Fighting The Machine

Remember the dude that got harassed by the Border Patrol thugs for (legally) refusing to obey their orders, posted just a few days ago?

If you watch the whole video in the above link, it shows some pretty revealing tactics (and lies) being practiced by these thugs who are illegally harassing Americans at checkpoints. It goes without saying (and nowadays, hardly bears mentioning anymore) that the unconstitutionality of these checks is a moot point — effectively, the law says whatever the hell they want it to say.

Well, for whatever it’s worth, the saga continues. The same dude (Steve) got stopped at yet another illegal checkpoint and this time, it didn’t go so well. He’s produced another video:

It’s pretty clear (if you didn’t know this already) that taking a stand where it actually counts (by simply saying “No”) is going to cost you.

But it is also pretty clear, that if you’re not willing to stand up and pay a price, then you’re probably not making any progress (fighting the Machine).

If your not hurtin’, then it’s not workin’. Or something like that. A busted cog in the machine (or a wrench tossed in) can jam up a lot of gears, but not without inflicting some self-pain in the process.

We all know that freedom isn’t free.  But neither is defending it, something too many people have forgotten.

The process or effort is going to cost you something, otherwise you’re probably not paying the real price.

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4 thoughts on “Fighting The Machine

  • April 26, 2009 at 9:03 am
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    Not ‘excusing’, rather ‘explaining’ –

    Way back in the 60’s and early 70’s, I transited the US/Canadian border on a rather frequent basis. And, even back then, in ‘a whole ‘nother world’/time, I definitely understood that the border was (is) a literal no-man’s-land. That any person, regardless of nationality, literally has NO rights and NO recourse whatsoever for any ‘border security’ malfeasance (abuse, losses, damages, harm, etc) to one’s property or on one’s person, be that willfully inflicted or otherwise. No ‘rights’ as a Canadian, or as an American, or as a Korean, Iranian, Pakistani, etc. etc. I repeat, NONE. US Border Security personnel can do and do do whatever they FKN want with full impunity, whether or not the ‘perp’ is a US citizen ‘of good standing’ or a known wanted ‘terrorist’. PERIOD. At least back then, this was ‘basic’ (widespread) general knowledge, of most (TMK) making the attempt. Therefore, anyone choosing to cross the (any) border ‘ought to know’ (understand) this ‘basic’ FKN fact and then factor same directly into their calculation (choice) as to whether or not to proceed. Attempting to cross or even approach the border from either direction, while being willfully ignorant of reality is, IMO, is ‘plain stupid’. I’m not saying that border patrol/guard abuse is ‘right’ (proper) at all, but that it is ‘standard operating procedure’ and has been for a very long time. One ignores facts at one’s own risk AKA to one’s peril.

  • April 26, 2009 at 9:25 am
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    I don’t think he was crossing a border. Like last time, he was in the ‘interior’ of the country.

    San Diego to Phoenix — definitely no borders there.

    This another case of having no rights – anywhere.

  • April 26, 2009 at 10:18 am
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    okay – my error – however the I-10 corridor (and points South) is generally considered to be Border Patrol turf – and TMK has been for at least a decade. Furthermore, I-10 is broadly notorious for ‘unexplainable stops’ and ‘wanton abuse’ as perpetrated by ALL area LEO agencies be they Federal, State and/or local.

    Again, I’m not in any way attempting to excuse such abuse … more, that I’m expressing that such tactics are not new developments (to me).

  • April 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm
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    This is likely standard operating procedure in most urban areas of America, with the result up to and including death, and up to and including being shot in the back.

    This guy is right to be pissed and can demonstrate that his rights have been violated. But whether he succeeds in his courtroom efforts – and I’m assuming that a civil suit is coming – is unknown. I’m rooting for him though!

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