Prisons Without Walls: We’re All Inmates in the American Police State

By John W. Whitehead 
June 15, 2015

It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free—to be under no physical constraint and yet be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the nation wants him to think, feel and act. . . . To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free.”—Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World Revisited

Free worlders” is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls.  Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the “free world.” However, appearances can be deceiving.

As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” writes former prison employee Marlon Brock, “it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls.” In fact, if Brock is right, then we “free worlders” do live in a prison—albeit, one without visible walls.

In federal prisons, cameras are everywhere in order to maintain “security” and keep track of the prisoners. Likewise, the “free world” is populated with video surveillance and tracking devices. From surveillance cameras in stores and street corners to license plate readers (with the ability to log some 1,800 license plates per hour) on police cars, our movements are being tracked virtually everywhere. With this increasing use of iris scanners and facial recognition software—which drones are equipped with—there would seem to be nowhere to hide.

Detection and confiscation of weapons (or whatever the warden deems “dangerous”) in prison is routine. The inmates must be disarmed. Pat downs, checkpoints, and random searches are second nature in ferreting out contraband.

Sound familiar?

Metal detectors are now in virtually all government buildings. There are the TSA scanning devices and metal detectorswe all have to go through in airports. Police road blocks and checkpoints are used to perform warrantless searches for contraband. Those searched at road blocks can be searched for contraband regardless of their objections—just like in prison. And there are federal road blocks on American roads in the southwestern United States. Many of them arepermanent and located up to 100 miles from the border.

Stop and frisk searches are taking place daily across the country. Some of them even involve anal and/or vaginal searches. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has approved strip searches even if you are arrested for a misdemeanor—such as a traffic stop. Just like a prison inmate.

Prison officials open, search and read every piece of mail sent to inmates. This is true of those who reside outside prison walls, as well. In fact, “the United States Postal Service uses a ‘Mail Isolation Control and Tracking Program’ to create a permanent record of who is corresponding with each other via snail mail.” Believe it or not, each piece of physical mail received by the Postal Service is photographed and stored in a database. Approximately 160 billion pieces of mail sent out by average Americans are recorded each year and the police and other government agents have access to this information.

Prison officials also monitor outgoing phone calls made by inmates. This is similar to what the NSA, the telecommunication corporation, and various government agencies do continually to American citizens. The NSA also downloads our text messages, emails, Facebook posts, and so on while watching everything we do.

Then there are the crowd control tactics: helmets, face shields, batons, knee guards, tear gas, wedge formations, half steps, full steps, pinning tactics, armored vehicles, and assault weapons. Most of these phrases are associated with prison crowd control because they were perfected by prisons.

Finally, when a prison has its daily operations disturbed, often times it results in a lockdown. What we saw with the “free world” lockdowns following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the melees in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, mirror a federal prison lockdown.

These are just some of the similarities between the worlds inhabited by locked-up inmates and those of us who roam about in the so-called “free world.”

Is there any real difference?

To those of us who see the prison that’s being erected around us, it’s a bit easier to realize what’s coming up ahead, and it’s not pretty. However, and this must be emphasized, what most Americans perceive as life in the United States of America is a far cry from reality. Real agendas and real power are always hidden.

As Author Frantz Fanon notes, “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

This state of denial and rejection of reality is the essential plot of John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live, where a group of down-and-out homeless men discover that people have been, in effect, so hypnotized by media distractions that they do not see their prison environment and the real nature of those who control them—that is, an oligarchic elite.

Caught up in subliminal messages such as “obey” and “conform,” among others, beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards, and the like, people are unaware of the elite controlling their lives. As such, they exist, as media analyst Marshall McLuhan once wrote, in “prisons without walls.” And of course, any resistance is met with police aggression.

A key moment in the film occurs when John Nada, a homeless drifter, notices something strange about people hanging about a church near the homeless settlement where he lives. Nada decides to investigate. Entering the church, he sees graffiti on a door: They live, We sleep. Nada overhears two men, obviously resisters, talking about “robbing banks” and “manufacturing Hoffman lenses until we’re blue in the face.” Moments later, one of the resisters catches Nada fumbling in the church and tells him “it’s the revolution.” When Nada nervously backs off, the resister assures him, “You’ll be back.”

Rummaging through a box, Nada discovers a handful of cheap-looking sunglasses, referred to earlier as Hoffman lenses. Grabbing a pair and exiting the church, he starts walking down a busy urban street.

Sliding the sunglasses on his face, Nada is shocked to see a society bombarded and controlled on every side by subliminal messages beamed at them from every direction. Billboards are transformed into authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is replaced with the words “MARRY AND REPRODUCE.” Magazine racks scream “CONSUME” and “OBEY.” A wad of dollar bills in a vendor’s hand proclaims, “THIS IS YOUR GOD.”

What’s even more disturbing than the hidden messages, however, are the ghoulish-looking creatures—the elite—who appear human until viewed them through the lens of truth.

This is the subtle message of They Live, an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state. These things are in plain sight, but from the time we are born until the time we die, we are indoctrinated into believing that those who rule us do it for our good. The truth, far different, is that those who rule us don’t really see us as human beings with dignity and worth. They see us as if “we’re livestock.”

It’s only once Nada’s eyes have been opened that he is able to see the truth: “Maybe they’ve always been with us,” he says. “Maybe they love it—seeing us hate each other, watching us kill each other, feeding on our own cold f**in’ hearts.” Nada, disillusioned and fed up with the lies and distortions, is finally ready to fight back. “I got news for them. Gonna be hell to pay. Cause I ain’t daddy’s little boy no more.”

What about you?

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the warning signs have been cautioning us for decades. Oblivious to what lies ahead, most have ignored the obvious. We’ve been manipulated into believing that if we continue to consume, obey, and have faith, things will work out. But that’s never been true of emerging regimes. And by the time we feel the hammer coming down upon us, it will be too late.

As Rod Serling warned:

All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes—all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the earth into a graveyard, into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance. Then we become the grave diggers.

The message: stay alert.

Take the warning signs seriously. And take action because the paths to destruction are well disguised by those in control.

This is the lesson of history.

WC: 1519

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TonyO – CSKT Water Compact – Vote NO

What would a fairly negotiated, valid, equitable, and sustainable “compact” have done ?

  1. Guaranteed the Flathead Irrigation and Power Project the historical quantities of water, as beneficially used from 1946 to 2003, by Reservation irrigators, supplementing from Hungry Horse releases as needed.
  2. Guaranteed a mechanism for Tribal Members or the Tribal Corporation to buy back Allottments and the waters appurtenant thereto as originally issued to enrolled Members; via a purchased “Option” to match offers, a right of first refusal, a federal endowment fund, etc.
  3. Achieved orderly “turnover” of the FIPP to the Water Users’ FJBC per the Repayment Contractual Agreements, which the feds have delayed doing since 2003, when repayment was complete and the “turnover” clause became effective and operative. A year ago, BIA grabbed control with absolutely NO authority, in violation of that Repayment Agreement Contract. That Repayment Contract is The Act of May 25th 1948, Public Law 554. BIA Corporation Broke that in favor of BPA Corporation ! Communist Marxism marches on NEARLY UNOPPOSED, propelled by corporations enjoying crony capitalism and dark money !
  4. Guaranteed sufficient quantified volumes of “instream flows” to maintain the 1855 Treaty purposes of the Reservation under all various weather assumptions so western Montana fisheries are protected and Tribes’ cultural and traditional hunting, fishing, and food gathering is protected as another “beneficial use” ,and managed so well that no waters are wasted but rather beneficial uses are maximized on the Rez and in Western Montana, before remaining QUANTIFIED waters are “pipelined” via the lower Flathead River out of state and forever lost ( to BPA corporation, Nestle’ Corporation’s Arrowhead Bottled Water Division ( already bottling and selling Columbia River Water just below “the Gorge” – after the NUKE wastewaters seep into it from Hanford/Richland Atomic Energy Reservation, but labeled “Spring Water” ! ) , California, Nevada, China, Saudi Arabia, etc. The federal agents don’t care a hoot about any of us in Montana, or on the Rez. It’s a FEDERAL WATER GRAB!
  5. Provided a non-political, fully representative Board of Water Managers for on, and another for off, the Reservation. Presently the Flathead Joint Board is fully operative again on the Rez after having been torpedoed and sabotaged by Marxists. At least 2 of the present 11 FJBC water commissioners are enrolled Tribal Members ( Tim Orr in the Mission District and Kerry Doney in the Jocko District ), and at least one other is part “Indian Blood” ( Boone Cole is part Cherokee), and they adaquately represent Tribal Member Allottees should that ever become an issue.
  6. Insured local sovereignty and local decision-making, and maximizing of waters’ beneficial use inside the Reservation, and inside Montana, with BPA Corporation getting what’s left via “instream flow” “Pipelining” , rather than the other way around.
  7. Saved Montana tax payers the $55 million. FJBC water users have been paying for maintenance of all reservoirs, structures, measuring devices, and canal/ditch repairs ANNUALLY, IN THEIR BI-ANNUAL TAX BILLS!!! If any are decrepid now then a full forensic audit of FIPP and BIA needs to be immediately accomplished to see how our tax monies were actually spent. ( HINT = on personnel at Davis-Bacon rates? On “junkets” to Los Vegas, Portland, Washington, and down the Snake River with fishing charter captain, Alan Mikkelssen ? on replacing workable machines/computers/desks with new stuff so the “old” can be “taken home” ? etc.)

Why should Montana tax payers pay ANOTHER $55 Million when all Reservation water users, tribal and non-tribal, have already paid it?

  1. Saved federal tax payers the nebulous and near-worthless “promise” of $1.2 BILLION new money paid to BIA’s bureaucracy . Why would anyone expect Washington to send $1.2 BILLION into Montana’s BIA Corporation for any purpose when Washington is already $18 TRILLION in acknowledged debt, and more like $150,000,000,000,000.00 in under-funded and totally unfunded debt obligations?
  2. Insured a workable dispute resolution system for the inevitable problems/complaints that will arise. For example, a “Dispute Resolution Board of 3 members from the FJBC, 3 from the Tribal Corporation, 3 from the State DNRC, 1 from the federal government, and 1 to be chosen by those other 10; or mandatory mediation for 60 days; or mandatory arbitration, any and all of which can prevent costly and time-consuming beat-around-the-bush by a political appointee non-representative board, or “litigation” .
  3. Insured several means for enlarging water storage around western Montana and specifically on the Rez via re-introducing and protecting BEAVERS, via enlarging capacity of existing reservoirs, via authorizing small on-farm ponds and “tanks”, via reforestation and regeneration of clear cuts and areas that might retain snowfall longer and store groundwater at elevations that enable “trickle down” that works.
  4. Created a new solar boost pump syphon system for moving Hungry Horse releases from Flathead Lake, from pumps at Big Arm out through “Big Draw”, so that presently dry land in the Niarada to Hot Springs areas can go under new irrigation, and so the Little Bitterroot is once again a “River” .
  5. Added a clause that LIMITED federal reserved water to a QUANTIFIED amount and retained all other waters within Montana, for the Tribes and the State to agree upon, and LIMITED this compact ONLY to Western Montana, and including lanquage that specifically forbids it from EVER being used as a “case precedent” on any other ground or location but this specific territory within Montana and this specific Reservation, and listing reasons why! ( No other geologic land forms or soil conditions, no other weather patterns, no other set of Original Peoples, no other contractual reclamation project, no other set of engineering plans and accomplishments, and no other methods of financing, in any other State, are similar to this set ! )

I do NOT see any of these accomplished in THIS compact! It cannot be amended to improve it’s acceptability and sustainability ? (That’s what they all say, and repeat, and add to their 10,000 claims threats, because THAT’s what Washington told them all to say !); Meaning it will NEVER contain any of these provisions and will remain FOREVER defective, and UN-SUSTAINABLE.

That means only one group of people will ever benefit – LAWYERS! Win or lose, the LAWYERS always get PAID!

Unfortunately, the governor limited the “re-negotiation” in his “breath of new life” letter late in 2013. In that order for limited “negotiation”, he insulted both the Montana Legislators and the Montana Water Court by limiting SB 262 to a “take it or leave it” executive branch, lawyers’ creation. (The Great Creator would have done it without lawyers.)

Unfortunately, the parties used the governor’s letter as their excuse to NOT fairly or honestly negotiate with Irrigators, trout raceway owners, and other water users (like builders and developers) .

Unfortunately, the Montana attorney general ( elected because he spouted support for the Republican Platform ), became a RINO turncoat collaborator with the Marxist Governor and federal agents.

Unfortunately, it’s now too late to honestly NEGOTIATE a compact that will fairly do what Montana needs.

Unfortunately, now its the federal centralized crony corporate control system and all its political pull succulents who will benefit, and most of them are lawyers.

Unfortunately, all three Constitutions are being breached and trashed, and every elected or appointed state or tribal or federal employee who swore an Oath of Office will commit PERJURY by supporting this SB 262 which will enable a defective, Un-Constitutional, corrupted federal water grab “compact” , “forever”.

Unfortunately, while most of us would prefer a better one, the federal agent instigators have engineered this “divide and conquer” situation which cannot be amended!

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TVFMontana Blog Talk Radio Reminder

Montana’s Blue Gold-CSKT Water Compact Talk Continued

Showtime: 3/28/2015 at 8:00 PM MST

Short Link: http://tobtr.com/s/7471835

Click on the short link. If you miss it live, don’t forget the episode is pod casted.

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