John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

During the Ferguson, Mo., riots in 2014, many Americans nationwide got their first glimpses of the military equipment that was bestowed upon the nation's police departments as part of a program implemented by the administration of President Barack Obama. PHOTO: NPR/Charlie Riedel/AP

In an exclusive for MintPress, constitutional attorney John Whitehead warns that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to bring the American Police State out into the open on a scale we’ve not seen before.

By John Whitehead | 2 April 2020

MINT PRESS NEWS — You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but they are also rendering the citizenry fully dependent on the government for financial handouts, medical intervention, protection and sustenance.

Unless we find some way to rein in the government’s power grabs, the fall-out will be epic.

Everything I have warned about for years — government overreach, invasive surveillance, martial law, abuse of powers, militarized police, weaponized technology used to track and control the citizenry, and so on — has coalesced into this present moment.

The government’s shameless exploitation of past national emergencies for its own nefarious purposes pales in comparison to what is presently unfolding.

Deploying the same strategy it used with 9/11 to acquire greater powers under the USA Patriot Act, the police state — a.k.a. the shadow government, a.k.a. the Deep State — has been anticipating this moment for years, quietly assembling a wish list of lockdown powers that could be trotted out and approved at a moment’s notice.

It should surprise no one, then, that the Trump Administration has asked Congress to allow it to suspend parts of the Constitution whenever it deems it necessary during this coronavirus pandemic and “other” emergencies.

It’s that “other” emergencies part that should particularly give you pause, if not spur you to immediate action (by action, I mean a loud and vocal, apolitical, nonpartisan outcry and sustained, apolitical, nonpartisan resistance).

In fact, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been quietly trotting out and testing a long laundry list of terrifying powers that override the Constitution.

We’re talking about lockdown powers (at both the federal and state level): the ability to suspend the Constitution, indefinitely detain American citizens, bypass the courts, quarantine whole communities or segments of the population, override the First Amendment by outlawing religious gatherings and assemblies of more than a few people, shut down entire industries and manipulate the economy, muzzle dissidents, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease,” reshape financial markets, create a digital currency (and thus further restrict the use of cash), determine who should live or die […]

4 Comments on John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

  1. The Coronavirus scare is an epidemic of testing.

    There is no proof that a virus is being detected by the test, and there is absolutely no concern about whether there are a significant number of false positives.

    • Exactly. Remember the Emergency Broadcast System TV screen, “This is a test. This is only a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.” Or BS system….

  2. Along with the constitutional framers, you can thank today’s
    Constitution promoting Christians and patriots for today’s police state.

    A police state is but one of tens of thousands of consequences of any government without an immutable/unchanging moral standard as its foundational ethical standard.

    Such a standard can only be found in the Bible’s triune and integral moral law (the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments), which was sacrificed on the altar of the constitutional framers’ biblically seditious Constitution as America’s supreme law, per Article 6.

    If you don’t want to believe me, perhaps you will Patrick Henry, who refused to attend the Constitutional Convention, declaring “I smelt a rat!””

    “…Convinced the Constitution would fail to secure and protect liberty, Patrick Henry voiced his concerns to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788:

    ‘…I say our privileges and rights are in danger. …the new form of Government … will … effectually … oppress and ruin the people…. In some parts of the plan before you, the great rights of freemen are endangered, in other parts, absolutely taken away…. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this Government: What can avail your specious imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances? …And yet who knows the dangers that this new system may produce: they are out of the sight of the common people: They cannot foresee latent consequences…. I see great jeopardy in this new Government.’67

    In contrast to the federalists’ failed predictions, this and nearly everything the anti-federalists forecast about the Constitution “has come true [even after the Bill of Rights was added]….”

    For more, google online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.”

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

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