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.
One of the biggest lessons I learned during my ten year legal battle with tribal police and the federal government regarding an illegal general law enforcement checkpoint encounter from December 20, 2002, was that government agents and police officers will readily lie under oath to obfuscate facts detrimental to their position and make up other facts to support it. What also became clear as I worked my way through the maze of the ‘justice system’ was that too many judges are more than willing to take the word of a police officer or other government agent over that of a non-affiliated member of the public, even when eyewitness testimony & other evidence directly contradicts the testimony of a government agent.
A few days ago, Reason Magazine posted the following blog entry regarding the video appearing above to their site:
Enjoy This Montage of People Refusing to Cooperate with DHS Checkpoints
Seems that someone out there has put together a compilation of their favorite checkpoint refusal videos and one of Checkpoint USA’s videos made the cut. While it’s nice to know my checkpoint videos rank up there, what I’m really excited to see is the increasing number of individuals taking a stand, lawfully exercising their rights and refusing to cooperate with Homeland Security agents seizing them absent suspicion at internal checkpoints no where near the border the agents should be patrolling.
When I first started posting DHS/Border Patrol checkpoint videos back in 2008, I was one of the only ones doing so. Today, I’m merely one of several dozen and couldn’t be happier to have the company. I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll be just one of several hundred followed soon thereafter by the dismantling of this system of DHS checkpoint pockmarks on the face of American liberty.