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Pastor Tazed, Beaten by Border Patrol in Warrantless Search

Below is a shocking post about the attack of a Pastor by Border Patrol agents accustomed to using fear and force to get their way. Sometimes we need to connect the dots. An injustice to one is an injustice to all. Think about it.

From Dave Bennion at the Immigrant Rights blog on Change.org:

According to this pastor, the State Security Apparatus decided to break his car windows, taze him repeatedly, and then stomp on his head because he refused to consent to a warrantless search and seizure in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.

The CBP officers who attacked Pastor Anderson must have gotten a little too used to terrorizing the undocumented and forgotten that citizens may not be so easily intimidated.  But the reason State Security jails, deports, or tortures foreigners has less to do with keeping citizens safe than with keeping them compliant.  Sometimes the mask slips a bit to reveal the ugliness underneath.

This search happened within the CFZ–the Constitution-Free Zone–that extends 100 miles inland from the border in which DHS conducts warrantless searches.  Two-thirds of the American public lives there.

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