Thursday, October 23, 2008


coming to a town near you- checkpoints in america. i have searched vainly for the news story that my mother saw in the earlier part of the week- so i don't have a link- but apparently, america, canada, and mexico are coordinating efforts to do random 'safe driving' stops throughout north america. perhaps it's because of the nafta highway.

"The government is turning vast swaths of our country into a "Constitution-Free Zone" in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is allowed to exercise extraordinary authority that would not normally be permitted under the Constitution. The government says that "the border" — where there is a longstanding view that the Constitution does not fully apply — actually stretches 100 miles inland from the nation’s "external boundary." And increasingly, we are seeing DHS vigorously utilize that authority."

oh- and this gem from the hill:

"Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence."

1 comment:

Dave Dubya said...

Just Say No

Applicable only with honest cops.

Checkpoint Q & A:

The Question: If You Don't Have Anything To Hide, Why Should You Object?

The Answers:

Because anything I say can and will be used against me in a court of law, officer.

If I don't have anything to hide, you don't have any right to look (or ask, etc.) without a warrant.

I do not consent to any searches.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (Fourth Amendment).

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. (Fifth Amendment).

Am I being detained?

Am I free to go?