The raping of America

Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

By John W. Whitehead

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

August 25, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.

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Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a 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.

Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.

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. Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.

Indeed, on a daily basis, Americans are being forced to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States.

In other words, we are all guilty until proven innocent.

Worst of all, it seems as if nothing will change as long as the American people remain distracted by politics, divided by their own prejudices, and brainwashed into believing that the Constitution still reigns supreme as the law of the land, when in fact, we have almost completed the shift into fascism.

In other words, despite our occasional bursts of outrage over abusive police practices, sporadic calls for government reform, and periodic bouts of awareness that all is not what it seems, the police state continues to march steadily onward.

Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to Charnesia Corley after allegedly being pulled over by Texas police for “rolling” through a stop sign. Claiming they smelled marijuana, police handcuffed Corley, placed her in the back of the police cruiser, and then searched her car for almost an hour. They found nothing in the car.

As the Houston Chronicle reported:

Returning to his car where Corley was held, the deputy again said he smelled marijuana and called in a female deputy to conduct a cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her. Then…Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.

As shocking and disturbing as it seems, Corley’s roadside cavity search is becoming par for the course in an age in which police are taught to have no respect for the citizenry’s bodily integrity.

For instance, 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. Insisting that he smelled marijuana, he 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.

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.

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. Nevertheless, such searches have been sanctioned by the courts, especially if accompanied by a search warrant (which is easily procured), as justified in the government’s pursuit of drugs and weapons.

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. Halfway across the country, the city of Oakland, California, agreed to pay $4.6 million to 39 men who had their pants pulled down by police on city streets between 2002 and 2009.

It’s gotten so bad that you don’t even have to be suspected of possessing drugs to be subjected to a strip search.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Florence v. Burlison, any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house, regardless of the severity of his or her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband.

Examples of minor infractions which have resulted in strip searches include: individuals arrested for driving with a noisy muffler, driving with an inoperable headlight, failing to use a turn signal, riding a bicycle without an audible bell, making an improper left turn, engaging in an antiwar demonstration (the individual searched was a nun, a Sister of Divine Providence for 50 years). Police have also carried out strip searches for passing a bad check, dog leash violations, filing a false police report, failing to produce a driver’s license after making an illegal left turn, having outstanding parking tickets, and public intoxication. A failure to pay child support can also result in a strip search.

It must be remembered that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to prevent government agents from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause (evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot). While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

Unfortunately, the indignities being heaped upon us by the architects and agents of the American police state—whether or not we’ve done anything wrong—don’t end with roadside strip searches. They’re just a foretaste of what is to come.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the government doesn’t need to strip you naked by the side of the road in order to render you helpless. It has other methods, less subtle perhaps but equally humiliating, devastating and mind-altering, of stripping you of your independence, robbing you of your dignity, and undermining your rights.

With every court ruling that allows the government to operate above the rule of law, every piece of legislation that limits our freedoms, and every act of government wrongdoing that goes unpunished, we’re slowly being conditioned to a society in which we have little real control over our lives. As Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone and an insightful commentator on human nature, once observed, “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”

Indeed, not only are we developing a new citizenry incapable of thinking for themselves, we’re also instilling in them a complete and utter reliance on the government and its corporate partners to do everything for them—tell them what to eat, what to wear, how to think, what to believe, how long to sleep, who to vote for, whom to associate with, and on and on.

In this way, we have created a welfare state, a nanny state, a police state, a surveillance state, an electronic concentration camp—call it what you will, the meaning is the same: in our quest for less personal responsibility, a greater sense of security, and no burdensome obligations to each other or to future generations, we have created a society in which we have no true freedom.

Government surveillance, police abuse, SWAT team raids, economic instability, asset forfeiture schemes, pork barrel legislation, militarized police, drones, endless wars, private prisons, involuntary detentions, biometrics databases, free speech zones, etc.: these are mile markers on the road to a fascist state where citizens are treated like cattle, to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.

If there is any hope to be found it will be found in local, grassroots activism. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s time for “militant nonviolent resistance.”

First, however, Americans must break free of the apathy-inducing turpor of politics, entertainment spectacles and manufactured news. Only once we are free of the chains that bind us—or to be more exact, the chains that “blind” us—can we become actively aware of the injustices taking place around us and demand freedom of our oppressors.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead’s concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute’s website (www.rutherford.org )

Copyright 2015 © The Rutherford Institute

Copyright 2015 © The Rutherford Institute

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14 Responses to “The raping of America”

  1. ian says:

    They’ll strip search you in public for nothing, which to me is akin to rape, yet arrest you if you were naked, for indecent behaviour.

  2. Paul says:

    A bit off topic… but htis is how the mainstream are reporting on Spivey.

    Note, they do not allow comments!!!! I wonder why???

    http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/internet-troll-escapes-jail-for-lee-rigby-murder-conspiracy-harassment-11364000432678

    nternet troll escapes jail for Lee Rigby murder conspiracy harassment
    An internet troll who claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was a conspiracy designed to provoke anti-Islamic feelings has escaped an immediate jail term after refusing to accept he did anything wrong.

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    Christopher Spivey arrives at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in Essex, where he will be sentenced for harassing the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby
    Press Association
    Last updated: 27 August 2015, 11:45 BST
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    An internet troll who claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was a conspiracy designed to provoke anti-Islamic feelings has escaped an immediate jail term after refusing to accept he did anything wrong.

    Grandfather Christopher Spivey, of Rochford, Essex, posted a series of comments on social media about Fusilier Rigby’s killing – including claiming the soldier had never existed and that the story of his murder was a conspiracy.

    He also made direct contact with members of the Rigby family.

    The 52-year-old denied harassment and sending grossly offensive messages over social media but was found guilty after a two-day trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

    A sentencing hearing today heard that Spivey continues to protest his innocence and stands by the claims.

    Sentencing him to six months in prison suspended for two years, District Judge John Woollard said: “I have been a district judge for 17 years and very rarely I come across conspiracy theorists like you.

    “Experience tells me it’s pointless telling you you are wrong because you believe I am part of the conspiracy.

    “You totally fail to accept that what you were doing had a profound and shattering effect on the family.

    “They had been thrust into the public eye and were bereaved in a terrible way and then they’re contacted by somebody like you making the most ridiculous comments and claims.

    “All because sitting in your bedroom in Rochford you come to the conclusion that MI5 and various other organisations are conspiring to mislead the public.

    “You will be convinced until you die that you are right and everyone else is wrong.”

    The judge also made Spivey subject to a restraining order banning him from posting on blogs or social media and contacting Fusilier Rigby’s family.

    Fusilier Rigby, from Greater Manchester, was murdered as he returned to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, on May 22 2013.

    He died of multiple cut and stab wounds.

    Michael Adebolajo was given a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years at the Old Bailey for his murder last year.

    Prosecutor Simon Bravey said Fusilier Rigby’s mother, Lyn Rigby, was the first to be alerted to Spivey’s Facebook posts.

    This included claims that the murder was a hoax and part of an MI5 conspiracy, that pictures of him had been altered and a series of “bad taste” comments.

    In a statement read to the court, Mrs Rigby said she found his claims “extremely disturbing” and “sick”.

    Spivey also posted the family’s home addresses and private photographs.

    He contacted Fusilier Rigby’s sister, Sarah McClure and claimed her husband, Rob, also a soldier, and Fusilier Rigby were the same person.

    She said this left her fearing that her family could be targetted by extremists.

    “I no longer feel safe in our house and feel certain we will have to move,” Mrs McClure said in a statement.

    During the trial, the court heard Spivey made the bizarre claims on a website where he regularly posts his opinions about world events.

    The judge expressed concern that Spivey’s website was still running.

    The latest post, made yesterday, claims to offer the “true facts” behind the case and outlines the belief that Spivey was illegally arrested.

    The judge pointed out that Spivey had recently posted claims that the Tunisia beach massacre did not take place and expressed doubt about the Glasgow bin lorry deaths.

    Judge Woollard said: “Families are understandably distressed to have lost loved ones and then find themselves subject to these claims.”

    Solicitor Miss Williamson, who declined to give her full name to journalists, mitigating, said that Spivey did not accept his guilt and plans to appeal his conviction.

    She added: “It may have been unpleasant but it’s not at the most serious end of harassment.”

    • ferryt says:

      These halfwits never give up do they. What an outrageous report about Chris Spivey. Internet troll. My word. Aren’t these scumbags guilty of harassment themselves? These mainstream media trolls?

      No comments you say? No surprise, after they fixed the comments in the daily mail they got smashed on the down votes. Not enough time to fix those so they pulled them.

      Obvious to those with at least one eye open.

      Pleased they didn’t lock him up.

      Now judge woollard, sounds familiar. Perhaps a quick check on
      his previous service to the crown (ho ho ho) is in order. Stating that Chris will always believe he is right and everyone else is wrong. That’s
      a clever use of words to plant into the subconscious of the uninitiated that of course Chris is wrong and ‘we’ are all right. What a scum bag.

      Last time I checked we are free to believe what we like. Oh hang on…

    • RabbiT says:

      Looks to me like the Express and Star is an exact copy of the BT article, in other words journalists are being done away with and someone dispatches the official line to these so called media outlets:

      http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2015/08/27/internet-troll-escapes-jail-for-lee-rigby-murder-conspiracy-harassment/

      Had a quick look at Spivey’s own response and looks like he’s the one harassed.

      http://chrisspivey.org/harrassed/

      • Dogman says:

        The judge deliberately misquoted Chris and it was off topic, so presumably it was designed to allow the MSM to enforce the view that Chris disputes certain events actually happened. That’s not what he said, which actually was that the official events were questionable. The judge mentioned the CIA derived term “conspiracy theorists,” which was designed to undermine people that don’t agree with official narratives.
        CIA Document 1035-960 involved the CIA sending a detailed directive to all of its bureaus. Titled “Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report,” the dispatch played a definitive role in making the “conspiracy theory” term a weapon to be wielded against almost any individual or group calling the government’s increasingly clandestine programs and activities into question.

  3. Lynn says:

    How ridiculous is that. No more 2 sides to a case. Its all a set up now. Open and shut case, and guilty of taking the evidence and blowing holes in their little scams. We all know how this works, like it always has worked.

  4. yes no interlude says:

    its ‘what we print is true’ so bye to good journalism

  5. Lynn says:

    We are outsmarting them at every turn now. They are guilty beyond repair. Only time will tell. The truthers are coming up behind them thick and fast. No where to run baby, No where to hide. Its growing faster than they expected. We are watching them watching us expose all of their little plans blow up in their faces. The pitchforks and ropes will be selling fast. Start building the Gallows. Roll up Roll up.

  6. yes no interlude says:

    back to topic….
    I find this akin to rape and in public view! even worse, totally an abuse by the thugs, woops I meant police, of what’s left of our ‘human rights’.

    • Dogman says:

      yes no interlude, it is certainly sexual assault or it would be if anyone else did it. Then they wonder why people hate and distrust them! I feel it is designed to wear us down so that we learn to accept whatever they want.

  7. yes no interlude says:

    Dogman, isint it just that, well I for one will go down kicking and screaming as I don’t bow down to anyone and especially thugs pretending to be upholders of the law!

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