By now, Freedom Outpost readers have read about forced blood draws in Georgia to gain evidence against those suspected of drunk driving. Articles about New Mexico police forcing two men to undergo body cavity searches and forced medical procedures have been published on the site, along with reports of a woman being stripped searched during arrest for drunk driving, as well as roadside invasive body cavity probes by police during routine traffic stops. These gross violations of Americans' Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights are occurring across the country. If it were only a few incidences, one could attribute it to rogue officers. However, at the rate these reports are surfacing, one can assume these violations are policy among the various law enforcement agencies involved.
If you don't believe we are living in a police state, devoid of our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, the detainment of individuals in Fort Worth, Texas, for breath samples, cheek swabs, saliva and blood might just change your mind. No, these individuals were not stopped for routine traffic violations. The Fort Worth Police Department established roadblocks and detained individuals to obtain samples of their body fluids and tissues for a government research study to determine the number of individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
According to The Blaze, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years and claims participation was '100 percent voluntary' and anonymous."
However, one driver, Kim Cope, reported that it didn't feel voluntary. Cope told NBC DFW that "it doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong."
Cope said she tried to gesture to one of the officers to continue on her way, but she was forced into a parking spot instead. She was shocked when the officers asked for a cheek swab and a blood sample. Cope did say payment was being offered for the samples - $10 for a cheek swab and $50 for a blood sample. She ended up doing a breathalyzer test, which was not reimbursable, in order to be done faster.
The government wants to calculate the number of individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs so they ask for samples that can be used to map an individual's DNA to do it; but, not to worry, it's voluntary and they'll pay you. Forcing someone off the road to obtain these samples is anything but voluntary. The government has now decided that Americans can be used as test subjects for a three year study, at their whim, while the samples they gather can be used to map DNA and establish a DNA database of Americans. It's not tattooing a number on your arm but it is a way of identifying Americans through a national database.
This is not a medical study to test a new drug that might be beneficial to managing or curing a disease or illness. The NHTSA did not advertise for test subjects to participate in the random sampling nor does it seem that citizens were informed they might be detained by law enforcement to ask for body fluid samples for their "research" survey. Why would they? The government now views your body as belonging to them since it has dispensed with the Fourth and Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
When inquiries were directed to the FWPD, spokesman Sgt. Kelly Peel issued this statement, "We are reviewing the actions of all police personnel involved to ensure that FWPD policies and procedures were followed. We apologize if any of our drivers and citizens were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey."
Well, that makes me feel so much better. The Fort Worth Police Department are reviewing their policies and procedures to make sure their officers' actions were compliant. One might assume from this statement, the FWPD has a policy and procedure in place to allow violation of the Fourth Amendment.
NBC DFW discovered that a government contractor, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, based out of Maryland, conducted the survey. Questions about this "survey" were referred to the NHTSA by the institute spokeswoman, who refused to speak with the news organization.
According to Fort Worth attorney Frank Colossi, the roadblock was more than likely unconstitutional since "you can't just be pulled over randomly for no reason."
In an America where the Constitution is the law of the land, Colossi's statement is accurate; however, the government and law enforcement agencies, after visiting the Constitutional buffet, have decided they don't like the Fourth Amendment so they just won't put it on their plate. Citizens will express outrage but will still participate out of fear of retribution or to be on their way faster. Does any of this sound familiar? If not, study the Rise of the Third Reich or watch it on the History Channel.
When the article covering the forced blood draws in Georgia on suspected drunk drivers appeared on Freedom Outpost, many individuals posted comments that supported this practice while downing those who opposed it by basically accusing those opposed to the practice of violating the law by driving drunk. These are the individuals in support of the government claiming ownership of your body and support "unreasonable search and seizure" to justify catching violators of the law. Remember, the liberal progressives know what's best for you despite the irrefutable evidence of unalienable rights endowed upon man by God and believe the Constitution is out of date and should be rewritten.
Being forced to relinquish your God-given rights because of fear of retaliation is the modus operandi of the police state. This violation was disguised as an innocent survey; however, it is anything but innocent. This country is getting closer to a blatant police state as the government becomes more emboldened in their actions.
If after all of this, you still don't believe we are in a police state, albeit a subtle one, then please tell me what it will take to convince you that our God-given rights have been being usurped by government?