Is the U.S. government
You tell me.
This is a government that treats its
citizens like faceless statistics and
economic units to be bought, sold, bartered,
traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually
eliminated once they’ve outgrown their
This is a government that treats human
beings like lab rats to be caged, branded,
experimented upon, and then discarded and
left to suffer from the after-effects.
This is a government that repeatedly
lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims,
enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its
authority, and abuses its power at almost
This is a government that wages wars for
profit, jails its own people for profit, and
then turns a blind eye and a deaf ear while
its henchmen rape and kill and pillage.
No, this is not a government that can be
trusted to do what is right or moral or
humane or honorable but instead seems to
gravitate towards corruption, malevolence,
misconduct, greed, cruelty, brutality and
This is not a government you should trust
with your life, your loved ones, your
livelihood or your freedoms.
This is the face of evil, disguised as a
democracy, sold to the people as an
institution that has their best interests at
Don’t fall for the lie.
The government has never had our best
interests at heart.
Endless wars. The
government didn’t have our best interests at
heart when it propelled us into endless
oil-fueled wars and military occupations in
the Middle East that wreaked havoc on our
economy, stretched thin our military
resources and subjected us to horrific
A police state. There is
no way the government had our best interests
at heart when it passed laws subjecting us
to all manner of invasive searches and
surveillance, censoring our speech and
stifling our expression, rendering us
anti-government extremists for daring to
disagree with its dictates, locking us up
for criticizing government policies on
social media, encouraging Americans to spy
and snitch on their fellow citizens, and
allowing government agents to grope, strip,
search, taser, shoot and kill us.
Battlefield America. Certainly
the government did not have our best
interests at heart when it turned America
into a battlefield, transforming law
enforcement agencies into extensions of the
military, conducting military drills on
domestic soil, distributing “free” military
equipment and weaponry to local police, and
desensitizing Americans to the menace of the
police state with active shooter drills,
color-coded terror alerts, and randomly
conducted security checkpoints at “soft”
targets such as shopping malls and sports
Secret human experimentation. One
would also be hard-pressed to suggest that
the American government had our best
interests at heart when it conducted
secret experiments on an unsuspecting
populace—citizens and noncitizens
alike—making healthy people sick by spraying
them with chemicals, injecting them with
infectious diseases and exposing them to
airborne toxins. The government reasoned
that it was legitimate (and cheaper)
to experiment on people who did not have
full rights in society such as prisoners,
mental patients, and poor blacks.
For instance, there was the CIA’s Cold
War-era program, MKULTRA,
in which the government began secretly
experimenting on hundreds of unsuspecting
American civilians and military personnel by
dosing them with LSD, some having the
hallucinogenic drug secretly slipped into
their drinks, so that the government could
explore its uses in brainwashing and
controlling targets. The CIA spent nearly
$20 million on its MKULTRA program, reportedly
as a means of programming people to carry
out assassinations and, to a lesser
anxieties and erasing memories, before
it was supposedly shut down.
Sounds like the stuff of conspiracy
theorists, I know, but the government’s
track record of treating Americans like lab
rats has been well-documented,
including its attempts to expose whole
communities to various toxins as part of its
efforts to develop lethal biological weapons
and study their impact and delivery methods
on unsuspecting populations.
John Lennon was right: “We’re being run
by maniacs for maniacal ends.”
Unfortunately, the more things change,
the more they stay the same.
Just recently, for example, a Fusion
Center in Washington State (a Dept. of
Homeland Security-linked data
collection clearinghouse that shares
information between state, local and federal
released records on remote mind control
tactics (the use of “psycho-electronic”
weapons to control people from a distance or
subject them to varying degrees of pain).
Mind you, there is no clear evidence to
suggest that these particular documents were
created by a government agency. Then again,
the government—no stranger to diabolical
deeds or shady experiments carried out an
unsuspecting populace—has done it before.
After all, this is a government that has
become almost indistinguishable from the
evil it claims to be fighting, whether that
evil takes the form of terrorism,
trafficking, murder, violence, theft,
experimentations or some other
diabolical means of inflicting pain,
suffering and servitude on humanity.
For too long now, as I make clear in my
America: The War on the American People, the
American people have been persuaded to
barter their freedoms for phantom promises
of security and, in the process, have
rationalized turning a blind eye to all
manner of government wrongdoing—asset
forfeiture schemes, corruption,
surveillance, endless wars, SWAT team raids,
militarized police, profit-driven private
prisons, and so on—because they were the
so-called lesser of two evils.
No matter how you rationalize it, the
lesser of two evils is still evil.
So how do you fight back?
How do you fight injustice? How do you
push back against tyranny? How do you
You don’t fight it by hiding your head in
Stop being apathetic. Stop being neutral.
Stop being accomplices.
Start recognizing evil and injustice and
tyranny for what they are. Demand government
transparency. Vote with your feet (i.e.,
engage in activism, not just politics).
Refuse to play politics with your
principles. Don’t settle for the lesser of
As British statesman Edmund Burke warned,
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good men [and women] to do
It’s time for good men and women to do
something. And soon.
Constitutional attorney and author John W.
Whitehead is founder and president of The
His new book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks,
2015) is available online at www.amazon.com.
Whitehead can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.