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SCPD Nazi Checkpoint Coming April 18th

The 4th Amendment will be once again summarily ignored on Friday April 18th from 9p-1am on Ocean Street in front of the county building, as city police arbitrarily stop, interrogate, and search people at their personal discretion.
Your traveling papers, please!
santacruzpolice.com/pressrelease/033003-DUI%20Checkpoint.pdf

The 4th Amendment will be once again summarily ignored on Friday April 18th from 9p-1am on Ocean Street in front of the county building, as city police arbitrarily stop, interrogate, and search people at their personal discretion.

Implying the old "the end justifies the means" argument, SCPD excuses this behavior by claiming they are only after drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In reality, what they are doing is called "fishing" or "snoop searching" - using false pretenses to look for something, anything, to use against random people.

If you think this is really about DUI, then why are drivers coerced into showing identification and other paperwork? Why are PASSENGERS made to do the same - they aren't even driving!

And I don't mean the 30 cars that were "officially" forced to submit to "inspection". The police are lying to you - they search EVERY vehicle that comes through there. How is it not an inspection when they're shining flashlights into the back windows, and even making passengers show them identification?

I saw it myself. I was there watching them last time, for 2 hours.

Just another step closer to a full police state. Get you used to it, bit by bit, year by year, so that you don't complain about it too much.

20 years ago, we joked about things like this happening in East Germany.

In another 20 years, this will be East Germany.

Want a sample of what your grandchildren will be growing up with? Come down to Ocean St. the night of April 18th, and see for yourself.

US Constitution, Amendment IV
memory.loc.gov/const/bor.html
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

-Van

p.s. Be especially careful if your car has any anti-war signs or bumper stickers. You know how the game is played.
 
 


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What a disgrace to write such tripe!

Does anyone really believe checking for drunk drivers on the road is like Nazi atrocities? Saying that is an obscene swipe at the memory of 20 million Russians, and huge numbers of Jew, Poles and others who perished under the Nazis during WWII.

Van - you have disgraced yourself so thoroughly the only thing I can think that might help you is to change your name and hope nobody you meet ever associates you with writing such offensive nonsense.
 

Hyperbole--get used to it

Dave, get over yourself. I would agree that conflating DUI checkpoints with Nazi or Stasi police-state actions is a bit over the top. The comparison was clearly hyperbolic, but i hardly think that this hyperbole should detract from Van's point, much less subject him to "thorough disgrace". Van was pointing out an historical trajectory toward police-state attrocities, not trivializing the experience of those under the iron heel of the 3rd Reich, at least not intentionally.

If you can't learn to pull useful information and valid analysis out of the viscera of enraged discourse, then maybe you shouldn't be reading indymedia. Stick to alternative news sites with a more heavy-handed (or rigorous, if you prefer) editorial culture, complete with their uncritical reproduction of that great journalistic myth: objectivity.
 

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