The suspicionless checkpoints in the video took place away from US border crossings and ports of entry.

Border Patrol checkpoints came to Jefferson County, WA in 2008.

Local people didn’t want them & they were shut down.


Washington is a medical marijuana state.

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came here and set up suspicionless checkpoints- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

They stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car.


“Federal law allows the border patrol to conduct the checkpoints and stop and talk with any motorist and passenger of any vehicle, said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano.”

“No cause is needed to converse with anyone in the car,” Giuliano said. “Zero, zilch.”

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.



NMA Position On Roadblocks

Federal Policy No Longer Enforced at the Local Level?

Video collection- DHS checkpoints


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Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol timeline here.


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