Let us now praise Terry Bressi of the University of Arizona, who
is publicizing the existence of in-country border checkpoints that
are hundreds of miles from the nation’s edges. Bressi films his
encounters – more than 300! – and posts the vids at his YouTube
Watch the vid above but expect to get pissed at the enormous
waste of time, resources, and American idealism. Did any of our
parents or grandparents or great-grandparents or whoever really
come to the United States for this?
This video, by Tracy Oppenheimer, originally went live on
November 18. Here’s the original writeup:
“This is not increasing our security, in fact, it’s making us
less secure. It’s just feeding an empire building, it’s feeding
agency budgets, and job security for various law enforcement
agencies,” says the University of Arizona’s Terry Bressi of
in-country immigration checkpoints.
Bressi sat down with ReasonTV’s Tracy Oppenheimer to discuss
these checkpoints and their implications for civil liberties.
Bressi estimates that he has been stopped by border patrol between
300-350 times. After his first encounter, he started carrying
cameras and audio recording equipment, and has since been
videotaping his checkpoint interactions. He says this holds
officers accountable for their actions, and he hopes that by
posting these videos online, citizens will become more aware of
“A federal agent who is standing in the middle of a public
highway, wearing a public uniform, collecting a public paycheck
while seizing the public absent reasonable suspicion has no
expectation of privacy,” says Bressi in regards to filming border
patrol agents. “This is something that I like to remind folks of,
that the government thinks that we don’t have any right to privacy
whatsoever, but that’s a double-edged sword.”
For more of Bressi’s checkpoint videos, visit his
About 7 minutes.
Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer, shot by Zach Weissmueller.
For more info, links, and downloadable versions,
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/23/push-back-against-border-checkpoints-loc