J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles - February
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comes to the question of police road blocks (a.k.a. license or
points), you most likely fall within one of three possible
either: (a) appreciate them because the small amount of time
a person is
detained is well worth it if only one life is saved; (b) you don't really have
an opinion one way or another because you're not politically inclined and
besides you feel like, if a person is not doing anything wrong they should not
be agitated or concerned; or, (c) you resent police road blocks at the core
because you feel like, in a free country, innocent people should not be
subjected to the same sort of treatment as criminals receive. I personally am a
Last night, my wife, daughters and I were driving home from a
family outing when we happened upon and were stopped at one of the now-common
license check/road blocks last night. It was about ten o'clock on a remote
stretch of rural Alabama highway. We waited impatiently until it was our turn to
meet with our inquisitor. The officer (one of several there on the scene) asked
to see my wife's license and proof of auto insurance (while he was obviously
surveying the inside of the vehicle to make sure everyone was wearing a seatbelt
and that no contraband was evident). As she handed over her license, I asked
what was the nature of the stop. The officer responded, "Just making sure the
laws are being followed."
Although this may have been the answer I
anticipated, it is not the answer
for which I hoped. Being rather "old
fashioned" in my concept of "rights and liberty," I had hoped the officer might
say that they were looking for some escaped criminal or bank robber, in which
case I would have accepted the inconvenience. This officer, however, on this
occasion, was not looking for any specific criminal; he was looking instead for
someone he could make into a criminal. Now days, everyone is a potential
criminal, everyone a suspect. New recruits are taught that it is up to them to
discover what laws the public is violating. Of course, they are taught that it
is for the good of society.
While I searched in the dark for the
certificate, the officer circled the vehicle, checking the registration plate,
looking at the tread on the tires, and making sure all the lights were working.
Sure enough, it was not long before this officer discovered just what kind of
criminals we were. Apparently, we did not have our current "proof of insurance"
certificate on us (at least we could not find it in the dark). Now comes the
part they love. Now they have complete control and you are at their mercy -- and
they let you know it. They have discovered what law you are breaking -- you did
not produce the certificate upon demand!
I was doing the talking (though
my wife had been driving). My daughters sat quietly and patiently in the back. I
commented that I didn't appreciate
being stopped for no specific reason other
than to be investigated. I said,
"You don't go snooping through people's
houses to make sure no laws are
being violated there do you?" I continued,
"Why do you think it is alright
to systematically stop people in their
travels and investigate them on the
roads?" The officer's impatience with my
musings was becoming readily
apparent. He answered that driving is a
privilege and they are authorized to
make sure the laws are being followed. I
countered that to travel is a RIGHT but that it, like many other rights, has
been perversely converted into a pseudo-privilege by way of departmental policy
and practice. (I knew I was treading dangerously close to the edge. Under these
conditions speech is, after all, also a privilege you know. Furthermore,
not only are
officers taught that everyone is a suspect, the are also taught
that everyone is a potentially dangerous suspect and it doesn't take all that
much talking to cause the guns to come out. One officer told me, on another
similar occasion, that he would "screw a 9mm into my ear" if I didn't shut up).
The officer said that they are "authorized" to stop people and investigate them,
and that he was only doing his job. To which I responded with the obligatory
reference to Germany, Hitler and the Gestapo, stating that they too were
"authorized" to do what they did. (Actually, I find that law officers generally
don't seem to resent this analogy, neither did this one on this
So here we are, late at night, far out in the country side
without our requisite "proof" that we are indeed otherwise "law-abiding"
would like to be on our way home. The officer comments, "You
know, I can give you a ticket... or not... it's largely dependant upon your
So now it all boils down to my attitude and his control over it!
words, if I would "act" the way he intended, he would leave us alone
and let us proceed. (Yes, he so much as stated this.) Finally, digging around in
the dark of the glove compartment I was able to produce an
certificate -- albeit an expired one. After several reiterations
about his being able to ticket us if he so desired, we were finally allowed go.
('Though I'm certain this was only because the officer had become convinced,
with our assurance, that we did indeed have current insurance and the fine would
probably be dropped upon our later proof.)
Is this the America we want?
An America where we are constantly compelled to prove that we are not breaking
this law or that law, and constantly under investigation? Not me.
supposed attempt to determine a person's overall perspective on life,
question is often asked whether the person views a glass as "half full"
"half empty". It's all a matter of perspective. Consider, however, that if at
one time your glass was "full of freedom" and someone took half of it,
might appropriately view the glass as "half empty," with emphasis being placed
upon what is missing rather than what is left. As another example, if a slave
finds satisfaction in having all of his basic needs provided, and views the
demands made upon him as acceptable, then he may, with perfect contentment,
consider his glass "half full." Taking this a step further, since this is the
only life the slave has ever known and the only
"container" with which he can
relate, he may conclude that the life of a
slave is all there is and that his
glass is completely full (i.e., "this is all there is"). Others, who understand
what the slave is missing out on -- or what he could have with a little effort
on his part -- may look upon him with pity.
Some people will continue to
blissfully focus on what remaining freedoms we have left in America -- right up
to the end. The majority of present-day
Americans have been conditioned to
view their situation from this "half
full" perspective. The consequence is
that, as the contents (in this case
"freedoms and rights") are gradually
removed from the container America),
we continue to attempt to cast the most
positive perspective on our situation and look at the positive side of our
predicament (thankful for the
freedoms we have left). The problem arises when
the next generation comes along and this diminished point-of-reference becomes
their new standard by which they gauge their freedom. Their knowledge and
understanding of freedom is drawn from what we privately think of as our "half
full glass". That which the former generation looked upon optimistically as
"half full" now becomes to the next generation the new "whole container" (this
is all there is or ever was). Now, when half is again removed from their "full
glass," (leaving what would be only one-forth of the original amount) the new
generation is again conditioned to view their situation from the same rosy "half
The disheartening part is that the majority of
Americans today want law
enforcement to act this way -- to set up road blocks
and to investigate
everyone. The majority of Americans fall in to either
class "a" or class "b"
as described earlier. They insist on a "pro active"
police force. They want
to be protected from everything, and they want
government to do it for them. In fact, they insist on it. Imagine a national
emergency in today's America, Americans would demand that government act swiftly
to implement whatever measures it deemed necessary to protect them and their
lifestyle -- even if it means immediate institution of a totalitarian state.
Absent the national emergency, it will simply take a little longer to get
You ARE a suspect, make no mistake about it. And you ARE breaking
SOME law. It just so happens that your caliber of "law-breaker" is much less
dangerous (and much more profitable to apprehend) than real criminals. Real
criminals are dangerous! They don't generally have that much money to
confiscate, and they are hard to catch. You, on the other hand are not
dangerous; you are ready, willing and able to pay up; and you are real easy to
When I was a kid, whenever I saw a police officer stopping someone
I thought the person must have done something wrong and they were in trouble.
What do kids today think about seeing a police officer detaining someone and
questioning them? Do they think the officer is making the person "act right" or
"behave" or "follow the law," which the kids perceive as being their job? I
suspect they do. Of course, when I was the age my daughters are now (some
thirty-odd years age) it was not a crime to drive without proof of insurance,
there were no mandatory seatbelt laws, and my parents were never once stopped at
a police road block. I suspect that kids today typically do think it is the job
of government to make people act a certain way.
Government is in the
process of assimilating the tools it needs to make you
act in ways that are
most beneficial to it. In the near future you'll be
surveiled in ways you can only imagine now.
Once JAIL4Judges passes into law in this
country, incidents such as the above will be history as many are sure to
challenge this practice on Constitutional grounds, and the judges who hear these
Constitutional challenges will be faced with loosing their judicial careers at
the hands of We the People sitting upon the Special [Statewide] Grand Juries. In
fact, the populace will be totally agasp at just how J.A.I.L. will roll back the
tyrannical actions of government. The young people will not even recognize
what America has transformed into, for they will have no reference to what our
country used to be.
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