Friday, May 8, 2009

"Extremist" Detained, Warned for "Subversive Survivalist" Bumper Sticker

If you have a Don't Tread On Me bumper sticker affixed to your vehicle, you might want to think twice before driving through the state of Louisiana.

According to relatives, an unidentified man who was driving in the area of Ball, La., was pulled over and detained for half an hour by a law enforcement officer for having said sticker affixed to his vehicle. He reportedly underwent a background check during his ordeal to determine if he was a member of an "extremist" group.

According to the relative, it happened this way: Her brother-in-law was driving home from work through the town, which has a local reputation for enhancing its budget by ticketing speeders. He was pulled over by police officers who told him "he had a subversive survivalist bumper sticker on his car."

"They proceeded to keep him there on the side of the road while they ran whatever they do to see if you have a record, keeping him standing by the side of the road for 30 minutes," she told WND.

Finding no record and no reason to keep him, they warned him and eventually let him go, she said.

You can read Bob Unruh's entire WorldNetDaily article here.

I don't know what the man who was detained plans to do, but if I were to be pulled over and detained for half an hour because of a bumper sticker, the grandchildren of every elected official in whatever jurisdiction it took place in would grow up knowing me as Mr. Plaintiff.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some bumper stickers to order.

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson