The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing To The Police State

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens.”—Leo Tolstoy

My 7-year-old granddaughter has suddenly developed a keen interest in card games: Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Blackjack, and War. We’ve fallen into a set pattern now: every time we play, she deals the cards, and I pretend not to see her stacking the deck in her favor. And of course, I always lose.

I don’t mind losing to my granddaughter at Old Maid, knowing full well the game is rigged. For now, it’s fun and games, and she’s winning. Where the rub comes in is in knowing that someday she’ll be old enough to realize that being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you’re always going to lose.

The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, we stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that our luck will change.

The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. The people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us.

It really doesn’t matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.

Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that it’s our politics that divide us as a nation. As if there were really a difference between the Democrats and Republicans. As if the policies of George W. Bush were any different from those of Barack Obama. As if we weren’t a nation of sheep being fattened for the kill by a ravenous government of wolves.

We’re in trouble, folks, and changing the dealer won’t save us: it’s time to get out of the game.

We have relinquished control of our government to overlords who care nothing for our rights, our dignity or our humanity, and now we’re saddled with an authoritarian regime that is deaf to our cries, dumb to our troubles, blind to our needs, and accountable to no one.

Even revelations of wrongdoing amount to little in the way of changes for the better.

For instance, after six years of investigation, 6,000 written pages and $40 million to write a report that will not be released to the public in its entirety, the U.S. Senate has finally concluded that the CIA lied about its torture tactics, failed to acquire any life-saving intelligence, and was more brutal and extensive than previously admitted. This is no revelation. It’s a costly sleight of hand intended to distract us from the fact that nothing has changed. We’re still a military empire waging endless wars against shadowy enemies, all the while fattening the wallets of the defense contractors for whom war is money.


Same goes for the government’s surveillance programs. More than a year after Edward Snowden’s revelations dominated news headlines, the government’s domestic surveillance programs are just as invasive as ever. In fact, while the nation was distracted by the hubbub over the long-awaited release of the Senate’s CIA torture, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court quietly reauthorized the National Security Agency’s surveillance of phone records. This was in response to the Obama administration’s request to keep the program alive.


Police misconduct and brutality have been dominating the news headlines for months now, but don’t expect any change for the better. In fact, with Obama’s blessing, police departments continue to make themselves battle ready with weapons and gear created for the military. Police shootings of unarmed citizens continue with alarming regularity. And grand juries, little more than puppets controlled by state prosecutors, continue to legitimize the police state by absolving police of any wrongdoing.


These grand juries embody everything that’s wrong with America today. In an age of secret meetings, secret surveillance, secret laws, secret tribunals and secret courts, the grand jury—which meets secretly, hears secret testimony, and is exposed to only what a prosecutor deems appropriate—has become yet another bureaucratic appendage to a government utterly lacking in transparency, accountability and adherence to the rule of law.

It’s a sorry lesson in how a well-intentioned law or program can be perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes. The war on terror, the war on drugs, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school zero tolerance policies, eminent domain, private prisons: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns. However, once you add money and power into the mix, even the most benevolent plans can be put to malevolent purposes.

In this way, the war on terror has become a convenient ruse to justify surveillance of all Americans, to create a suspect society, to expand the military empire, and to allow the president to expand the powers of the Executive Branch to imperial heights.


Under cover of the war on drugs, the nation’s police forces have been transformed into extensions of the military, with SWAT team raids carried out on unsuspecting homeowners for the slightest charge, and police officers given carte blanche authority to shoot first and ask questions later.


Asset forfeiture schemes, engineered as a way to strip organized crime syndicates of their ill-gotten wealth, have, in the hands of law enforcement agencies, become corrupt systems aimed at fleecing the citizenry while padding the pockets of the police.


Eminent domain, intended by the founders as a means to build roads and hospitals for the benefit of the general public, has become a handy loophole by which local governments can evict homeowners to make way for costly developments and shopping centers.


Private prisons, touted as an economically savvy solution to cash-strapped states with overcrowded prisons have turned into profit- and quota-driven detention centers that jail Americans guilty of little more than living off the grid, growing vegetable gardens in the front yards, or holding Bible studies in their back yards.


Traffic safety schemes such as automated red light and speed cameras, ostensibly aimed at making the nation’s roads safer, have been shown to be thinly disguised road taxes, levying hefty fines on drivers, most of whom would never have been pulled over, let alone ticketed, by an actual police officer.


School zero tolerance policies, a response to a handful of school shootings, have become exercises in folly, turning the schools into quasi-prisons, complete with armed police, metal detectors and lockdowns. The horror stories abound of 4- and 6-year-olds being handcuffed, shackled and dragged, kicking and screaming, to police headquarters for daring to act like children while at school.


As for grand juries, which were intended to serve as a check on the powers of the police and prosecutors, they have gone from being the citizen’s shield against injustice to a weapon in the hands of government agents. A far cry from a people’s court, today’s grand jury system is so blatantly rigged in favor of the government as to be laughable. Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the growing numbers of Americans betrayed and/or victimized by their own government, in which case, you’ll find nothing amusing about the way in which grand juries are used to terrorize the populace all the while covering up police misconduct.

Unfortunately, as I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we’re long past the point of simple fixes. The system has grown too large, too corrupt, and too unaccountable. If there’s to be any hope for tomorrow, it has to start at the local level, where Americans still have a chance to make their voices heard. Stop buying into the schemes of the elite, stop being distracted by their sleight-of-hands, stop being manipulated into believing that an election will change anything, and stop playing a rigged game where you’ll always be the loser.

It’s time to change the rules of the game. For that matter, it’s time to change the game.

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Fun Facts's picture

ZWO protocol #7

Replace royal rule with socialist rule, then communism, then despotism

Stuck on Zero's picture

The Author does more to advance the causes of totalitarianism than he dares imagine.  He paints a picture of grand juries as evil mercenaries of the state.  Truthfully, they stand as a safeguard to unlimited corruption in government.  Many, many times Grand Juries have indicted and caused crooked politicians to be put away.  They stand as an independent watchdog on government when malfeasance in office is suspected and the system is too politically connected to respond without looking biased.  I ask the Author, if he suspects that a DA is broken the law, who he will turn to for justice?  Don't indict the system.  Indict the people who are attempting to pervert the system.

Ignatius's picture

Yes, but we're stuck with prosecutors as gatekeepers.  I'm no lawyer, but I have heard of situations where the people can themselves impanel a Grand Jury, no?

McCormick No. 9's picture

CALL: The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, we stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that our luck will change.


RESPONSE:Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security 

tarabel's picture



The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.


-- Patrick Henry

March 23, 1775

_disengage_'s picture

How do people who can't give up netflix and igadgets fare in war?

Seriously, everyone calling for war... if someone can't walk away from the corporations that own us, do you really think they are going to fight?

I agree violence will be the end of it all, but we are setting ourselves up for failure trying to go from soft citizens to hardened warriors overnight. If people had been disengaging the corrupt systems in preparation for years (I know some have) then maybe enough would be ready.

We are going to burn down the house without even as much of a thought of where to sleep the next night.

Who are you even going to kill? Some asshole politicians and bankers? The real people who control the world don't have their names in newspapers and don't sit as CEOs.

Neo's picture

Who are you even going to kill? Some asshole politicians and bankers? The real people who control the world don't have their names in newspapers and don't sit as CEOs.

This is true, the puppet-masters are not in the headlines, but they are also not the tax collectors, DMV workers, or police officers. Without puppets, the masters are powerless.

Removing the puppet-master only gives way to a new master. Remove, to the extent possible, the puppets (preferably by the "hearts and minds" thing) and the master's power fades.

Utopia doesn't exist, the problem of corruption and "injustices" will always result from any form of society. It is only the degree to which that corruption can take hold, that can be controlled by "we the people".

Stuck on Zero's picture

In most areas of the country the Grand Jury has subpoena powers to obtain whatever evidence is desired without cherry picking by the DA.

sleigher's picture

"I have heard of situations where the people can themselves impanel a Grand Jury, no?"


Yes, the common law grand jury.  Look at

i_call_you_my_base's picture

"who he will turn to for justice?"

No one, which is why we're fucked.

And how is all that government malfeasance prosection working out?

TruthHunter's picture

According to the 5th Amendment, prosecution without

an grand jury is unconstitutional at least for

"infamous crimes". This is generally interpreted to mean crimes that

can receive a year or more in the penitentiary.

I'm no constitutional scholar, even in the school boy sense, so I'm

wondering, how do they weasel out of that one?


Just one more way the Constitution is just a piece of paper.


Enkidu's picture

So why are Grand Jury hearings held in secret?

nmewn's picture

Many times just the accusation by the state is enough to make someone appear guilty in the eyes of the public. They could be completely innocent.

Basically, its the same reason the jurors in a trial setting (looking to exonerate or convict a person after a grand jury has indicted them) are given privacy/secrecy.

Its no ones business who they are or how they came to the decision they did, up to & including nullification.

junction's picture

At the website: they have a continuing series of how the grandees of the British government, many senior politicians, lords and QCs, had a field day raping young children at group homes through the 1990s.  Files listing the crimes vanished, the Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard villified the complainants and the current investigation was to be headed by the Mayor of London until it came out she was best friends with Lord Brittain.  The same Lord Brittain who in 1982, while in charge of prosecutions, destroyed a file listing numerous high ranking British pedophiles and probable murderers.  Meanwhile, the guy who ran one home for children, Frank Beck, got three life sentences plus 25 years for supplying the boys to the pedophile politicians. Beck hurt his case by charging then MP, now Lord, Janner in 1992 with being one of the rapists, so off Beck went to prison, where he died, silenced for good.  Janner got a standing ovation when he went back to his seat in the House of Commons after claiming he was innocent.  Rule Brittania, British pedophiles rule the police and prosecutors.

Paveway IV's picture

Maybe the problem was poorly trained UK police all along?

I see that situation is being remedied now:

Why are London’s Police travelling to Israel?

Your Police are being trained by the Israeli Army to defeat and control their enemy, and when your police come back, you become their enemy” — Eran Efrati — Israeli Army Whistleblower warns the American public in March 2014

That should fix everything. The problem isn't pedophile politicians, it's all those potential terrorists (citizens) running loose and doing whatever they want.

Look how well Israeli police training worked in the U.S. - there wasn't a single report of a pedophle politician in Ferguson all that week. See how easy?

10mm's picture

Not gonna happen.  Keep dreaming and watch it blow. Country divided, delusional and full of bread and circus. 

Ignatius's picture

Our Federal government has become a Mafia - it has corrupted everything it touches.  The military-industrial-political-security-corporate-media complex.  Now isn't that a mouthful?  It accomplished this with the power of the purse and institutional, bureaucratic control. 

"End the Fed", anyone?

Hedge accordingly.

new game's picture

loose knit bunch of zh minded thinkers that in reality can only talk, type and take care of themselves waiting for the wolves to get hungry. and you see my friend(and folks), that 's where and when all the planning and training come into play. off to the woods for another training sesion with da real wolves, ha...

don't forget where the real bark is..

22winmag's picture

Another cop jerking off in his cruiser and sexting teenagers...

Ignatius's picture

Well now that's reassuring.

McCormick No. 9's picture

As long as it keeps him from kiling people, I won't complain. Idle hands are the devil's playground.

JustObserving's picture

The US is a fascist, police state and keeps falling ever deeper into fascism.  Kennedy thought he was President so he tried to change the Fed, make peace with the Soviets, try to end the war in Vietnam and promised to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.  Instead his brains were blown into a thousand pieces as Jackie valiantly tried to collect the pieces from the trunk of the Presidential limousine.  That was the beginning of America's descent into fascism starting on November 22, 1963.

The false flag of 9/11 cemented the powers of the security state and America's descent into fascism accelerated.  Now the CIA/NSA spies on everyone including the Supreme Court, Congress and the White House.  All real power now rests in the hands of the spy agencies.  America is a fascist, police state masquerading as a democracy. Snowden's revelations remove any doubts if you had any:

The most extraordinary passage in the memo requires that the Israeli spooks “destroy upon recognition” any communication provided by the NSA “that is either to or from an official of the US government.” It goes on to spell out that this includes “officials of the Executive Branch (including the White House, Cabinet Departments, and independent agencies); the US House of Representatives and Senate (members and staff); and the US Federal Court System (including, but not limited to, the Supreme Court).”


The stunning implication of this passage is that NSA spying targets not only ordinary American citizens, but also Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and the White House itself. One could hardly ask for a more naked exposure of a police state.

Freddie's picture

Started with The Civil War.  Set up and run by the Red Shield bankers.   They got rid of stupid Abe when he was a liability.   Their agens then invaded the south aka Carpet Baggers aka dual citizens.

spqrusa's picture

Well - Abe starting printing those troublesome Greenbacks not unlike how JFK started printing silver notes to pay for Vietnam. Both were quickly disposed of when they started to play the Red Shield's game. Just don't forget that the Red Shield's are the total tools of the Imperial Powers...

pods's picture

Kennedy might have taken on the CIA, but NOT the FED.  

HE had the power to issue silver certificates. He DELEGATED that power to his Treasury Sec, who was a banker.

G. Edward Griffin explains it quite well.



22winmag's picture

Sssssshhhhhh... we don't want anyone knowing the truth and actual causes of the Civil War.


As far as the serfs are concered it was all because of slavery and excessive flag waving.

Ginsengbull's picture

It was about farm equipment.


Yankee farm equipment sucked. British farm equipment was far superior, but the yanks wanted to tax the imports, to make their own junk competitive.


That's why the South said see-ya.

sleigher's picture

I thought the south said see-ya because they elected Abe as president of the US Inc. rather than the US Republic because that darn 13th amendment didn't allow anyone with a title of nobility in office.  That discounted Abe from office and so the southern states walked out of congress and it was adjourned sine dine (without a day to reconvene).  

Ginsengbull's picture

They probably understand arabic better than we do anyway.

Freddie's picture

Sold out again today by the GOP in Congress to the illegals.  Sad that American kids were shipped off for chickenshit wars and get blown to pieces for illegals.  The GOP, Dems and Obama are all the same.

TheReplacement's picture

Republicans are Red.

Democrats are Blue.

Your favorite team,

Doesn't care about you!

shovelhead's picture

As a totally hypothetical situation, what would happen if some of these dept. heads and board of directors, both in public and private sectors, started getting disappeared on the way to the squeezes house or the golf course?

What if there was an outbreak of nailgun suicides?

A sudden rash of unexplainable traffic accidents?

Would they get nervous and retire?

spqrusa's picture

Nah - the Ivy League of Liars, Murders and Thieves has Legion of ready and willing snakes to replace the old ones...

umdesch4's picture

I dunno about that. When you're a dangerous sociopath, fear of a long, drawn out, painful death is probably the only motivation you'd have to at least reduce your most harmful behavior to socially acceptable levels.

wizardofOZ's picture

shovelhead @ As a totally hypothetical situation, what would happen if some of these dept. heads and board of directors, both in public and private sectors, started getting disappeared on the way to the squeezes house or the golf course?

What if there was an outbreak of nailgun suicides?

A sudden rash of unexplainable traffic accidents?

Would they get nervous and retire?



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Trucker Glock's picture

Police misconduct.  The daily newsfeed returns Monday.  Good stuff.

spqrusa's picture

It is very simple. The dream of the House of Hanover to subjugate the American Colony was put on hold in 1776 and later in 1812.

The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha came to power on the promise of a new age of British rule. Where George(s), William and Victoria had failed, the House of SCG, later renamed Windsor to Angelophile the name, would succeed. The irony that Brittania is being ruled by descendants of House of Dracula is not apparent in name but obviously in action.

And they have suceeded in subjugating the America colony brilliantly. It is not an accident that before their reign of influence on the USA, there was no official secrecy, no centralization of intelligence, no income tax, no effective central banking, no real national military, and so on. All these are the necessary and proper instruments of Imperial Power. The removal of those pesky individual States was one of the most important moves.

Manthong's picture

All they have to do is repeal the 17th Amendment then everything else will fall in line as the States once again see their interests properly pursued in the Senate.

spqrusa's picture

Repealing the 17th is only a start. The 16th will have to go as well as a hoard of laws.

Ghordius's picture

The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha descended from Dracula? Why do you insert such discrediting, falsifiable things in your tale? Not that the rest of the tale can be really salvaged, but it literally smells of the cheapest, most sheepish ignorant propaganda, usually used by Agent Provocateurs, making anybody wonder where you got such things or if you even believe them yourself

yes, the American Colonies became independent. and eventually acquired all those... instruments. Some of them, during wars against Britain, including one in 1812 where the British burned the White House down because the American "Imperial Pretensions" extended to Canada

lern your own history a bit

spqrusa's picture

If you think 1812 was only about Canada then you are a well trained subject. It was about returning America to the fold. Now that America is effectively a client-state of Brittania such extreme measures are unnecessary. 

Please go on and enlighten us by refuting all my statements.

Ghordius's picture

+1 well, you were correct.  though it's Vlad the Impaler, the real Vlad, not the "Dracula" vampire of the legends

kchrisc's picture

It is not a game, as our lives, and the lives of our children, and grandchildren, hang in the balance.

Accepting that it's a "rigged game" is defeatism, and acceptance.

I for one am not defeated, and I do not accept, or bow, to their crimes, treason or tyranny.

I stand and before them and state, "No, I do not acquiesce and will not comply."

Don't struggle against tyranny, make tyranny struggle against you.

An American, not US subject.


Revolutions always start with the word, "No."

spqrusa's picture

It is not possible to revolt if the People have no idea who is in power. Elimination of the current heads of Snakes would be futile as a) NATO would come to their defense, b) UN invasion c) replaced by a new set of Snakes soon thereafter.

HowdyDoody's picture

UN invasion? With what? The UN navy? The UN airforce?

spqrusa's picture

Traitors in your own military (and others) will bring them here. UN has no standing army but member states do. Member states would be pressed to invade on their own without UN cover. Well - some states (China) might decide to take advantage of the opportunity.