L. Cruz / Border Wars: Driving in the "Constitution-Free Zone"

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Dated today, this relates another American citizen's experience at an internal checkpoint on the Constitution free zone on Sept 12 as he declines to answer their questions, present his papers or be searched ...

    L. Cruz / Border Wars: Driving in the "Constitution-Free Zone"

    Earlier in the day, I was in a rural town working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I travel to these isolated areas because the checkpoints prevent undocumented people from accessing services in the bigger cities. Many advocates like me have to travel to clients because they do not have access to basic human rights in militarized zones.

    However, while I might have all my credentials and a professional demeanor, there is no exception if you are a person of color traveling through a checkpoint. Even officials from the Mexican Consulate get searched and questioned at these checkpoints while traveling in clearly-labeled diplomatic vehicles.
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    intimidation



    and they want to see what the detainee is thinking?

    Evidently, these border patrol are getting flack for their behavior:

     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    IF CBP supervisors are paying $30,000 a year in taxes then I suggest they are over paid.
     
  4. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    :eek: No screamin' :trash:!!
     
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    or lazy. maybe he checked the box in the tax form that says "let the IRS calculate your tax"
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm at my desk now and calculated that a person earning $110,000 a year and paying 28% in tax would pay $30,800. For what these people do that seems a pretty good salary and we all know that most don't pay at the 28% level with all possible deductions taken.

    To get to an adjusted gross (taxable) income and pay $30,000 this person is knocking it down to do nothing more than harass people who travel. Probably Firebug from the other place.

    Something many don't know is that certain federal law enforcement types receive an additional 25% of their base salary for what is called availability pay. Secret Service, Air Marshals and others, I don't know if CBP receives this too. Not speculation!
     
  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Available for pay. Seems a bit meretricious...
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    http://www.opm.gov/oca/pay/HTML/AP.HTM

    Don't know how Air marshalls qualify but they do.

     
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    No, available for work at most any time.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And overtime. This doesn't seem impossible to me. Government employees' pay & benefits exceed those of the private sector these days.
     

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