Police State of Mind

I just came across an article written for USA Today newspaper titled, "New iPhone apps help drivers evade police...The iPhone and Android applications spot checkpoints and speed traps." The article was hosted by PoliceOne.com, a website for law-enforcement.

These apps can be used to detect things like speed traps and red-light cameras, but the focus of the article goes to checkpoint detection.

The apps' DUI checkpoint feature -- which sends alerts about drunken-driving checkpoints that have been reported by other drivers -- is troubling for some police agencies. "If people are going to use those, what other purpose are they going to use them for except to drink and drive?" says Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department.

Cops are so indoctrinated in their Gestapo mindset, that they can't even fathom the concept of freedom anymore. That someone might actually use that app just to avoid being caught up in a traffic jam caused by the DUI checkpoint, or better yet, that a person might want to avoid being held up, harassed, have their car ripped apart and searched without a warrant, or even have their car impounded even though they aren't drunk! In 2009, Los Angeles impounded 24,000 cars at DUI checkpoints, yet only 3,200 DUI arrests were actually made.

The USA Today article then goes on to quote Starks saying...

"They're only thinking of one consequence, and that's being arrested. They're not thinking of ending the lives of other motorists, pedestrians, other passengers in their cars or themselves."

So the cop is assuming that everyone who uses theses apps must be drunk for one thing. But you're damn right Starks, the first thing on any civilian's mind should be the consequences of being arrested...

...But of course, it is important to keep in mind that many, many people who are stopped and searched, even placed in handcuffs and arrested, are not guilty of any crime whatsoever. All the police have to do is claim that they smell weed...

I don't know about you, but it seems pretty reasonable to me that anybody in their right mind would prefer to avoid that shit.

In this video, a guy from NY State tries to exercise his 4th Amendment rights by refusing to give the Sheriff's department consent for a search. There is some back and forth over whether or not the deputy needs a warrant once the K-9 has "alerted" on the vehicle. But in the end, the deputy decides to impound the car and have it towed to the station while he waits for a warrant to come through from the D.A.'s office. The civilian is cuffed and put in the back of a squad car, denied his doctor prescribed medication that was supposed to be taken during the time he was in custody, and finally after 4 hours of filming his camera goes dead. He posted the highlights of the footage in this Youtube video...

But then again, you don't even have to be in your car, or at home, like on this occasion when police searched a man's car while it was sitting in his own driveway after he left to go to the music store. Police claimed that they got a 911 call from the house, even though there was no phone line in the house...

Still think the police give a flying fuck about your rights or the Constitution? Do you still think that the Constitution even exists? Wake up and smell the Fascism folks, the house is burning.

"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." ~Fourth Amendment

Also in the news today regarding the 4th Amendment...

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us

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