They rightfully point out that the latest outrage from TSA, as exemplified by this incident, is only the most recent in a long list of outrages. They also point out that while a full-body naked-scan National Opt-Out day is a good start, for real change to take place much more needs to be done.
Time to put the TSA on the no-fly list.
Checkout the links provided above for more information regarding the project along with invaluable information on additional actions you can take to reclaim the skies from the groping hands of bureaucratic busy-bodies.
If you want to reclaim your right to travel unmolested by government goons inside your own country, remember that:
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
- Frederick Douglass
I opted-out years ago when it became obvious the TSA was out of control. Now that even the main-stream media can't ignore this fact any longer, I'm looking forward to the company.
Just when you thought the arrogance, callousness and depravity of the TSA couldn't get any worse, the agency manages to sink to another all-time low.
As reported in the main-stream media, several news stories show that even recent cancer survivors aren't safe from the groping hands of clueless agents. In fact, due to their medical conditions, such individuals are more likely than members of the general public to be flagged for extra-special TSA attention.
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” - Fredrick Douglass
And so it begins. Early in the morning on November 13, 2010 at San Diego International Airport, John Tyner peacefully, respectfully and intelligently exercised his right not to be virtually strip searched nor sexually groped by TSA agents as a condition of travel on a common carrier within the boundaries of the United States.
Paul Karl Lukacs is an attorney who travels the world practicing law. In and of itself, this wouldn't be all that newsworthy for the pages of Roadblock Revelations but Mr. Lukacs is definitely an exception. What makes him an exception is his documented encounters with Customs & Border Protection agents while re-entering the United States from abroad.
During these encounters, Mr. Lukacs practices his right to remain silent. His signature statement in defense of this practice appears to be:
“I’m not going to be interrogated as a pre-condition of re-entering my own country”
In late September of this year, a California college student and a friend decided to go on a road trip to California's picturesque Anza-Borrego State Park. Little did they know before leaving on their trip that they would be subjected to arbitrary stops, seizures, interrogations and indefinite detentions under threat of lethal force from armed men whose primary job was to protect their rights, not violate them.
The highwaymen who seized them so during their travels wore the green uniform of federal Border Patrol agents even though the only border the students had crossed was that of the state park itself. A state park whose borders are located completely within the boundaries of the United States and North of a major interstate highway to boot:
It seems that the Border Patrol has as much difficulty finding the Northern border as its Southern counterpart, choosing instead to harass domestic Amtrak train passengers traveling between Chicago and New York City with nary a stop near anything resembling an international border.
For those of you who still think it's easier to roll over & just answer their questions than exercise your fundamental rights while being detained & interrogated by armed Border Patrol agents at suspicionless checkpoints inside the country, the letter to the editor reprinted from Freedom's Phoenix below shows the fallacy of this reasoning:
As reported on this blog several months ago, all charges against Steven Anderson were initially dismissed with prejudice in Ajo Justice court in December 2009. The story however did not end there.
During court proceedings in 2009, it became obvious a Border Patrol agent lied to Anderson's attorney(s) regarding the existence of checkpoint guidelines:
Update: 17FEB2011 - YouTube has once again removed the video for unknown reasons. Most likely because Border Patrol agents don't like being held accountable in a public forum. We'll see what we can do to remedy that situation...
Update: 17DEC2010 - Looks like the video has been reposted. I've updated the embedded link accordingly.
[Update: 25OCT2010 - Looks like Youtube & the Border Patrol are busy censoring videos again. The videographer reported Youtube banned the video depicted in this blog entry without explanation. A similar incident occurred to 3 of my videos a while back. See here for details.]
The checkpoint depicted in the video above is the interim checkpoint located near kilometer post 45 on I-19 in Southern Arizona and championed by Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona's 8th District. Like so many other Border Patrol checkpoint encounters, the video above documents harassment of the traveling public by agents who take advantage of their limited authority in an attempt to intimidate individuals into waiving their fundamental rights.
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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