A U.S. border agent aimed his gun at a boy scout’s head after another scout took a photo of a government official near the Alaska/Canada border.
Grimes, Iowa, Boy Scout Troop 111 was driving into Alaska recently when one of the scouts took a picture of the official, which provoked border agents into detaining and searching the scouts at gunpoint for over four hours.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Troop 111 leader Jim Fox told KCCI, adding that the agent claimed it was illegal to take photos of officials.
When another scout began removing luggage from the top of their van to be searched, one of the agents drew his gun on him.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.
The troop was later released with no injuries.
Although Fox was outraged over the incident, Charles Vonderheid with the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America told KCCI that they want to make sure the scouts “follow the rules.”
“A Scout is a good citizen,” he said. “It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop.”
But it is not illegal to take photos of government officials as long as it does not interfere with their official duties.
Simply put, these agents were using the color of law to detain children at gunpoint for perfectly legal behavior and considering how out-of-touch these agents were with reality, it is fortunate that none of these scouts were killed.
This is all part of the Obama administration’s draconian version of “Homeland Security” in which feds are encouraged to target peaceful Americans while Border Patrol agents trying to protect America’s southern border and national sovereignty are ordered to stand down.
“We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals,” Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart back in October.
And the Obama administration’s targeting of Americans instead of foreign criminals leads to constant violations of First Amendment rights.
This past January, for example, a Los Angeles police officer told Infowars reporters and crew that they could not film a wastewater plant from across a public street.
The officer claimed that he had the “authority” to stop them from filming even though he admitted that it was not illegal to film the Hyperion sewage treatment plant in Los Angeles, California.
“There’s no law, but like I said, based on the fact that it is a critical site, your activity is being deemed suspicious so we have the authority,” he said.
The Supreme Court and several federal Appeals Courts would disagree, however, because they have all ruled that all Americans have an individual right to take photos and film in public because there is “no expectation of privacy” in a public place, such as the sidewalk across the street from the water treatment plant and where the boy scouts were taking photos before being detained.