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]
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.
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
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.
John Stossel has a followup opinion piece on Fox News related to his recent show, Policing America: Security Vs Liberty. The article is titled:
and is a good overview on the subject of what's wrong with internal Border Patrol roadblocks.
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.
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.
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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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