I'm not sure where you going there Lex? Seem as if the whole article is bunk to you just because of two things and I can tell a hint of 'anti-copness'. I hope that isn't the case because 'JBT fear' disease seems very rampant throughout the 'net' in gun forums.
Yeah, I did read those and the one about how a cop will be there to prevent a theft made me chuckle a bit but tell me if it doesn't ever happen. I also chuckle at the Brinks TV commercial where there is a couple in their new house and the bad guy made the TV commercial wimp and run like a girl. I'd recommend that people take steps to protect themselves, specifically via a 12 gauge, but in fact most burglaries occurr when the home is unoccupied, which unless you have that Brinks alarm, most likely will go w/o a cop responding.
I've been a LEO for almost 15 years. I've yet to meet a single cop/LEO rubbing their hands to gether in an evil fashion saying, "I can't wait until the US Constitution is abolished". It isn't there, period! Most issues involving police misconduct usually involves a rookie, but they usually don't get the media attention like a more veteran cop gets, unless they go beserk and gun GF and others down with an AR. But police misconduct occurs as you guys are well aware of already to the 'nth degree.
Let me address a little what it's like to be in LE. Initially being a cop is something that is idealogical at the time, before being exposed to a non-stop stream of liars, crooks, and all around general criminals. Guys (and gals) come into this thinking that they will make a positive impact to their community. We all know that doing this won't make us rich, may loose the job, your house, your own freedom, your life. Kinda the same mentality as to joining the Marines I would say. It's very thankless. No cop gets to go to a call where they are welcomed by all. More often than not at least one person there doesn't want to see us. So I knew then, and a lot more now, that us LEO's are not so popular, to the point it is expected. But at no time had I desire, nor do anyone I know, ever said or though that we need to shitcan our Constitution. Quite the contrary, where since the Academy, is the U.S. Constitution ever so drilled into us. And, as I've read and heard elsewhere from lawyers in law school, the 2nd isn't mentioned a lot. Actually I learned a lot more about the 2nd and gun laws from being on 'da net', hearing it from others, reading it over a few times. Us LOE's are very familiar with the 4th, and 5th Amendments and enough of the 1st.
But, none the less, cops in general strive to do their best for 'Da Citizens', and all citizens. We always don't get it right. I would dwelve more into this and will so on a tit for tat basis. I would add, although everyone I speak to seems to want to lie to cops, I'd have to say 94% of 'Da people' are not the people I look for and they tend to go about their lives generally obeying the law. And EVERYONE NEEDS TO REMEMBER, cops do not generate or invent the laws. There have been instances where some obscure law violation gets misinterpeted, or misconstrued, most istances if it isn't cut and clear cops won't enforce it. I've been Border Patrol for 10 of those 15 years and nothing is more f-up than trying to interpet immigration laws. And believe me there are times that stupid laws get enforced, or things are done that most do not agree with. Anyone who has known me for the while I've been on this forum knows that I know fellow agents facing prosecution where all of us are saying "WTF?!?!", however I'm not in the driver seat of that investigation. And as I've stated before way too many laws are being passed without legislators taking the foresight to establish it's long term effects. But who are the suckers stuck enforcing these laws. I see more on this issue later.
About driving accross the country w/o needing papers, unfortunately not quite accurate. We do need a driver's license. And the vehicle needs to be registered and insured. Are these things listed in The Constitution? No. Driving is a priviledge but try and tell that to most Americans. Sobriety checkpoints. I've only experienced one. More on that in a bit. Immigration Checkpoints. Practically everyday. That is something most Americans never experience.
So, near the border, specifically southern border, there may be a chance a U.S. citizen may get stopped, along with everyone else. BTW, few cars get stopped, most are flagged. What documents do people need to carry in order to prove that they are a US Citizen? None. BP can only stop people on reasonable suspicion, not because the license plate light is out, or about a jillion reasons most cops can stop a vehicle. However, even though our forefathers had the sense to protect the people's rights (notice I didn't say citizens) that the 4th Amendment somehow applies to vehicle stops!! They didn't have cars in 1791, so how did they know to formulate the Constitution that will make it a valid documents years ahead never dreaming that it too is applied to stopping a vehicle or for any cop just to make contact with someone. I will make this clear, I don't spend my days trying to figure "a way around" the Constitution. If I decide to stop someone I do make the effort to find a reason where I won't stop them. It makes the difference when it comes whether or not it will waste my time. A lot of restrictions are placed on the U.S. LEO's in this day and age as there where at any point in our history. Just look at what a LEO were able to do 50, 75, 100, 150 years ago.
Sobriety checkpoints. If you actually do know your rights you will know what a cop can and can't do. The one time I did get stopped at the one and only SB checkpoint I've been through was by a young cop. I can tell he was a reserve, or so if I'm wrong... let's not hope so. Usually reserve cops/auxiliaries man SB checkpoints b/c I'm sure most cops like doing it as much as I don't like manning BP checkpoints. Well the cops introduces himself, quite lengthy intro. Informs me that it was a sobriety checkpoint. I figured by the first two seconds seeing me with groceries in the PAX seat, wearing sweatpants, sandals with socks (hey it was cold), and I said "Hi" that would be all he needs to see that I obviously don't look like or smelled like I just came from the bar, besides the fact he saw me going in the other direction a half an hour earlier. But no. He asked where I was coming from and going.
Well, I have also asked this question before at people I've stopped. BUT, by the time I do ask this question I would have at least a half dozen good reasons to even consider asking that particular one. Trying not to be an asshole myself I asked him CAMLY and POLITELY, "Why do you need to know?". I could see that I just rattled this young buck's cage. He went on that they encounter a lot of drug smuggling in the area and just wanted to know. My answer, along with that 'are you stupid' look on my face was, "No shit". This should have clued him in other than I look like a cop 24/7 and that practically every 3rd vehicle on the south end of Sierra Vista is a BP Agent. I then asked him, "So do you normally encounter drug smugglers going TOWARDS Mexico, wearing sandals and socks, and just coming from Fry's Supermarket?". He got the hint.
To make that revelant to the article, although there may be an instance where one may have a slight encounter at a sobriety checkpoint that rarely occurs, or worse yet, a BP checkpoint, at least in this country we 'da people' are protected by law, that we are innocent until proven guilty, that we are to be protected by unreasonable search and seizure AND that you can tell a cop to fuck off, either politely or point blank, while wiping your ass with the American flag and you won't go to jail for doing so, although I'd only recommend that you don't do that if the cop has you doing 50 in a 25 zone.
Just so ya'll know that I don't merely have a black and white experience on checkpoints, I too have been stopped by corrupt cops, and military soldiers,... in Mexico. And how do I know that they were corrupt by US standards? I gave them $40 after they tried to extort some $340 for doing 7 kilometers per hour over. Soldiers will stop you at several checkpoints along the same route and search your vehicle w/o explaining jack.
So, the article is pretty dead on.