Suspicionless federal traffic stops on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula-
The Border Patrol gave up on checkpoints here way back in 2008.
Over the past year or so, mysterious federal traffic stops have been in the news.
Local reporters never ask why the vehicle was stopped.
Many of the locals seem to be all for federal police state tactics- away from border crossings and ports of entry- if there’s a chance that an illegal alien might be captured. See comments here.
We were forced as children to memorize a pledge of allegiance- but we were never taught about the limits of federal police powers- away from border crossings and ports of entry.
We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.
The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50
At that same forum a lady asked:
“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”
US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.
Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.
Question about providing ID is at 0:35
Checkpoints ended here in 2008- possibly due to well informed citizens and local protests. Looks like they weren’t vital to national security after all.
War on Terror- credibility squandered.
Elsewhere in the US- people object to living in a police state- even if an illegal alien or fake terrorist might be captured:
Photo- No crowds on a frosty morning at Mystery Bay, WA.