This video footage is over a year old, but we thought it still may be worth showing.
Any form of general warrant should be despised by a free people. Instead of punishing charged criminal behavior following due process of law to determine innocence or guilt, it punishes everyone merely due to the alleged behavior of one/some in the eyes of the “rulers”. In the case of checkpoints, it is punishment due to the potential alleged behavior of some.This goes against every legitimate legal principle!
It was the use of general warrants that, in a large degree, brought even people previously loyal to the British system (such as John Adams) to the realization that secession was the only practical way forward to maintain more complete self-determination in American society. This pushed along the movement that would culminate in the Declaration of Independence and it’s enforcement in the War that followed.
One example would be the British government’s actions following the infamous Boston Tea Party. Following the incident (which involved the nighttime raid and dumping of tea from the Dartmouth, a ship of the British East India Company, into Boston Harbor), the British Parliament passed a general punishment shutting down all of Boston Harbor in the Boston Port Act portion of the Coercive Acts (known by the colonists as “the Intolerable Acts” – termed appropriately as such by the Father of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams).
Once again, this goes against the basic legal principle of punishing those convicted of a crime following due process of law – instead, without even a pretension of due process, punishing the region due to the actions of a few!
It was this, in addition to many other examples in history as well as their own experience, that led to the determination to only allow particular and very specific warrants based upon evidence and verified by multiple parties in the American systems of government. This standard is clearly found in the clear language of Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” (emphases added)
This type of protection is also very clearly found in Utah’s Bill of Rights as found in Article One of the Utah Constitution.
The fact that Courts at every level of government haven’t maintained this clear moral legal standard is evidence enough of their complicity in the tyranny of today.
Here are some additional resources if you’d like further references:
– What To Do When You Get Pulled Over (Conservative Videos)
– America’s Internal Checkpoints (REASON Magazine)
– Pushback Against Federal Roadside Checkpoints Increasing (The New American)