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FBI Whistleblowers Back ‘Police State’ Film’s Message

Holland McKinnie
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Dinesh D’Souza’s new film “Police State” premiered this week, drawing attention to what the director sees as a shift in America’s governance. Two FBI whistleblowers featured in the movie, Steve Friend and Kyle Seraphin, urge Americans from all political viewpoints to watch the film and “understand how broken our system has become.”

In the film, Friend and Seraphin describe the weaponization of the FBI under the Biden administration and how that led them to become whistleblowers. They join other experts in “Police State,” providing insights on the issues they witnessed firsthand.

Friend commented, “‘Police State’ brilliantly highlights many of the misdeeds our government regularly perpetrates against citizens of every race, creed, and political ideology.” He continued, stating that it is “imperative for Americans to watch this film and understand how broken our system has become.”

Similarly, Seraphin discussed the importance of recognizing threats to individual liberties. He explained, “Many Americans see a small portion of the movements of the state against individual liberties, but they don’t see each piece of evidence as part of a larger movement and the danger that movement presents to the concept of a free Constitutional republic.”

These concerns are not unfounded. From peaceful pro-lifers and traditional Catholics to MAGA supporters and concerned parents, a wide range of Americans have been targeted by the federal government. Add to that the mass tech-government online censorship witnessed during COVID-19, and it is clear that an overreaching federal government affects everyone.

“Police State” also examines the post-Patriot Act FBI and its focus on anti-terrorism resources. The film suggests that the demand for these resources outweighed supply, leading the FBI to turn resources meant for violent terrorists against ordinary Americans, including those with differing political views.


Friend resigned from the FBI after witnessing what he believed to be an inflation of the terrorist threat to justify unconstitutional force against individuals, particularly those involved in the Jan. 6 protests. “What we need is a person to look at, and then we go out and find what crime you did,” Seraphin succinctly puts it in the movie.

Despite its stark message, “Police State” ends on a hopeful note, encouraging viewers to stand united and sing the National Anthem in solidarity with the Jan. 6 political prisoners. This call to action underlines the film’s central message: If Americans understand what the federal government is trying to do and stand up to it, united, we can stop tyranny in its tracks.

Promoting the film, D’Souza said on “The Glenn Beck Program,” “Our police state is in camouflage, it’s not open about its motives. It marches behind the banner of saving democracy.” With high production values, “Police State” should be seen on the big screen, according to D’Souza.

The film’s message is not a warning of what may come but a clarion call to recognize what is happening in America today. From dramatic re-enactments of FBI operations and SWAT raids to documentary interviews with members of Congress, journalists, and federal agency whistleblowers, the movie depicts the reality of government censorship, targeting of political opponents, and unconstitutional spying on everyday Americans.

The film is a scary portrayal of America’s shift toward a police state. Still, it is a necessary watch for Americans who value their constitutional rights and want to understand the depth of the issue at hand. As D’Souza puts it, “Police State” is a film he never wanted to make but felt compelled to create to highlight the alarming state of America’s democracy today.