Suspicionless Checkpoints:
A growing threat to individual liberty

Overview:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall NOT be violated..."

Ever since SCOTUS first opened Pandora's box in the late 1970's by carving out a 4th Amendment loophole for immigration checkpoints, the use of suspicionless checkpoints across the country has continued to proliferate at an alarming rate. Today, it's not uncommon to find enforcement agencies across the country utilizing roadblocks of one form or another to control local communities and create new revenue streams for politicians and bureaucrats.

While roadblocks are conducted under a number of different guises, they all share a common set of traits. Specifically, they:

  • Operate with no individualized reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing
  • Seek to control and intimidate local communities as opposed to serve and protect them
  • Raise revenue for expanding government programs through fines, citations & arrest

The links below explore some of the more common types of roadblocks being wielded against the traveling public through first hand accounts, newspaper articles, case histories and documentation. Many of the specific incidents provided below show a pattern of contempt for individual rights and the rule of law as enforcement agencies setup roadblocks under the false premise of public safety while conducting dragnet enforcement operations indistinguishable from general crime control:



For real time discussion regarding suspicionless checkpoints, checkout this website's blog at Roadblock Revelations.