Department of Homeland Security stops drivers who refuse to be questioned. These checkpoints were 50 miles from the border.
They have no probable cause. They have no warrants. But they have badges. And they have attitude.
Think of Alabama in 1960. Think these words: “Look here, boy.”
Same profession. Same pool of job applicants. Same IQ. Same attitude.
The DHS is extending its authority. It will do so until it is told by the Supreme Court to cease, or until its budget is cut.
The more people there are on the DHS payroll, the faster existing managers get promoted. The DHS will therefore expand its jurisdiction until it is told to stop.
Here is a question to respond: “Am I being detained?”
Over and over, he answers: “Am I being detained?”
Or this: “I do not have to answer my question.”
Or these words: “Reasonable suspicion.”
Or this: “May I travel down the road?”
One officer asked that he turn off the camera. He refused.
The officers verbally pushed and pushed. But they could not do anything. But they still pushed. They don’t like back talk. They don’t like the law. They like cooperation. They usually get it.
“Do I have to get out of the car?” The driver was polite. He just refused to get out of the car.
“Am I being detained?”
Then he invoked the fourth amendment.
Note: The California checkpoint is legal. They have had fruit-checking for 80 years. They can keep you out of California if you do not let them inspect your vehicle. Cooperate.