Saturday, September 11, 2010

Don't Talk To Police: The Video-Taped Lesson

Phuket Island, Thailand

Tomorrow, I will respond in a coherent way to all of the comments generated by my refusal to answer questions from Customs and Border Protection officers.

For now -- and especially if you think I fall into the category of self-absorbed thoughtless jerk -- please watch this well-prepared law school video explaining why you should never, ever volunteer information to law enforcement officers.



The speaker is Prof. James Duane of Regent University School of Law.

11 Comments:

Anonymous M. Uecker said...

Part 2 is actually included in the video you linked. Did you watch the video?

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video, thanks for the link!!!

And thanks for standing up for your rights. That's an act of true patriotism. Giving up your rights to move through the queue faster is an act of cowardice.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Great lecture. Ignore the many commenters who don't understand that authority overstepping bounds is as bad as breaking the law.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a man wrongfully convicted, I can vouch for the fact that the most innocent of remarks can put you behind bars, and worse. If the only thing I did different on that day was keep my mouth shut, I wouldn't have spent time in jail, nor would I have a criminal record now.

My freedom will be limited for the rest of my life because I trusted the system. The biggest mistake I've ever made in my life.

11:59 AM  
Blogger E said...

Who are the speakers?
Where are they speaking?

12:28 PM  
Blogger PKL said...

I have corrected the duplicative link.

3:08 PM  
Blogger RoninJin said...

Regarding your incident returning to the US from China, I can certainly relate to that.
Three years ago I went to China myself and had the same experience coming home. The agent asked me if I was employed and I said no, since I had been laid off with a generous severance package and thought I’d take the rare opportunity to travel. He treated me like I was a suspect and actually was annoyed that I had the gall to exercise these great “Freedoms” I keep hearing about. I was too shocked and inexperienced with these matters to respond the way you did, but it’s good to know someone is fighting back.
Oh yeah, I also got to witness our fearless Terror Fighters detain and search a 80-something year-old Catholic priest who could barely walk, apparently for setting off a metal detector. I felt much safer after that:/

7:40 PM  
Blogger RoninJin said...

I would also like say how pathetic it is reading the comments of these mostly anonymous closet-fascists who apparently find it so convenient to go-along-to-get-along, and can’t abide anyone like you disturbing their perfectly ordered police state. The founders of this country would be so proud.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Isn't it hypocritical to call out the anonymous posters for remaining anonymous and at the same time voice your support for King Baby Privacy Champion? If you say you're for privacy then you shouldn't be criticizing others for exercising it.

11:28 PM  
Blogger RoninJin said...

No Erin, not really. I just think it’s ironic for people to criticize someone’s desire for privacy while remaining anonymous.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Chuck B. said...

@erin

It is typical of cowards, I think, to hide behind the constitution (in this case, the right to privacy)while at the same time working to undermine it for everyone else.

Real heroes and/or patriots stand in front of the constitution, defending it for everyone else, no matter how small or trivial the cause may seem.

2:28 PM  

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