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Is the U.S. Government the Enemy of the People? America’s Lost Liberties, Post-9/11

By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute | September 3, 2019

Take heed, America.

Our losses are mounting with every passing day.

What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act  has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

The rights embodied in the Constitution, which have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded, are now on life support.

Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, press, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more have become casualties in the government’s war on the American people, a war that has grown more pronounced since 9/11.

Since the towers fell, the U.S. government has posed a greater threat to our freedoms than any terrorist, extremist or foreign entity ever could. Indeed, the U.S. government—the government that was supposed to be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”—has become the enemy of the people.

This is a government that has grown corrupt, greedy, power-hungry and tyrannical over the course of the past 240-plus years.

This is a government that is laying the groundwork to weaponize the public’s biomedical data as a convenient means by which to penalize certain “unacceptable” social behaviors. Incredibly, as part of a proposal being considered by the Trump Administration, a new government agency HARPA (a healthcare counterpart to the Pentagon’s research and development arm DARPA) will take the lead in identifying and targeting “signs” of mental illness or violent inclinations among the populace by using artificial intelligence to collect data from Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home.

This is a government that railroads taxpayers into financing government programs whose only purpose is to increase the power and wealth of the corporate elite.

This is a government—a warring empire—that forces its taxpayers to pay for wars abroad that serve no other purpose except to expand the reach of the military industrial complex.

This is a government whose wall-to-wall surveillance has given rise to a suspect society in which the burden of proof has been reversed such that Americans are now assumed guilty until or unless they can prove their innocence.

This is a government that treats its people like second-class citizens who have no rights, and is working overtime to stigmatize and dehumanize any and all who do not fit with the government’s plans for this country.

This is a government that uses free speech zones, roving bubble zones and trespass laws to silence, censor and marginalize Americans and restrict their First Amendment right to speak truth to power.

This is a government that adopts laws that criminalize Americans for otherwise lawful activities such as holding religious studies at home, growing vegetables in their yard, and collecting rainwater.

This is a government that persists in renewing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the president and the military to arrest and detain American citizens indefinitely.

This is a government that saddled us with the Patriot Act, which opened the door to all manner of government abuses and intrusions on our privacy.

This is a government that, in direct opposition to the dire warnings of those who founded our country, has allowed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a standing army by way of programs that transfer surplus military hardware to local and state police.

This is a government that has provided cover to police when they shoot and kill unarmed individuals just for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something—anything—that police could misinterpret to be a gun, or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety.

This is a government that has allowed private corporations to get rich at taxpayer expense by locking people up for life for non-violent crimes.

This is a government that has created a Constitution-free zone within 100 miles inland of the border around the United States, paving the way for Border Patrol agents to search people’s homes, intimately probe their bodies, and rifle through their belongings, all without a warrant. Nearly 66% of Americans (2/3 of the U.S. population, 197.4 million people) now live within that 100-mile-deep, Constitution-free zone.

This is a government that is operating in the negative on every front: it’s spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad. Meanwhile, the nation’s sorely neglected infrastructure—railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports and roads—is rapidly deteriorating.

This is a government that has empowered police departments to make a profit at the expense of those they have sworn to protect through the use of asset forfeiture laws, speed traps, and red light cameras.

This is a government whose gun violence—inflicted on unarmed individuals by battlefield-trained SWAT teams, militarized police, and bureaucratic government agents trained to shoot first and ask questions later—poses a greater threat to the safety and security of the nation than any mass shooter.

This is a government that has allowed the presidency to become a dictatorship operating above and beyond the law, regardless of which party is in power.

This is a government that treats dissidents, whistleblowers and freedom fighters as enemies of the state.

This is a government that justifies all manner of government tyranny and power grabs in the so-called name of national security, national crises and national emergencies.

This is a government that exports violence worldwide, with one of this country’s most profitable exports being weapons.

This is a government that routinely undermines the Constitution and rides roughshod over the rights of the citizenry, eviscerating individual freedoms so that its own powers can be expanded.

This is a government that believes it has the authority to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation, the Constitution be damned.

In other words, this is not a government that believes in, let alone upholds, freedom.

So where does that leave us?

As always, the first step begins with “we the people.”

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, our power as a citizenry comes from our ability to agree and stand united on certain freedom principles that should be non-negotiable.

September 3, 2019 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Timeless or most popular | ,


  1. A ‘fifth column’ have overtaken the united States long ago. Mechanisms (Court, RICO) exist–which are also subverted.

    If Trump and the Q plan are playing us for time, then the obvious seems to be that we’re on our own. This is a government which is complicit in the assassination of JFK. The killers of JFK are in charge of ‘this government’ (and media).

    That’s disconcerting, as the masses aren’t up to speed about what criminal infiltration is involved and what commitment is necessary to extricate ourselves from the clutches of devils intent upon a totalitarian state.

    Comment by rediscover911com | September 3, 2019 | Reply

  2. No REAL Effort has been made to find out who did “9/11″………hint, Larry Silverstein admitted publicly that he authorised that Tower 7 be “Pulled”(as if controlled demolition can be accomplished within 1 hour). “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored”. There were Israeli camera men, sent from Israel specifically to film the destruction. They were sent home to Israel….No Problem at all!! Join the dots and follow the money(Wall St made lots of money “Shorting” airline stocks in the days before the “attack”)
    The American people should DEMAND a thorough, independent investigation into “Who did 9/11″…….But of course, the government is not interested in finding out, because THEY(and the CIA/Mossad) were up to their necks in it…….
    The longer it is ignored the worse the American people’s suffering will go on.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 3, 2019 | Reply

  3. II recently read that the architect/contractor said the floors were overbuilt – ie they wouldn’t buckle in a fire. I believe the floor collapsing was a major official reason for the vertical collapse of the buildings. I was wondering how long it would be before the people who designed and/or built the towers would say they weren’t at fault.

    Comment by GGH | September 4, 2019 | Reply

  4. THERE IS NO military industrial complex, NO deep state, NO intelligence sector, NO conspiracy theory, NO anti-semite, or NO hate speech and all of the news is misinformation and disinformation, and only some of the stories (and questions) with any truth in them is labeled “fake news.” These Counter-Intelligence “Terms” were created by the supercriminal-jew Eisenhower, CIA, (Central Insurgency Agency) and other private and US Inc. corporation individuals in order for the israeli puppet(s) in the “Half-Wit House” to have an “indefinable entity” to blame for “THEIR” highly criminal, sinister and treasonous actions that normally contradict and/or violate: ethics and laws, (statutes) campaign promises and policies; Americans’ best interests; past and on-going military operations perpetrated against Americans domestically; international laws and agreements and etc.,etc., ad nauseam. The truth is that your “illegitimate and Bankrupt (since 1933) “so-called government,” (US Inc) has been terrorizing and selling out the World, and supporting and installing Communism Worldwide since the 1820’s. The Corporation Company of the United States was declared Bankrupt, Insolvent and was Dissolved in 1933 under one of the greatest criminal regimes in all of history; the “Ruse’-evelt” (rosenfeld/roosevelt) administration and has remained in a Bankrupt state ever since and piling up a massive, unpayable debt to the International “banksters.” The Constitution has been discarded and replaced by the Uniform Commercial Code. You have only limited and/or no rights depending on your status in society and are “officially” an Enemy of the State. Your judges and lawyers know these facts, (and mountains more) about the bankruptcy and the treachery of the CORP. US, but are sworn to secrecy under threat of disbarment (another story in itself) and the history of the US Inc. and the nationwide banishment of “Common Law.” Honest ones who won’t adhere to the secret are even murdered. This is what happens when you live in a “Hybrid Communist-Corporate Franchise System,” (US Inc., and it’s over 600 subsidiary corporations) and the greatest genocidal and terrorist state, (corporation) in World history.

    Comment by Animal 100% | September 6, 2019 | Reply

  5. Addition to previous comment; The “counter-intelligence terms” mentioned previously are also used to stifle conversation on the issue or question, discredit the source of Truth, and regulate “free speech.” They don’t work for America and/or Americans’ best interests, NONE of ‘EM, from the very top, to the very bottom of the cesspit that they all crawled out of!

    Comment by Animal 100% | September 6, 2019 | Reply

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