John Stossel’s ‘Policing America’ Followup Article

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John Stossel has a followup opinion piece on Fox News related to his recent show, Policing America: Security Vs Liberty. The article is titled:

Border Patrol can’t control Southern border but can still harass American citizens

It’s a good overview on the subject of what’s wrong with internal Border Patrol roadblocks.

Watch John Stossel’s ‘Policing America: Security vs. Liberty’ Checkpoint Segment

As I blogged about the other day, investigative journalist John Stossel aired a special segment on Fox News this weekend titled:

Policing America: Security vs. Liberty
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

John Stossel Talks About Checkpoints This Weekend

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.

Checkpoint USA In The News

Since early June, Checkpoint USA has been referred to in two mainstream media news articles. The first article, written by Bob Ortega with the Arizona Republic, was picked up by several national newspapers such as USA Today as well. The article is available online at:

Border Patrol checkpoints stir public backlash
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Atlanta Resident In Court This Friday Over Bogus Checkpoint Charges

Joe Williams, an Atlanta, Georgia resident I’ve written about before, will be in court this Friday the 13th regarding an illegal arrest and several bogus charges stemming from an encounter at a so-called dui checkpoint in Atlanta, Georgia on January 13th, 2014.

The videos appearing below contain part of the audio footage from the encounter where the cops try to justify the checkpoint on grounds that it deters crime in the area. This despite the fact that general crime control checkpoints have been ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Indianapolis V Edmond. Further, after the cops allow Joe to go on his way without charging him at the end of the checkpoint encounter, they track him down several hours later and arrest him on trumped up charges making it clear the unlawful arrest and harassment was premeditated:

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The Winner of the Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest Is…

This year’s Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest is now complete and the winner is Jace and Stacy Pomales from Marion County Florida with the following video:

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Border Patrol Agent Strikes Journalist During Media Interview

After pledging his allegiance to the United States flag, a Border Patrol agent approaches a news crew with Photography Is Not A Crime that was conducting an interview with a Miami Beach police officer during A Memorial Day event and purposefully strikes the videographer as he walks by.

Kinda says it all about the mentality and quality of the average agent in the Border Patrol these days. If anybody out there can identify the name of the agent who committed this act of battery, feel free to share it here and with PINAC.

Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest Is Now Live

For the second year in a row, Checkpoint USA has teamed up with several other liberty-minded organizations to sponsor a video contest designed to increase government accountability through transparency. Transparency that can only come about from increased vigilance and the active monitoring of public officials while engaging in their official duties.

Information about last year’s contest can be found here and the winning entry can be found here.

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CBP Agents Raid Home & Seize Evidence of Their Own Malfeasance

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Not content to harass domestic traffic absent individualized suspicion of wrongdoing at roadblocks inside the country, Border Patrol agents are now storming private homes to seize video evidence of their own wrongdoing.

The folks over at Photography Is Not a Crime bring us a story about seven Border Patrol agents who hunted down a man in Escondido, California who had taken video of an agent and an undercover police officer beating a suspect laying on the ground. After discovering where the videographer lived, the agents stormed & searched his house hours after the incident without a warrant. They then seized his cell phone, also without a warrant, containing video of the incident. See:

Seven Border Patrol Agents Storm into Man’s Home After Midnight Seeking Footage of Abusive Agent

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ACLU Requests Probe Into Southern Arizona USCBP Checkpoints

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On January 15, 2014, the ACLU of Southern Arizona filed formal complaints with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and Office For Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding CBP’s conduct of internal checkpoints in Southern Arizona. In the complaint, the ACLU details a dozen incidents of gross Border Patrol abuse at these checkpoints over the past fifteen months or so.

Having experienced first hand the harassment of Border Patrol agents at these types of checkpoints over the past six years, none of the abuses highlighted came as a surprise to me. Indeed, several themes appear to be repeated over and over again. First, many of the incidents described by the ACLU are ones where Border Patrol agents never even bother to ask the vehicle occupants their immigration status even though immigration is the sole ‘legitimate’ purpose of the roadblocks. Second, the number of false or falsified drug dog alerts described in the complaint should be eye opening. Third, many of the Border Patrol agents described in the complaint are equal opportunity abusers. It doesn’t matter to them if the person they’re abusing is male or female, six years old or seventy seven. Everyone daring to use the public roads these federal roadblocks have been setup along are fair game. Everyone is a target.

My thanks go out to the ACLU for helping to shed additional light on the true nature of these federal roadblocks and the so-called public servants who operate them.

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