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Battlefield America

The war on the American people

John W. Whitehead

With a foreword by Ron Paul.

I was inspired by his Rutherford Institute, regular e-mails from them and the great insights therein to purchase and read John Whitehead’s Battlefield America.

Cover to cover, I was impressed with his accurate depiction of where we are culturally and politically. I made myself a note that he really hit home with the midsection at page 195. The rest is just as good. Much of it is simply a great explanation of where we are today, but it puts the whole of the problem in a coherent, well thought out big picture, flush with details.

I highly recommend it.

Extract from page 195 – any spelling or punctuation errors are my typographical errors.

Unfortunately, with so much of the public attention focused on the NSA’s misdeeds, there is a tendency to forget that the NSA is merely one of a growing number of clandestine intelligence agencies tasked with spying on the American people. In fact, the IA, FBI, DHS, and DEA, among others, routinely step outside the bounds of the law in order to spy on and control the citizenry.

This violates not only the letter of the law but the spirit of the law, as well. By law, I am referring to the only law that truly matters – the U.S. Constitution – the only law that truly safeguards us against government abuse, overreach, expansion, and secrecy. For these very reasons, the Constitution continues to be trampled upon, shoved aside, disregarded, whittled down, choked to death, and generally castrated by the president, Congress and the courts, who without fail march in lockstep to the bidding of the military-security industrial complex, law enforcement officials, corporations and the like.

Thus, if our nation is riddld with all manner of problems, it’s because we have government officials in the executive branch, Congress, and the courts incapable of abiding by the Constitution. These people have proven time and agian that they cannot be trusted to do what they say, and they certainly can’t be trusted to abide by their oaths of office to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Why Should You Care?

I often hear many Americans ask, if I’m not doing anything wrong, why should I care if the government wants to spy me?

You should care for this reason: once you allwo the government to start breaking the law, no matter how seemingtly justifiable the reason, you relinquish the contract between you and the government which establishes that the government works for and obeys you, the citizen – the employer – the master. And once the government starts operating outside the law, answerable to no one but itself, there’s no way to rein it back in, short of revolution.

As for those who are not worried about the government filming you when you drive, listening to your phone calls, using satellites to track your movements, and drones to further spy on you, you’d better start worrying. At a time when the average American breaks at least three laws a day without knowing it – all thanks to the glut of laws being added to the books every year – there’s a pretty good chance that if the government chose to target you as a lawbreaker, they’d be able to come up with something without much effort.

By the way, signing up for e-mail alerts at The Rutherford Institute is a good idea, as is giving the website a good look over.