A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES: THE EMERGING AMERICAN POLICE STATE
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 the militarized police response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the city-wide lockdown of Boston in the wake of the alleged 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 to A 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 as Minority Report, 1984,The Matrix, They Live, and V for Vendetta have 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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
BATTLEFIELD AMERICA: THE WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
In Battlefield America: The War on the American People, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead paints a terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself and on the verge of undermining the basic freedoms guaranteed to the citizenry in the Constitution. Indeed, police have been transformed into extensions of the military, towns and cities have become battlefields, and the American people have been turned into enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up and denied due process.
Yet this police state did not come about overnight. As Whitehead notes, this shift into totalitarianism cannot be traced back to a single individual or event. Rather, the evolution has been so subtle that most American citizens were hardly even aware of it taking place. Yet little by little, police authority expanded, one weapon after another was added to the police arsenal, and one exception after another was made to the standards that have historically restrained police authority. Add to this mix the merger of internet megacorporations with government intelligence agencies, and you have the making of an electronic concentration camp that not only sees the citizenry as databites but will attempt to control every aspect of their lives. And if someone dares to step out of line, they will most likely find an armed SWAT team at their door.
Hardcover, 337 pages
AFP's CITIZENS HANDBOOK
The best time to know your rights is right now!
Back by popular demand in a new, pocket-sized format, AFP’s Citizens Handbook is loaded with vital information for every American. Besides the full texts of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, the AFP’s Citizens Handbook also dedicates a key portion to our rights as jurors.
Also includes George Washington’s Farewell Address and Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech.
Softcover, 106 pages
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. Deeply committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms of every American and the integral human rights of all people, The Rutherford Institute has emerged as a prominent leader in the national dialogue on civil liberties and human rights and a formidable champion of the Constitution. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson.
Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most vocal and involved civil liberties attorneys, Whitehead’s 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.”
As nationally syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff observed about Whitehead: “John Whitehead is not only one of the nation’s most consistent and persistent civil libertarians. He is also a remarkably perceptive illustrator of our popular culture, its insights and dangers. I often believe that John Whitehead is channeling the principles of James Madison, who would be very proud of him.”
Born in 1946 in Tennessee, John W. Whitehead earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. He served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.