Originally posted by harrytuttle
Whether or not you had illegal drugs isn't the point, and several people seem to be missing that point.
Amen to that. I knew there would be a stream of "do-gooders" who jumped on to tell me what a loser I am, that's why I asked not to make it about
drugs, but they of course will say it's my fault, etc. This is about ONE county in the nation where the Border Patrol is given special powers, above
those granted to them regularly, to TARGET all vehicles for search, regardless of suspicion of illegal immigration. I've gone through the checkpoint
SEVERAL times, and they have NEVER targeted American citizens, and I never thought I got anything by them, I just thought they were doing their jobs,
looking for illegal immigrants. They are FEDERAL goddamn agents knowingly searching US citizens as they travel IN the U.S. I don't care to debate my
wrongdoing, if i was pulled over for doing something stupid, and the cop had a reason to search, I would understand it was the chance I took. But this
is ATS, the ONLY thing I intended to discuss, was the violation of the CONSTITUTION, not feeling sorry for myself.
Another interesting piece from the article...
Normally, a police officer is allowed to pull over a motorist only if a traffic violation (anything from erratic driving to a busted tail light)
is observed. Then, the officer has probable cause to, say, shine a flashlight into the car to look for illicit drugs.
Though there was no such probable cause in the Yuma County pot cases, the Border Patrol is exempted from that requirement by the Supreme Court, as
noted earlier in this story.
[edit on 5-8-2009 by 27jd]