The Militarization of American Public Schools

September 24, 2015 in DC on BFP, Preview

DC on BFP #67 | John Whitehead joins Guillermo to discuss how zero-tolerance policies in public schools have criminalized an entire generation of young students, and trained them how to live in a police state. We also touch on the case of Ahmed Mohamed, and explain how his story has been largely misrepresented in the media.

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

July 17, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, 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…

John Whitehead: The Myth of a Post-Racial America

July 1, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | In 1964, the United States was in the throes of racial conflict. Civil rights activists were leading black Americans and their white allies in a struggle against institutionalized racism, segregation, and disenfranchisement. The situation was bleak, activists were being murdered…

Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

June 18, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people—even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way…

America’s New Normal: Mass Surveillance, Secret Courts and Death to Whistleblowers

June 11, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | There is a deep and abiding sense of unease permeating American society. From the IRS targeting politically conservative groups to the Department of Justice targeting journalists for surveillance, from the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is tracking the telephone calls…

Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a ‘Free, Safe’ Society?

May 16, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Immediately following the devastating 9/11 attacks, which destroyed the illusion of invulnerability which had defined American society since the end of the Cold War, many Americans willingly ceded their rights and liberties to government officials who promised…

‘Boston Strong’: Marching in Lockstep With the Police State

April 23, 2013 in News

John Whitehead | Caught up in the televised drama of a military-style manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosion, most Americans fail to realize that the world around them has been suddenly and jarringly shifted off its axis, that axis being the U.S. Constitution.