Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny?
“Our problem is civil
obedience. Our problem is the numbers of
people all over the world who have
obeyed the dictates of the leaders of
their government and have gone to war,
and millions have been killed because of
this obedience… Our problem is that
people are obedient all over the world,
in the face of poverty and starvation
and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our
problem is that people are obedient
while the jails are full of petty
thieves, and all the while the grand
thieves are running the country. That’s
our problem… people are obedient, all
these herdlike people.”
21, 2017 "Information
- If truth be known, Americans are no more free
than were Germans under Gestapo Germany.
“Freedom and Democracy America” is the greatest
lie in the world.
Countries sink into tyranny easily. Those born
today don’t know the freedom of the past and are
unaware of what has been taken away. Some
American blacks might think that finally after a
long civil rights struggle they have gained
freedom. But the civil rights that they gained
have been taken away from all of us by the “war
on terror.” Today black Americans are
gratuitously shot down in the streets by police
in ways that are worse than in Jim Crow days.
American women might think that finally they
have gained equality, and they have—the equality
to be abused by police just like men. As John
Whitehead reports, women are forced by police to
strip naked, often in public, and have their
viginas explored as part of a “drug search.”
When I was a young man, society would not have
tolerated any such intrusion on a woman. The
officer and police chief would have been fired
and if not prosecuted for rape, would have been
beat into bloody pulps by the enraged men.
was brought to Americans intentionally by their
government. Perhaps it began in 1992 with the
unaccountable use of police power against an
American family at Ruby Ridge. Randy Weaver’s 12
or 13 year old son was shot in the back and
murdered by federal marshalls. Then his wife was
murdered with a shot through her throat while
she stood at the door of her home holding a baby
in her arms. There was no justification for this
gratuitous violence against a peaceful American
family, and the federal marshalls who murdered
were not held accountable. The Congress, “the
people’s representatives” held a hearing, and
those responsible for murdering a family told
the representatives that they had “to trust the
later, 1993, the Clinton regime murdered, using
poison gas as well as gun fire, more than 100
members of the Branch Davidian religious sect in
and children comprised most of the victims of
“freedom and democracy America.” The Branch
Davidians had done nothing except be different.
They were a threat to no one. But the Clinton
criminal government knew that it could portray
the Branch Davidians, as they were different, in
unfavorable lights. They were said to be in
possession of, and perhaps manufacturing,
illegal machine guns. They were said to be
having sex with underage girls in their
the Branch Davidian compound was attacked by a
tank spewing chemical warfare and then burnt to
the ground, insouciant Americans were told that
justice had been done to child abusers. No one
objected that the same “justice” had also been
done to the allegedly abused children.
the “representatives of the people” held a
hearing. The result was that the Clinton
criminal regime and Janet Reno got approval for
dealing effectively with those who violate gun
Ridge and Waco established the precedents that
the US government could murder large numbers of
Americans, and at Waco some foreigners, without
consequence. The “representatives of the people”
accepted the executive branch’s lies in order to
avoid having to hold the executive branch
accountable for what were clearly without any
doubt capital crimes against American citizens
for which the federal perpetrators of these
crimes should have been tried and executed.
two instances established the precedent that the
US government could murder US citizens at will.
next step was to take away the constitutional
and legal protections of citizens that are in
the Bill of Rights, the amendments to the US
Constitution, and are, or were,
institutionalized in legal practices.
false flag attack of September 11, 2001, was the
instrument for deep-sixing the bill of rights.
The George W. Bush regime made us “safe” by
taking away our civil liberties. Habeas corpus,
the foundation of liberty, was destroyed by the
executive branch’s assertion that the President
on his sole authority, the US Constitution
notwithstanding, can detain US citizens
indefinitely without evidence, without going
before a court, without any accountability to
Obama regime not only endorsed this murder of
the US Constitution, “American’s First Black
President” even went further. Obama declared
that he had the power to sit in his office and
write down names of US citizens whom he could
murder at his will without acountability.
Congress did not object. The Supreme Court did
not object. The American media did not object.
The law schools and bar associations did not
object. The Republican Party did not object. The
Democratic Party did not object. The American
people did not object. Washington’s allies in
Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and
Canada did not object. The Christian churches
did not object.
objected, and a few others like me, such as John
clearly, without any doubt, destroyed American
liberty. Even if you are so brainwashed as to
believe an obviously false story of the event,
even if you believe that a few Saudi Arabians
without government or intelligence service
support outwitted all 16 US intelligence
agencies, the National Security Council, all
intelligence agencies of Washington’s vassals
abroad, outwitted Israel’s Mossad, US Air
Traffic Control, caused US Airport Security to
fail four times in one hour on the same day, and
prevented for the first time in history the US
Air Force from sending fighters to intercept off
course airliners, the fact remains the same: the
US government used 9/11 to destroy the
constitutional protections of US liberty.
raw, ugly, but true fact that “our” government
has destroyed American liberty is the reason
that everyone of us is subject to experiencing
the abuses that John Whitehead describes below.
will be next? You? Me? Your Wife? Your Son? Your
daughter? Your aged and infirm parents?
When it happens, it was the American people who
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News
Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns
have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts'
latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire
Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West,
How America Was Lost,
The Neoconservative Threat to
Your Life: The American Police State Is Coming
to Get You
John W. Whitehead
“We’ve reached the point where
state actors can penetrate rectums and vaginas,
where judges can order forced catheterizations,
and where police and medical personnel can
perform scans, enemas and colonoscopies without
the suspect’s consent. And these procedures
aren’t to nab kingpins or cartels, but people
who at worst are hiding an amount of drugs that
can fit into a body cavity. In most of these
cases, they were suspected only of possession or
ingestion. Many of them were innocent… But these
tactics aren’t about getting drugs off the
street… These tactics are instead about
degrading and humiliating a class of people that
politicians and law enforcement have deemed the
enemy.” – Radley
19, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Daily,
all across America, individuals who dare to
resist—or even question—a police order are being
subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned
abuse ranging from forced catheterization,
forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and
cavity searches, and other foul and debasing
acts that degrade their bodily integrity and
leave them bloodied and bruised.
Americans as young as 4 years old are being leg
shackled, handcuffed, tasered and held at gun
point for not being quiet, not being orderly and
just being childlike—i.e., not being compliant
Government social workers actually subjected a
3-year-old boy to a forced catheterization after
he was unable to provide them with a urine
sample on demand (the boy still wasn’t potty
trained). The boy was held down, screaming in
pain, while nurses forcibly inserted a tube into
his penis to drain his bladder—all of this done
because the boy’s mother’s boyfriend had failed
a urine analysis for drugs.
Americans as old as 95 are being beaten, shot
and killed for questioning an order, hesitating
in the face of a directive, and mistaking a
policeman crashing through their door for a
criminal breaking into their home—i.e., not
being submissive enough.
Consider what happened to David Dao, the United
Airlines passenger who was accosted by three
police, forcibly wrenched from his seat across
the armrest, bloodying his face in the process,
and dragged down the aisle by the arms merely
for refusing to relinquish his paid seat after
the airline chose him randomly to be bumped from
the flight—after being checked in and allowed to
board—so that airline workers could make a
with ADHD, autism, hearing impairments, dementia
or some other disability that can hinder
communication in the slightest way are in even
greater danger of having their actions
misconstrued by police. Police shot a
73-year-old-man with dementia seven times after
he allegedly failed to respond to orders to stop
approaching and remove his hands from his
jacket. The man was unarmed and had been holding
Clearly, it no longer matters where you live.
city or small town: it’s the same scenario being
played out over and over again in which
government agents, hyped up on their own
authority and the power of their uniform, ride
roughshod over the citizenry who—in the eyes of
the government—are viewed as having no rights.
freedoms—especially the Fourth
Amendment—continue to be torn asunder by the
prevailing view among government bureaucrats
that they have the right to search, seize,
strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and
arrest any individual at any time and for
the slightest provocation.
cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced
blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced
DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced
inclusion in biometric databases—these are just
a few ways in which Americans continue to be
reminded that we have no control over what
happens to our bodies during an encounter with
instance, during a “routine” traffic stop for
allegedly “rolling” through a stop sign,
Charnesia Corley was thrown to the ground,
stripped of her clothes, and forced to spread
her legs while Texas police officers subjected
her to a roadside cavity probe, all because they
claimed to have smelled marijuana in her car.
Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, were
pulled over by a Texas state trooper for
allegedly flicking cigarette butts out of the
car window. Insisting that he smelled marijuana,
the trooper proceeded to interrogate them and
search the car. Despite the fact that both women
denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the
police officer then called in a female trooper,
who carried out a roadside cavity
search, sticking her fingers into the older
woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the
same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the
same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.
Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip
searches in plain view of passing traffic during
a routine traffic stop, while her two
children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car.
During the second strip search, presumably in an
effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer
“forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino.
Nothing illegal was found.
Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity
search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after
allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a
Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the
searches on the grounds that they suspected
Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture
[was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No
drugs were found.
Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers were
charged with carrying out rectal searches of
suspects on the street and in police district
stations over the course of several years. One
of the officers was accused of conducting
searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas,
often inserting his fingers into their
rectums and leaving some of his victims with
Incidents like these—sanctioned by the courts
and conveniently overlooked by the
legislatures—teach Americans of every age and
skin color the painful lesson that there are no
limits to what the government can do in its
so-called “pursuit” of law and order.
is a war, then “we the people” are the enemy.
Radley Balko notes in The Washington Post, “When
you’re at war, it’s important to dehumanize your
enemy. And there’s nothing more dehumanizing
than forcibly and painfully invading someone’s
body — all the better if you can involve the sex
message being beaten, shot, tasered, probed and
slammed into our collective consciousness is
simply this: it doesn’t matter if you’re in the
right, it doesn’t matter if a cop is in the
wrong, it doesn’t matter if you’re being treated
with less than the respect you deserve or the
only thing that matters to the American police
state is that you comply, submit, respect
authority and generally obey without question
whatever a government official (anyone who wears
a government uniform, be it a police officer,
social worker, petty bureaucrat or zoning
official) tells you to do.
what happens when you allow the government to
call the shots: it becomes a bully.
history shows, this recipe for disaster works
every time: take police officers hyped up on
their own authority and the power of the badge,
throw in a few court rulings suggesting that
security takes precedence over individual
rights, set it against a backdrop of endless
wars and militarized law enforcement, and then
add to the mix a populace distracted by
entertainment, out of touch with the workings of
their government, and more inclined to let a few
sorry souls suffer injustice than to challenge
the status quo.
not only under Nazi rule that police excesses
are inimical to freedom,” warned former Supreme
Court justice Felix Frankfurter in a 1946 ruling
in Davis v. United States: “It is easy to make
light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the
safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on
behalf of the unworthy. It is too easy. History
bears testimony that by such disregard are the
rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly at
first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the
other words, if it could happen in Nazi Germany,
it can just as easily happen here.
is happening here.
Unfortunately, we’ve been marching in lockstep
with the police state for so long that we’ve
forgotten how to march to the tune of our own
revolutionary drummer. In fact, we’ve even
forgotten the words to the tune.
learned the lessons of compliance too well.
long, “we the people” have allowed the
government to ride roughshod over the
Constitution, equating patriotism with blind
obedience to the government’s dictates, no
matter how unconstitutional or immoral those
actions might be.
As historian Howard Zinn recognized:
problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the
numbers of people all over the world who have
obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their
government and have gone to war, and millions
have been killed because of this obedience… Our
problem is that people are obedient all over the
world, in the face of poverty and starvation and
stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is
that people are obedient while the jails are
full of petty thieves, and all the while the
grand thieves are running the country. That’s
our problem… people are obedient, all these
can you do?
simple but as I detail in my book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People, the
consequences may be deadly.
being so obedient. Stop being so compliant and
herdlike. Stop kowtowing to anyone and everyone
in uniform. Stop perpetuating the false notion
that those who work for the government—the
president, Congress, the courts, the military,
the police—are in any way superior to the rest
of the citizenry. Stop playing politics with
your principles. Stop making excuses for the
government’s growing list of human rights abuses
and crimes. Stop turning a blind eye to the
government’s corruption and wrongdoing and theft
and murder. Stop tolerating ineptitude and
incompetence by government workers. Stop
allowing the government to treat you like a
second-class citizen. Stop censoring what you
say and do for fear that you might be labeled an
extremist or worse, unpatriotic. Stop sitting
silently on the sidelines while the police state
kills, plunders and maims your fellow citizens.
being a slave.
anti-war activist Rosa Luxemburg concluded,
“Those who do not move, do not notice their
not realize it yet, but you are not free.
believe otherwise, it is only because you have
made no real attempt to exercise your freedoms.
attempted to exercise your freedoms before now
by questioning a police officer’s authority,
challenging an unjust tax or fine, protesting
the government’s endless wars, defending your
right to privacy against the intrusion of
surveillance cameras, or any other effort that
challenges the government’s power grabs and the
generally lopsided status quo, you would have
already learned the hard way that the police
state has no appetite for freedom and it does
not tolerate resistance.
This is called authoritarianism, a.k.a.
totalitarianism, a.k.a. oppression.
Glenn Greenwald notes for the Guardian:
Oppression is designed to compel obedience and
submission to authority. Those who voluntarily
put themselves in that state – by believing that
their institutions of authority are just and
good and should be followed rather than
subverted – render oppression redundant,
unnecessary. Of course people who think and
behave this way encounter no oppression. That’s
their reward for good, submissive behavior. They
are left alone by institutions of power because
they comport with the desired behavior of
complacency and obedience without further
compulsion. But the fact that good, obedient
citizens do not themselves perceive oppression
does not mean that oppression does not exist.
ready to stand your ground or run for your life,
because the American police state is coming to
Constitutional attorney and author John W.
Whitehead is founder and president of The
Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks,
2015) is available online at www.amazon.com.
Whitehead can be contacted at email@example.com.
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