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CHECKPOINTS

​Sobriety, or DUI and driver license checkpoints, are the most common checkpoints you will encounter. These are warrantless stops, having no right to search unless probable cause has been established. The intent of these stops is to extort the public by issuing citations with heavy fines, stealing property without due process, and later hock your vehicle to fund their police interests. These checkpoints, 99% of the time, are illegally set up, meaning they do not comply with all eight criteria ordered by the Supreme Court to

DUI / DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINTS

There are generally four types of checkpoints. Each checkpoint has its own set of legalities, so you should be prepared to respond depending on the type of checkpoint you encounter. Although all U.S. territory checkpoints are a violation of your Fourth Amendment right to travel unmolested from state to state, you are only required to stop briefly and your Constitutional rights still apply. The officers can ask you whatever question(s) they want, but you are not required to, nor should you answer any of them. You are required to verbally identify yourself to law enforcement ONLY if you are under arrest, or being detained due to suspicion that you have or are about to commit a crime, AND after being given valid probable cause. Valid probable cause is without prejudice, and is NOT based on a bogus, arbitrary, left field excuse or a hunch. Example: "It's midnight and you are walking on the sidewalk in this part of town" is not probable cause. Is it illegal to walk on this sidewalk at midnight? "I'm just doing my job" and "keeping the streets safe" do not give an officer a reason to question or search you. Your response to those invalid excuses should be, "Am I being detained?" and if so, "what gives you a reason to suspect me?" Keep asking these questions until you get an answer. If you aren't doing anything questionable, then they won't have an answer for you, and you have the right to be free from unnecessary harassment from anyone. THAT IS WHAT FREEDOM IS.

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NOT ALL CHECKPOINTS ARE CREATED EQUAL

It is our responsibility to know our rights and exercise them in order to preserve our freedom. Rights not exercised are rights we don't have, and in turn we welcome a police state. Anytime you are stopped or questioned by law enforcement, you may exercise your Fifth Amendment, and you must state, "I don't answer questions". Print and keep these cards with you to invoke your rights when approached by police without feeling anxious or pressured. 

​You are only required to provide driver license, registration, and insurance if you are pulled over WITH probable cause while operating a motor vehicle. You may also use these cards for such instances to invoke your rights.

PROCEDURE


DESCRIPTION

OPTIONS


THE "SPOT" INTERVIEW

SPOT, or "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, is a process whereby selected passengers  are questioned based on particular behavioral cues. Officers monitoring traveler behaviors ask questions such as your destination, or if this is a business or pleasure trip. Mannerisms are opinions, speculation, and prejudiced. not probable cause. If you are not suspected of wrongdoing, you should not have to answer questions from the government about your personal business.
You can decline to answer questions or reply to each question politely with the simple words, “personal business.” However, if the TSA officer does not feel that you are answering his or her questions, they may select you for secondary screening.

BODY SCANNERS

Many airports now require passengers to go through a body scanner that uses advanced imaging technology. The scanners use "backscatter x-ray" or "millimeter wave" radiation to see through your clothes and create an electronic image of your naked body. TSA says they won't use the body scanner feature that stores and transmits images captured images, yet this function is required in every  scanner purchased for airports. The images of the body are extremely invasive, including breasts, buttocks, and genitalia. Images are viewed by a TSA agent in another room. New software is being installed in some of these scanners that only allow agents to see an outline of the body with potential “anomalies” highlighted. This is a definite improvement in privacy. The machine will, however, still highlight some medical conditions or other bodily “anomalies,” leading to pat-downs. Health concerns about the radiation have been raised concerning radiation emitted by the backscatter x-ray machines.
Ask not to go through this scanner You can tell the TSA agent that you do not wish to go through the scanner. TSA agents are required under TSA policy to honor your request, but might try to encourage or pressure you to go through anyway. To be as clear as possible, say, "I opt out." However, you should know that if you opt out, you will be subject to a pat down that many people find as or more troubling than the body scanner. You also have the right to opt your children out of the scan.

THE "STANDARD PAT-DOWN"

The TSA "standard pat-down procedure" is now more invasive than the pat-down search that you may have previously experienced. An agent of the same sex examines your head, shirt collar, waistband, and may use the front or back of the hand to feel your body including your breasts, buttocks, in between your legs to the top of your thigh. Women in tight skirts that don't allow an agent to feel the thigh area may be asked into a private room to remove the skirt and given a gown to preform the inspection.
Inform TSA of sensitive areas,injuries, or conditions that could cause you pain if certain parts of your body are touched or pressed, as well as any medical devices that could be dislodged by a search, or any other reason that TSA agents should be careful when touching your body. You may request a private room for the pat-down, but it is advisable that you bring a witness.

THE "RESOLUTION PAT-DOWN"

If an "abnormality" is detected during the pat-down or by the scanner, you will be subject to a "resolution pat-down". TSA agents will take you to a private area for a more intense pat-down, which includes using the front of the agent's hands for a more thorough search, including the groin area.
This search is performed in a private room by a person of the same gender. It is advisable to bring a witness with you, or ask TSA to provide a witness for you.

SEARCHES OF BAGS, LAPTOPS, AND ELECTRONICS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims the right to search and confiscate laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, and other electronic devices upon entry to the United States, without any suspicion of wrongdoing. In some reported cases, CBP has held travelers' electronics for more than a year.
You have the right to have the initial search conducted in front of a supervisor. If your electronics are confiscated, ask for a receipt so you can track where they are and seek their return.

 

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

While you may opt your children out of an airport scan, there is no exemption for children from the pat-down search. TSA says it must “screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies).” However, in September 2011, TSA announced that it will no longer require children to remove their shoes before they go through airport scanners.


BORDER INTERROGATIONS

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have the authority to ask your immigration status when you are entering or returning to the United States or leaving the country. They have the power to determine whether or not non-U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have the right of entry. Law enforcement officials reportedly ask some people about their political and religious beliefs, where they worship, and how often they pray.
If you think you are being asked inappropriate questions, you may decline to answer. This may cause you delay, but it is permissible. Request a supervisor. You should also ask for a supervisor if you are denied the right to use a restroom or to have family or friends told where you are. If you are delayed excessively, you should ask to have an attorney present and to make a phone call.

THE "SPOT" INTERVIEW

8 CRITERIA OF A "LAWFUL" CHECKPOINT

1. Supervising Officer. As stated above, law enforcement must abide by strict requirements in conducting a sobriety checkpoint. One of the requirements is that the "when" and "where" must be decided by a supervising officer, and not a "field officer". The supervising officer must also, in advance, decide what neutral formula will be used to decide whom to stop, i.e., every other car, third car, fifth car, etc.

Location Requirements. Four different requirements determine the adequacy of a location.
2. Safety: well lit, provide warning signals.

3. Traffic volume: no risk of danger (405 fwy not ideal).


4. Police officers: must be present in official uniform to legitimize the checkpoint.


5. High DUI activity: since the stated purpose of checkpoints is to deter drunk drivers, not arrest them.

deem them "lawful". This is trickery by the hoodlum cops to ensnare the public with their "brief" stop, just enough to create a probable cause. It gives police a chance to check tags, licenses, and get a glance of any valuables you have in plain sight while giving them the opportunity to scientifically deduce if you used mouthwash or vodka in your oral hygiene routine today, thereby finding probable cause. They can ask you anything they want to, but you do not have to answer any of them, nor consent to searches. If you are suspected of intoxication, you are required to take either the Field Sobriety Test or a blood test. Never take the FST!! Opt for the blood test. And of course, you should be recording this entire interaction.

When you roll down your window, you are entering a contract with the officer, which then gives these road pirates opportunity to create probable cause to steal your property and cost you thousands in fines and legal fees, time, and headache. You only have to roll down your window just enough for both parties to hear each other. If you print these liberty cards and hold them up to your window with your driver license, there is no need to hear anything since you will not be answering any questions. Alternatively, you could roll your window down just enough to slip the card through and back up to hold the card in place for the officer to take. This is an attempt to protect you when you have already been illegally lured into a checkpoint and so they can't say they allege that they smell alcohol or other narcotic. This type of police state extortion continues to exist because people comply and it generates city revenue to pay the salaries of these oath violators getting paid O.T. to financially compromise you. Could you imagine if everyone exercised their rights like this?
You may also file a complaint with the Civil Rights Office of the Department of Homeland Security if you have been held for a long time, asked inappropriate questions, or treated inhumanely.

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects Americans from random and stops and searches without suspicionAccording to the government, however, these basic constitutional principles do not apply fully at our borders. For example, at border crossings, or "ports of entry", federal authorities do not need a warrant or even suspicion of wrongdoing to conduct what courts have called a "routine search," including searching luggage or a vehicle. 

Not enough are aware that U.S. border patrol checkpoints are not only located at these ports of entry, but extend the entire perimeter of our outside borders and 100 miles into U.S. territory. These questionable interior enforcement operations affect approximately two-thirds of the American population. However, our constitutional protections do apply. Border patrol officers either routinely ignore or are ignorant of the limits of their legal authority in the course of individual stops, resulting in violations of the constitutional rights of innocent people.  

Checkpoints cannot be primarily used for drug-search or general law enforcement efforts. In practice, however, Border Patrol agents often do not limit themselves to brief immigration inquiries and regularly conduct criminal investigations and illegal searches at checkpoints. The Border Patrol also frequently pulls over motorists in field patrol stops, often without any suspicion that an immigration violation has occurred. Federal border agents are stopping, interrogating, and searching Americans on an everyday basis with absolutely no suspicion of wrongdoing, and often in ways that our Constitution does not permit.

These deficiencies are a combination of inadequate training, a lack of oversight by CBP and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the consistent failure of CBP to hold officers accountable for abuse. If you should encounter one of these checkpoints, be aware that you are not required to answer the officer’s questions, not even “Are you a United States citizen?”. Nor are you required to consent to any searches. Again, this is why it is important to know your rights to protect yourself from illegal searches and other Nazi-esque tactics, otherwise border patrol will trample all over your civil liberties

U.S. BORDER CHECKPOINTS

DRUG WAR CHECKPOINTS

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once summed up the drug war by reminding his fellow justices that "there is no drug exception to the Constitution."

True to form, with no regard for the law, the police post fake signs warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints. The checkpoint is a trap to extort people who discard contraband out the window or make illegal u-turns to avoid the checkpoint. If you see a sign saying “Drug Checkpoint Ahead”, just keep driving and don’t panic. If the is a rest area following the sign, DO NOT pull into it. If you do, you’ll find yourself surrounded by drug-sniffing dogs. Police departments, especially in the Mid-west, have been pushing their luck with this tactic, so if you encounter anything resembling an actual drug checkpoint, please contact that state’s ACLU Chapter. Similarly, if you’re arrested as a result of a real or fake “drug checkpoint”, you must contact an attorney to explore your legal options.

"AT THE BORDER" CHECKPOINTS


At the border checkpoints, you SHOULD present your papers proving your citizenship and be on your way. Be aware that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents which are part of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) — are permitted to search you and your belongings at the U.S. border without probable cause or a search warrant. So anytime you cross the border, you consent to a search. CBP may generally stop and search the property of anyone entering or exiting the U.S. If agents have reasonable suspicion to believe you’re concealing contraband, they may search your body using pat-down, strip, body cavity, or involuntary x-ray searches. This is where any scrutiny of citizenship should take place. Searching of American citizens without probable cause is unconstitutional. Once citizens enter the United States Border, we are free to travel unmolested. Therefore, any impediment without articulable cause while traveling within the 50 states, even checkpoints within the 100 mile "border zone", is the responsibility of every citizen to know their rights and exercise them.
In 2000, the Supreme Court has ruled that random checkpoints for the purpose of finding illegal drugs are unconstitutional

"Held: Because the checkpoint program’s primary purpose is indistinguishable from the general interest in crime control, the checkpoints violate the Fourth Amendment"

​​- U.S Supreme Court, City of Indianapolis v. Edmund 

When brave citizens actively exercise their rights, it exposes the techniques DHS agents and police in general, use to trick and intimidate the public into compliance. Lack of responsibility taken by the People is the reason that we are losing our freedoms to a police state.

WHY WOULDN'T YOU JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION AND GET IT OVER WITH?


The expansion of government power both at and near the border is part of a trend toward expanding police and national security powers without regard to the effect of such expansion on our most fundamental and treasured Constitutional rights. The federal government's dragnet approach to law enforcement and national security is one that is increasingly turning us all into suspects. If Americans do not continue to challenge the expansion of federal power over the individual, we risk forfeiting the fundamental rights and freedoms that we inherited, beginning with the right to simply go about our business free from government interference, harassment and abuse.

U.S. BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINTS WITHIN 100 MILE ZONE

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6. Requirements: Length and Nature of Detention. Law enforcement is permitted to briefly detain you looking for signs of intoxication, such as odor of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, or open containers.

7. Requirements: Advance Publicity. Advance publicity is necessary to reduce the intrusiveness of the checkpoint and increase its deterrent effect.

**8. Requirement: Drivers Must Have an Opportunity to Leave if They Do Not Wish to Stop. This may come as a complete surprise to you, but you actually have the right NOT to participate in a sobriety checkpoint. In fact, you may not be stopped and detained merely because you attempted to avoid the checkpoint. This is why it is also required that law enforcement post signs warning you that a checkpoint lies ahead. However, if you commit a vehicle code violation or display obvious signs of intoxication, there is adequate probable cause to pull you over. In other words, avoid the checkpoint if you can do it without committing a V.C. violation.

What should you do if there is NO warning sign, NO opportunity to leave, and NO discernable, neutral method of determining what car was stopped? If you do find yourself at a checkpoint that you do not want to be a part of, you may have no choice, you may be questioned, and you may even be pulled aside for further investigation, but remember, you have the right to be silent and the right NOT to incriminate yourself. Field sobriety tests are tools used to incriminate you; do not participate. If you are arrested, don't throw in the towel yet. Contact an attorney immediately! Remember, in order for a checkpoint to "checkout", all eight requirements listed above must be met. If law enforcement did not strictly follow the proper procedures, including the opportunity to opt out, your case could potentially be dismissed!


Most of these videos demonstrate that you do not have to furnish ID at a DUI checkpoint. The written rules on this page err on the side of caution, but the applied cases here prove to be more lenient. As always, consult an attorney for specific state laws and personal circumstances.

​IN THE NAME OF SAFETY


The government preys on the People using fear to gain control and dependence over those who are entrusted, like a child trusts a parent. The truth is, the U.S. Corporation does not give a rat's ass about the People. The spread of border-related powers inland is inseparable from the broader expansion of government intrusion in the lives of ordinary Americans. For example, CBP claims the authority to search, without cause, travelers' cell phones and laptops, which are particularly invasive as a

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result of the wealth of personal information stored on such devices. These practices also coincide with the spread of numerous border technologies, including watch list and database systems like the Automated Targeting System traveler risk assessment program, advanced identification and tracking systems including electronic passports, and intrusive technological schemes such as the "virtual border fence" and unmanned aerial vehicles, or "drones".  With many of these technologies in the hands of private companies, there are powerful financial incentives for the continued "militarization" of the border zone.
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