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Originally published May 5 2015

Award-winning author reveals the government's war on the American people in new eye-opening book

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) A noted constitutional attorney, author and columnist says in a new book that the American people are under attack from their government and militarized local police forces. Moreover, he says that the last vestiges of freedom and liberty will soon vanish.

In Battlefield America: The War on the American People, John W. Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, a non-profit civil liberties and human rights organization, says governments on all levels are essentially changing the rules to favor them and hinder a citizen's right to waver, dissent or simply refuse to go along with unconstitutional edicts.

In his book, Whitehead posits that the American nation is essentially at war with itself and is on the verge of permanently undermining the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

As a description of his book posted at Amazon notes, this is growing more evident on the local level:

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.

Don't step out of line

One such incident occurred when militarized, armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management were sent to collect a fee from long-time Nevada rancher Clive Bundy, or when heavily-armed SWAT police swept Boston residents from their homes in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Whitehead notes that these changes did not suddenly occur. In fact, he says, the shift to totalitarianism cannot be traced to a single event or a single person. Instead, the evolution has been so gradual and subtle that most citizens don't even know that it has taken place.

In small increments, police powers have been expanded, new weapons were added to the arsenals of police departments including automatic rifles and armored vehicles, and "one exception after another" has been made to historic standards of police training and restrained authority, says the book description.

Throw into that mix a small number of new internet mega-corporations working with federal spy agencies and you have a massive, 24/7/365 surveillance state and the potential for an "electronic concentration camp" that views the citizenry as mere "databits" as it slowly but surely takes control of our lives. Don't even think about stepping out of line, because if you do, you're likely to find one of those newly up-armed SWAT teams at your front door or in your hallway in the middle of the night.

All is not yet lost

Moreover, Whitehead says it hasn't much mattered whether a Democrat or a Republican has been in the White House, or whether Democrats or Republicans dominate Congress or state legislatures and governorships; the march towards tyranny has continued apace.

"The outlook for civil liberties grows bleaker by the day, from the government's embrace of indefinite detention for US citizens and armed surveillance drones flying overhead to warrantless surveillance of phone, email and Internet communications, and prosecutions of government whistle-blowers," writes Whitehead. "The homeland is ruled by a police-industrial complex, an extension of the American military empire. Everything that our founding fathers warned against is now the new norm. The government has trained its sights on the American people. We have become the enemy."

No matter how dire the situation might appear, Whitehead does not believe that all is yet lost.

"The freedoms which Americans often take for granted were hard won through the sheer determination, suffering and sacrifice of thousands of patriotic Americans who not only believed in the cause of liberty but also acted on that belief," he notes.

You can read reviews of the book here.


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