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November 19, 2013 - 2:57 pm

This needs to stop. Right now if not sooner.

Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at a police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood.

It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.

No one is saying that any of the drivers who were stopped showed any sign of intoxication. They were just pulled over and told to offer up their DNA.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years, said participation was “100 percent voluntary” and anonymous.

But Cope said it didn’t feel voluntary to her — despite signs saying it was.

“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said.

Once parked, she couldn’t believe what she was asked next.

“They were asking for cheek swabs,” she said. “They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.”

Fort Worth police earlier said they could not immediately find any record of officer involvement but police spokesman Sgt. Kelly Peel said Tuesday that the department’s Traffic Division coordinated with the NHTSA on the use of off-duty officers after the agency asked for help with the survey.

“We are reviewing the actions of all police personnel involved to ensure that FWPD policies and procedures were followed,” he said. “We apologize if any of our drivers and citizens were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey.”

It’s cute how they denied knowing anything about it, then confirmed, “Oh, that? Yeah, that was us.” Using police made the whole thing feel not voluntary at all. Which was the point of using the police. Putting random guys out there in unmarked cars would have lacked authoritah.

This was done locally but the data ultimately goes to the federal government, which is paying for it. The feds need to cut this nonsense out. Right now.

 

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This all started when GWB and others created TSA, well intentioned, I'm sure, but eventually government decided to use airport screenings to see how much abuse the citizenry would tolerate. Remove your jacket. Remove your belt. Remove your shoes. Take a naked XRay.

And we, the people, didn't do anything but grumble under our breaths.

BHO and his brown shirts have taken it to a whole other level.

In such a situation the recommended response should be that mouth swabs and blood tests are absolutely not an option, but this urine sample is FREEEEEEEE!!!

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I'm thinking they got her DNA anyway because when she agreed to blow into the breathalyzer just to get out of there I'll bet they swabbed the mouthpiece for traces of DNA. What does DNA prove about drug or alcohol use anyway? There's something else going on here. Every sample of anything these a$$holes collected should be destroyed as well as any records produced and as Tcobb points out the participants should be criminally prosecuted.
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And, if you don't like our policy...

Welcome to Obama's America. Forced to buy things you don't want, banned from buying sodas you do want and when they sic the IRS or police on you...they take the fifth.

God Damn America! Jeremiah Wright got his wish and his mentoring of one particular member of his congregation made sure he did.

Take that...good ol' boys...ain't nothin' you can do about it. Because your "home team" has no quarterback....and the refs are "fixed".
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The reason our "home team" has no QB is that their team, which consists of not only the players and coaches, but the referees (media), the academy, the unions, the teachers, the entertainment industry, the lawyers guild, the entire bureaucracy at all levels of government, have all been offered rewards of one kind or another to subject any of our potential leaders to serious injury. (See Palin, Cruz, Lee, et al.)

They also have gained the power to force us to use only the back-up QBs that they approve of, i.e. Romney, McCain, the Fatman from NJ, etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
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ACHHHTTT...PETWIE!!
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Haha, my first reaction too! Ya want a saliva sample? Here ya go...!
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
This all started when GWB and others created TSA, well intentioned, I'm sure, but eventually government decided to use airport screenings to see how much abuse the citizenry would tolerate. Remove your jacket. Remove your belt. Remove your shoes. Take a naked XRay.

And we, the people, didn't do anything but grumble under our breaths.

BHO and his brown shirts have taken it to a whole other level.

In such a situation the recommended response should be that mouth swabs and blood tests are absolutely not an option, but this urine sample is FREEEEEEEE!!!

43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm thinking they got her DNA anyway because when she agreed to blow into the breathalyzer just to get out of there I'll bet they swabbed the mouthpiece for traces of DNA. What does DNA prove about drug or alcohol use anyway? There's something else going on here. Every sample of anything these a$$holes collected should be destroyed as well as any records produced and as Tcobb points out the participants should be criminally prosecuted.
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It seems like some FW police officers may have committed a crime as well as having bought themselves some law suits. The relevant portion of the Texas Penal Code is:

Sec. 39.03. OFFICIAL OPPRESSION. (a) A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:
(1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;
(2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or
(3) intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.
(b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or purported capacity.
(c) In this section, "sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, submission to which is made a term or condition of a person's exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.
(d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

It may well be (and probably will be) that the local county attorney will not bring charges against the cops, but in Texas its generally the case that when you are a victim of a crime you have the right to sue the perp and you are entitled to punitive damages. You might also bring in the higher ups who "coordinated" with the NHSA on a civil conspiracy theory.

Make them cough up money. That will put a stop to this.
43 weeks ago
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And, if you don't like our policy...

Welcome to Obama's America. Forced to buy things you don't want, banned from buying sodas you do want and when they sic the IRS or police on you...they take the fifth.

God Damn America! Jeremiah Wright got his wish and his mentoring of one particular member of his congregation made sure he did.

Take that...good ol' boys...ain't nothin' you can do about it. Because your "home team" has no quarterback....and the refs are "fixed".
43 weeks ago
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