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.
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.
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:
On Monday July 1, 2013, I'll be back in Pima County Justice Court defending myself against a bogus traffic citation issued on March 29, 2013 at the SR-86 Milepost 146.6 CBP roadblock. The citation was issued by Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat, badge #6312, at the beheadst of CBP Agent J Grayson for allegedly stopping unnecessarily in the highway, a violation of ARS 28-871A. This despite the fact, I was stopped in accordance with two stop signs placed in the highway and by CBP agents who ordered me to stop.
One of the advantages of video recording your compelled encounters with Border Patrol agents at internal suspicionless checkpoints no where near the border they're supposed to be patrolling is the history the videos reveal & the searchable database they create.
With nearly 600,000 views in less than two weeks, it seems that the video I blogged about last week, which contains nine video clips of folks across the Southwest failing to assist Border Patrol agents with their suspicionless seizure & interrogation at interior Homeland Security checkpoints, has definitely gone viral.
Over the past several years, Roadblock Revelations has published several articles regarding illegal enforcement action by roving patrols manned by armed Border Patrol agents operating no where near an international border. Some of these articles involved me directly - see:
While others did not:
Some have even involved Border Patrol agents or their family members as victims of other overzealous agents conducting illegal roving patrol operations:
Given so many examples of routine lawbreaking by Border Patrol agents not patrolling the border they're paid to patrol, it was good to finally see some organizations dedicated to fighting unconstitutional government activity finally taking notice earlier this year.
Not content doing its job assessing & improving existing security measures at federal facilities around the country, the Federal Protective Service recently decided to make its presence known to the general public in a very in-your-face sort of way.
In conjunction with the Tohono O'odham Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency recently installed a camera surveillance system along the West bound lane of traffic near mile marker 146 on SR86 in Southern Arizona. The location is just West of the Border Patrol checkpoint I've highlighted extensively on this blog.
For those of you who've been following this blog for a while, you may remember a story I posted in March of last year involving a military field grade officer at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Uvalde, TX. That initial report was followed up with another post several months later containing additional video footage and commentary regarding the incident.
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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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