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  2. <title>Roadblock Revelations</title>
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  4. <tagline>Checkpoint USA Blog</tagline>
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  6. <modified>2015-01-01T22:28:59Z</modified>
  7. <entry>
  8. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Time For A Change....</title>
  9. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2015/01/01/time_for_a_change" />
  10. <author>
  11. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  12. </author>
  13. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2015/01/01/time_for_a_change</id>
  14. <issued>2015-01-01T22:28:59Z</issued>
  15. <modified>2015-01-01T22:28:59Z</modified>
  16. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.roadblockrevelations.org/wp">https://www.roadblockrevelations.org/wp</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/Blog.jpg" width="460" height="276" alt="" /></p>
  17. <p>The bad news is that this is the last blog post that will appear on these pages. </p>
  18. <p>The good news is that the <em>Roadblock Revelations</em> blog is being updated, upgraded and made more user friendly at the following location:</p>
  19. <p><center><a href="https://www.roadblockrevelations.org/wp">Roadblock Revelations 2.0</a></center></p>
  20. <p>The blog entries that currently exist here are being slowly migrated to the new site. In the interim however they will also remain available here for archival purposes.</p>
  21. <p>Happy New Year to all! I hope to see you on the new site where comments have been enabled and readers will be able to participate in the discussion and in the postings.
  22. </p>
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  24. </entry>
  25. <entry>
  26. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">The 'Green Monster' Attacks Truck Driver in Texas</title>
  27. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/12/07/green_monster_attacks_truck_driver" />
  28. <author>
  29. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  30. </author>
  31. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/12/07/green_monster_attacks_truck_driver</id>
  32. <issued>2014-12-07T22:12:32Z</issued>
  33. <modified>2014-12-08T09:20:20Z</modified>
  34. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhtDTOHigcg">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhtDTOHigcg</a></p> <p><iframe width="460" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yhtDTOHigcg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  35. <p>The video above depicts the actions of a violent street gang that's been operating with impunity in Southern Texas for quite some time now. The street gang, also known as <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/10/31/the_green_monster">the Green Monster</a> (U.S. Border Patrol), physically attacked a truck driver without just cause at a suspicionless internal Homeland Security roadblock near Falfurrias, Tx in early November of this year:</p>
  36. <p><center><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/falfurriasCheckpoint.JPG" width="400" height="257" alt="" /> <code><strong><br />
  37. [<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&amp;bvm=bv.80642063,d.d24&amp;biw=1000&amp;bih=700&amp;dpr=1&amp;noj=1&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;fb=1&amp;ftid=0x866674ac176bb14d:0x4e4db93108d728a0&amp;q=933,+Falfurrias,+TX+78355,+USA&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=xFOCVMS_CIv3UuqchOAP&amp;ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA&amp;output=classic&amp;dg=brw">CBP Roadblock - Falfurrias, TX</a>: Latitude: 27.025054, Longitude: -98.138415]</strong></code></center></p>
  38. <p class="bMore"><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/12/07/p311#more311"><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/img/smilies/icon_arrow.gif" alt="&#61;&#62;" class="middle" /> Read more!</a></p>
  39. ]]></content>
  40. </entry>
  41. <entry>
  42. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">U.S. 'Justice' Department Argues 24 Hour Detention at Internal Checkpoints Reasonable</title>
  43. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/21/5th_circuit_hears_oral_argument_regardin" />
  44. <author>
  45. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  46. </author>
  47. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/21/5th_circuit_hears_oral_argument_regardin</id>
  48. <issued>2014-11-21T13:45:41Z</issued>
  49. <modified>2014-11-22T12:56:59Z</modified>
  50. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbvU8o6aSjY">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbvU8o6aSjY</a></p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mbvU8o6aSjY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br />
  51. [<code><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbvU8o6aSjY">Richard Rynearson's Oral Argument Before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals</a></code>]</p>
  52. <p>On March 18, 2010 Major Richard Rynearson, an active duty air force pilot, was <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2010/03/23/border_patrol_harass_military_field_grad">illegally detained</a> for over 34 minutes at an internal immigration checkpoint near Uvalde, Texas despite answering all immigration related questions and showing multiple forms of identification to Border Patrol agents. Agents who were far more interested in <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2010/05/13/additional_video_from_uvalde_texas_check">harassing</a> Mr. Rynearson than verifying his immigration status. Instead of disciplining his subordinates for <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/05/05/p291">violating Border Patrol legal guidance</a>, violating the law and violating Mr. Rynearson's rights, Chief Patrol Agent Robert Harris (depicted below) doubled down by writing a letter to Rynearson's command complaining about Rynearson actually exercising some of those rights Harris is responsible for protecting. </p>
  53. <p><center><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/harris.jpg" alt="" title="" /></center></p>
  54. <p class="bMore"><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/21/p309#more309"><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/img/smilies/icon_arrow.gif" alt="&#61;&#62;" class="middle" /> Read more!</a></p>
  55. ]]></content>
  56. </entry>
  57. <entry>
  58. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Checkpoint USA Interviewed By 'This American Life'</title>
  59. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/20/checkpoint_usa_interviewed_by_this_ameri" />
  60. <author>
  61. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  62. </author>
  63. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/20/checkpoint_usa_interviewed_by_this_ameri</id>
  64. <issued>2014-11-20T23:31:32Z</issued>
  65. <modified>2014-11-24T23:54:15Z</modified>
  66. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/540/a-front">http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/540/a-front</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/tal2.jpg" width="460" height="328" alt="" /><br />
  67. <code>[Update: The show is now available online <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/540/a-front">here</a>. Another version of the story has also been released on <a href="http://latinousa.org/2014/10/10/challenging-checkpoints/">latinousa.org</a>]</code></p>
  68. <p>Beginning Friday November 21, 2014, the public radio show <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/about">This American Life</a> will air a segment on internal Border Patrol checkpoints. I was interviewed last month by the show regarding my history &amp; experiences at some of these checkpoints. </p>
  69. <p>For those who want to listen to the show when it airs, you can find out what station it will be available on in your area along with dates and times <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/listen/stations">here</a>. Otherwise, the show should be archived and available online <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/540/a-front">here</a>
  70. </p>
  71. ]]></content>
  72. </entry>
  73. <entry>
  74. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Horn Honking Hearing Audio Files Now Available</title>
  75. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/09/horn_honking_hearing_audio_files_now_ava" />
  76. <author>
  77. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  78. </author>
  79. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/09/horn_honking_hearing_audio_files_now_ava</id>
  80. <issued>2014-11-09T22:11:56Z</issued>
  81. <modified>2014-11-16T12:31:38Z</modified>
  82. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[ <p><center><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/audio.jpg" width="450" height="450" alt="" /></center></p>
  83. <p>As regular readers of this blog know, on April 30, 2014 I was <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/07/05/p295">illegally detained</a> in the lane of traffic at a suspicionless DHS roadblock by Border Patrol Agent J. Tackett near mile marker 146.5 along SR86 in Southern Arizona. Agent J. Tackett threw a spike strip down in front of my vehicle within about 30 seconds of the stop for daring to ask him a few questions. Tackett's unlawful detention was furthered by his supervisor G. Serrano who continued the detention while dispatching another agent to call over Pima County Sheriff Deputy Avila under the false pretense that I was blocking traffic while failing to inform him that Agent Tackett's spike strip &amp; detention were the actual cause of the blockage. </p>
  84. <p class="bMore"><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/11/09/p307#more307"><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/img/smilies/icon_arrow.gif" alt="&#61;&#62;" class="middle" /> Read more!</a></p>
  85. ]]></content>
  86. </entry>
  87. <entry>
  88. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Border Patrol Corruption Worse Than First Thought</title>
  89. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/10/31/the_green_monster" />
  90. <author>
  91. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  92. </author>
  93. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/10/31/the_green_monster</id>
  94. <issued>2014-10-31T23:30:52Z</issued>
  95. <modified>2014-11-02T14:32:29Z</modified>
  96. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/border-patrol-the-green-monster-112220.html">http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/border-patrol-the-green-monster-112220.html</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/bpCorruption2.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p>
  97. <p>Over the years, I've written quite a few stories regarding rampant misconduct and corruption within the Border Patrol. See the following for starters:</p>
  98. <ul>
  99. <li><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2010/04/01/p207">'Customs &amp; Border Protection' Corruption Rampant</a></li>
  100. <li><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2010/09/16/p225">More Reports of Widespread Border Patrol Corruption</a></li>
  101. <li><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2011/03/01/p240">Primary Purpose of DHS Checkpoints Revealed</a></li>
  102. <li><a href="Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out Against Unlawful Checkpoint Operations">Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out Against Unlawful Checkpoint Operations</a></li>
  103. <li><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/05/02/p288">Mom &amp; Kids Terrorized By Knife-Wielding Border Patrol Agent in Southern Arizona</a></li>
  104. </ul>
  105. <p>But after reading through a recent investigative report from <a href="http://www.politico.com">Politico</a>, even I'm somewhat surprised at just how bad the corruption is within the Border Patrol along with the federal government's inability or unwillingness to reign the agency in. See:</p>
  106. <p><a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/border-patrol-the-green-monster-112220.html">The Green Monster: How the Border Patrol became America's most out-of-control law enforcement agency</a></p>
  107. <p class="bMore"><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/10/31/p308#more308"><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/img/smilies/icon_arrow.gif" alt="&#61;&#62;" class="middle" /> Read more!</a></p>
  108. ]]></content>
  109. </entry>
  110. <entry>
  111. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Justice for Michael Brown. Accountability for his killer &#38; the organizations that harbor him</title>
  112. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/14/justice_for_michael_brown_accountability" />
  113. <author>
  114. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  115. </author>
  116. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/14/justice_for_michael_brown_accountability</id>
  117. <issued>2014-08-14T20:29:31Z</issued>
  118. <modified>2014-09-07T11:23:40Z</modified>
  119. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://blog.simplejustice.us/2014/08/15/losing-michael-brown">http://blog.simplejustice.us/2014/08/15/losing-michael-brown</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/BrownMurder.jpg" width="460" height="460" alt="" /></p>
  120. <p>How do you know what organization(s) harbor or otherwise support the killer of Michael Brown? That's an easy one. It's the organization(s) that <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/13/officer-who-shot-mike-brown-might-face-t">refuse to identify</a> the killer until public outcry becomes too much to ignore. It's the organizations that <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/08/12/michael_brown_witness_police_allegedly_turn_down_offer_of_interview.html">refuse to interview</a> eye witnesses to the killing. It's the organization(s) that turn its resources against people speaking out &amp; protesting against the killing of Michael Brown instead of turning its resources against the killer of Michael Brown.</p>
  121. <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/ferguson1.jpg" width="460" height="345" alt="" /></p>
  122. <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/fergusonSS.jpg" width="460" height="301" alt="" /></p>
  123. <p><center>Serving and protecting or dominating and controlling?</center> </p>
  124. <p>My thanks to <a href="http://blog.simplejustice.us/2014/08/15/losing-michael-brown">Simple Justice</a> for bringing attention back to where it should be regarding this case.
  125. </p>
  126. ]]></content>
  127. </entry>
  128. <entry>
  129. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Stossel's 'Policing America' Followup Article</title>
  130. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/09/stossel_s_policing_america_followup_arti" />
  131. <author>
  132. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  133. </author>
  134. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/09/stossel_s_policing_america_followup_arti</id>
  135. <issued>2014-08-09T00:43:42Z</issued>
  136. <modified>2014-08-09T19:48:14Z</modified>
  137. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/06/border-patrol-cant-control-southern-border-but-can-still-harass-american/#">http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/06/border-patrol-cant-control-southern-border-but-can-still-harass-american/#</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/CBPHarassment.JPG" width="460" height="348" alt="" /></p>
  138. <p>John Stossel has a followup opinion piece on Fox News related to his recent show, <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/07/27/watch_john_stossel_s_policing_america_ch">Policing America: Security Vs Liberty</a>. The article is titled:</p>
  139. <p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/06/border-patrol-cant-control-southern-border-but-can-still-harass-american/#">Border Patrol can't control Southern border but can still harass American citizens</a></p>
  140. <p>and is a good overview on the subject of what's wrong with internal Border Patrol roadblocks.
  141. </p>
  142. ]]></content>
  143. </entry>
  144. <entry>
  145. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">More On Checkpoint USA's Recent Court Appearance</title>
  146. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/02/defendant_statement_in_pima_county_justi" />
  147. <author>
  148. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  149. </author>
  150. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/02/defendant_statement_in_pima_county_justi</id>
  151. <issued>2014-08-02T23:53:30Z</issued>
  152. <modified>2014-08-03T10:17:43Z</modified>
  153. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[ <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/dismissed.jpg" width="460" height="294" alt="" /></p>
  154. <p>As <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/07/23/justice_court_rules_in_favor_of_checkpoi">previously indicated</a>, the state charge against me for honking my horn at a federal Border Patrol checkpoint setup along a state highway inside the country while being illegally detained in the lane of traffic by federal agents has been dismissed in Pima County Justice Court after an hour-long hearing on July 11, 2014. </p>
  155. <p>As part of my testimony during the hearing, I read from a fourteen page <a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/Misc/blog/30apr14/defendantStmt.pdf">written statement</a> along with ten supporting exhibits. That statement and the exhibits have been re-created below. Additionally, I've requested a copy of the audio record of the hearing from the court and will post it once it becomes available. I'm also planning on uploading video footage of the encounter in the near future.</p>
  156. <p>Below appears the text of the written statement I read in court along with applicable links. For those who follow the checkpoint issue closely, you'll probably find several of the exhibits I presented in court interesting. These would include recent ACLU complaints and a FOIA lawsuit regarding internal Border Patrol checkpoints, information regarding Operation Stonegarden where local cops collect overtime pay for assisting Border Patrol agents in the field and a recent Border Patrol law bulletin informing agents they can't legally detain people for not answering questions or because they don't like their attitude.</p>
  157. <p class="bMore"><a href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/02/p304#more304"><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/img/smilies/icon_arrow.gif" alt="&#61;&#62;" class="middle" /> Read more!</a></p>
  158. ]]></content>
  159. </entry>
  160. <entry>
  161. <title type="text/plain" mode="xml">Checkpoint USA Interviewed On Declare Your Independence</title>
  162. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/02/checkpoint_usa_interviewed_on_declare_yo" />
  163. <author>
  164. <name>Checkpoint USA</name>
  165. </author>
  166. <id>https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/index.php/2014/08/02/checkpoint_usa_interviewed_on_declare_yo</id>
  167. <issued>2014-08-02T13:09:45Z</issued>
  168. <modified>2014-08-02T23:25:15Z</modified>
  169. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/160310-2014-07-29-07-29-14-sameer-dossani-david-johnston-terry-bressi-mp3.htm">http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/160310-2014-07-29-07-29-14-sameer-dossani-david-johnston-terry-bressi-mp3.htm</a></p> <p><img src="https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/media/DeclareYourIndependenceRadioShowLogo.gif" width="403" height="290" alt="" /></p>
  170. <p>On July 29th, Checkpoint USA was interviewed by Ernest Hancock of <a href="http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Program-Page.htm?No=0001">Declare Your Independence</a> regarding my recent checkpoint encounters. The show can be accessed online <a href="http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/160310-2014-07-29-07-29-14-sameer-dossani-david-johnston-terry-bressi-mp3.htm">here</a>.
  171. </p>
  172. ]]></content>
  173. </entry>
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