Authors: John W. Whitehead
Vein recognition scans
Video cameras, usage
Visible Intermodal Prevention
Virtual strip searches, invasiveness
Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response
task forces, components
Washington Joint Analytical
Walt Disney World, ticket holders
War, psychological effects
War on crime
War on drugs
War on Kids, The
War on terror, impact
Warrantless home invasions, justification
Warrantless raid, U.S. Supreme Court
Warrants, usage (ruling)
Washington Joint Analytical Center
Water cannons, usage
Watson, Paul Joseph
White Slave Traffic Act, FBI enforcement
Williamson, Acelynne (death)
Williamson, Glen (raid)
Winnefeld, Jr. James
Wireless network sniffers, usage
Wiretaps, warrants (absence)
Wright, Kenneth (SWAT team raid)
X Taser shotgun, usage
John Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated, and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law, human rights, and popular culture. Widely recognized as one of the nation's most vocal and involved civil liberties attorneys, Whitehead's approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom and the 2010 Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award for "[his] decades of difficult and important work, as well as [his] impeccable integrity in defending civil liberties for all."
As nationally syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff observed about Whitehead: "John Whitehead is not only one of the nation's most consistent and persistent civil libertarians. He is also a remarkably perceptive illustrator of our popular culture, its insights and dangers. I often believe that John Whitehead is channeling the principles of James Madison, who would be very proud of him."
Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Deeply committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms of every American and the integral human rights of all people, The Rutherford Institute has emerged as a prominent leader in the national dialogue on civil liberties and human rights and a formidable champion of the Constitution. Whitehead serves as the Institute's president and spokesperson.
Whitehead writes a weekly commentary for
The Huffington Post
and LewRockwell.com, which is also carried by daily and weekly newspapers and web publications across the country and is available on The Rutherford Institute's website (
). Whitehead is the author of some twenty books, including
The Freedom Wars
The Change Manifesto
Grasping for the Wind
(HarperCollins/Zondervan, 2001), the companion documentary series to the book of the same name, which also received critical acclaim. The series was awarded two Silver World Medals at the New York Film and Video Festival.
Born in 1946 in Tennessee, John W Whitehead earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. He served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.