"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ben Swann, Terry Bressi & My Fifth Circuit Appeal

"According to the Government, '(a)ll that is required of the vehicle's occupants is a response to a brief question or two and possibly the production of a document evidencing a right to be in the United States.' " - Justice Powell, Supreme Court of the United States

The other day I had the pleasure of chatting with Ben Swann from Truth in Media, and Terry Bressi from CheckPointUSA.org, on my civil suit appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

When it comes to knowledge of suspicionless Border Patrol checkpoints located far from the border, Ben and Terry are better than Ben and Jerry.  And that's quite the compliment coming from a fat guy.

This is a great educational piece for those few who are concerned with our Constitution, and the rights of American citizens in the face of armed government agents.

It was a great conversation to have with two very principled people, and I think it might be useful for my brethren in public service who want to be truly good at their jobs.  Also, I think it's important for us to remember that a good American is a good American, regardless of whether or not they wear a military or police or DHS uniform.  But for those who do wear the uniform, they have sworn and are paid to be good Americans, and should not be outdone by the guy in the dreads who does it better without compensation, simply because he has superior character and knows and loves America more than those his tax monies employ.

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