On the afternoon of February 1, 2008, I was stopped yet again at a suspicionless internal Homeland Security checkpoint on SR86 in Southern Arizona near mile post 146.The location is over 40 miles North of the border and this was the fifth time in three weeks I've been stopped & seized at this checkpoint absent reasonable suspicion:
Perhaps the agents were hoping the large American flag would somehow mask their un-American activities.
As I first came to a stop at the checkpoint, several agents converged on my vehicle and one can be heard pounding on the truck near time marker 01:15. About nine seconds later, another agent to the rear of my vehicle can be heard yelling, Hi Terry. This of course clearly indicates the agents knew who I was and, by extension, that I wasn't an illegal alien. Nonetheless, thy continued to detain me for several minutes in order to harass and intimidate.
Whether or not they were also onscene to make sure things didn't get out of hand during this staged confrontation is unknown.
The tags appear to be attached with velcro however and easily removed. As such, I give little credence to the validity of a name displayed on a tag - especially when the agents refuse to verify their identity when requested.
Finally, near 03:22, the same agent who yelled my name during the initial stop, also yelled, Bye Terry, after I was finally given permission to go on my way after Homeland Security finished having its fun.
I also note the stopping agent, 'K. June', refused to face me after directing me to stop. Perhaps she was ashamed of her handy work. Instead, she pressed herself up against the cab of the vehicle between the two side doors just out of view. This was the same agent who stopped me on January 8th and during a night stop with drug dogs on January 23rd. What's also interesting to note is that a different agent was stopping traffic at the checkpoint when I first entered. Several Cars were in front of me and by the time I rolled up to the stop sign, Agent June had replaced the male agent.Another male agent also played hide and seek while pressing himself up against the passenger side of the cab between the front and rear doors:
Approximately thirty minutes after I passed through the checkpoint, only four or five agents remained on-scene to conduct operations. This means the rest of the gang with guns left the scene shortly after the staged show of force ended and I left the area.
The 4th amendment was specifically created to protect us against this type of arbitrary activity by over-reaching federal agencies. It would appear however that the writ of assistance is alive and well in modern day America and anyone is eligible for suspect status for no reason whatsoever.