Via TalkLeft a very worthwhile website, roadblock.org, run by an organization working against the unconstitutional roadblocks so popular with U.S. law enforcement these days. From the website:
We oppose the use of roadblocks, period. The only justification for stopping citizens under a roadblock scenario is to warn them of an unseen peril that could cause injury or death to an unsuspecting motorist. So-called "sobriety check points," or seat belt checks, or the myriad of other excuses the government concocts to harass and intimidate its citizens through the use of roadblocks are, in our opinion unconstitutional and in direct contradiction to any honest definition of freedom.
Hear, hear! They keep a list of roadblock locations and have other useful info. Here's the fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in case any of you don't remember it. (I know you all have it memorized, but bear with me)
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.
How any judge failed to see how random searches at roadblocks violate this amendment is beyond me.
:: Walter 9:24 PM [+] ::