What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches, And Colonoscopies

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official.”

- Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms - especially the Fourth Amendment - are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Such is life in America today that Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are - our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.) - in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are now guilty until proven innocent.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.

Consider, for example, what happened to Utah nurse Alex Wubbels after a police detective demanded to take blood from a badly injured, unconscious patient without a warrant.

Wubbels refused, citing hospital policy that requires police to either have a warrant or permission from the patient in order to draw blood. The detective had neither. Irate, the detective threatened to have Wubbels arrested if she didn’t comply. Backed up by her supervisors, Wubbels respectfully stood her ground only to be roughly grabbed, shoved out of the hospital, handcuffed and forced into an unmarked car while hospital police looked on and failed to intervene (take a look at the police body camera footage, which has gone viral, and see for yourself).

Michael Chorosky didn’t have an advocate like Wubbels to stand guard over his Fourth Amendment rights. Chorosky was surrounded by police, strapped to a gurney and then had his blood forcibly drawn after refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test. “What country is this? What country is this?” cried Chorosky during the forced blood draw.

What country is this indeed?

Unfortunately, forced blood draws are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the indignities and abuses being heaped on Americans in the so-called name of “national security.”

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies and forced roadside strip searches are also becoming par for the course in an age in which police are taught to have no respect for the citizenry’s bodily integrity whether or not a person has done anything wrong.

For example, 21-year-old Charnesia Corley was allegedly being pulled over by Texas police in 2015 for “rolling” through a stop sign. Claiming they smelled marijuana, police handcuffed Corley, forced her to strip off her pants, threw her to the ground, forced her legs apart and then probed her vagina. The cavity search lasted 11 minutes. This practice is referred to as “rape by cop.”

David Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the searches on the grounds that they suspected Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture [was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No drugs were found.

During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. No contraband or anything illegal was found.

Thirty-eight-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. Insisting that he smelled marijuana, the trooper proceeded to interrogate them and search the car. Despite the fact that both women denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the police officer then called in a female trooper, who carried out a roadside cavity search, sticking her fingers into the older woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.

Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers were charged with carrying out rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the course of several years. One of the officers was accused of conducting searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums and leaving some of his victims with bleeding rectums.

It’s gotten so bad that you don’t even have to be suspected of possessing drugs to be subjected to a strip search.

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Florence v. Burlison, any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house, regardless of the severity of his or her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband.

As technology advances, police searches are becoming more invasive on a cellular level, as well, with passive alcohol sensors, DNA collection roadblocks, iris scans and facial recognition software—to name just a few methods—used to assault our bodily integrity.

America’s founders could scarcely have imagined a world in which we needed protection against widespread government breaches of our privacy, including on a cellular level.

Yet that’s exactly what we so desperately need.

Unfortunately, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the indignities being heaped upon us by the architects and agents of the American police state—whether or not we’ve done anything wrong—are just a foretaste of what is to come.

Comments

Give Me Some Truth JRobby Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

Hopefully the author of this article, John Whitehead, will get a larger audience. He's been screaming warnings about our descent into a police state, and chronicling the growing list of examples of vanishing civil liberties for a long time. Perhaps others are starting to notice and grasp that he is on to something, i.e. it's our own government that is the real danger to freedom and liberty.P.S. Trump and Sessions ain't concerned. They are helping give the police even more war toys. .... I appreciate ZH sharing his work with this audience.

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StarGate Give Me Some Truth Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

There are three major aspects to the problem.

1) Police and other enforcement officers (border, DEA, FBI etc.) abuse of constitutional rights. However this is not new. Have witnessed this for 4 decades.
In previous decades Utah Nurse would not have had a public voice; the Police abuse would have been accepted practice and you would never hear about it. You'll note the hospital "security" did NOT speak up or attempt to prevent the Police ASSAULT of the reasonable, clearly correct Nurse.

2) Population increasingly disrespectful, drugged and/ or uninformed of their rights.
Drug addiction (street and prescribed) of the USA pop would not have been possible without the cultural promotion of govt, TV/music/ film industry glamorizations, unaware leftist teachers, permissive parents and zombitized healthcare doctors.

3) Govt false schemes such "War on drugs while trafficking in drugs" and "War on terror while arming and funding the terrorists" for multiple purposes including using false Wars to pass laws that violate USA Rights.
"The ANTI-Patriot Act" passed based on the false flag tragedy of 911WTC completely destroys ALL of the USA Citizen's rights. And it is still Law.

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Jeffersonian Liberal Luc X. Ifer Thu, 09/07/2017 - 08:39 Permalink

The Nation. No bias there.

While agree with Schwartz in principle, I'm sure he has no problem with the government using that data to restrict the 2nd Amendment (your DNA says you are prone to violence) and to enforce socialized medicine (your latest blood draw indicates that you were either smoking or in a room with smokers, here's your fine) and to database individuals (we see you were in the NRA 15 years ago, so you are now on a watch list), we are requiring every automobile to have a GPS tracking device and will use satellites to bill you for every mile you drive (you know, 'ecology' and all that).

If this is a problem (which it is), it extends across the board, from the local LEO all the way to the gigantic auto-focus eye of the Big Brother Statists.

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HRClinton Implied Violins Thu, 09/07/2017 - 01:57 Permalink

Time to go "Full Robin Hood" on these latter day "Sheriffs of Nottingham".Use modern equivalent of "precision arrow shots".Fuck 'em, they won't learn until they "learn" to be decent, just and uphold the Constitution. p.s. Be sure to aim for their Redcoat officers (like in1776), not just the dumb, mindless Grunts. Asymmetric retribution!

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TheObsoleteMan PitBullsRule Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:56 Permalink

I need one, but can't afford one. What do I have to do {and where do I need to go} to get one for free? While they are at it, they might as well do a complete physical, as I am sure they are likely to find something. Isn't that what this is all about, fishing expeditions? That, and letting people know "who the law is". America reminds me of that swamp prison camp from the movie "Cool Hand Luke" these days. How long before we are required to call them "boss" like they did in the movie?

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ebworthen TheObsoleteMan Thu, 09/07/2017 - 02:02 Permalink

Amen.  Fucking "insurance" company sent me letters and called me to get a colonoscopy.So I called and talked to a nice young Woman.  It was covered, as long as they didn't find anything.If they found one little tiny benign polyp DURING the "screening" it immediately became "outpatient surgery" that would cost me $1,750-$2,000 out of pocket.  I told the nice young Woman I would not be getting a "covered screening" because it A.) wasn't covered and B.) wasn't a screening.  I'll die first.  Fuck those people.  If I get colon cancer I'll be gunning for 3-4 "insurance" executives pulling down 6 figures and driving the BMW or Mercedes; they'll get it in the dick first, then the ass, then I'll watch them bleed out as I damn their souls to Hell.BTW - that Detective Payne - and the poor sop they were trying to get a blood sampe from - the unconscious patient was an off-duty reserve Rigby Idaho cop who drove Semi.  His truck was hit head on by an illegal evading Highway Patrol who suicided himself into the truck. Demanding a blood sample was pointless.  Perhaps Detective Payne was pissed off about that happening, but you don't throw the baby out with the bath water.Source:  http://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/idaho/rigby-pd-grateful-to-slc-nurse-for-protecting-officer-s/article_96e23aec-d210-541c-af05-37c774ddeb42.html

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Yen Cross Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:18 Permalink

 I want to know just how... Exactly...  That the Natioal Guard was able to confiscate weapons and ammo in the U.S. Virgin Islands? This shit has LIBTARD written all over it!  Those weapons were NEVER seized, and they were probably already part of the registry of Law Enforcement, in order to make sure  rogue cops could be tracked down.  What I see is a Law Enforcement mechanism that traces the Perp by His/Her weapon, as opposed to " Better Judgement".

Manthong cbxer55 Thu, 09/07/2017 - 03:43 Permalink

 "never will unless forced to do so."   If you are pushing 60, you really ought to get one. They are not that bad unless the anestheologist goes to light on you and you wake up in the middle of the procedure in excruciating pain knowing that someone has a tube shoved two feet up your ass.     Outside of that, it’s a good thing. Ouch....

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autofixer Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:23 Permalink

As a transportation worker, I say screw all of you. I predicted this in the late 80s when the man started with us. It was okay then when it was just a few thousand of us; however, now they are coming for you. Go fuck yourselves!

HRH Feant2 (not verified) Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:25 Permalink

Didn't say anything about the new pat downs by the TSA. There is no way in hell I will ever fly commercial in the USSA as long as those goons are employed.

Give Me Some Truth saldulilem Thu, 09/07/2017 - 08:15 Permalink

Re: The TSALet the airport or airlines handle security. Reinforce the cockpit doors. Let the flight crew have weapons. No need for TSA at all.  Tax payers are paying their salaries, benefits and X years from now their pensions. This agency brought to us by a "small-government conservative.""Fear" = Much Bigger Government, people. It equals less freedom for you and me. In the case of this agency, it also equals unbelievably silly hassles and delays and outrageous violations of our bodies.Here's my TSA story. I volunteered with a state-wide wish-granting organization. We paid for a trip to Disney World for a child with severe disabilities  (plus his mother and sister). I met them at their house and drove them to the airport. The 13-year-old boy (who looks and is the size of a 9-year-old) is mostly blind and uses a wheel chair. It takes his mom about 45 minutes to get him dressed and in his wheelchair.Sure enough at the gate, he is flagged by TSA agents who make his mom take off his windbreaker, and they pat him down and inspect his wheel chair like it was a tank. The boy who had been very excited and happy about this trip, and suddenly he and his mom were in tears at the discomfort he was made to submit to. It took about 40 minutes for them to inspect him and for his mom to get his clothes back on.Watching this helplessly was really one of the saddest and most infuriating moments of my life. Oh, by the way, the agents did not find any explosives, knives or guns on this child.

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