Run for Your Life: The American Police State Is Coming to Get You

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“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 Balko, The Washington Post

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 enough.

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 connecting flight.

Those 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 a crucifix.

Clearly, it no longer matters where you live.

Big 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.

Our 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.

Forced 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 government officials.

For 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.

Angel 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.

Leila 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.

David 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 bleeding rectums.

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.

If this is a war, then “we the people” are the enemy.

As 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 organs.”

The 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 law demands.

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.

This is what happens when you allow the government to call the shots: it becomes a bully.

As 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.

“It is 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 end.”

In other words, if it could happen in Nazi Germany, it can just as easily happen here.

It 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.

We’ve learned the lessons of compliance too well.

For too 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:

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.

What can you do?

It’s simple but as I detail in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the consequences may be deadly.

Stop 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.

Stop being a slave.

As anti-war activist Rosa Luxemburg concluded, “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”

You may not realize it yet, but you are not free.

If you believe otherwise, it is only because you have made no real attempt to exercise your freedoms.

Had you 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.

As 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.

Get ready to stand your ground or run for your life, because the American police state is coming to get you.

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Contributed by John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

Since 1996, John W. Whitehead has taken on everything from human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, protection of religious freedom, and child pornography, to family autonomy issues, cross burning, the sanctity of human life, and the war on terrorism in his weekly opinion column. A self-proclaimed civil libertarian, Whitehead is considered by many to be a legal, political and cultural watchdog—sounding the call for integrity, accountability and an adherence to the democratic principles on which this country was founded.

Time and again, Whitehead hits the bull’s eye with commentaries that are insightful, relevant and provocative. And all too often, he finds himself under fire for his frank and unadulterated viewpoint. But as he frequently remarks, “Anytime people find themselves under fire from both the liberal left and the conservative right, it means that that person is probably right on target.”

Mr. Whitehead’s commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and USA Today.

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  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    They’ve tried to get me more than once – and I’ll still refuse to obey.

    Better to die a man, with my boots on.

    • g.johnon

      better yet to let them do the dying.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        That’s the idea. . . but I’m not Captain America.

        • g.johnon

          seriously, not too sure which side captain america would be on….so, could be a good thing that you’re not.

  • Scott Braveheart

    Everybody just bends over takes it. People in this country really have become a bunch of obedient sheep who care more about their iPhones and tablets than other human beings.

    Some people including my own family thinks it’s weird that I always keep a piece of tape over the camera on my tablet, so many don’t pay attention or care that their being spied or massive amounts of data is collected on Americans in violation of the 4th amendment.

    • Apparently, privacy is a concept reserved for those who try to maintain self-autonomy.

      I’m worried about buying technology these days; don’t know what tool or spyware they’ve installed. I’ve had to go to extraordinary measures to protect my identity, and even then, some of it may have gotten out. Absolutely fucking pathetic.

  • We need to stop running, and start shooting.

    • Janetwebb

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    • Chuck Morrison

      Who is ‘we’? How do you define ‘we’? This is the real question, isn’t it? Are we Christians first? ‘Patriots’? Tea Party? Republicans? Democrats? Greens? Libertarians? Independents? Pro-life? Pro-choice? Pro ‘capitalist’? Anti-corporate? Pro-Israel? Pro-wall street? Anti-FED? Pro-‘Hero’? Anti-police state? Pro-military? Anti-war? Pro-football?….. Sigh……
      But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! Sell your garment and buy a sword, yes….But don’t shoot first…SHOOT BACK! It seems unlikely the middle/working class of America will unite and reestablish justice in the land, as they will never agree on a third-party platform; which is what it will take to win this thing politically. So you should be prepared to defend your family against the coming zombie hordes. This country is too prideful to submit to the humble national repentance toward God that it needs to save itself from utter ruin; so it will fall. I’d love to be wrong, but the Bible and history seem to sound the death knell for this once great country.

  • patriot156

    We’ve learned the lessons of compliance too well.

    For too 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 most conservatives will say just comply and nothing bad will happen to you. You know the ones who claim Patriotism and such? The very same who claim to be against gun control and claim Molon labe and all. The ones who shout the loudest about what the second amendment is about, but when a cop kills someone they’re the first to say don’t mess with cops!
    Stupid is as stupid does I suppose.

    • Semper Fortis

      BADGES ARE REDCOATS

  • patriot156

    Well just wait till Trump gets a hold of these yahoos! Oh wait he don’t give a rats ass. Never mind then

  • Cracker122049

    This and at the same time they try to demand that the people these bastards are oppressing be called hero’s buy the same people that they are fucking over. Its a nation wide plague of criminal activity getting more oppressive all the time!

  • GAZOO2

    The people responsible for hiring these sadistic psychopaths are the ones who must be executed first ! SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS !

    • g.johnon

      and those who train them second.

      • GAZOO2

        Yea, thanks. I forgot to mention, let’s not forget about these so called medical professionals who blindly follow orders.

  • GAZOO2

    Every one of the victims should spend the settlement money on a hitman.

  • Semper Fortis

    BADGES are REDCOATS.

    in 1770s the redcoats probably arrested the town thief and murderer.

    DID THAT MATTER THEN?

    i mean they were “good people” trying to “feed their families” and they were just “following orders” right?

  • Deplorable Patriotgames777

    Just doing their job

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      “Just doing their job” means “They willingly abandoned their moral responsibility and should be hanged for doing so.”

      So should the bootlickers and toadies who defend them.

  • THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH YOU DON’ FA

    Welcome to the land of the (not so) free. This is all a result of the zionist nazi control over jusa. 911 was staged to start unending wars to benefit it’s khazar masters in IS = REAL-HELL and to establish a stasi police state in jusa to get the goy accustomed to an oppressive nwo.

    • g.johnon

      stop chasing the goddam red herrings idiot.

      • THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH YOU DON’ FA

        I will add long as you continue gathering your shekels from type hasbarat bosses

  • thomas jefferson

    VERY SOON,americans will realize whats really going on,OBAMA SOLD YOU TO THE CHINESE,every single one of you,and very soon they’ll be coming to collect up their property,and most americans will just go along and not put up a fight,they’ll spend the rest of their life in a slave labor camp in a country where they want to use them,and life will be very hard,beatings and rape will become a daily thing,the IQ of america has dropped to the point they won’t notice anything, till its way to late to stop it….THEIR getting ready to set up ROADSIDE TENTS right now to vaccinate you and your family on the highway rest stops,and YES they’ll block off the roads to force you into their FORCED DRUGGING TENTS ,like it or not…..

  • Renee Ciccioni

    Well it has been OK so far to treat ” foreigners ” deemed enemy’s in dehumanizing ways so now it’s all coming home to roost . I guess what goes around comes around.

  • weewilliewacko

    This is why we have the Second Amendment. If LE at all levels are doing this without a proper hearing for a court order with writ or warrant attainment, then the U.S. Citizens has EVERY RIGHT to protect themselves from invasion of person.
    Check your local laws.
    & start doing Conceal Carry.
    & IF you can afford it, get bulletproof glass installed on your car w/ Kevlar blankets inside the doors!
    I’ll forward this article on to President Trump. Perhaps he’ll enact an EO or PDD to reel in these bastards!!

    • SP_88

      It’s a good idea, but part of the oppression is keeping people living paycheck to paycheck and shrinking the middle class. As a result, many people cannot afford to carry a firearm or spend thousands of dollars putting bullet proof glass in their car.
      And the people who can are well off enough to not feel the need to defend themselves against an out of control police state.
      It exactly the people who can’t afford to do these things that are the most at risk for being violated by the police.
      For this reason, and other reasons like it, it is best to confront TPTB in large numbers. When a few individuals stand their ground it is easier for the state to abuse their power and make them regret resisting their dictates.
      But when large numbers of people stand up to the state, it’s impossible for them to pull that crap.
      That’s why the state does nothing when large numbers of the people openly buy firearms without submitting to a background check or getting a license. And that’s why when Connecticut and New York required everyone to register their “assault weapons”, and everyone said “screw you” and refused, the state did nothing.
      What are they going to do, arrest everyone? I don’t think so.
      Large numbers. That’s where it’s at.
      Even just 1% of the population would be unstoppable. 1% is 3.2 Million people. The state doesn’t want to go up against that.

  • g.johnon

    not that its any better elsewhere on planet earth.

  • g.johnon

    yeah blade, i think humans make the mistake of equating civility with liberty way too often.

  • XRGRSF

    The author could have done better by not quoting a fanatical Marxist like Rosa Luxemburg, and a rabid anarchist/socialist like Howard Zinn. I no longer trust Mr. Whitehead, and I certainly think less of The Rutherford Institute.

  • Lance Steele

    Respect my au-thor-it-eye