Score one for the Fourth Amendment
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Using the excuse of attempting to apprehend illegal immigrants, Border Patrol agents have set up a network of unconstitutional checkpoints inside the United States. In this video clip, informed citizen Steven Anderson provides a sterling example of how to stand up for your rights and prove that such checkpoints are unenforceable because they violate the 4th amendment.
Traveling through California, Anderson encountered numerous internal checkpoints. When Border Patrol agents attempted to detain him for questioning, Anderson refused, citing his right as an American citizen to “go free on my way.”
The reaction of the officers who blithely expect Anderson to immediately comply with their request for him to to pull over and endure further harassment is stunned silence.
The full exchange, courtesy of SHTF Plan, went as follows.
Anderson: Is this Nazi Germany now, that I have to show my papers?
Officer: It’s a simple yes or no. I need an answer or we can detain you until we figure out whether you’re a U.S. citizen.
Anderson: Well, you know what’s more simple is the fact that my freedom is a little more important than you seem to think. Setting up checkpoints where people have to prove that they’re a citizen is not something that America is supposed to be about. So, I’m not sure if you understand that.
Supervisor enters scene: Grunt
Supervisor: Just pull up over there (points to line of detained cars)
Anderson: No, thank you… I want to go free on my way. Here I am just going about my own business and I don’t need to stop at a checkpoint to prove who I am because this is America. Correct me if I’m wrong – did I stumble into Mexico or is this still the United States?
Supervisor: This is the United States.
Anderson: Therefore, I should have the freedom to travel unmolested, because I’m in America here.
Supervisor: Ok, go ahead and go.
If more people follow Anderson’s example by simply standing up for their rights and refusing to obey unconstitutional demands, freedom can still be salvaged in America.
Make no mistake, on another occasion the Border Patrol agents may have been more aggressive and even attempted to arrest Anderson, but every individual battle in the wider war to restore liberty is worth taking such risks.
This incident represents just one example of a growing trend of informed citizens refusing to comply with the police state that is dependent on their consent to function. Last week we reported on another example of Americans standing up to unconstitutional police behavior when a family refused to allow cops to perform a warrantless search of their garage sale.
Watch a previous clip in which Alex Jones encountered a similar internal checkpoint during which Border Patrol agents demanded to search his vehicle without a warrant.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.