Shock Video: Border Agent Acknowledges Constitution At Checkpoint

Mikael Thalen
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January 8th, 2014
Updated 01/08/2014 at 8:22 am

A shocking video showing a Border Patrol agent acknowledging the constitutional right to refuse questions has many pleasantly surprised.

The short video begins by showing a group of young individuals driving towards California’s I-8 Westbound checkpoint. On deck to be questioned, the vehicle ahead of them is flagged for further inspection.

Preparing to opt out of answering questions, the group continues filming as they roll up to the station’s Border Patrol agent.

“What’s going on guys? You guys legal US citizens still? Haven’t given it up yet?” the agent jokes.

“Are we free to go?” the driver and passenger respond.

Amazingly, although almost every similar encounter captured on film results in an irate agent demanding compliance, the border agent never hesitates as he excitedly praises the group for their decision.

“Yes, you know what? You guys are awesome for exercising your constitutional rights. I totally respect that,” the agent says.

The agent continues by commenting on the public’s growing dislike of checkpoints, a trend that has gained increased attention in recent years.

“A lot of guys come here and they’re jerks to us and we don’t appreciate that, but I totally appreciate you guys who are respectful, who don’t want to talk and we really can’t force you to do it. You guys have a good day,” the agent says in closing.

While the encounter appears to be at an unconstitutional internal checkpoint, the agent’s decision not to harass the group for their refusal is a small step in the right direction.

Immigration checkpoints have been used to justify what is now referred to as the “constitution free zone,” which encompasses 100-miles inward from every border in the country. Federal agents have used the unconstitutional decision to forcibly violate the Fourth Amendment rights of millions of Americans.

With the growing backlash against all forms of government checkpoints, police in many areas of the country have began refusing to take part, as countless checkpoint refusal videos go viral online.

Just last year, an encounter at an Independence Day DUI checkpoint sparked outrage after video captured officers admitting to violating a man’s rights. Scrambling to defend the officer’s actions, the department was bombarded with complaints and phone calls by several grassroots social media campaigns.

Given the massive popularity of videos containing law enforcement upholding constitutional rights, the alternative media’s focus on the topic appears to making some ground.

 

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Mikael Thalen

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Mikael is the lead features writer at Storyleak.com. His articles have been featured on sites such as the Drudge Report, Infowars and Natural News. During his time at Examiner.com, he was frequently ranked the number one political writer.

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  1. CK33020 says:

    The gum chewing soundtrack is so gross.

  2. Kerston says:

    Ahhh the check points aren't constitutional ?

    • Volomon says:

      Damn learn your rights, the government has no authority to stop and search your vehicle. Hence why there shouldn’t bother with check points.

  3. Ron Hinton says:

    Does this mean the Revolution is rescheduled?

  4. WeeToddEdwards says:

    This story reflects some within the system remember why they are there

  5. Roger says:

    And those loyal Americans will be purged as fast as this regime can find them. I hope he's not punished for the content of this video.

  6. WeeToddEdwards says:

    If he is hopefully he uses the Constitution to to back himself up

  7. Roger says:

    Using the constitution to back yourself up doesn't carry much weight with this regime.

  8. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Can you provide some examples?

  9. Roger says:

    Sure, but the story refers to what normally happens. I wouldn't' want to presume to be more informative on the topic in the story than the author of the story.

    Do you have examples of the author being wrong on this topic?

  10. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Never said he was wrong and I think this article is excellent in showing the The Consitution is still followed by some.

    According to the story this is not what normally happens. "
    Amazingly, although almost every similar encounter captured on film results in an irate agent demanding compliance, the border agent never hesitates as he excitedly praises the group for their decision.

  11. Roger says:

    And while I'm glad this agent did, the fifth paragraph sums up my point.
    Of course you might not want to go back and actually find out what I'm referring to, so I'll make it easy on you.

    "Amazingly, although almost every similar encounter captured on film results in an irate agent demanding compliance, the border agent never hesitates as he excitedly praises the group for their decision."

    He said that because in every similar encounter those agents know the agenda for this regime isn't following the constitution.

  12. WeeToddEdwards says:

    I already posted that exact same comment from the story to show you were wrong and what this agent did was not the norm which you claimed it was.

    "He said that because in every similar encounter those agents know the agenda for this regime isn't following the constitution".

    So now you are speaking for this border patrol agent?

    Why are you really here? Why are you bringing this site down?

  13. Roger says:

    Which comment uses that entire quote?

    Oh, let's not get distracted with your normal way of derailing the discussion.
    If you quoted that line in it's entirety then why did you argue when I used it as why I held my position?

    Wee, the trolling you do gets boring, really boring. Is that why you do it? Why does this site threaten you and your posse so much? And why are you all working so hard to drive folks away with boring trolling like this thread where you pretend to understand a story then argue with anyone that actually does?

  14. WeeToddEdwards says:

    You are the one who derailed the thread. You took a great article that could have great comments and wrecked it as usual.

    If you think I am trolling and boring why do you spend hours stalking and replying to all my comments? That is what trolls do

    This is what you did here:
    a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

  15. Roger says:

    Wee, this story to me is exactly what my comments said.

    I'm glad there is still an agent in the system that remembers why he is there and I hope he's not punished for it. This regime isn't about the constitution, but about transforming the country. People like him are being purged.

    Deal with it.

  16. WeeToddEdwards says:

    Which is what I said and you still had to make an argument out of it.

  17. Roger says:

    Can you show some example of that?

  18. WeeToddEdwards says:

    WeeToddEdwards 119p · 51 minutes ago

    Good job to the agent and the young individuals. The Consitiution still means something and I am happy they knew that.

    Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/border-patrol/#ixzz2ppDi

  19. Roger says:

    So, you didn't use the quote I posted.
    Thank you for being able to admit it.

  20. WeeToddEdwards says:

    YOU asked me to provide an example of what I said and I did.

    Here is where you made a claim with no proof
    "

    Roger 172p · 1 hour ago

    Sure, but the story refers to what normally happens. I wouldn't' want to presume to be more informative on the topic in the story than the author of the story.

    Do you have examples of the author being wrong on this topic?"

    and this is where you derailed the thread:

    Wee, the trolling you do gets boring, really boring. Is that why you do it? Why does this site threaten you and your posse so much? And why are you all working so hard to drive folks away with boring trolling like this thread where you pretend to understand a story then argue with anyone that actually does?

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