Posted: February 6th, 2011 by Militant Libertarian
In 1970 United States prisons held one person for every 600 free individuals in this nation. With a prison population of under 400,000 total the United States was also experiencing a relatively low rate of crime overall in comparison to other nations with similar legal systems. This changed over the next 30 years and now in the United States there resides close to one in 100 persons in prison. The United States also suffers from an increased rate of violent crimes, murders and other mala in secrimes.
As many educated individuals have noted close to one quarter of all currently incarcerated individuals are there as a result of nonviolent drug related crimes, and of the remaining a large percentage of those incarcerated, in process to be incarcerated, or on probation are there simply because they committed what is known as a mala prohibitum crime, in other words the overwhelming numbers of persons currently held in any one of thousands of United States gulags are there because the “majority” decided that they would enforce their morals on the minority.
In a police state like this, there are rules one should follow and approaches that should be taken, these valid questions can be answered with three simple steps:
- Do no harm to another person or their property
- Do not speak to the police except in as much as it is necessary to ensure you are not seen as the perpetrator
- Never donate to nor support the police state and do not feed the “hero” worship mentality that exists
It is my opinion having been well educated in the law, with experience in and around and with numerous law enforcement agencies that these three rules can prevent harm from coming to you and your family within reason.
However, this does not necessarily mean that one is going to be exempt from all interaction with said government agents. If one lives on or near the United States/Mexico border, you can be expected to be stopped and searched at will by local police and various federal agents. In the event that this occurs, be prepared; have a small digital recorder and your cell phone ready and working. If you are stopped (even in other locations for any reason) ensure the recorder is in a secure location and on, and call your attorney (his number should be in your speed dial), or a close friend who can verify and or ensure you are not maltreated by them.
Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement agents are not meant to protect you and statistically cannot do so, they are rather the agents of the government when and serving that master (warrantless searches and no knock approaches) and they are at best overpaid, undertrained and relatively unintelligent on a whole, state-guided janitors. Unfortunately, these particular janitors are given firearms, and a very broad ability to “enforce the law”.
So in the interest of remaining prepared, never trust the law enforcement community, and learn your “rights” as they were. Above all, remember that even law enforcement is not above being “defended” against, protect yourself by understanding that you can.
“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
– Robert A. Heinlein