Archives for: 2014

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]

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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2014-07-27

Permalink 23:48:07, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 57 words   English (EU)

Watch John Stossel's 'Policing America: Security vs. Liberty' Checkpoint Segment

As I blogged about the other day, investigative journalist John Stossel aired a special segment on Fox News this weekend titled:

Policing America: Security vs. Liberty

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

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2014-07-23

Permalink 10:59:32, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 32 words   English (EU)

Justice Court Rules in Favor of Checkpoint USA

More will be posted on this hearing and its outcome when time permits.

For more information about this case and previous cases Checkpoint USA has been involved in, follow the links provided.

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Permalink 08:15:21, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, 86 words   English (EU)

John Stossel Talks About CheckpointsThis Weekend

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.

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2014-07-22

Permalink 22:50:52, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 214 words   English (EU)

Checkpoint USA In The News

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:

Border Patrol checkpoints stir public backlash

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2014-07-13

Permalink 22:07:54, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 634 words   English (EU)

5th Circuirt CBP Checkpoint Lawsuit Appeal Scheduled For Oral Argument

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.

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2014-07-05

Permalink 22:26:46, Categories: Privacy, News, Right to Travel, Checkpoints, Immigration, 1086 words   English (EU)

Checkpoint USA Back In Court On Friday For Honking Horn At Roadblock

[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.

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2014-06-11

Permalink 20:14:34, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Checkpoints, 689 words   English (EU)

Atlanta Resident In Court This Friday Over Bogus Checkpoint Charges

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:

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2014-06-07

Permalink 20:48:48, Categories: News, 44 words   English (EU)

The Winner of the Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest Is...

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:

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2014-05-25

Permalink 01:35:52, Categories: Checkpoints, 93 words   English (EU)

Border Patrol Agent Strikes Journalist During Media Interview

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.

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2014-05-05

Permalink 01:12:46, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, 542 words   English (EU)

USCBP Law Bulletin Indicates Agents Operating Under Color of Law At Roadblocks


[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.

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2014-05-03

Permalink 23:55:14, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 987 words   English (EU)

Border Patrol Agents Harass Monitors Near Arivaca Checkpoint

[Supervising Agent Rosalinda Huey & two of her minions harassing roadblock monitors near Arivaca, AZ in March 2014]

Back in March, I wrote a short blog entry regarding residents of Arivaca and Amado in Southern Arizona who have come together to form People Helping People In The Border Zone. After suffering years of harassment, intimidation and overtly illegal acts by U.S. Border Patrol agents operating several suspicionless internal roadblocks in the area, residents formed the organization in order to seek answers to their questions, research the effectiveness of the roadblocks for their alleged 'lawful' purpose and ultimately to hold the Border Patrol accountable for the actions of its agents.

After two years of letter writing and petitioning got them no where (something I'm quite familiar with), the organization decided to take a more active role and gather the data they were seeking by directly monitoring checkpoint operations themselves. Quite expectantly, the Border Patrol responded by harassing the monitors, illegally threatening them & illegally interfering with their first amendment protected activities.

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2014-05-02

Permalink 22:37:15, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, Immigration, 1236 words   English (EU)

Mom & Kids Terrorized By Knife-Wielding Border Patrol Agent in Southern Arizona

Rampant illegal actions by Border Patrol agents stationed in border states around the country has been the norm for quite some time now. The problem has only grown in recent years as the agency continues to expand at an alarming rate with few, if any, checks and balances. As such, it's good to see the ACLU finally taking an active roll in seeking accountability for such illegal acts at internal checkpoints and by roving patrols.

What never ceases to amaze me however is despite the increased scrutiny of the Border Patrol in general, just how many Border Patrol agents there are who couldn't care less while continuing to violate the law. This of course only serves to show just how arrogant the agency is and unaccountable its agents are.

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2014-04-21

Permalink 03:28:40, Categories: News, 258 words   English (EU)

Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest Is Now Live

For the second year in a row, Checkpoint USA has teamed up with several other liberty-minded organizations to sponsor a video contest designed to increase government accountability through transparency. Transparency that can only come about from increased vigilance and the active monitoring of public officials while engaging in their official duties.

Information about last year's contest can be found here and the winning entry can be found here.

=> Read more!

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2014-04-01

Permalink 23:17:59, Categories: News, Checkpoints, 43 words   English (EU)

An Unbelievable Border Patrol Checkpoint Refusal Video

With a few exceptions like agent Mike Flanders, only on April Fools Day in the alleged Land of the Free can you see how Border Patrol agents should conduct themselves at internal immigration checkpoints (other than not conducting them at all that is)....

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2014-03-08

Permalink 21:45:09, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 535 words   English (EU)

Arizona Residents Grow Tired Of Checkpoint Abuse

Looks like I'm not the only Arizonan fed up with armed Border Patrol agents seizing folks absent suspicion along public roads inside the country to interrogate, search and generally harass them absent individualized suspicion of wrongdoing.

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2014-03-05

Permalink 23:51:31, Categories: News, Homeland Security?, Checkpoints, Immigration, 283 words   English (EU)

Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out Against Unlawful Checkpoint Operations

Showing both courage and integrity, the video above depicts an active duty Border Patrol agent speaking out against the unlawful actions of fellow agents at so-called internal immigration checkpoints in Southern California.

Mike Flanders went public with his allegations of Border Patrol misconduct at internal checkpoints after his attempts at redress within CBP (Customs and Border Protection) were rebuffed. Not only were his concerns marginalized by his chain of command but his duties at the Interstate-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley were suspended and he was reassigned to roving patrol while an internal investigation and other adversarial actions were initiated against him.

In other words, Agent Flanders was retaliated against for daring to question the illegal actions of the agency. Something Customs & Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security are obviously quite good at - retaliation that is as opposed to Border Protection or Homeland Security.

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2014-01-20

Permalink 19:36:21, Categories: Privacy, News, Homeland Security?, 351 words   English (EU)

CBP Agents Raid Home & Seize Evidence of Their Own Malfeasance

Not content to harass domestic traffic absent individualized suspicion of wrongdoing at roadblocks inside the country, Border Patrol agents are now storming private homes to seize video evidence of their own wrongdoing.

The folks over at Photography Is Not a Crime bring us a story about seven Border Patrol agents who hunted down a man in Escondido, California who had taken video of an agent and an undercover police officer beating a suspect laying on the ground. After discovering where the videographer lived, the agents stormed & searched his house hours after the incident without a warrant. They then seized his cell phone, also without a warrant, containing video of the incident. See:

Seven Border Patrol Agents Storm into Man’s Home After Midnight Seeking Footage of Abusive Agent

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2014-01-18

Permalink 10:07:25, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Checkpoints, 6311 words   English (EU)

ACLU Requests Probe Into Southern Arizona USCBP Checkpoints

On January 15, 2014, the ACLU of Southern Arizona filed formal complaints with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and Office For Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding CBP's conduct of internal checkpoints in Southern Arizona. In the complaint, the ACLU details a dozen incidents of gross Border Patrol abuse at these checkpoints over the past fifteen months or so.

Having experienced first hand the harassment of Border Patrol agents at these types of checkpoints over the past six years, none of the abuses highlighted came as a surprise to me. Indeed, several themes appear to be repeated over and over again. First, many of the incidents described by the ACLU are ones where Border Patrol agents never even bother to ask the vehicle occupants their immigration status even though immigration is the sole 'legitimate' purpose of the roadblocks. Second, the number of false or falsified drug dog alerts described in the complaint should be eye opening. Third, many of the Border Patrol agents described in the complaint are equal opportunity abusers. It doesn't matter to them if the person they're abusing is male or female, six years old or seventy seven. Everyone daring to use the public roads these federal roadblocks have been setup along are fair game. Everyone is a target.

My thanks go out to the ACLU for helping to shed additional light on the true nature of these federal roadblocks and the so-called public servants who operate them.

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Roadblock Revelations

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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