posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 08:03 PM
I guess in a way, that's somewhat realistic, but not entirely.
My state is almost entirely surrounded by that line, and here's what I can tell you.
In Wisconsin, the DNR has tremendous power, no warrant needed to be on private land, no probable cause either.
Until recently, there was a huge separation of powers between the DNR and other authorities e.g. Sheriff.
By that, I mean, the Sheriff could stop your boat for speeding, but the DNR couldn't.
The DNR could stop you for non-registration of boat or to check your fishing license, the Sheriff couldn't.
In waters of lake Michigan, highlighted in the O.P. the DNR had almighty power, and the Coast Guard did as well, under the guise of "Safety
No warrant, no probable cause needed to come aboard and check for flotation devices, fire extinguishers, etc.
With exception of a few lakes statewide, there was no Sheriff present, and the few that had them had a propensity for truly high powered speed boats,
and speeding was the only jurisdiction the Sheriffs had.
Here's the kicker: Until several years ago, Wisconsin had no laws against open intoxicants, and no law regarding B.A.C. while operating.
As soon as a law went into place regarding alcohol usage, every authority out there had a reason to board your vessel.
Now-a-days, every municipality out there has patrol boats, and the right to board, still under the guise of "safety checks", or simply having seen
an open beverage, being water, soda, etc.
Anyway, I guess you're right.
Our rights went down the tube, not due to Homeland Security, but rather M.A.D.D.