Friday, April 17, 2009

Updates on border patrol beating

Update (4/19) - 8:37 am:

Something to think about today:

Please click here to view a video clip on "How Stuff Works" entitled "Future Weapons: X26". This is the exact same model of Taser gun that was used on my husband REPEATEDLY. This clip is not suitable for viewing by children, as it is quite sickening. It starts out with the words "Here is something you don't GET to do every day" and ends by the "good guy" chuckling.

Please also take the time to read the article: "Death by Taser: The Killer Alternative to Guns".

Taser's official website has information on their guns. Please notice their company logo: a picture of the world, with an electric shock going through it. I also found their new "Taser Shockware" very perturbing.

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Update
(4/18) - 10:17 pm:

Thank you again to all who have written to us expressing their sympathy. If you wrote to the info@faithfulwordbaptist.org address, you most likely received an error message that your email could not be delivered. However, this is not correct, as all mail sent to that account is immediately also forwarded to Pastor Anderson's personal email account. He has received and read these emails, and greatly appreciates the support and encouragement.

It is unlikely that this blog will be updated tomorrow, as our time on Sundays is spent on church-related activities. My husband will be preaching the morning service at 10:30 am and the evening service at 6:30 pm as usual.

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Update
(4/18) - 3:34 pm:

Fox 10 News in Phoenix is airing a report on this incident at 9 and 10 pm tonight.

My husband will be a guest on Alex Jones Live on Tuesday at noon PST.

The Arizona Republic published an article on page 3 of the "Valley and State" section today.

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Update
(4/18) - 10:48 am:

Please continue to keep our family and this situation in your prayers. We appreciate the many emails, calls, etc. that we have received from around the country and the world.

Also, I would like to ask everyone to be courteous and professional when calling any of the government agencies involved. They are still conducting their internal investigations.

Click here to listen to a live radio interview my husband did last night with a local radio station, where he took on a supposedly conservative talk show host.

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Update:

World News Daily featured an article on this here. I would like to clarify that my husband was NOT driving a rental car, as the article states, but his own vehicle. From this article, it seems that agent Vik was under the wrong assumption that my husband war driving a rental car, even though Pastor Anderson has made it clear all along that he was driving his own vehicle.


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Update
(4/17) - 9:30 pm:

This evening, Lt. Anderson did finally call me about my husband's camcorders. They will not be released any time soon. His department is also still conducting their internal investigation on this matter, and he was unable to give me any details as to when they may make a public statement about this matter.

My husband made anther YouTube clip showing some of the wires from the taser guns that he found in his car:




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Update
(4/17) - 6:26 pm:

The name and badge number of the other DPS officer who was involved in this incident is J. Mitchell, badge # 3473.

Please continue to call DPS about the actions of officers
R. Jones, badge # 2819, and J. Mitchell, badge # 3473. Please also continue to contact Lt. Anderson at (928) 782-1679 about my husband's confiscated camcorders. In spite of several promises from his agency that they would be contacting us this afternoon, we have yet to hear from them or be able to get a hold of Lt. Anderson personally.

Despite numerous requests by media, attorneys, and ourselves for DPS (highway patrol) and DHS (border patrol) to release their respective tape recordings of the abuse, they have not made them public yet.

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Update
(4/17) - 3:10 pm:

Watch Pastor Anderson's online interview with Breitbart.tv by clicking here.

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Update (4/17) - 2:52 pm:


Many have asked how my husband's arraignment in Wellton, AZ went today. After consulting with his attorney yesterday, my husband did not have to appear in court today. We will keep you posted on this matter.

To this moment, DHS (highway patrol) has still not returned my husband's two video cameras that they found in his vehicle. We were told that Lt. Anderson was the one in charge of this issue, but that he was not in is office at this time. If you are so inclined, please call his office at (928) 782-1679 to ask that my husband's personal belongings be returned to him immediately, as well as that the tapes from the cameras in the officer's patrol car be made available to the public.

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Update (4/17) - 11:18 am:

Channel 5 News has made their clip on this incident available for online viewing. It is one of the top stories on their website right now, and this is the direct link to the article where you can also view the news clip that aired on TV last night.


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Update (4/17) - 9:58 am:


Many have written asking where to send physical mail to. Please use our church address for all these matters:

Faithful Word Baptist Church
c/o Pastor Steven Anderson
2707 W Southern Ave, Suite 105
Tempe, AZ 85282

For donations, rather than sending a check, you can simply click on the widget in the sidebar on the right. This account was personally set up by Pastor Anderson, and 100% of your contributions will reach him and be used to offset his legal costs, medical bills, and other expenses incurred by this incident.


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Update (4/17) - 6:28 am:


Thank you to all who have written and expressed their support for my husband and our family. We have read every single email and received all phone calls/voice messages. Thank you also to everyone who has contributed financially to help cover our legal costs not only for defending Steven Anderson against the two misdemeanors he is being charged with, but to also counter-sue the various agencies involved. The widget in the sidebar is very slow to update, so if you make a contribution and you do not see the amount increase right away, please know that we are notified and updated immediately.

If you would like to help, please spread the information of my husband's abuse to all your friends, the media, etc.

You can also contact the Department of Homeland Security (border patrol) at 1-800-BE-ALERT and ask about the actions of their agents, specifically these persons:

C. Diaz - email: cesar.diaz@DHS.gov
E. Gomez - email: Ernesto.Gomez@DHS.GOV
B. Griffith

There were more border patrol agents involved in this incident, but some of them had their name tags covered by jackets. Please also demand that the tapes of the surveillance cameras be made available to the media and our attorney immediately. Both have put in requests for them, and have a legal right to see them. While my husband was being held in the border patrol trailer where the monitors to all the surveillance cameras are, he saw several cameras that showed the agents searching his car from various angles, so we are confident that the cameras will have also picked up their violent attack on him.

You can also call the Arizona Department of Public Safety (highway patrol) and ask about the actions of the officer involved, R. Jones, badge # 2819. Please also ask for the surveillance cameras in the patrol cars to be made available to us and the media.

It is interesting that the two agencies involved are trying to put responsibility for this attack on each other. DPS claims that their officers never use Taser guns, while border patrol is saying that it was only the DPS officer(s) who were using Taser guns.

As far as my husband's condition goes, he is certainly still very shook up by this incident and
in a lot of pain from his injuries, but handling it as well as could be expected. He has secured a very good attorney who specializes in cases like this.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. This has been a traumatic time for our young children, as it was impossible to entirely shield them from an explanation of why their Dad looks so terrible. One of our children in particular has had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that his Dad was abused in such a horrible manner by government officials. Personally, I cannot even think about the incident itself much because I panic when I realize that my husband could very well have been killed. While the last three days have been very stressful and difficult, we are confident that God is and will continue to work things out the way He wants them to.

We will keep updating this blog for information on the case. Thank you for your support!

P.S.: Many people have alerted us that their email to our church's email address, info@faithfulwordbaptist.org, came back as undelivered because the mailbox is full. However, my husband did receive all those emails, as they are automatically forwarded to his personal email address.

40 comments:

  1. I am a friend on your father, Ray,and Denise. Last night at the karaoke bar they told me about what happened and then they aired you youtube clip. I hope you are doing well and that you fight for your civil rights on this. I have many law enforcement officers in my family and they were appauled on what happened. God bless you!!!

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  2. I tried making a comment on another post. Not sure if it took or not. At any rate, I wanted to let you know that this happening to your husband is as if it is happening to me too as well as every American! I stand with you in prayer.

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  3. Unfortunately because of Steve's stand against abortion he's considered (and everyone else who stands against baby murder) by the department of homeland security to be a domestic terrorist threat.
    http://www.aclj.org/OnTheTv/?aP=8fa50b54-2e6c-4d23-85c4-f70e4d3fa66c&mmType=4&email=aimee@needaz.com&guid=FFCA18C6-7C0E-43C2-9155-DC170A0F170C
    This is how the government will silence all those who stand for their freedoms and the Word of God.
    I'm glad you were able to get this story out on the news and I would recommend emailing Glenn Beck

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  4. I don't watch the news...so would you be so kind as to update on Pastor Steven's arraignment and what transpired with his first court appearance...I saw his story on youtube and he said at the end that his arraignment is Friday...as in THIS Friday?...please let the public know what is happening...I don't like watching the news...too negative...but I will check your blog for updates...thanks, and hang in there...your husband did the right thing...and choosing NOT to answer questions does NOT justify being beat up...I am so ashamed of these men with badges and tasers...have they all forgotten that they serve the public?

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  5. I will keep your cildren in my prayers. I witnessed my dad being attacked when I was a child but I imagine that this is probably more traumatic even though they didn't see it because it was by the people who are supposed to protect you. I imagine it must be very hard for them to understand.

    I posted the videos from your previous post on my blog by the way.

    I noticed on one of the news articles you linked to that someone commented saying that the fourth ammendment rights don't apply to border patrols for some reason but if that is so then I don't see why they didn't tell your husband this. Also even if it is true I don't think that the treatment he describes can be considered to be reasonable or in proportion to the offence.

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  6. I contacted the Arizona governor and CCed to DPS demanding a public apology, release of the tapes, the firing of officer Jones and prosecution for battery against all involved.

    I also contacted the DHS secretary and CCed to DHS inspector general headquarters, DHS inspector general Yuma office and CBP Tuscon office, demanding a public apology, release of the tapes, the firing of the border agents involved, that the issue be turned over to Arizona state authorities for prosecution, and that the secretary request of the governor to have charges against Mr. Anderson dropped.

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  7. Your video was posted on infowars.com and dailypaul.com, two high traffic websites. Alex Jones is a friend of Liberty and long-standing activist. I would suggest you attempt to contact him through either prisonplanet.com or infowars.com. He is the guy that leaked the story about the MIAC report (if you don't know what that is google it) that spread to the mainstream media. We're with you.

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  8. Wow! Made it to breitbart.com! That's pretty significant!

    When I got there, the story was already to the side. Here's the link that got me to their video. You might want to post this:

    http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=321163&widget=1

    Thanks again,
    Kevin

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  9. I am a pro-choice liberal who is an activist for human rights. What happened to this pastor will become more and more frequent unless we all learn our rights and stand up to lawless authority figures. Fight for your rights as an American citizen. Follow the lead of this pastor. Refuse to be searched. Learn your rights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

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  10. Here's the Alex Jones link that andrexei was presumably talking about: http://www.infowars.com/baptist-pastor-says-he-was-tased-beaten-by-border-patrol/

    It's also currently the featured video at http://www.youtube.com/thealexjoneschannel

    As I mentioned in another comment, you should contact Infowars and try to get on Alex Jones' show.

    By the way, I HIGHLY recommend you contact the Fully Informed Jury Association at http://www.fija.org/ and see what can be done to help Pastor Anderson get a jury that is informed about jury nullification. See http://www.fija.org//index.php?page=displaytxt&id=29

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  11. Newly-posted clip of Jason Bermas talking about the incident on his show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx62nqCICao

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  12. From having family in the field of law enforcement, there's no reason for everyone to call this officer. Your attorney simply needs to subpeona these things. The videos will be copied and given to him. That's the law and it will be done. No reason for a phone campaign or harassment of an officer no matter if he was right or wrong. Stay within what's right and make sure you are 100% above reproach so when his day in court comes, he will have a spotless record and they can't say one single bad thing against his character. That really hurts in cases like this.

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  13. Food for thought while you're soaking all of this up. I found an interesting article as well as an interesting website today because of what your husband is going through:

    http://www.yumasun.com/news/sector_41890___article.html/border_patrol.html

    checkpointusa.org <-- This guy uses a lot of the Constitution, court case rulings as well as general what I call Jeffersonian Doctrine in his arguments.

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  14. Outraged in AmericaApril 17, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Truly disgusting! It's terrible that law enforcement thinks they can just do what ever they please. They believe themselves above the law. Sickening.

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  15. I'm just watching the interview with breitbart.tv now.

    One thing that I think is crucial to point out. (Disclaimer: I'm a former EMT in New York State, so I have some experience with this.)

    Pastor Anderson says that the DPS officer used White Out on the police form several times.

    I don't know how they do things there, but White Out is a big big big big no-no up where I come from.

    We never ever use White Out. If you make a mistake on a form or in a log book, you cross it out with a single line, sign your initials next to it, and continue with the corrected version.

    This is because White Out conceals evidence of what was written before.

    Hence the requirement for a single line and initials, so anybody examining the document can see what was changed, what it was changed from, and who made the change.

    I don't know if this is a big deal, but it may be worth mentioning to your attorney.

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  16. It also occurs to me that these checkpoints are a classic example of what security expert Bruce Schneier calls "security theater:"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_theater

    If all the smugglers have to do is take a different route (it seems like these checkpoints are relatively static, and even if they move around, they could have somebody "clean" drive ahead and let the smugglers know what's going on), then what the heck do they think they're going to catch at these checkpoints?

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  17. New WorldNetDaily article: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95300

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  18. Border Patrol agents Diaz, Gomez and Griffiths must be held accountable. Publicize their names everywhere and demand justice be served to make other law enforcement agents realize what they do in the dark will be brought to light and they won't get away with it, so they had better stay within the Constitutional rule of law and uphold it, not break it or stomp rights of American citizens.

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  19. I am glad he called you back with a status update on the videos. I am sure they won't make it public yet, no surprise. They have to do their entire investigation before they are released publicly. They would be remiss in doing it earlier. So at least you know they are taking that part of the job seroiusly. They are doing that part right. I am sure your husband's video is very crucial in their investigation and is now considered evidence and tagged as such. If this goes to trial (for the officers) he won't get it back for quite a while. If they are concerned you will go public with it before they have concluded their investigation, they won't release them for quite a while. They can't chance tainting the public's opinion in the off chance that these officers end up facing any type of criminal charges. That would be a huge, huge mess in trying to get them a fair trial. Guilty or innocent, we all deserve a fair trial. Your husband does, they do if it's shown they did anything criminal.

    Be patient, have no worries, be of good cheer. We are all praying God's will be done in this. I pray that the truth will come out, no matter what that truth is, and that His will be done, no matter which side of this issue that falls on. His will above our own.

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  20. This is absolutely HORRIBLE!

    Unfortunately, the Republicans for the last 8 years ensured that torture and lawlessness by even the President was ok and replaced the rule of laws under our constitution. The right wing fully supported all of these abuses to our constitution and our bill of rights.

    Unfortunately, this horrible and unfortunate beating of this Pastor is the direct result of what lawlessness leads to.

    I am sorry to say that there are no victims here. Maybe now you will all wake up and realize that big brother can cut both ways.

    Please join the rest of us folks who are all for upholding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, even for those we may not agree with.

    Thank you.

    Oh, and BTW, sue the *uck out of those bastards who were responsible for these violent lawless acts! I hope the cops who did this all go to jail where they BELONG!

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  21. Great debate! Crummey was no match for Steve.

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  22. I thought staying safe is the best option to your family as he needs to continue his ministry as well as take care of your family including your 5 kids.. I mean we are considered minority, a white christian male who defends the civil right..and fight against the government is dangerous.. no matter what we do the government won't be affected by our opinions. Until our Lord Jesus Christ comes back and reign this world, there won't be peace in this world. Stay safe for your kids and your church!

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  23. That is appalling, I am so sorry that this happened to your husband. How can the police/border patrol, who are supposed to be protecting the nation, do something like this? I hope he is OK and I am sure all the legal proceedings will go smoothly. After all, he has done nothing wrong. My thoughts are with your family at this time.

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  24. Report in the Civil Liberties Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner~y2009m4d17-Pastor-claims-attack-by-Border-Patrol-Arizona-DPS

    Also, here is a story summarizing the "Constitution-free zone" in which 2/3 of us live, and a somewhat similar (and thankfully far less violent) incident (involving an officer of the ACLU!). What's eerie is the same dubious story about a dog "alerting" and thus giving probable cause to search.
    http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner~y2009m1d4-Train-search-just-another-incident-from-the-Constitutionfree-zone

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  25. this is a disgrace, i hope everyone involved is brought to light and to justice....

    i have a truth blog, and i will be posting info on this there...

    trict.blogspot.com

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  26. In the future, citizens will need to have their video footage automatically uploaded to the internet. If villains steal your cameras, you'll still have a copy to broadcast to the world. Thankfully, the technology is already available:

    http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=2245

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  27. http://www.theagitator.com/2009/04/17/baptist-minister-says-he-was-beaten-at-internal-border-check/#comments

    Story on Radley Balko's blog.

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  28. Notice the taser demonstration video stated it was for use on a guy coming at someone with a lethal weapon, not an unarmed man.

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  29. My take is this: you have my full support pending a public review of the video of this mess. And if that video isn't made available and/or "disappears", you most certainly will still have my support, and there's going to be hell to pay.

    The use of multiple tasers at once should be considered deadly force. If that happened, we should see attempted murder charges.

    One question: does anybody have a citation to the US Supreme Court case that authorized these checkpoints "for illegals"? I'd like to read it.

    Finally, something here I don't get: if the dog is trained to sniff for both drugs and "concealed" humans, then he'd going to alert on every vehicle, right? Because there's a human IN the vehicle (as remote controlled full size cars are so far pretty damn rare). Unless they want to claim Pastor Anderson isn't human...come to think, that seems to be how they treated him...

    Anyways. Gallows humor aside, one dog that can check for both issues seems...unlikely, right? At least not without a lot of false positives.

    That's aside from the issue of whether the video shows the dog really did alert.

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  30. I can sympathise with what your going through pastor, ..i'm a resident in California, but my mom is a resident of the state of Arizona, ..during this tough times she was a victim of identity theft, as a result she lost her home, cars, and had a nervous breakdown in the process.
    A productive member of society never arrested for anything, was then recently arrested (last week), and treated like a dog, a 54 year old woman handcuffed in the back of the seat of a squad car, unbelted in, ..had to go through having the arresting officer "give her a lesson"...by slamming on the breaks several times so she could be thrown from her seat to the back of the metal barrier between the officer and my mom.
    This is just one of many things that were done to a 54 year old 5 foot 1 woman of 120 pounds. Sounds like this state has an ongoing problem with their officers, ..I'm glad that someone is sticking up for themselves, and it will hopefully help others from being treated like animals.

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  31. We followed this from Alex Jones, then Youtube, now here. And I've been reading over my husband's shoulder. I am so sorry about what happened to your husband. I do think this has inspired me to make my blog much more political now.

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  32. http://theblacksentinel.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/police-brutality.gif

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  33. How's Pastor Anderson healing at this point? How did you handle this with the kids? Did you explain to them the whole situation or did you just not tell them? Do you think that if you file a civil suit, they might use some of the pastor's police related you tube videos against him? Did he ever get his cameras and damaged property back?

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  34. I’ve been listening to the radio interview that was posted here and I believe the argument of being tortured, defenseless, and begging for mercy is being used excessively. Protecting your 4th amendment rights is one thing, but to completely disregard the importance of answering simple questions by our BP or DPS is asking to be questioned more. Answering the simple questions or even just rolling down your window will more often than not lead to you driving away without being searched. I pray that God encourages you through all of this.

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  35. I am very sorry to hear about this. I drive through border patrol checkpoints on either side of El Paso from time to time, and they are very threatening. I feel like the point is to control me, not control illicit activity.

    I've thought about doing what your husband did, but didn't have the nerve -- I've always had my wife and kids in the car and have not wanted to cause them trouble. But good for him.

    I do hope the guards will be brought to justice and we will get rid of these systems that are harrassing innocent citizens.

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  36. Greetings,

    Please be careful when placing blame on Taser. It isn't Taser's fault these morons attacked your husband anymore than it would be a firearm manufacturers fault if they had shot him.

    I donated for your fees, and added your youtube vid to my blog...our family will be praying for yours tonight. Blessings.

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  37. Hooray and hugs to Pastor Steve Anderson, our active military and veterans, Dads, patriots, those who believe in or support and/or who post in defense or support of them, our freedom, liberty, rights, the U.S. Constitution, and opposition to government (i.e. injustice system) abuse of authority, citizens, power and taxes!
    Our government is civil servants who answer, serve, submit to, work for and are paid by us, not vice versa!!

    The Border Patrol, Dept of Public Safety, DHS, FBI, highway patrol, Clintons, Obama, police, State of Arizona, Maricopa Co. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, most judges, many of our arrogant, complacent and corrupt government officials are guilty of abusing power, intimidating, oppressive, punitive, terroristic and treasonous actions under color of law, including undermining, violating and warring against the U.S. Constitution. Globalist, socialist, badge-kissers, politician-kissers, Taser-kissers and tax-return-lovers defend and support them and their abusive actions.

    These domestic/internal checkpoints/roadblocks, the supposed illegal immigration policy, the War On Drugs, and the War On Terrorism are really a conspiratorial cover and deception to criminalize, dominate and terrorize the American population, steamroll and wage a War On The Bill Of Rights, innocent citizens and their liberty and privacy, and search and seize their personal information and property as they please!

    Law enforcement agents are more hinderance than help. I've been harassed many times unnecessarily. I know of at least four crimes committed against me or my family for which the authorities hav failed or refused to investigate or arrest. I think their main agenda are to deceive and entrap (regardless of guilt or innocent), consume coffee and doughnuts, hold a double standard between them and the public about: asking and answering questions - obeying laws - the right to carry and use arms - and shining flashlights at you, to interfere in civil matters, intimidate with badges guns and uniforms, invade people's privacy, occupy the public like an invaded military, obstruct justice, help raise revenue through citations and fines, spend (waste) tax revenue, suspect and detain and interrogate people as guilty until proven innocent, and to terrorize and torture with guns, Tasers, and other means. Citizens and taxpayers are their masters. Law enforcement agents are public servants, just as any other government employee or official. They are hired to protect and serve but don't really care about citizens' families, justice, liberty, privacy, property, rights, safety, sovereignty, truth, etc.
    like We The People do !

    There's a double standard and like a taboo between law enforcement officers/personnel and the public about the right to carry arms and use them or other force for defense. "They can but you can't." When civilians fight back, otherwise use force or shoot a cop they get "the book thrown at them", are condemned and reviled by all other cops, the whole justice system and society. When cops beat up, demean, dehumanize, humiliate, intimidate, murder, mutilate, shoot, Taser, terrorize, torture or traumatize people they usually are only put on temporary "administrative" leave and the incident is merely cursorily or nominally "investigated" or "reviewed" before returning to work as usual. In civil and criminal lawsuits the decision is often in cops' favor. Courts are usually persuaded by cops' evidence and testimony over civilians'. Abuse and corruption of power is so prevalent among cops and other government agents that they each should be considered just as another armed individual and potential threat rather than legal and reliable protection. In a group they can be as dangerous as, and should be considered as, a criminal or military organization.

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  38. You are in our thoughts and prayers...

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  39. Some may think that it would have been the easy way out just to comply, but there are things we need to stand for and in this case I believe Pastor Steve Anderson did a great thing by standing for the right. One day, according to God's Holy Word we will have to decide to stand for Christ even unto death!! This is a small example of what this nation is coming to and soon the world will have a leader that will demand a mark to be taken and you can only buy and sell through this mark and if you do take this mark you are damned to hell and if you do not you will be tortured and killed, but the Glory that awaits is worth it!! These incidents are getting worse and will. Bravo to you Pastor Anderson and may you stand if God ever calls you and your family to stand unto the death. I will be praying for you as I do for all our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who stand for the faith even unto their lives!!! Remember Stephen from the Book of Acts!!

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  40. You sir are a true American and a hero. Thank you for standing up for all of our rights. I have been following you on You Tube and I am looking for your results on the civil suit. I hope you you teach the public departments and the individuals a monetary lesson that they will NEVER forget.

    There are many of us out there just getting our eyes opened to the clear violation of our rights that happens every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking a stand!

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