We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State

John W. Whitehead – The Rutherford Institute Aug 6, 2019

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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”—H.L. Mencken

We’ve been down this road many times before.

If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security.

As David C. Unger, a foreign affairs editorial writer for the New York Times, explains, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have given way to permanent crisis management: to policing the planet and fighting preventative wars of ideological containment, usually on terrain chosen by, and favorable to, our enemies. Limited government and constitutional accountability have been shouldered aside by the kind of imperial presidency our constitutional system was explicitly designed to prevent.”

Cue the Emergency State, the government’s Machiavellian version of crisis management that justifies all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.

Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters”: the government has been anticipating and preparing for such crises for years now.

It’s all part of the grand plan for total control.

The government’s proposed response to the latest round of mass shootings—red flag gun laws, precrime surveillance, fusion centers, threat assessments, mental health assessments, involuntary confinement—is just more of the same.

These tactics have been employed before, here in the U.S. and elsewhere, by other totalitarian regimes, with devastating results.

It’s a simple enough formula: first, you create fear, then you capitalize on it by seizing power.

For instance, in his remarks on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump promised to give the FBI “whatever they need” to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism.

Let that sink in a moment.

In a post-9/11 America, Trump’s promise bodes ill for whatever remnants of freedom we have left. With that promise, flippantly delivered without any apparent thought for the Constitution’s prohibitions on such overreach, the president has given the FBI the green light to violate Americans’ civil liberties in every which way.

This is how the Emergency State works, after all.

Although the damage wrought by these power grabs has been most evident in recent presidential administrations—under Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton—the seeds of this present madness were sown, according to Unger, in 1940, when President Roosevelt, the “founding father of modern extraconstitutional presidential war-making, the military-industrial complex, and covert federal surveillance of lawful domestic political activity,” declared a national emergency.

So what does the government’s carefully calibrated response to this current crisis mean for freedom as we know it? Compliance and control.

For starters, consider Trump’s embrace of red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people “suspected” of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.

As The Washington Post reports, these laws “allow a family member, roommate, beau, law enforcement officer or any type of medical professional to file a petition [with a court] asking that a person’s home be temporarily cleared of firearms. It doesn’t require a mental-health diagnosis or an arrest.

Be warned: these laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.

Seventeen states, plus the District of Columbia, now have red flag laws on their books. That number is growing.

In the midst of what feels like an epidemic of mass shootings, these gun confiscation laws—extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws—may appease the fears of those who believe that fewer guns in the hands of the general populace will make our society safer.

Of course, it doesn’t always work that way.

Anything—knives, vehicles, planes, pressure cookers—can become a weapon when wielded with deadly intentions.

With these red flag gun laws, the intention is to disarm individuals who are potential threats.

We need to stop dangerous people before they act”: that’s the rationale behind the NRA’s support of these red flag laws, and at first glance, it appears to be perfectly reasonable to want to disarm individuals who are clearly suicidal and/or pose an “immediate danger” to themselves or others.

However, consider what happened in Maryland after a police officer attempted to “enforce” the state’s new red flag law, which went into effect in Oct. 2018.

At 5 am on a Monday, two police officers showed up at 61-year-old Gary Willis’ house to serve him with a court order requiring that he surrender his guns. Willis answered the door holding a gun. (In some states, merely answering the door holding a gun is enough to get you killed by police who have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.) Willis initially set his gun aside while he spoke with the police. However, when the police attempted to serve him with the gun confiscation order, Willis reportedly became “irate” and picked up his gun again. At that point, a struggle ensued, causing the gun to go off. Although no one was harmed by the struggle, one of the cops shot and killed Willis.

According to the Anne Arundel County police chief, the shooting was a sign that the red flag law is needed. What the police can’t say with any certainty is what they prevented by shooting and killing Willis.

Therein lies the danger of these red flag laws, specifically, and pre-crime laws such as these generally, especially when you put the power to determine who is a potential danger in the hands of government agencies, the courts and the police.

After all, this is the same government that uses the words “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” interchangeably.

This is the same government that, in 2009, issued a series of Department of Homeland Security reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals, military veterans and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

This is the same government that, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”

This is the same government that keeps re-upping the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the military to detain and imprison American citizens with no access to friends, family or the courts if the government believes them to be a threat.

This is the same government that has a growing list—shared with fusion centers and law enforcement agencies—of ideologies, behaviors, affiliations and other characteristics that could flag someone as suspicious and result in their being labeled potential enemies of the state.

For instance, if you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you could be at the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

Moreover, as a New York Times editorial warns, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police if you are afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms, if you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law, or if you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car.

According to the FBI’s latest report, you might also be classified as a domestic terrorism threat if you espouse conspiracy theories, especially if you “attempt to explain events or circumstances as the result of a group of actors working in secret to benefit themselves at the expense of others” and are “usually at odds with official or prevailing explanations of events.”

Additionally, according to Michael C. McGarrity, the FBI’s assistant director of the counterterrorism division, the bureau now “classifies domestic terrorism threats into four main categories: racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental extremism, and abortion extremism.”

In other words, if you dare to subscribe to any views that are contrary to the government’s, you may well be suspected of being a domestic terrorist and treated accordingly.

Where many Americans go wrong is in assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or challenging the government’s authority in order to be flagged as a suspicious character, labeled an enemy of the state and locked up like a dangerous criminal.

That is not the case.

All you really need to do is question government authority.

With the help of artificial intelligence, a growing arsenal of high-tech software, hardware and techniques, government propaganda urging Americans to turn into spies and snitches, as well as social media and behavior sensing software, government agents are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports aimed at snaring potential enemies of the state.

It’s the American police state’s take on the dystopian terrors foreshadowed by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Phillip K. Dick all rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.

What’s more, the technocrats who run the surveillance state don’t even have to break a sweat while monitoring what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, how much you spend, whom you support, and with whom you communicate. Computers guided by artificial intelligence now do the tedious work of trolling social media, the internet, text messages and phone calls for potentially anti-government remarks—all of which is carefully recorded, documented, and stored to be used against you someday at a time and place of the government’s choosing.

This is the world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls in order to bring the populace under control.

In Dick’s dystopian police state, the police combine widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining and precognitive technology to capture would-be criminals before they can do any damage: precrime.

In the film Minority Report, the technology that John Anderton, Chief of the Department of Pre-Crime in Washington, DC, relies on for his predictive policing proves to be fallible, identifying him as the next would-be criminal and targeting him for preemptive measures. Consequently, Anderton finds himself not only attempting to prove his innocence but forced to take drastic measures in order to avoid capture in a surveillance state that uses biometric data and sophisticated computer networks to track its citizens.

With every passing day, the American police state moves that much closer to mirroring the fictional pre-crime prevention world of Minority Report.

For instance, police in major American cities have been using predictive policing technology that allows them to identify individuals—or groups of individuals—most likely to commit a crime in a given community. Those individuals are then put on notice that their movements and activities will be closely monitored and any criminal activity (by them or their associates) will result in harsh penalties.

In other words, the burden of proof is reversed: you are guilty before you are given any chance to prove you are innocent.

Dig beneath the surface of this kind of surveillance/police state, however, and you will find that the real purpose of pre-crime is not safety but control.

Red flag gun laws merely push us that much closer towards a suspect society where everyone is potentially guilty of some crime or another and must be preemptively rendered harmless.

Again, where many Americans go wrong is in naively assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or harmful in order to be flagged and targeted for some form of intervention or detention.

In fact, U.S. police agencies have been working to identify and manage potential extremist “threats,” violent or otherwise, before they can become actual threats for some time now.

In much the same way that the USA Patriot Act was used as a front to advance the surveillance state, allowing the government to establish a far-reaching domestic spying program that turned every American citizen into a criminal suspect, the government’s anti-extremism program renders otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist.

In fact, all you need to do these days to end up on a government watch list or be subjected to heightened scrutiny is use certain trigger words (like cloud, pork and pirates), surf the internet, communicate using a cell phone, limp or stutter, drive a car, stay at a hotel, attend a political rally, express yourself on social media, appear mentally ill, serve in the military, disagree with a law enforcement official, call in sick to work, purchase materials at a hardware store, take flying or boating lessons, appear suspicious, appear confused or nervous, fidget or whistle or smell bad, be seen in public waving a toy gun or anything remotely resembling a gun (such as a water nozzle or a remote control or a walking cane), stare at a police officer, question government authority, or appear to be pro-gun or pro-freedom.

Be warned: once you get on such a government watch list—whether it’s a terrorist watch list, a mental health watch list, a dissident watch list, or a red flag gun watch list—there’s no clear-cut way to get off, whether or not you should actually be on there.

You will be tracked wherever you go.

You will be flagged as a potential threat and dealt with accordingly.

This is pre-crime on an ideological scale and it’s been a long time coming.

The government has been building its pre-crime, surveillance network in concert with fusion centers (of which there are 78 nationwide, with partners in the corporate sector and globally), data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, biometrics, and behavioral epigenetics (in which life experiences alter one’s genetic makeup).

If you’re not scared yet, you should be.

Connect the dots.

Start with the powers amassed by the government under the USA Patriot Act, note the government’s ever-broadening definition of what it considers to be an “extremist,” then add in the government’s detention powers under NDAA, the National Security Agency’s far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

To that, add tens of thousands of armed, surveillance drones and balloons that are beginning to blanket American skies, facial recognition technology that will identify and track you wherever you go and whatever you do. And then to complete the picture, toss in the real-time crime centers being deployed in cities across the country, which will be attempting to “predict” crimes and identify so-called criminals before they happen based on widespread surveillance, complex mathematical algorithms and prognostication programs.

Hopefully you’re starting to understand how easy we’ve made it for the government to identify, label, target, defuse and detain anyone it views as a potential threat for a variety of reasons that run the gamut from mental illness to having a military background to challenging its authority to just being on the government’s list of persona non grata.

There’s always a price to pay for standing up to the powers-that-be.

Yet as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, you don’t even have to be a dissident to get flagged by the government for surveillance, censorship and detention.

All you really need to be is a citizen of the American police state.

WC: 2680


Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  is available at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.


3 responses to “We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State”

  1. Terrible but true, puppet politicians running governments rule just as their Jewish overlords direct.

    Zionist Jews view white Christians as enemies and as an obstruction to their Jew World Order. Now that Jews control the governments, Jews have made governments enemies of white Christians.

    That is why we have the immigrant invasions of only white nations, Jews Media BS about white supremacy and white nationalism propaganda, promotion of homosexuals, anti-gun propaganda, anti-christ madness, and destruction of white Christian culture.

    Until about the sixties it was common to see people with guns in their vehicles and guns for sale in stores. There was nothing unusual about seeing someone with a gun.

    There were no laws requiring gun permits, licenses, certifications, infringing on civil rights to keep and bear arms. Now that guns are effectively outlawed, only outlaws have guns.

    Even cops are outlaws because they are just bad guys disguised as good guys, goons with guns, the muscle for Jews at higher levels above them.

    Cops protect and serve their Jewish overlords, not common people, even though most cops don’t realize it. Cops seldom comprehend that they are just puppets being used by evil judges and politicians.

    Cops commit highway robbery on common people in the form of traffic tickets and such operations that bring money to Jewish overlords and higher level political puppets.

    Now that only outlaws typically have guns, the mass shootings are hundreds of times more frequent than during the sixties. Searching the web for when the first mass shooting in the USA occurred, the University of Texas 1966 Tower-Shooting is often cited.

    Prior to 1966, before the vast multitude of anti-gun laws, there may not have been any “mass shootings” at all. Compare that to all the mass shootings so common now.

    The times are long gone when 2nd amendment civil rights to keep and bear arms was reality and the Jews plan to keep it that way.

    If a citizen carries a gun and a cop catches him with the gun, there will probably be multiple gun laws with which the cop will charge the citizen. Even lawyers can’t keep track of all the ubiquitous gun laws.

    If a citizen doesn’t carry a gun and there is a mass shooting, the citizen cannot defend himself. He can only run for his life. The Jews have it so you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

    The ‘Police State’ is no longer just a devilish idea to disarm citizens. The Police State is already here and it’s only getting worse.


    As the huge mass of the general public slowly wakes up to what crimes the Governments have committed, the people have increasingly looked to the Internet for real news and have stopped listening to the BBC crap and buying Murdoch newspapers to the point where they now give them away free in Supermarkets.
    Figures for those who bother to vote at all have dropped through the floor, and the BBC has since the start of WWII increasingly used propaganda and sport as red herrings to manipulate and distract peoples views and dumb them down.
    Hitler’s Germany had a popular magazine which targeted the NWO “Germany Awake” and now Internet-based news ezines are enjoying massive sucess in following suit in similar vein, which is why they are being banned

    After WWII before Churchill was thrown from office a secret operation began, that was as big as the war operation itself.
    Lord Cherwell and Lord Rothschild’s plan was to change history alter public perceptions attitudes and thinking and distort reality, of this was what Hollywood calls “black films or Film Nior”, and attitude-changing films such as Brokenback Mountain, a film about normalising Homosexuality, and Schindler’s List, a film to reinforce wartime racist stereotyping based on a fictional novel by Thomas Keneally became the norm.

    Now known as Social engineering this whole idea was brought up and refined by Churchill’s doctor Lord Moran among others, with Military psychologists to explain that although millions of men were being demobbed from the forces, homes and jobs were scarce and we needed to import in huge numbers to, “do the jobs our people would not do, insults like this to the men who fought the governments war for it, resulted in a batch of ex-servicemen starting up a pro-UK equal rights organisation called The National Front which saw huge numbers of ex serviceman and others queuing round blocks all day in many UK cities to join up, before the racist government agencies smeared it and wrecked it from inside.

    Operation Blackbird was a psychological operational scheme set up initially from Porton Down, Britain’s chemical warfare base, and not to be confused with Operation Blackbird the later crop circle investigation. The Blackbird is the first bird awake in the morning and the first one to sing to the others that a new dawn is breaking, and folklore has it that the first bird to sing sets the tune for the day.

    Because of Britain’s ridiculous policy during WWII that Communist Russia was an ally, a quick about face had to be put in place for the British people to now understand that “good ‘ole Uncle Jo Stalin” was nothing of the sort and we had to prepare for nuclear exchanges in what became the Cold War.
    I feel I should now speak out about some secret aspects.
    WWII airfields across the country took on a new lease of life, the huge secret underground bunker added to North Weald airfield during WWII, now extended again and intended to be a radio centre for London in the event of an ICBM military conflict and a nuclear control centre with several motorways from London initially to get bigwigs like Winston Churchill away to a secret luxury bunker in Canada, while his people suffered the horrors of his war.

    Willingale airfield in Essex was actually enlarged at the end of the war, runways extended to be a mile long, deserted and dilapidated hangars fitted with shiny new padlocks and reinforced doors full of large boxes and crates from what are now called Pharmaceutical companies and said to hold chemical weapons. Men in civilian clothes but believed to be military types would constantly drive round the outside, plans for the old SOE base at RAF Tempisford and only referred to as ” 161″ were for a EW or early warning site called a “Special Hospital” and the purpose built RAF hospital at Ely Cambs being on a hill, had a mass of listening devices hidden on a concrete reinforced fake hospital water tower. Propaganda from the News media would say that the US had nuclear weapons at X bases, while in fact they were dummies and the real weapons kept eslewhere.

    The agreement for the US to have bases in the UK was for the length of WWII, then extended for the Cold War and now because Churchill signed away Britain to the US banks for the money to fight Hitler who threw out these same banks, to give Germany back to the same bankers, the USA has bases on each of our old colonies and is on British soil in perpetuity.

    Among Blackbird’s policies was to single out Whistleblowers for ridicule, reputation destruction, job loss and social exclusion such as MI5 operatives David Shayler and Annie Machon. Rita Pal the doctor who exposed the Liverpool Care Pathway which was implementing euthanasia in British hospitals on elderly and “useless eaters”, US Ambassador Joseph Wilson who told the truth about the wars on Iraq, Craig Murray the British ambassador who told of official support by the British Government of the use of terror and torture tactics, or Michael J Nappe the dentist who exposed the dangers of Mercury in teeth fillings, these heroic people told the public and paid a high price for whistleblowing

    The extinction of whistleblowers has been increasing since Rudolf Hess. Princess Diana being perhaps the most high profile and while planning to take her landmine banning campaign to Palestine ensured her death. Dr David Kelly and several British politicians – Christopher Shale, Hugh Gaitskell, Robin Cook and possibly John Smith were permanently silenced. Edward Heath asked in 1972 for Enoch Powell the political whistlebower to be killed off for exposing and criticising British immigration policy. Pervert Edward Heath hated him and never spoke to him again.

    Mass uncontrolled Immigration posed a bigger threat to British culture and way of life than WWII
    and Shared Britain gave way to Multicuralism which was then called Blue Sky Thinking which then became the Big Family. and is now called Globalism

    Dr Andrew Wakefield who exposed government lies over the safety of vaccinations was hounded from office by drug company pressure but now looks more and more that he was correct. as was Prof Lacey who exposed that ground up dead cows and chicken shit was being fed to coqs and a disease would cross the species barrier, the disease did indeed cross this and BSE is still killing people today

    Now that the remit for the police has been changed from serving the public, to servants of the State we may well see more Jean Charles De Menezes type killings. Changes in rulings about people who disagree with government policy are to be classed as “Domestic terrorists ” and puts every single person in the frame, this means as the people wake to the lies and crimes of government, thier agencies cannot be trusted.
    MI5 remit is against its own people who pay its wages

  3. Sir Anthony Blunt blackmailed perverts for the jews in w w 2
    Jimmy saville took over and was protected by Menachem begin
    ex stern gang member Manny Valense took authorites to a place where 40 bodies of small arab boys were raped killed and buried by Begin
    Then epstein took over, Boystown rented out hundreds of boys
    Tony Blair appointed Margaret Hodge to be childrens minister, hodge real name Oppenhiemer D noticed the Nene Report where 16 London care homes were used by homosexuals in what the UK column called ” an industrial scale of abuse”