As I blogged about the other day, investigative journalist John Stossel aired a special segment on Fox News this weekend titled:
The segment dealing with internal Border Patrol checkpoints appears above and a brief writeup regarding the segment from one of the guys interviewed by Stossel is available at Pick Your Battles
More will be posted on this hearing and its outcome when time permits.
The Fox News Stossel show (with John Stossel) has a good piece coming together this weekend on Policing America: Security vs. Liberty. Among other things, it will be featuring a segment on the rise of warrior cops and SWAT teams across the United States along with a segment on checkpoints.
The checkpoint segment will feature Richard Rynearson and his 5th circuit lawsuit against the Border Patrol for an illegal detention at an inland checkpoint several years ago. The show will air Saturday and Sunday night at 2200.
Since early June, Checkpoint USA has been referred to in two mainstream media news articles. The first article, written by Bob Ortega with the Arizona Republic, was picked up by several national newspapers such as USA Today as well. The article is available online at:
Good news regarding Major Richard Rynearson's lawsuit against the Border Patrol has recently surfaced. After having his case dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Del Rio in September of last year, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to review the case and hear oral argument sometime in the next few months.
[Update: Friday's hearing lasted about an hour at Pima County Justice Court with hearing officer Holguin. Deputy Avila showed up in person & testified for about five minutes or so. I cross-examined him for about twenty minutes and then testified for another twenty to twenty five minutes with a 14 page written statement and ten exhibits. Hearing Officer Holguin allowed my testimony & entered my exhibits into the record despite objections from Deputy Avila. Holguin hasn't ruled yet but will sometime in the next few weeks]
Yep, you read that correctly. On April 30, 2014 I was ticketed by a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy for beeping my horn at the CBP checkpoint after a CBP agent threw a spike strip down in front of my vehicle. I was stopped at primary and I asked the agent what his name was since his name tag was obscured by a tactical vest. The agent told me that he was the one asking questions, not me. When I pointed out that I was asking questions as well that's when the hot headed agent spiked the roadway in front of my tires.
Joe Williams, an Atlanta, Georgia resident I've written about before, will be in court this Friday the 13th regarding an illegal arrest and several bogus charges stemming from an encounter at a so-called dui checkpoint in Atlanta, Georgia on January 13th, 2014.
The videos appearing below contain part of the audio footage from the encounter where the cops try to justify the checkpoint on grounds that it deters crime in the area. This despite the fact that general crime control checkpoints have been ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Indianapolis V Edmond. Further, after the cops allow Joe to go on his way without charging him at the end of the checkpoint encounter, they track him down several hours later and arrest him on trumped up charges making it clear the unlawful arrest and harassment was premeditated:
This year's Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest is now complete and the winner is Jace and Stacy Pomales from Marion County Florida with the following video:
After pledging his allegiance to the United States flag, a Border Patrol agent approaches a news crew with Photography Is Not A Crime that was conducting an interview with a Miami Beach police officer during A Memorial Day event and purposefully strikes the videographer as he walks by.
Kinda says it all about the mentality and quality of the average agent in the Border Patrol these days. If anybody out there can identify the name of the agent who committed this act of battery, feel free to share it here and with PINAC.
[A law bulletin issued to Border Patrol agents in 2012 but largely ignored]
For years it's been obvious to me that federal Border Patrol agents are operating well outside the law at internal Border Patrol checkpoints and via roving patrol. Indeed, my Roadblock Revelations blog and videos have been largely dedicated to exposing this lawlessness through first hand experiences and research that I've been slowly piecing together and sharing online. I've also submitted quite a few FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests over the years regarding official USCBP policies and procedures. The purpose being to compare the way agents are actually conducting roadblock operations to how they're supposed to be conducted according to official agency policy.
All of my FOIA requests have resulted in the Border Patrol further violating the law by either refusing to respond at all or failing to provide any sort of meaningful reply (the most recent examples of this will be posted in the near future). The reason for this has also been obvious to me over the years. Border Patrol top brass & supervisors know their agents are violating the law while operating outside agency policy but don't want irrefutable evidence of this fact to see the light of day.
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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