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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.
The winner of two national book awards, including a Gold Medal in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State paints a chilling portrait of a nation in the final stages of transformation into a police state, complete with surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, blood draws at DUI checkpoints, mosquito drones, tasers, privatized prisons, GPS tracking devices, zero tolerance policies, overcriminalization, and free speech zones.
Whether you re talking about militarized police response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the city-wide lockdown of Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Edward Snowden s revelations about the NSA s insidious domestic surveillance campaigns, or laws criminalizing everything from growing vegetables in your backyard, A Government of Wolves speaks to this strange new world in which police shoot first and ask questions later and Americans are treated like criminals and outlaws.
A widely-respected constitutional attorney and author, Whitehead charts America's transition from a democratic society governed by "we the people" to an environment where the adherence to the law becomes another tool of oppression. Hailed by those on the left and right of the political spectrum and at every point in between, for its masterful chronicling of America s shift away from the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, which historically shielded us from government abuses, A Government of Wolves reveals the inner workings of an increasingly pervasive and militaristic surveillance state in which there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide from the government s all-knowing, all-seeing eyes.
As American historian and nationally syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff notes in his special introduction toA Government of Wolves We have been through some troubling times before in our nation s history. What we have now may be more insidious. Indeed, I believe we are in a worse state now than ever before in this country. With the surveillance state closing in on us, we are fighting to keep our country free from our own government.
Making the case that fiction has now become fact, A Government of Wolves also shows how sci fi movies such asMinority Report, 1984, The Matrix, They Live, andV for Vendettahave pointed the way towards America becoming a futuristic society in which a passive, uninformed populace gives rise to an overbearing, out-of-control government. This is the future George Orwell warned against. This is the present that Whitehead cautions could become an endless nightmare from which there is no awakening unless we act now.
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.