehead currently serves as the Institute's president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute's website (www.rutherford.org), as well being distributed to several hundred newspapers, and hosting a national public service radio campaign.
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