In Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security is setting up random checkpoints (not on the border) for the purpose of making sure people are United States citizens – because what has the fourth amendment ever done for us?
I have a voice recorder on my smartphone that gets activated anytime an authority figure, such as a police officer, speaks to me. When I break the law, there are consequences, and I want to make sure that standard is consistent. That’s why the police are there, right – to keep me safe from law-breakers? This also helps me to feel comfortable saying “no” when they step outside their sphere of power.
“I’m going to search your car.”
“No, you’re not, officer.”
Congrats to these people who, when asked by those employed to serve and protect to abdicate the rights they are supposed to be protecting, said “no”. It’s not a matter of having anything to hide, it’s a matter of refusing to abandon the American ideal.
When groups like the DHS are performing their job in a fully legal way that doesn’t spit on the Constitution, I’m glad they’re there. When the people charged with enforcing the law eagerly break it though, the only difference between them and a citizen is they don’t seem to be accountable. That’s a problem.