Post details: An Early Christmas Gift From 'Homeland Security' and the TOPD

2008-12-26

Permalink 19:08:51, Categories: Privacy, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, 2303 words   English (EU)

An Early Christmas Gift From 'Homeland Security' and the TOPD

Not to be disappointed on the 6 year anniversary of an illegal joint task
force roadblock I ran afoul of on December 20, 2002, I was molested by the same agencies yet again six years later under slightly different circumstances.

In 2002, the U.S. Border Patrol (and U.S. Customs) assisted the Tohono O'odham Police Department with conducting an illegal dragnet roadblock masquerading as a sobriety checkpoint inside the reservation along a state highway. After being stopped at the roadblock in 2002 while driving home from work, I was deemed to be insufficiently submissive and was promptly arrested and maliciously prosecuted.

After defeating the charges in court a year later, I filed a lawsuit which is still ongoing today. Whether or not this history has anything to do with tribal police involvement in the incident described below remains to be seen. A review of the lawsuit's discovery documentation however reveals that TOPD Officer R. Carrasco, badge #166, the tribal officer who engaged in joint action with the Border Patrol below, also participated in the 2002 roadblock that's currently being litigated in the 9th Circuit.

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Most recently on December 20, 2008 while driving home from work yet again, a tribal officer operating just off the reservation colluded with U.S. Border Patrol agents to cite me with impeding traffic - a state violation. The alleged impeding took place while I was stopped in front of two temporary stop signs erected by U.S. Border Patrol agents who were seizing and detaining individuals at an internal suspicionless Homeland Security checkpoint.


(How can one be guilty of impeding traffic while
being stopped & detained in front of a stop sign?)

Yes, you read that correctly. A tribal officer, operating off the reservation, cited me with a violation of state law for impeding traffic because I was being stopped and seized by armed federal agents in front of two stop signs at a Homeland Security roadblock setup along a state highway.

The DHS roadblock in question is the same one I've been documenting since early January of 2008. Border Patrol agents routinely use so-called 'immigration' roadblocks as a pretext to look for felons, weapons, terrorists, narcotics, aliens and other illegal activity (except their own of course).

Over the past year, I've been stopped and seized well over sixty times at this particular dragnet operation but have always been waved through...eventually. On December 20th, the seizure took a slightly different twist however after Border Patrol agents conspired with a tribal officer who just happened to show up in the checkpoint's staging area during the three minute interval I was seized and detained by federal agents in front of a stop sign.

For those unfamiliar with my use of the term seizure in this context, the Supreme Court has ruled that a 4th Amendment seizure occurs whenever an individual is stopped at a checkpoint:

"The Fourth Amendment applies to all seizures of the person, including seizures that involve only a brief detention short of traditional arrest."
- U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce

"It is agreed that checkpoint stops are 'seizures' within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."
- U.S. v Martinez-Fuerte

"The Court assumes, and I certainly agree, that persons stopped at fixed checkpoints, whether or not referred to a secondary detention area, are "seized" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. Moreover, since the vehicle and its occupants are subjected to a "visual inspection," the intrusion clearly exceeds mere physical restraint..."
- U.S. v Martinez-Fuerte

The Border Patrol field supervisor who seized me at primary on the 20th was not wearing a name tag and repeatedly refused to identify himself throughout the encounter. One of the few checks and balances that remain within our society is the right of the people to know the name of the government agent they are being forced to interact with. When public servants operating within the public sphere arrogantly refuse to identify themselves to those they are seizing absent suspicion, it raises the specter of secret police operating with impunity within the country:


(Homeland Security agents who refuse to identify themselves routinely seize individuals absent suspicion along America's streets)

During our initial interaction, the nameless Homeland Security agent admitted he knew who I was and to watching my videos online. Despite acknowledging this and being fully aware of the fact that dozens of DHS agents and supervisors have waved me through the checkpoint in over sixty stops during the past year, he continued detaining me for the purpose of giving the tribal cop enough time to get into position to cite me for impeding traffic. In doing so, the armed federal agent was in fact impeding the very traffic I was later cited for.

After more demands from the nameless supervisor and more questions from me, he and his fellow agents spent several additional minutes holding up traffic while acting as if they were inspecting my vehicle. Unbeknownst to me, while this was going on a tribal police SUV was being directed into the checkpoint staging area behind and to the South of my vehicle. The field supervisor continued pretending to inspect the opposite side of my vehicle where my attention was focused. The second image above and the one below confirm that the police SUV was not in the lane of traffic behind me during the time I entered the roadblock and was being seized.


(Federal agents pretending to inspect while a
tribal cop positions himself on the other side)

After the tribal officer was in position, the agent walked over to the stop sign and told me to have a nice day. He offered no explanation and made no explicit indication that I was free to go. Since DHS agents in previous seizures have told me it's a felony to just drive away from a checkpoint without permission, I'm always hesitant to leave without explicit instructions that I'm free to go.

This is especially true given that agents have been known to use arbitrary hand signals and give conflicting orders to create the illusion of reasonable suspicion or probable cause to take further action they can't justify otherwise. While waiting for the agent to tell me I was free to go, I demanded his name several more times. Instead of identifying himself, he continued to tell me to have a nice day while claiming I was obstructing him.

This went on for a few iterations (less than 30 seconds) until the agent finally told me to leave the checkpoint. I began driving away within seven seconds only to look into the rear view mirror to see a large SUV right on my tail followed shortly by enforcement lights signaling me to pull over.

I pulled over thinking it was another Homeland Security agent seeking to continue the harassment outside the boundaries of the checkpoint. After I came to a stop, a man in a black uniform approached my vehicle with his arm up attempting to block his face, name tag and insignia from my camera while demanding my ID.

I asked him to identify himself along with his reason for pulling me over. He refused and instead went back to his vehicle where he confered with several Border Patrol agents who pulled in behind him. After several minutes, he came back and identified himself as Officer R. Carrasco, badge #166, with the Tohono O'odham Police Dept. He still refused to explain why he pulled me over however while continuing to demand my identification.


(TOPD Officer R. Carrasco, Badge #166)

After further consultation with Border Patrol agents from the checkpoint, Officer Carrasco finally told me he pulled me over for impeding traffic. Upon further demand, I provided Carrasco with my license, registration & insurance card which he promptly shared with the Border Patrol agents after going back to confer with them yet again for another lengthy period of time.


(TOPD Officer R. Carrasco & BP Agent colluding
over what to charge me with)

In the meantime, another BP agent who had removed his name tag from his uniform stood guard next to my vehicle:


(Another BP agent removes his name tag to
avoid being identified)

Eventually, Officer Carrasco returned and presented me with an Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint form charging me with a civil violation of Arizona Revised Statutes 28-704(A) for "blocking or impeding the flow of traffic".

After verifying that Carrasco was done with me, I exited my vehicle and
took photos of the Border Patrol and TOPD vehicles present so as to document their agency markings and license plate numbers.


(Border Patrol vehicle #M84174 & plate #DHS211157)


(Border Patrol vehicle #K85272 & plate #DHS204813)


(TOPD vehicle #44362 & plate #G-882ER)

Shortly afterwards, a State Trooper arrived on scene but never
approached me. Instead, they all conferred together several car lengths behind my vehicle along the side of the road:


(The Border Patrol, TOPD and a State Trooper)

With all the enforcement vehicles and personnel from three different jurisdictions present at the traffic stop, anyone driving by would most likely have thought a large bust had just gone down. I'm sure they would have been surprised to discover instead that a tribal officer had become a patsy for U.S. Border Patrol agents bound and determined to violate the rights of the traveling public.

In all, the illegal traffic stop lasted well over an hour and involved upwards of four Homeland Security agents, one TOPD officer and one State Trooper from the Department of Public Safety. Given the large show of force, one would think it's a traumatic experience for enforcers to encounter individuals willing to peacefully assert their rights as opposed to role over like obedient lap dogs to every arbitrary demand directed at them.

After getting back into town, I looked up the specific statute I was charged with violating:

28-704. Minimum speed limits; requirement to turn off roadway

A. A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

As expected, the statute I was cited with violating had nothing to do with the actual scenario. It was written to address the problem of individuals driving too slow along public highways. I on the other hand was only stopped because I was directed to by a traffic control device and armed federal agents seizing individuals at a Homeland Security roadblock along a public highway.

When the federal agent who initially seized me at the roadblock ordered me to leave less than three minutes after I arrived, I promptly left. As such, the only individuals impeding traffic were the federal agents who needlessly detained me after admitting they knew who I was.

In hindsight, it's obvious the supervisor detained me for nearly three minutes for the sole purpose of setting me up for the tribal officer. The tribal officer on the other hand was more than willing to do the Border Patrol's dirty work by involving himself in a federal checkpoint operation in which he is neither certified or trained to be a participant in. In so doing, he not only set himself up to take responsibility for his own actions, but those of the Border Patrol as well.

As I researched the statute further, I came across the following:

28-707. Charging speed violation; burden of proof; findings

A. In a charge of violating a speed restriction in this article, the complaint and the summons or notice to appear shall specify the speed at which the defendant is alleged to have driven and the maximum speed applicable within the district or at the location.

Officer Carrasco conveniently failed to specify the speed I was driving at along with the maximum speed appropriate for the location as required above. This is because the appropriate speed for the circumstances was zero. Carrasco probably missed this nuance in the statute because he was more interested in pleasing federal Border Patrol agents and/or harassing me then in determining whether or not I had actually violated a state statute.

Correction & update - January 7, 2009:

After a closer inspecting of the traffic ticket, I note that Officer Carrasco did indeed indicate my speed was 0. In order to justify the citation however, he claimed the posted speed limit was 15. As I indicated earlier however, I was stopped in front of a stop sign while being seized by several armed federal agents which means the appropriate speed limit for the time & place was 0.

The posted speed limit in the absence of the federal Homeland Security checkpoint is 65 mph. Whether or not Officer Carrasco perjured himself remains to be seen. Carrasco's signature appears below the following statement on the citation:

"I certify that upon reasonable grounds, I believe the person named above committed the acts described and I have served a copy of the complaint upon the defendant.".

Given that the checkpoint is allegedly a federal operation and the alleged
traffic impeding took place while being seized by the Border Patrol in
front of a stop sign in the middle of the highway, I'm quite interested
in seeing how the tribal officer justifies his involvement in this federal operation that wasn't even on the reservation, let alone prove I was impeding traffic while being detained by federal agents. Luckily for me, Officer Carrasco and the participating federal agents have provided me with a good forum for discovering answers to the many questions I now have regarding this roadblock and subsequent traffic stop.

I'm currently scheduled to appear in Tucson Justice Court on January 16, 2009. I will however be seeking a continuance and discovery prior to proceedings which will most likely result in a court date rescheduling.

Further updates will be posted as they become available. In the meantime, welcome to the new American police state.

Comments:

Comment from: akaGaGa [Visitor] · http://akagaga.blogspot.com/
Thank you for exposing what America has become, and for sharing it with us. I will keep you in my prayers.
Permalink 2008-12-29 @ 18:07
Comment from: L B [Visitor]
I've been following this blog for a while, and really admire what you're doing. It takes someone exceptional to stand up to the State like this. I wish you the best of luck with the legal fallout of this incident, and your existing appeal for that matter.
Permalink 2008-12-29 @ 19:17
Comment from: Libertys Bell [Visitor]
Check out www.teamlaw.net if you really want to do something other than write about the loss of the American Republic.
Permalink 2008-12-30 @ 09:28
Comment from: Kneverr [Visitor]
I can not believe they are still doing this to you, as well as our country.
Thank you for everything you do and for stand your ground against these treasonous officers who have forgotten their oath to America and our Constitution... we are losing this once free country simply by most people’s docile complacency.
Permalink 2008-12-30 @ 17:53
Comment from: Charlie [Visitor]
Are tribal officers considered state law enforcement officers in Arizona, or something else? If they're not state law enforcement officers, I fail to see how he could write you for a state code violation in the first place, especially if it wasn't on reservation land. But I'm not sure how the tribal thing works... might want to look into it.
Permalink 2008-12-31 @ 04:52
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
"Are tribal officers considered state law enforcement officers in Arizona, or something else?"

If they have received certification through the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) then they are empowered to enforce State law.

As far as I know, most Tohono O'odham police officers are certified through AZ POST but I'll be verifying this through either an Open Records request and/or discovery in the near future.

For the sake of argument, I'm assuming this officer is certified to enforce State law. Since he was operating off the reservation however, he had to be operating under his State certification as opposed to his tribal police powers which means he cannot claim sovereign immunity, a favorite ploy by tribal police officers when they're trying to avoid responsibility or accountability for their actions. Ultimately, what this means is either a State or federal court has jurisdiction to review the officers actions.
Permalink 2009-01-01 @ 19:46
Comment from: voluntarist [Visitor]
Anytime I think that our deprived freedoms go unnoticed, I watch your videos. I am grateful and inspired by your work. Is there anyway that people in the sidelines can help?
Permalink 2009-01-21 @ 18:40
Comment from: Syd [Visitor]
Well, this gets very interesting! As they say, "freedom is not free"- at least when it comes to traveling public. Terry, you are doing a good job!
Someone wrote many years ago, as I remeber it:
"A tolerant society is a dictatorship; a moderately tolerant one is a democracy;
AN INTOLERANT SOCIETY IS FREE" (caps are mine for emphasis).
Have you thought to contact our former Governor, now DHS Secretary J.Napolitano?
IMO, Border Patrol should be GUARDING, NOT JUST PATROLLING THE BORDER; as to the internal highways and ferries, that's what each individual state's highway patrol is for! The big green man (and some women) with badges, dogs and guns should be resticted to just inside few miles from the international border.
Hopefully, and with our help, the new Obama administration will clean this mess up- so far our Costitution is still "a piece of paper", as ex-president GWB said not that long ago.
Permalink 2009-01-22 @ 18:38
Comment from: facetious4real [Visitor]
OJ scoffed too. Hope you'll be butt budies. I hope to engage a meeting with you very soon. You'll go to the jail. No support from juries here.

The individual leaving this threatening comment used the following IP address and email:

IP: 65.10.237.181
Email: surfammo@yahoo.com
Permalink 2009-01-28 @ 12:33
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Where's the video for this encounter? I enjoy watching your videos and the work your doing to keep people informed of these events.
Permalink 2009-02-06 @ 15:19
Comment from: UNKNOWN [Visitor]
Do you realize that to avoid this, all that you had to do was answer the simple question that was "What is your citizenship?" Agents have to abide by a certain set of rules, and actually have right to detain you if you do not cooperate with them. The reason that they can is simply because of your thrill of trying to be a 'hardass' can raise the level of suspicion. And every time that you do pass through any checkpoint they have the right to search your vehicle just on the grounds of suspicion.

They are doing their job, so just let them do it! They don't come into your office to give you a hard time or ask you if you know what you are doing and try to tell you how to do your work, so why are you going to do that to them. So, quit being lazy by trying to make your money by wasting the judicial system's time with your crap. If you find that you have too much time on your hands then find a girlfriend that is as annoying as you... I'm sure she would love to hear your stories.
Permalink 2009-02-17 @ 13:57
Comment from: Syd [Visitor]
You are absolutely right- the whole point is that these checkpoints shouldn't be there in the 1st place. After all, is the USA a North American junta were the constitution is suspended?
Maybe if enough people passively resisted to their disgusting and offenSive questions like:
WHERE WERE YOU BORN/NATURALIZED?
HOW DID YOU (WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO) BECOME A US CITIZEN?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO AJO/DOUGLAS/NOGALES? ,
it would have created so many "suspicions" that the whole bubble would have burst in a matter of days!
Permalink 2009-02-17 @ 16:57
Comment from: CNS [Visitor]
You love to scream victim all the time. You are a coward. Were you always a nerd that got picked on? Now this is your chance to lash out, right? Yes, go scream and cry about how people are threatening you. You taunt, then scream victim. But you and I know better. You see, I know who you are and I can sum you up in one word... troublemaker. So go on and scream victim. You should be ashamed. Have you served this country? Have you faught for the freedom you have? One of these days you are going to come up on an agent who is having a rough day and he is going to break your cameras and teach you a lesson in respect. Go ahead and scream threat... I dont care. Its Karma. You mess with people long enough, it ALWAYS comes back to haunt you. ALWAYS...
Permalink 2009-02-17 @ 21:29
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
"You should be ashamed. Have you served this country? Have you faught for the freedom you have? One of these days you are going to come up on an agent who is having a rough day and he is going to break your cameras and teach you a lesson in respect. Go ahead and scream threat... I dont care. Its Karma. You mess with people long enough, it ALWAYS comes back to haunt you. ALWAYS..."

Ashamed of standing up for my rights while authoritarians like you either grovel on your knees or are the ones perpetrating abuse on others? I don't think so.

If you're looking for someone who should be ashamed CNS, you need look no further then the closest mirror.

Your words couldn't have made it anymore clear. You love arbitrary authority because it's the only route people like you can get respect - through physical violence and the barrel of a gun. What a disgrace.

With regards to Karma, sounds like you've been watching too many re-runs of 'My Name is Earl'...
Permalink 2009-02-18 @ 21:29
Comment from: CNS [Visitor]
OK ---------. Thats why you deleted my video in response to you on youtube. You are scared of the truth. Your nerdy comebacks mean nothing. You are just a moron who pushed way too much. Someday you will push one of those guys way to hard. Its ok... knock on Karma. Your will come your way someday. It always does old man. You will love the WiKi article that is going to go up about you. And copies of all your littl legal lawsuits so EVERYONE can see who and what you are! YAY!!!
Permalink 2009-02-18 @ 22:17
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
If you and your agent buddies are looking to provide me with free publicity, knock yourself out. It will also serve as yet another data point that these agents know who I am and therefore have no legal justification to extend a checkpoint detention making it clear internal suspcionless DHS checkpoints are about nothing more than obedience training. Just make sure the article is accurate. You'd hate to find yourself in hot water for slander or liable....

With regards to Karma, you seem to be under the impression that it doesn't apply to you or your agent buddies. Then again, you authoritarians always think you're above the law so I'm not surprised.
Permalink 2009-02-18 @ 22:36
Comment from: CNS [Visitor]
I am not an agent, it just doesn't pay enough for me. But yes, I do have friends that are. As far as slander and liable, you wont be able to do anything. Its hosted in a foreign country. By the way, it is LIBEL not LIABLE. Get your terms straight. There wont be any opinions about you on it, all are facts. Copies of all your court documents, name, address, phone number, contact information, CV, criminal record, and copies of police reports you file to show what an ass you are. Were you aware that many people in Southern Arizona do not care for you, including some that live around you? And some people ------ don't either. And police think you are a joke and you cry wolf. That is what you do, you cry wolf. YOU are the one who harasses people. You harass law enforcement. So nerd boy, it is time people see the truth about who the problem is. The problem is NOT the border patrol; the problem is YOU.

Enjoy your day by the way! Move north, then you wont ever have to deal with the border patrol again.
Permalink 2009-02-19 @ 08:04
Comment from: Detroit [Visitor]
Visitor on 2-19

If I was running this site I'd have your url and would in absolute terms, track your punk ass down, have your fired from your border patrol job then kick your ass. I say your the bpa in the left picture with the shades and the butt-hole mouth...

The only coward I see here is yourslef. This man put up a WEB SITE...how is that hiding?

In Detroit you would be handled by now.

Too many times a punk like yourself is given a gun, a badge and a job to do. you turn that into a power trip demanding people to bow to you....For this reason most cops which are good, wear a vest.

Permalink 2009-02-22 @ 23:49
Comment from: Out_of_towner [Visitor]
Funny how CNS is telling you to move north when Check_Point_USA a resident in AZ. It looks like legal residents in AZ who doesn't follow the obedience training is advised (possibly forced) to leave the state. Check_Point_USA can speak about things here as he would on National TV while agencies in violation could only keep these topics under the rug. I don't expect to watch an episode of Home Land Security where they show the BP agents 100+ miles away from the border.

Should we expect the videos for Day 12 & 13 on Youtube again?
Permalink 2009-03-01 @ 14:46
Comment from: Syd [Visitor]
Moving North won't help: ICE agents are everywhere, even without checkpoints. It's rude and very indicative of IQ level to tell someone to move to prove their point -
blaming the victim and trying to sweep the problem under the rug.
Terry and I did serve, what turned out not their country, but those who are in charge of it. If it's beyond your comprehension that before "fighting for freedom" on the other side of the Globe should come 1st before fixing your own backyard, too bad- perhaps you should put your life where your mouth is & volunteer to go to AF-Pak- hopefully, there you'll get liberated of- fill in the blank!
Permalink 2009-03-04 @ 16:37
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
"Should we expect the videos for Day 12 & 13 on YouTube again?"
I've re-posted the videos that YouTube removed to LiveLeak instead. Blog entry 12 can be found at:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b92_1231335983

while Blog entry 13 is available at:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a4f_1231383093
Permalink 2009-03-04 @ 22:09
Comment from: Tyranny Response Team [Visitor]

Today is the first day I have visited this site. After reviewing all of the videos, it is my opinion that DHS, and the tribal police are clearly operating in an unconstitutional, unethical, and anti-American manner. We need to oppose this tyranny, and darkness that is descending upon our once great nation. The SS and Gestapo used to justify what they were doing by saying that they were “just doing their job”. I heard that a few times on the videos.

I bet all of the agents, and police have no idea that this country is run by a group of international banks that own majority shares in the private Federal Reserve, and simply buy-off our politicians. Not to mention they own the corporate media who filters out real grass-roots candidates by simply not allowing them into the debates, and not reporting on them. These bankers then make their puppet politicians and bureaucrats adopt policies like DHS RIDICULOUSLY setting-up checkpoints up to 100 miles inland. We are being acclimated to a new global government that will operate like a Nazi or Soviet system to enforce their arbitrary decrees with no checks and balances. To the agent who said "you pay my salary" my answer would be, "true, but I do so against my will." Why don't you really serve your nation by opposing these illegal DHS policies? But you won't. You'll just continue to harass law abiding citizens, and probably eventually haul them off to Auschwitz as “part of your job.”
Permalink 2009-03-10 @ 18:11
Comment from: John [Visitor]
Good work. I'm moving to Washington State soon, where I understand the Migra (aka Border Patrol) is actively violating the right to free movement within the US on the Olympic Peninsula, among other places. I plan to resist this with every tool I can muster, and I appreciate your blogging your experiences. I think I'll be rigging a video camera in my car.

Also, has anyone set up a donation drive to help pay for your legal expenses in this latest violation of your civil rights?
Permalink 2009-03-21 @ 03:03
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
The reason why the tribal police gave you the citation is because the job of the border patrol is to verify citizenship NOT to enforce traffic laws. ex: if you pulled up to a checkpoint and you were suspected to be DUI the would have to contact DPS. They can not enforce ARS violations. Every peace officer in the state of Arizona can write a citation anwhere in the state Except on tribal land unless you carry a BIA card. After reading your whole story i think you are blowing this way out of context. btw i love the way you paint the picture of "armed" agents and "Seizure" Its not like the agents had there AR-15's slung across there shoulders. The agents Duty Pistols were in there holsters.


P.S.Your probably some Super liberal Democrat taking everything out of context.
Permalink 2009-04-07 @ 11:32
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Unfortunately too many of todays new generation of law enforcement officers fail to use intellect but rather defer blindly to the perceived escape "I'm just following orders and doing my job" The sad part for the Border Patrol is that they are caught in the middle with no leadership in Washington and an insurmountable task on the border. That does not excuse them from violating rights guaranteed by the constitution however. They do not have to obey UNLAWFUL ORDERS.

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." PATRICK HENRY
Permalink 2009-04-08 @ 16:14
Comment from: Fromthebeginning [Visitor]
Years ago I worked for an agency that did business at the same location where CheckpointUSA works. Some people might think that he is just "looking for trouble" because otherwise why would he be stopped at checkpoints so often. The truth is that his work location is such that CheckpointUSA must travel through the reservation to get to work and there is only one highway between the city and this work location. This particular highway is constantly under surveillance at least by border patrol. To repond to the UNKNOWN poster who said "They are doing their job, so just let them do it! They don't come into your office to give you a hard time or ask you if you know what you are doing and try to tell you how to do your work..." I will say that back in 2003 I and others at my place of business were contacted by law enforcement wanting to know where Mr. CheckpointUSA worked and some of them tried to put influence on his employer to terminate him. So, yes they were trying to come into his office and tell him how to do his job. Truth is CheckpointUSA is far from "lazy" and does all of this website completely outside of his regular work.
Permalink 2009-04-09 @ 11:21
Comment from: frankenstien [Visitor]
To bad there isnt law against complete non sense and stupidity. Get a real hobby. Help your community
Permalink 2009-04-09 @ 16:56
Comment from: 13ill [Visitor]
Keep up the great work! The last thing we need is a police state inside a great state!Ive been stopped by these over zealous out of control BP at vidal junction in CA with no probable cause unless driving a white van 200 miles from the border is reason to suspect you of smuggleing mexicans! when the agents looked into the van and saw it was empty and the started asking about drugs,money and guns I said thats enough bullshit! why did you pull me over? he said 5 miles back I avoided a stop sign thay were watching! I said yes but if you noticed I pull in the gas station minimart to get something to drink at the same corner but it had just closed so I got back on the Hwy heading home.So he took are IDs and said he was going to run them though the computer but only walked to the back of the van to talk to his buddy in another BP car 200 miles from the border and after 1 min. walked back and gave us our IDs and told us to leave! these guys acted like gestapo assholes wasting our tax dollars and violating our rights way to far from the border! anybody who allows or wants this shit to keep happening in this county because there a brainwashed mindless cow with the clicker on the couch! probly believes the twin towers fell from a couple jets to! Wake up LOOSERS before you end up a prisoner in your own state! thanks for the great service your doing for all Americans! thank god somebody has the balls to stand tall! You have my Blessings
Permalink 2009-04-10 @ 15:01
Comment from: Willoughby [Visitor]
I have been pull over in AZ at 2pm in the afternoon on a clear, sunny day for "having a headlamp out". The officer demanded, since my headlamps were not ON when he pulled me over, that I turn them on for him for an inspection. Up his!!
Permalink 2009-04-17 @ 16:14
Comment from: mirrorboy [Visitor]
The US has become a police state. I can't believe this stuff still happens. Good for you for standing up for what's left of our right. Someone needs to.
Permalink 2010-04-18 @ 20:23

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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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