I recently came across an interesting discussion on flyertalk.com regarding a permanent Border Patrol checkpoint located on I-10 in West Texas. Seems that the Border Patrol was going out of its way to harass car drivers with extensive questioning and drug sniffing dogs while just waving commercial truck drivers through without any questioning whatsoever.
Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to me that commercial trucks are physically capable of transporting quite a bit more illicit traffic than a personal car. In fact, the last time I checked several personal cars can easily fit into the space occupied by a single commercial truck.
Continue reading I-10 Checkpoint Dog & Pony Show
[Sources: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General | Graphic: The Washington Post]
Over the past week or so, several articles regarding skyrocketing corruption within Customs and Border Protection ranks have been published in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
CBP corruption (formerly U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs) has been an ongoing trend I’ve been watching for the better part of the last decade so it’s good to see main stream media outlets starting to cover this issue in greater depth as well.
Continue reading More Reports of Widespread Border Patrol Corruption
14 Sep 2010 UPDATE: Here's an email update I recently received from Mr. Williams regarding his case:
In court yesterday the city of Atlanta dropped the disorderly conduct charge and bound the driving without a license charge over to state court. I will now be able to present my case before a jury. Time to work on the jury nullification thing
A few days ago, I received the email appearing below from Joe Williams in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe will be defending himself in court against malicious charges stemming from the exercise of his rights while being stopped, detained and questioned at a suspicionless sobriety checkpoint in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year.
Continue reading Atlanta Sobriety Checkpoint Claims Another Victim of Police Authoritarianism
Two recent articles appearing in the New York Times highlight the burgeoning American police state compliments of the Department of Homeland Security.
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.
Continue reading Harassment of Domestic Travelers Continues Expanding to the North