Book Review: Battlefield America – The War Against The American People by John W. Whitehead | #SmartReads

BattlefieldAmerica
TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
June 14, 2017

“We know where you are.  We know where you’ve been.  We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”
– Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
—George Orwell, 1984

Over the last decade, American has been sinking deeper and deeper into a totalitarian landscape.  Battlefield America by John W. Whitehead not only catalogues many of the tyrannical events that should have never taken place against the populace in America, but soberingly warns about the further incoming tyranny that’s slowly seeping in America and will certainly continue if the people don’t wake up to these.

The overall pattern of tyranny in America has been covered by much of the alternative media, but rarely the mainstream media.  That’s why a book like this is so important, because it brings clarity to such a sobering and disconcerting topic.

That said, what does the “Police State” encompass?  For starters, it involves hyper-criminalization of many events.  How do we know this is taking place?  For incisiveness and accuracy, let’s cite the author in his own words:

“…it is estimated that the average American actually commits three felonies a day without knowing it.  In fact, according to law professor John Baker, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime.  That is not an exaggeration.”[1][Bold emphasis added.]

Such is the foundation of a tyrannical police state.

Citing dozens and dozens of examples, the author catalogues a Marine having been detained for criticizing the government on facebook, a reporter persecuted for not revealing his sources, many instances of SWAT teams bursting into homes unannounced to investigate minor crimes [or sometimes none at all!], and more.  Examples of police brutality are also covered, as well as invasive searches with no warrant where they have stripped searched people, drawn blood, probed people intimately, charged people for feeding crows, charged individuals for living off grid, charged others for watering a neighbor’s yard, or for installing solar panels, or raising chickens in the back yard, and even carrying out the heinous crime! of growing vegetables.  It is no coincidence that much of what the government has criminalized are things that allow self sufficiency to individuals.  Self-sufficient individuals take care of themselves and rarely if ever need the governmentThe less and less people need government, the more the Government power seeps away.  It’s a simple formula.  As such, forcing people to tyrannically have to be dependent on the corrupt system is part of the plan.  It’s crystal clear.

And yet, do we really need all of this policing?  The number of violent crimes in the country is down to the lowest rate in 40 years.[2]  Violent crimes are going down, but the power of the police continues to increase.  That’s called a paradox.  That’s the opposite of what should be taking place.

As the author notes:

“You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart diseases than from a terrorist attack.  You are 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane.  You are 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack.  You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack.  You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocating in bed than from a terrorist attack.  You are 9 more times likely to choke to dean in your own vomit that n die from a terrorist attack.  You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”[3]

Even actual police officers are more likely to harm individuals than terrorists – that’s an incredibly frightening prospect, and one that is oft-overlooked in the age of distraction and sound-bites.

In conjunction with that, the desensitization of the police state is also covered by the author.  As the author notes, TV shows, movies and video games, accustom the mind to seeing a police state as normal, while schools now criminalize child behavior, all of which is leading to the next generation seeing as normal something that the founding fathers clearly warned about.  To the next generation growing up in a police state will be normal because that is all they have ever known.  That will make this disturbing trend even harder to reverse.

Battlefield America also delves into the ominous growth of Big Brother and it’s endless surveillance machinations.  From the ubiquitous presence in spying by the NSA, as well as the disturbing connection between Google and the government in facilitating spying on citizens, the author sifts through a wide range of modalities that are employed against the populace.

Also exposed is coming age of drones (that will also aid in spying, by the way), which has already begun, and also the ceaseless growth of DHS.  The enormous scope of the Big Brother & Police State expansion covered by the author branches far and wide showing, and it shows many of the components that undergird such this growing totalitarian system.

The author even goes on to juxtapose the current pattern of tyranny with similar patterns in history, while also drawing parallels from fiction such as 1984 and Brave New World.

Comprehensive in its aim, and disturbing implications, this is a book that should be read by everyone.  The Police State affects all of us, and it’s only going to get worse given the complacency and ignorance that a sizeable portion of the population retains.  Whatever future manifests, it will come about through the action, and inactions of individuals from all over.  If you value freedom, you should ponder about this issue, because not only does the system already show everyone as a criminal (remember the first quote), but worse, history has shown, time and time again that those that value freedom, and yet don’t act to keep their freedoms end up in a life of servitude.

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Footnotes:

[1] John W. Whitehead, Battlefield America, p. 3.
[2] Ibid., p. 63., citing Richard A. Oppel Jr. “Steady Decline In Major Crime Baffles Experts,” The New York Times (May 23, 2011), http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/us/24crime.html
[3] Ibid., pp. 43-44.

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Police State | Big Government

TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
April 8, 2017

For those that doubt the information in the picture below, I have cataloged many of these troubling issues below recently here at TheBreakaway.  Unfortunately, we can also add that a family was even recently fined for making a sandcastle and even threatened with jailtime in Florida as well.  Moreover, in Virginia they want to ban homeschooling because its “child abuse”, and the DEA has stolen $3.2 Billion from innocent people through civil forfeiture.   But don’t worry.  The mainstream media didn’t report it, so it didn’t happen.  And neither did all of the other examples.

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10 Examples That Orwell’s 1984 Police State Is Alive & Well

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
March 24, 2017

There has been an undercurrent of corruption growing in certain sections of Big Government.  Even Orwell might be shocked by such government overreach.

For America being a country that’s supposed to be the paragon of Freedom, one must wonder askance about the developments that have taken place below.  Yes, not all cops carry out such overreach, but the one’s that do should be called out for it.

The fact that such ludicrous things even happen show something is amiss, and the fact that the mainstream media doesn’t cover these instances should be a clue.

#1:  One would think water, that thing that comes from rain, would be free.  Apparently not.  An Oregon man was forced to destroy his pond in a clear example of downright insanity.

#2:  Donating food and helping others is a great thing.  It is a virtuous act.  So why is it that in Florida Activists that were carrying out a “Food Not Bombs” were arrested for feeding the homeless – AGAIN?  So much for land of the Free.

#3:  Self sufficiency is something America used to be a pioneer in.  In fact, our ancestors thrived off of it.  This is one area that most modern individuals lack, and lack enormously in modern times.  So, one would figure that when someone does strive to become self sufficient, they should be applauded, no?  Say, you want to make natural products – that sounds like a good idea doesn’t it?  Recently, an Amish farmer faces 68 years in prison for theft murder making natural products.  Let that one sink in.

#4:  In one place, walking your child home from school and driving while caffeinated are now felony crimes.  No more comment.

#5:   Police are even being caught not uploading body cam footage.  One has to wonder why they’re not doing their job, especially when they work ostensibly to help the public.  It’s ironic because that very footage they need to upload is the very footage that will help in keeping them accountable to the public.

#6:  Police have also been caught spying on journalists attempting to uncover leaks.

#7:  The police state is escalating so such levels that merely filming the protests for the pipeline protest can get you facing 45 years in prison.

#8:  In Florida, again, residents are even being fined for growing vegetables on their own property.

#9:  Let’s think outside the box now.  When is the last time you heard of someone arrested for dancing?  No, really, for dancing.  What follows in the video in the link is disturbing considering nothing wrong was taking place.  This could have easily happened to me, any of my friends, perhaps you, or heaven knows anyone else.  Even those recording the video speak out against this glaring example of a police state.

#10:  Victoria Bloch explains here that she got arrested for selling products at a farmers market.  To watch her interview please click on the link.

As we can gather, a few of these examples target self-sufficiency.  Becoming self sufficiency is one of the greatest acts of rebellion and individual can carry out, because the individual ceases to be a cash cow for the system and that allows for greater latitude through life and finances.

It’s vital to realize what is taking place, because the above examples are not the only ones that showcase the growing Police State presence in America.

While it might seem ludicrous, and some of these very people would have never in a million years thought the above circumstances could ever happen, it has happened.  People need to find out, because if these issues do not get exposed they will never stop and only grow unabated.

Freedom requires responsibility.  And if we are to enjoy those Freedoms we have, we need to be cognizant so we can act responsibly.

Have courage, stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.

Sometimes, all it takes is one person to change the tide of life.

Let’s each strive to become that person and bring about resounding change.

The future either flourishes with us, or dwindles with us.  It’s our choice.

Each of us individually should strive to make that choice a great one.

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This article is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Zy Marquiez and TheBreakaway.wordpress.com.
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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.