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A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State [Kindle Edition]

John W. Whitehead
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In A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, 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. In such an environment, the law becomes yet another tool to oppress the people. As a constitutional attorney of national prominence, and as president of The Rutherford Institute, an international civil liberties organization, Whitehead has been at the forefront of the fight for civil liberties in this country.

The recurring theme at the heart of A Government of Wolves is that the American people are in grave danger of losing their basic freedoms. 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 society are now in peril.

We were once a society that valued individual liberty and privacy. But in recent years we have turned into a culture that has quietly accepted surveillance cameras, police and drug-sniffing dogs in our children's schools, national databases that track our finances and activities, sneak-and-peek searches of our homes without our knowledge or consent, and anti-terrorism laws that turn average Americans into suspects. In short, America has become a lockdown nation, and we are all in danger.

A Government of Wolves not only explains these acute problems but is a call to action offering timely and practical initiatives for Americans to take charge of present course of history and stop the growing police state. But time is running out. We are at critical juncture and every citizen who values his or her personal freedom needs to pay close attention to the message in this book!

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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)


"John Whitehead is one of the most eloquent and knowledgeable defenders of liberty, and opponents of the growing American police state, writing today. I am pleased to recommend A Government of Wolves to anyone interested in learning how modern America increasingly resembles a dystopian science fiction film instead of a Constitutional Republic."
--Ron Paul, 12-term US Congressman and former Presidential candidate

"I was privileged to have Duke Ellington as a mentor, who said of the jazz that was unsuccessfully banned in their countries by Stalin and Hitler: "The music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country." But only a basically free country could have produced back then such freedom of expression that has become so energizing a global presence. If we are to be again this free a nation, John Whitehead will have had a lot to do with our being able to swing again."
--Nat Hentoff, American historian and nationally syndicated columnist

"The loss of liberty doesn't begin with invading armies, but with creeping government that slowly and almost imperceptibly invades our privacy with cameras, drones, wiretaps and monitoring of email communication. We are told this is for our own good. In this book, John Whitehead sounds a warning about overreaching government we had better heed before the point of no return has been reached."
--Cal Thomas, Syndicated and USA Today Columnist/Fox News Contributor

"? Where is Thomas Paine now that we need him? He's here just in the nick of time in the person of John Whitehead, an uncompromising debunker of lies, rhetoric mongers, rights-shredders and the criminal acts of our shameless, double-crossing government. Drop everything and read A Government of Wolves before it's too late! I loved and was horrified by this disturbing and courageous book!"
--David Dalton, New York Times bestselling author and a founding editor of Rolling Stone Magazine

"A masterfully documented chronicle of frightened citizen vassalage to a Leviathan state in a hopes of a risk-free existence. An end to liberty is at hand."
--Bruce Fein, associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and author of American Empire Before The Fall

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  • Print Length: 288 pages
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  • Publisher: SelectBooks Inc.; 1 edition (June 12, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished John W. Whitehead's important book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. It was chilling, Orwellian and correct about our emerging police state. In a week when we learned that our government admits that it has has been collecting trillions of our telephone calls, emails, videos, facebook posts, etc. and the Supreme Court oks government collecting our DNA if we ever should be arrested for any alleged crime, the author tells us that all this has been happening quitely behind our backs for years.

Fully documented to the end, this book is well written and an easy read. Whitehead puts all the pieces together about the bleak future of liberty in our country in a compelling narrative. He engages the reader and his Orwellian conclusions are frightening.

It appears that the point of no return has passed and I have little hope in an uprising of civil disobedience as Whitehead urges or a second American Revolution which would restore normalcy to the public and revitalize our lost constitutional liberties.

This book can certainly be a manifesto for a movement to that end. I pray it inspires the present generation to the task at hand. But I fear that nothing less than a social upheaval akin to that of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, or the opposition to the war in Vietnam in the late 60s, will do it.

Thomas S. Neuberger, attorney
Wilmington, Delaware
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very timely book; Does it address a hopeless cause? August 20, 2013
By Bess
Mr. Whitehead does a good job making a case against the oncoming- and unapologetic- police state. I note 'unapologetic' as there once was a time in this country when government had to do its creeping in the shadows. Public knowledge of such shenanigans would've engendered too much opposition. It would've been a fight. Now, because of apathy, stupidity, television, god only knows why, its done openly, notoriously- perhaps even arrogantly- with very little fear of political consequence.

I don't even know what kind of people we are, anymore.

I won't bother reviewing the minutiae of the book but its basically what you'd expect- not in a 'predictable' way but more in a timely, relevant way. It is very much worth reading, but there's still that nagging reality; the people who are apt to seek out books like this and intellectually engage themselves with the issue of personal freedom are the same people who already understand that there's a severe problem- 'the choir' - and not the people we need to inspire to action.

There are quite a few other books on this topic, some real barn-burners in the field of criminology if you're interested in the 'stick' part of the governments carrot/stick equation ('One Nation Under Arrest', 'Go Directly To Jail', 'Three Felonies a Day' are required reading) but few- if any- propose is a politically workable solution to actually fix this nightmare.

There is no rolling back bureaucratic inertia. Since the 18th century, we've assembled an untold number of Congressmen and Senators at the state and federal levels whose only job was to pass more and more laws.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Evidence of An Emerging Police State June 11, 2013
By Urania
Anyone who doubts Whitehead's conclusions only has to go to the website of the Institute he founded and read some of the cases the nonprofit deals with yearly.

Or, go to YouTube and watch the videos of police brutalizing citizens who have not committed any crimes, only failed to "submit" quickly or completely enough to suit their oppressors. Or, read your local alternate newspaper and find out what is happening to ordinary people in your community. Mainsteam media are not covering the increasing tide of police predation. Perhaps some people still think that overkill and abuse by law enforcement is the price of security; but, when abuse happens to them, they'll quickly change their minds.

In my small city of 100,000, in one year there were three incidences of SWAT assaults (all of them mistaken or obvious overkill) on the homes of citizens just like you and me. Apologies from the police? Never.

No one is safe in our current militarized, paranoid, "law and order" milieu. Whitehead is sounding an important clarion call and god help us if we as a society don't respond.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
What I am describing within these pages has not come about as an overnight change. Rather, the emerging American police state can be seen in subtle trends introduced by those in leadership--government, media, education--towards greater control and manipulation of the individual. With the advent of electronic media and the increasing computerization of American society, the mechanisms for manipulation have arrived"
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For those who are paying attention, the red flags are everywhere around us. Slowly but surely, like Chinese water torture, the American people are losing their freedoms. The Founding Fathers would be appalled. The United States of America is slowly but surely exhibiting all of the characteristics of a police state. According to author John W. Whitehead the slow but deliberate march towards authoritarianism began about two decades ago and has only accelerated since the unfortunate events of 9/11. We are witnessing first-hand the dismantling of our institutions, due process, the rule of law and the American Constitution, all in the name of security. Mesmerized by fear and the bread and circuses offered by the government and corporate America the majority of the American people have no idea what is happening to them and really don't seem to care. John W. Whitehead is an author and attorney who is an expert in the area of constitutional law. Whitehead believes that time is running out for the American people to rise up and clamp down on the military-industrial complex that is running roughshod over them. He has assembled a cornucopia of eye-opening facts and observations about all of this in his compelling new book "A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State". Trust me, the more you read the more concerned you are going to be.
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we need a revolution now!
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This is a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read !!! You will not be sorry !!!
Going on right now !! A top for those who want to know !!
Published 15 days ago by Thea R. Coppini
5.0 out of 5 stars John Whitehead has an excellent perspective from being one of the best...
John Whitehead has an excellent perspective from being one of the best Constitutional lawyer in America. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dr. Preston Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. A little long winded at times
Excellent book. A little long winded at times. If you want to know what is really happening to this country, read this.
Published 20 days ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars No Surprise -
This book tells a lot about government snooping and intrusions into peoples' lives with many illustrations from the recent news.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A decent appraisal of our country. And just what ...
A decent appraisal of our country. And just what I would expect from Whitehead, who, after dealing with the powers that be would certainly know a little something about their... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Zeddie R. Dyess
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage
A very big waste of money. This author, who once was a Conservative, has written a book which panders to the Libertarian Left big time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me understand better, things I already knew
Absolutely the most enlightening book I've read to date. Made me understand better, things I already knew. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended!
The author is trying to make you believe that the US government has gone bad and are no longer democratic. Read more
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