Congrats Garret Seim! Winner of The Checkpoint Contest
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula-
State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State. Check your state here:
Washington became a medical marijuana state in 1998.
View medical marijuana states here:
In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.
Local people didn’t want the checkpoints & they were shut down.
At a checkpoint- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:
Lois Danks founded Stop the Checkpoints and organized local protests.
US Border Patrol states the case:
A month later:
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:
Is there any other location in the US- where the Border Patrol has staged checkpoints- then later abandoned the idea?
Domestic ferry runs at Anacortes, WA. is one other example:
“A ferry from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to Anacortes, a town on the coast, follows a domestic route — it never leaves U.S. waters. Yet, when it arrives in Anacortes, there’s a chance that passengers will be greeted by the Border Patrol.”
Jefferson County Sheriff refuses federal grant money:
Federal marijuana cases to be referred to state & local authorities (01:16)
No- the protest was planned according to the bus schedule- the idea was to be on site when the Border Patrol arrived.
Suspicionless bus boardings ended in November, 2011.
New talk of bringing DUI checkpoints to Washington State:
Elsewhere in the US-
Jacob G. Hornberger
DUI checkpoint videos:
DUI Checkpoint Refusal
Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint 05/01/2010 1of2
Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol-
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Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol timeline here.
Possibly of interest:
Photo- Mystery Bay scene