I’ve openly shared my disagreement with the idea of homeland security "checkpoints" along our state highways, as seeming too unconstitutional and orwellian to me. (Click here to see my last entry on the subject.) Enforcing immigration at our borders is one thing, but stopping our citizens randomly and asking for documents and explanations seems like a clear fourth ammendment violation to me. Homeland Security has argued that checkpoints are allowed within 100 miles of a state border based on a supreme court ruling; but I and many others believe they have misinterpreted the ruling–permanent checkpoints are allowed within a 100 mile zone as necessary to patrol for incoming visitors in remote areas; the high court did not say they can set up random checkpoints to question travelers their daily travels between cities within our state.
So this program has been extremely controversial, as locals have been inconvenienced and frightened, and international visitors have been detained and harrased. In a few cases, alleged immingration violators have been captured and arrested, but questions remain whether any of these arrests would withstand constitutional challenge through the US Supreme Court. Meanwhile, families of those arrrested are in tears while the tough-talking head of the effort, Joseph Giuliano, tells them how bad their loved ones are.
Well, today it was announced that Joseph Giuliano–the face of this effort– has , by his own admission, been raping a 14-year old girl on a regular basis for many, many months.
Life is so full of sick ironies that it can make your head spin.
I know this man is just one bad apple among a group of hard-working agents that are trying to protect us. But he, the sick child-rapist, appears to be the one IN CHARGE of this program. ALL his decisions are now suspect. Meanwhile, as I’ve said before, these checkpoints should be eliminated and the agents reassigned at our borders and our ports.