It is a sad day to have to report on the Border Patrol attacking a citizen of this country for no apparent reason other than that citizen stood upon their Constitutional right to withstand unjust search and seizure protocols. A very sad day to be sure. I have often defended the Border Patrol, but I cannot do so this time. It saddens me more than I can tell you to see this has happened. Here is the story:
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Tempe pastor: Border Patrol beat him at checkpoint
TEMPE, AZ– An investigation has been opened by The Arizona Department of Public Safety to see if officers acted properly during a controversial border stop from Tuesday.
With large red marks across his forehead, he said he refused to answer a Border Patrol agent’s questions when stopped.
Agents then called in the Department of Public Safety to arrest him.
He said officers broke the windows, deployed a stun gun on him several times, and then smashed his head into the broken glass.
He was subsequently arrested.
At his Tempe home, he showed off several pieces of bloodstained clothing and several marks from stun gun prongs on his stomach and arm.
He admits to refusing to answer the Border Patrol agent’s questions and his reason is simple.
He argues that our forefathers who drafted the Constitution wrote the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment in order to protect us from becoming a “totalitarian government”.
I believe the Border Patrol explanation is a fake and it saddens me greatly to hear them use a *dog alerting* as their excuse. Watch the video, it clearly states that the Border Patrol refused to bring the dog back to the vehicle to show the victim how it alerted the Border agents to his vehicle.
It seems we need to get the Border Patrol agents to join the Oath Keepers. If you haven’t visited the Oath Keepers site, please do so and support them.
Fourth Amendment – Search and Seizure
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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.
While I know it is true that some clergy hide, aide, and abet criminal illegals, the Border Patrol would have to have had more cause than what they have shown so far. I think an investigation would be a wonderful idea, if it is done right, and if we can trust them to police themselves.
What was the Border Patrol doing on I-8? Why did they have a checkpoint there? Check out the map HERE: You can see that the border is quite some distance away. Are our Border Patrol agents becoming rogue cops? According to the Mission Statement of the Yuma Border Patrol:
That is a worthy statement. All through it they talk of PROTECTING AMERICAN CITIZENS! So how could these Border Patrol agents turn on an American citizen who is only standing on his Constitutional rights? And why does the Border Patrol story differ so much from the Pastors? Did the fact that Pastor Anderson refused to answer questions give the Border Patrol the right to taze him, break out his car’s windows, or subject him to a beating? A sort of answer might be found here:
- Normally under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the American people are not generally subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches.
- The border, however, has always been an exception. There, the longstanding view is that the normal rules do not apply. For example the authorities do not need a warrant or probable cause to conduct a “routine search.”
- But what is “the border”? According to the government, it is a 100-mile wide strip that wraps around the “external boundary” of the United States.
- As a result of this claimed authority, individuals who are far away from the border, American citizens traveling from one place in America to another, are being stopped and harassed in ways that our Constitution does not permit.
- Border Patrol has been setting up checkpoints inland — on highways in states such as California, Texas and Arizona, and at ferry terminals in Washington State. Typically, the agents ask drivers and passengers about their citizenship. Unfortunately, our courts so far have permitted these kinds of checkpoints – legally speaking, they are “administrative” stops that are permitted only for the specific purpose of protecting the nation’s borders. They cannot become general drug-search or other law enforcement efforts.
- However, these stops by Border Patrol agents are not remaining confined to that border security purpose. On the roads of California and elsewhere in the nation – places far removed from the actual border – agents are stopping, interrogating, and searching Americans on an everyday basis with absolutely no suspicion of wrongdoing.
- The bottom line is that the extraordinary authorities that the government possesses at the border are spilling into regular American streets.
- What we found is that fully TWO-THIRDS of the United States’ population lives within this Constitution-free or Constitution-lite Zone. That’s 197.4 million people who live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.
While part of I-8 comes very close to the border, other parts of it are quite far away. I urge the Border Patrol to become part of the Oath Keepers. Do not turn against your fellow citizens. Save your energy and strength for those criminals crossing our border illegally. The need to protect both the American Citizen and our Constitution should be paramount for any Law enforcement officer. There should never be a good excuse for abusing either a united States Citizen or the Constitution of these united States.
There does seem to be an oath of office for these officers to take, but nowhere can I find that oath listed. I’ve done numerous searches on their website but can find only mention of it, not the actual oath. I would be very interested to find out what exactly that oath is. It could make all the difference in the world as to how the Border Patrol act. If someone knows what this oath is I’d be very interested in seeing a copy of it.
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Our world is becoming smaller. We must make sure that the rights of Citizens are paramount. We must ensure that our Constitution survives and is the supreme law of these united States. We cannot take freedom for granted. We must prepare for the worst and hope for the best.