2015-01-01

Permalink 22:28:59, Categories: News, 102 words   English (EU)

Time For A Change....

The bad news is that this is the last blog post that will appear on these pages.

The good news is that the Roadblock Revelations blog is being updated, upgraded and made more user friendly at the following location:

Roadblock Revelations 2.0

The blog entries that currently exist here are being slowly migrated to the new site. In the interim however they will also remain available here for archival purposes.

Happy New Year to all! I hope to see you on the new site where comments have been enabled and readers will be able to participate in the discussion and in the postings.

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2014-12-07

Permalink 22:12:32, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Checkpoints, Immigration, 2137 words   English (EU)

The 'Green Monster' Attacks Truck Driver in Texas

The video above depicts the actions of a violent street gang that's been operating with impunity in Southern Texas for quite some time now. The street gang, also known as the Green Monster (U.S. Border Patrol), physically attacked a truck driver without just cause at a suspicionless internal Homeland Security roadblock near Falfurrias, Tx in early November of this year:


[CBP Roadblock - Falfurrias, TX: Latitude: 27.025054, Longitude: -98.138415]

=> Read more!

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2014-11-21

Permalink 13:45:41, Categories: News, Roadblock Lawsuit, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 1521 words   English (EU)

U.S. 'Justice' Department Argues 24 Hour Detention at Internal Checkpoints Reasonable


[Richard Rynearson's Oral Argument Before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals]

On March 18, 2010 Major Richard Rynearson, an active duty air force pilot, was illegally detained for over 34 minutes at an internal immigration checkpoint near Uvalde, Texas despite answering all immigration related questions and showing multiple forms of identification to Border Patrol agents. Agents who were far more interested in harassing Mr. Rynearson than verifying his immigration status. Instead of disciplining his subordinates for violating Border Patrol legal guidance, violating the law and violating Mr. Rynearson's rights, Chief Patrol Agent Robert Harris (depicted below) doubled down by writing a letter to Rynearson's command complaining about Rynearson actually exercising some of those rights Harris is responsible for protecting.

=> Read more!

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2014-11-20

Permalink 23:31:32, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 99 words   English (EU)

Checkpoint USA Interviewed By 'This American Life'


[Update: The show is now available online here. Another version of the story has also been released on latinousa.org]

Beginning Friday November 21, 2014, the public radio show This American Life will air a segment on internal Border Patrol checkpoints. I was interviewed last month by the show regarding my history & experiences at some of these checkpoints.

For those who want to listen to the show when it airs, you can find out what station it will be available on in your area along with dates and times here. Otherwise, the show should be archived and available online here

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2014-11-09

Permalink 22:11:56, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 416 words   English (EU)

Horn Honking Hearing Audio Files Now Available

As regular readers of this blog know, on April 30, 2014 I was illegally detained in the lane of traffic at a suspicionless DHS roadblock by Border Patrol Agent J. Tackett near mile marker 146.5 along SR86 in Southern Arizona. Agent J. Tackett threw a spike strip down in front of my vehicle within about 30 seconds of the stop for daring to ask him a few questions. Tackett's unlawful detention was furthered by his supervisor G. Serrano who continued the detention while dispatching another agent to call over Pima County Sheriff Deputy Avila under the false pretense that I was blocking traffic while failing to inform him that Agent Tackett's spike strip & detention were the actual cause of the blockage.

=> Read more!

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2014-10-31

Permalink 23:30:52, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, 923 words   English (EU)

Border Patrol Corruption Worse Than First Thought

Over the years, I've written quite a few stories regarding rampant misconduct and corruption within the Border Patrol. See the following for starters:

But after reading through a recent investigative report from Politico, even I'm somewhat surprised at just how bad the corruption is within the Border Patrol along with the federal government's inability or unwillingness to reign the agency in. See:

The Green Monster: How the Border Patrol became America's most out-of-control law enforcement agency

=> Read more!

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2014-08-14

Permalink 20:29:31, Categories: News, 105 words   English (EU)

Justice for Michael Brown. Accountability for his killer & the organizations that harbor him

How do you know what organization(s) harbor or otherwise support the killer of Michael Brown? That's an easy one. It's the organization(s) that refuse to identify the killer until public outcry becomes too much to ignore. It's the organizations that refuse to interview eye witnesses to the killing. It's the organization(s) that turn its resources against people speaking out & protesting against the killing of Michael Brown instead of turning its resources against the killer of Michael Brown.

Serving and protecting or dominating and controlling?

My thanks to Simple Justice for bringing attention back to where it should be regarding this case.

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2014-08-09

Permalink 00:43:42, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 52 words   English (EU)

Stossel's 'Policing America' Followup Article

John Stossel has a followup opinion piece on Fox News related to his recent show, Policing America: Security Vs Liberty. The article is titled:

Border Patrol can't control Southern border but can still harass American citizens

and is a good overview on the subject of what's wrong with internal Border Patrol roadblocks.

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2014-08-02

Permalink 23:53:30, Categories: News, Immigration, 4807 words   English (EU)

More On Checkpoint USA's Recent Court Appearance

As previously indicated, the state charge against me for honking my horn at a federal Border Patrol checkpoint setup along a state highway inside the country while being illegally detained in the lane of traffic by federal agents has been dismissed in Pima County Justice Court after an hour-long hearing on July 11, 2014.

As part of my testimony during the hearing, I read from a fourteen page written statement along with ten supporting exhibits. That statement and the exhibits have been re-created below. Additionally, I've requested a copy of the audio record of the hearing from the court and will post it once it becomes available. I'm also planning on uploading video footage of the encounter in the near future.

Below appears the text of the written statement I read in court along with applicable links. For those who follow the checkpoint issue closely, you'll probably find several of the exhibits I presented in court interesting. These would include recent ACLU complaints and a FOIA lawsuit regarding internal Border Patrol checkpoints, information regarding Operation Stonegarden where local cops collect overtime pay for assisting Border Patrol agents in the field and a recent Border Patrol law bulletin informing agents they can't legally detain people for not answering questions or because they don't like their attitude.

=> Read more!

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Permalink 13:09:45, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 26 words   English (EU)

Checkpoint USA Interviewed On Declare Your Independence

On July 29th, Checkpoint USA was interviewed by Ernest Hancock of Declare Your Independence regarding my recent checkpoint encounters. The show can be accessed online here.

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Welcome to Checkpoint USA's blog. Here you'll find general information and discussions regarding growing threats to our right to privacy & travel.

While I refer to court cases along with state and federal law frequently in this blog, nothing written here should be construed as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Rather, I'm someone concerned about the growing disregard for individual rights present at all levels of government.

My conclusions are my own based upon personal experience and research. The law is made purposely complex however and varies significantly from place to place and circumstance to circumstance.

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