In addition to “officer safety,” there is another tool in the kitbag of the police state that can be used to trample on whatever’s left of our right to be left alone even when we’ve done nothing illegal.
It is the anonymous call. Whether anyone actually called or not.
Armed government workers have merely to claim that “someone called” and now it is your burden to prove you’ve not committed a crime. Check that. Prove to them that you aren’t “suspicious” – which is a hard thing to disprove since all an armed government worker has to do is claim that you are.
After all, “someone called.”
It’s halting – or ought to be.
Armed government workers detaining people under duress – you are not free to go – and berated by them for not being “cooperative” – by submitting to an interrogation without tangible legal basis, solely on account of their claim that “someone called.”
No proof of this call is required.
No requirement that the accuser show himself – so that the accused can be confronted by the witness against him. Remember that one? It’s as long gone as the right to be free from unreasonable searches. Unless you consider it reasonable to be searched without cause – without the need for armed government workers to even assert cause. So long as the search is “brief” it is legal.
But this “someone called” business isn’t even that. And it’s becoming the new Universal Trump Card deployed by armed government workers to ignore the law.
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