Transparency Not A Priority In The Department of Homeland Security

FOIANOT2Approximately two months after the Department of Homeland Security setup a suspicionless internal checkpoint near mile post 146 along State Route 86 in Southern Arizona, I submitted a FOIA or Freedom of Information Act request to U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Washington, D.C. office. The specific information I’m seeking includes:

  • A copy of the Border Patrol’s field manual for operating internal suspicionless checkpoints
  • A copy of the Border Patrol study used to justify establishing a checkpoint along SR86 in Southern Arizona near mile marker 146
  • A copy of checkpoint summary reports regarding seizures at the checkpoint since its inception in early 2008
  • A copy of “Immigration Law”, a DOJ publication related to immigration case law

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Give Them An Inch and They’ll Take 100 Miles

bpseizureOver the past several months, I’ve been criticized by many who prefer the mere illusion of security over essential liberty.

Specifically, my alleged failure to cooperate with the suspicionless seizure of my person and effects at internal Homeland Security checkpoints has infuriated and befuddled those who believe in the omnipotent power of the state and that, by definition, federal agents can do no wrong.

Several who have criticized these videotaped encounters have erroneously stated that if I just cooperated in the violation of my rights by armed federal agents who claim to be protecting me, I’d be on my way in a matter of seconds instead of receiving extra special ‘protection’ for a prolonged period of time.

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