Surveillance and The Fourth Amendment, part 2

About Our Guest

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. His concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute’s website (, as well being distributed to several hundred newspapers, and hosting a national public service radio campaign. His aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom.

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Program Transcript

Jan Paynter: Hello. I’m Jan Paynter and I want to welcome you once again to our program Politics Matters. We are delighted and very pleased to welcome back as our guest today John Whitehead to continue discussing his new book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. Welcome back, John.

John Whitehead: Hey, thank you.

Jan Paynter: John, speak a little bit about Citizens United ruling which is something I think about a lot. Our lawmakers are influenced by corporate interests all the time, this is obviously, as you think and I think many of us think, very dangerous because we’ve all become so inured to the idea that we don’t notice really that our government is increasingly, and our lawmakers and politicians, bought and paid for.

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