A few days after I was illegally stopped by a Homeland Security roving patrol late at night along SR86 in Southern Arizona, the news article appearing below was published in the Arizona Daily Star. The article discusses two Border Patrol agents who are suing the Department of Homeland Security for retaliating against them. The agents publicly revealed information regarding an often practiced but illegal enforcement technique known as 'shotgunning' by other DHS agents.
According to the whistleblowers, 'shotgunning' occurs when agents on Roving Patrol stop vehicles absent reasonable suspicion and make up an excuse for the stop after the fact. This practice is illegal because agents are required to have reasonable suspicion BEFORE initiating a stop, not after.
Of course many of us who live within one hundred miles of the Southern border have been aware of this common intimidation tactic utilized by Homeland Security agents for years.
I was the target of just such an illegal stop on May 14th and blogged about it here. Additionally, a video of the incident is available on YouTube below:
According to the news article, the Border Patrol agents revealed the illegal practice after one of the agent's wives was targeted for just such a stop and later arrested on drug charges. The agents testified in various legal proceedings regarding the illegal practice resulting in an acquittal for the agent's wife.
Shortly thereafter, both agents were disciplined for allegedly revealing "sensitive" Border Patrol enforcement practices to the public. Given that the 'sensitive' information revealed related to illegal practices, I can see why Homeland Security didn't want the agent's talking but to brazenly discipline the agents for daring to testify at legal proceedings regarding the matter goes a long way to showing just how unaccountable & out of control this federal agency is.
The New Mexico chapter of the ACLU agreed to represent the agents in a lawsuit claiming retaliation for breaking the 'wall of silence' regarding illegal Border Patrol practices. I note that it's quite interesting the ACLU picked up the case and NOT the Border Patrol Union which normally represents agents who have been unfairly targeted for retaliation by Homeland Security.
In addition to the text of the news article appearing below, I've also included another account of 'shotgunning' experienced by a friend of mine who also happens to be a local defense attorney. The incident occurred several years ago.
The text of the news article follows this account: