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 via we the folk to a police country ruled through the powerful arm of the legislation. In such an atmosphere, the legislation turns into one more software to oppress the folk. As a constitutional lawyer 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 kingdom.
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This form of discriminatory policing is outrageous and it must stop. 12 The Loss of Bodily Integrity As journalist Herman Schwartz recognizes, "The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. "13 Nowhere is this loss of Fourth Amendment protections more evident than in the practice of roadside police stops, which have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity. 14 First, the trooper berated the women for littering on the highway.
Pervasive, insidious, incremental. Any hope of getting out of this prison we've found ourselves in and in the service of—Wake up! The paramilitary junta is breaking down your door! Your Miranda rights? Where have you been? They don't need no stinking badges! Get out of the way—it's your new police state in action. We're about to be herded—digitally, of course—into some nightmarish gulag that we can't even see because it's crept up on us incrementally like a toxic fog under the insidious guise of national security and other mendacious Newspeak.
The Patriot Act also redefined terrorism so broadly that anyone desiring to engage in non-terrorist political activities such as protest marches, demonstrations, and civil disobedience–all historically protected First Amendment expressive activities which are now considered potential terrorist acts–is thereby rendered a suspect of the police state. The Patriot Act justified much broader domestic surveillance, the logic being that if government agents knew more about each American, they could distinguish the terrorists from law-abiding citizens–no doubt an earnest impulse shared by small-town police and federal agents alike.