AFP BOOK REVIEW
• Gutsy Virginian details raft of shocking police-state abuses.
• Warns that checks on executive branch must be restored.
By John Tiffany —
Many spokesmen in the patriot movement make a habit of warning that a police state is coming in America. Author Cheryl K. Chumley in the new book, POLICE STATE USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality, has bad news: Bill Binney, the “brain” who forged the future for massive data spying technology for the National Security Agency, said in a December 2013 interview that the United States had already turned into a police state. Ms. Chumley shows us the facts we may have missed.
A central theme in POLICE STATE USA is that our rights come from God. The government does not like that. They want our rights to come from the government, so that the government can take them away whenever it feels like it. This may explain, in large part, why the government seems to be on the warpath against Christianity. Anything to destroy our existing culture.
What makes us a police state?
In June 2013, Robert Mueller, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s director, admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee the agency flies unmanned spy aircraft—drones—over U.S. soil. He said it was to aid in criminal cases—but who knows? Spy drones now exist the size of a hummingbird, and Big Brother is perfecting models the size of a housefly.
In March 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder boasted that President Barack Obama has the “right” to authorize a fatal drone strike against Americans on U.S. soil.
On July 10, 2011, Anthony Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada received a phone call at his house from the police, who asked to use the home to spy on his neighbor, whom they suspected of domestic violence. He refused, yet minutes later five cops were standing at his front door demanding to be let in. Eventually, they forced entry with a battering ram. Once inside, they ordered him at gunpoint down on the floor and gave him bizarre orders—crawl over here, lie down, stay still. They shot him and his dog with “pepperball projectiles,” cursing at him the whole time. Pepperballs have been known to kill people. Unbelievably, they charged Mitchell with obstructing a cop and jailed him for nine hours.
The earliest Christians had no such thing as a church building—that idea was borrowed later on from the pagans. But in July 2012, a Phoenix, Arizona pastor was jailed for 60 days for holding prayer services in his home. Local government tinpot tyrants said by illegally operating a church in his home he was violating 67 zoning laws.
POLICE STATE USA also looks at the problem of Obama and other presidents out of control. Our founding fathers wanted a central government of limited powers. As Thomas Jefferson put it, “The 10th Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution.” Those limited powers were to be divided in a system of checks and balances.
But today a president can create law with the stroke of a pen through executive orders and national security directives. Consider President Bill Clinton’s multiple orders to label millions of acres of land as national monuments, with accompanying land use restrictions, with strokes of his pen—clearly an unconstitutional usurpation. In one executive order alone Clinton created a gigantic 1.7-million-acre national monument, the Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, on September 18, 1996. This was done without congressional approval and without consulting the government of Utah.
And it is not just grown-ups who have to deal with Big Brother. The police state has ways of meddling with our offspring. In 2010, a star athlete in her last year of high school was charged with a misdemeanor and faced a possible six months in jail for bringing a paring knife to school to cut up an apple.
Concludes author Chumley, “If we don’t soon take back control—if we don’t right this rudder and steer our ship back to a godly course—the vision of America, the shining city on the hill, will go dark.”
The concept of God-given rights will be gone, and we will be stuck with an imperial government doling out only those privileges it sees fit—a government not by the people but by an elite.
John Tiffany is copy editor for AMERICAN FREE PRESS and assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and has done postgraduate studies in law, biology and computer science. He is devoted to the truth and lets the chips fall where they may.