Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How Far Will You Allow The Government To Probe You?

By Dave Dargo

I remember when I was six or seven years old and was allowed to take my first solo bicycle ride to the store. Before I left, my father pulled me aside and cautioned me not to answer any questions from the police. I spent the rest of the day trying to figure out why I wouldn't answer any questions. It's not as if I had anything to hide.

But as I grew up the subject became more and more interesting to me and I still find interest in reading news stories about people who should have heard and headed my father's advice.

These days, though, it's not just about remaining silent. There are more and more stories about government authorities out and out lying in order to perform what would otherwise be illegal searches. There are more stories about the government using bribes, coercion and force to get people to do things they wouldn't rationally do - if they were to take a moment and think rationally about what was happening.

I saw some stories yesterday that made my blood boil - just as much about what the government was doing but also about what citizens were accepting as government intrusion into their daily lives.
"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."
The right against unreasonable search and seizure would exist without the 4th amendment. The 4th amendment is merely a reminder to the government that they are not permitted to violate that right.

This all started with an article out of Fort Worth, Texas about drivers being stopped at a police roadblock in order to gather samples of breath, saliva and blood.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is spending about $8 million over three years on a survey to find out how many people are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They claim the survey is completely voluntary.

If you read this story, however, you will find that police officers had set up a roadblock and forced all drivers off the road and into a parking lot where they could "volunteer" their bodily fluid.

Let's start with a simple fact: It is a seizure when the police stop you. If the police stop you for any reason they have seized you. When the police stopped people in Forth Worth they were seizing them.

Once directed into the parking lot the drivers were offered $10 for a DNA collection via cheek swab and $50 for a blood sample.

I couldn't believe what I was reading. I couldn't believe that police officers were seizing people and asking them to "volunteer" to participate in the study and I couldn't believe that people were "voluntarily" giving their bodily fluids over to the government.

I was curious about the study and searched for "nhtsa dna survey" and found articles about the same types of stops occurring in Alabama. It turns out that NHTSA is asking people to volunteer in 30 cities across the country.

The search, unfortunately, didn't end with just those stories. I found the story of David Eckert in Deming, New Mexico.

Mr. Eckert was driving through Deming and rolled through a stop sign. Before the night was over he was subjected to two X-rays, two digital probes of his anus, three enemas and a colonoscopy. The first doctor approached to perform these exams refused to do so because they would be unethical. The police simply started doctor shopping until they could find a willing medical practitioner.

The police didn't discover any drugs on Mr. Eckert. Mr. Eckert was forced to undergo the anal probes based on the following police justification to a judge in seeking a warrant:

  • Mr. Eckert's hands were shaking and he avoided eye contact during a traffic stop
  • Mr. Eckert refused to consent to a search of his person
  • Mr. Eckert stood erect with his legs together (clutching his buttocks)
  • A drug dog "alerted" to his car seat
  • An un-named police officer claimed that Mr. Eckert had previously hidden drugs in his anus
Mr. Eckert was later billed $6,000 for the "medical procedures" he was forced to undergo.

How much more of this are we willing to take?

We have a duty, individually and collectively, to throw out politicians who support our oppression. We have a duty to refuse to "volunteer" to be suppressed and we have a duty to expose the corruption of power that runs amok within our government.

1 comment:

  1. Will read this article on my radio show today. Good work.

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