DHS Checkpoint Blog Entry 13: What A Riot...

November 5, 2008:

While Eastbound on SR86 in Southern Arizona, over 40 miles North of the Southern border, I was stopped, seized and searched by armed Homeland Security agents at an internal suspicionless drug checkpoint. The agents know who I am so had no basis to seize me at what is allegedly an immigration checkpoint. Nonetheless that didn't stop Agent C. LeBlanc from conducting a search by running his drug sniffing dog on and around my vehicle absent consent or probable cause.

Additionally, the stopping agent at primary was carrying an FN 303 'riot control' semi-automatic projectile launcher. See:


Since such a weapon makes little tactical sense at the primary stop location of an interior checkpoint along a public highway, I figure its primary purpose must be for general intimidation and harassment. Unless of course the Border Patrol has intelligence regarding a planned riot in the middle of the Arizona desert miles away from the nearest community sometime in the near future.

The map referenced in the video, along with the 100 mile Constitution free zone, is related to an ACLU campaign to draw attention to these DHS abuses. For more details, see:


The K9 handler, Agent LeBlanc, was perfectly willing to violate my rights with his drug sniffing dog during the encounter but wasn't willing to identify himself at the checkpoint. He even went so far as to rip his name tag off so that I wouldn't be able to read it. Fortunately, the camera was a little faster than he was.

Another video of my adventures with Agent LeBlanc can be seen at:


Stay tuned for the next installment of my coverage of the Department of Homeland Security's ongoing mission to 'protect' America by spitting on the Constitution.

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