Failure to Obey
According to current federal law, Border Patrol agents now have the authority to conduct searches on vessels, trains, aircraft, or privately owned vehicles anywhere within a 100-mile radius of the border. If you’re within that zone even your cellphone, laptop, and any other electronic devices can be searched for no specific reason. Basically in this area the fourth amendment doesn’t exist and at any time The Department of Homeland Security may conduct unreasonable hunts.
This Fourth Ammendment free zone includes the entire population of Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Michigan.
Border Patrol agents routinely disregard or misunderstand the limits of their legal authority probably due to ignorance, a lack of training, or simply anger. These agents repeatedly violate the constitutional rights of innocent people by being offensive and even physically abusive.
Approximately 200 million people, or two-thirds of the U.S. population, are potentially subject to detention and warrantless searches by erratic Border Patrol agents.
This film documents the story of Steven Anderson, a Baptist pastor who was stopped under false pretenses about 75 miles away from the border. He was then tasered for twenty seconds, beaten, and jailed for refusing a warrant-less search of his vehicle. His vehicle was violently broken into when he refused to step out to be arrested. Pastor Anderson had the wisdom to film the entire shocking encounter in which it is quite obvious that the officers involved were simply trying to pick a fight.
When his vehicle was stopped, the agents informed him that the dog had signaled that there were either drugs or humans in his trunk. Pr. Anderson saw the dog sniff his vehicle then walk away. At the trial an expert witness testified that the dog had been trained to sit as soon as he smelled drugs or humans in the trunk of a car. When the agents insisted that Anderson was carrying illegal cargo, he repeatedly asked them to bring the dog out again. They, of course, refused.
The film also covers Steven Anderson’s trial and subsequent border patrol encounters.
If you think these ridiculous encounters only happen to certain people or in certain third-world countries, you need to watch this film now.