Tuesday, July 06, 2010

U.S. Border: assaulting non-criminals?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2V-BumPX6g part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqZaFVfxHrk part 2

The recordings above are of an actual border interview.  Among the most amazing things
1) Saying he didn't know which stores at the outlet mall he was going to and asking "does it matter?" got his keys taken and he and his wife ordered in for 2ndary interviews.  Is this kind of answer really associated with drug dealing or terrorism?  I have to imagine if I were a drug dealer or terrorist I would be meek as a lamb and answer every question.
2) Border patrol orders him to do things, when he asks why just repeats the order.  Is it not obvious that informing the person so ordered that these are orders you must follow immediately or else be arrested such a bad choice?  I would like to see it REQUIRED of all law enforcement that you cannot be charged with obstruction for asking why.
3) The border agent tells him that pulling away from the border agent that was reaching to grab him is "assault on a federal officer."  Are these people TRYING to be insane, or does it just arise naturally whenever you give weapons and uniforms to men?