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ACLU suing over reported body cavity drug searches (NM - Another invasive search by gov't agents)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Lauren Villagran

Posted on 12/19/2013 10:15:58 AM PST by CedarDave

The New Mexico and Texas chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing border officers and a hospital after they allegedly subjected a U.S. citizen to numerous invasive body cavity searches without a warrant.

Included in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Texas are four U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the University Medical Center of El Paso, among others. The lawsuit alleges CBP officers frisked and strip-searched a 54-year-old woman and then delivered her in handcuffs to the hospital, where doctors observed a bowel movement and performed invasive rectal and vaginal probes, among other exams.

The officers released the woman after six hours of searches turned up no contraband. The hospital subsequently billed her $5,000.

The ACLU lawsuit follows another filed in November in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque by a Lordsburg man who alleges Deming police officers and Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies subjected him to eight invasive body searches, including a colonoscopy and three enemas, in a futile effort to find drugs.

(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: aclu; cavitysearch; govtabuse; newmexico; stripsearch; warondrugs; wod
This is the third reported case of this happening to NM residents and the story appeared on the front page of today's ABQ Journal. Unlike the two earlier cases, this one was perpetrated by customs and border agents following a dog sniffing her private parts.

An earlier reference to this incident appeared in the Daily Caller a month ago:
STOP THE MADNESS: Third person reports being anally violated by police

1 posted on 12/19/2013 10:15:58 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Well as long as you aren't hiding anything, you have nothing to fear... /sarc
2 posted on 12/19/2013 10:18:04 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; CougarGA7; ...
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3 posted on 12/19/2013 10:18:33 AM PST by CedarDave (Small town America - last stand for God, freedom, civility, and American values.)
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To: CedarDave

Sue the living crap (pun intended) out of the hospitals and doctors doing this without specific court orders and it will stop in a hurry.


4 posted on 12/19/2013 10:20:10 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Well as long as you aren’t hiding anything, you have nothing to fear... /sarc

What’s the beef? Now people are complaining about free medical exams, I thought they wanted obamacare? (do I really have to tag it?)


5 posted on 12/19/2013 10:20:58 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: CedarDave; Revolting cat!

Maybe they are actually aliens and they are just doing more probing.


6 posted on 12/19/2013 10:25:55 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: CedarDave

Damnation.


7 posted on 12/19/2013 10:27:54 AM PST by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: colorado tanker

Yes, WHERE IS THE LAWYER with the RIGHT TO COUNSEL?

Stunning, isn’t it.?


8 posted on 12/19/2013 10:28:00 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: CedarDave

These police actions will do nothing to stem the immigration tide from San Francisco to New Mixico.


9 posted on 12/19/2013 10:30:15 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: CedarDave

My comment after their article is the first, surprisingly.

“Welcome to the USSA, comrades! Hey, she might have had an IED up there, you can’t be too careful. She was obviously a bad comrade who needed to be taught a harsh lesson! You know, one of those “Constitution fanatics” going on about her rights under the 4th Amendment, bla-bla-blah. Remember, comrades, a Police State is a Safe State! Zieg Heil! Seriously, what is going on in what we used to call the land of the free and the home of the brave? This is Gestapo and KGB stuff.”


10 posted on 12/19/2013 10:30:27 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

I meant to type “New Mexico”. Duh!


11 posted on 12/19/2013 10:31:38 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: RitaOK

Do the police in New Mexico think the Constitution doesn’t apply there? I know lots of people elsewhere think NM is part of Mexico, but I thought the people down there knew they are in the USA.


12 posted on 12/19/2013 10:32:22 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: CedarDave

actually these tactics are terror attacks to strike fear into potential drug mules....


13 posted on 12/19/2013 10:33:30 AM PST by B212
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To: CedarDave

Once again, the frightening specter of a law-enforcement establishment morphed into a paramilitary carabineri/Gendarmerie/Vopo force has been exposed.

I hope the ACLU wins this one.


14 posted on 12/19/2013 10:41:33 AM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: B212

They should strike fear into ordinary law-abiding citizens.


15 posted on 12/19/2013 10:42:07 AM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: Travis McGee

This is only possible when good people do, basically, nothing.

Internet useage slurps up virtually ALL of the outrage. Otherwise, pitchforks would be engaged long ago, sheriffs would be cornered by the people, the mayors collared and city/county commissions made to regret this Gestapo tyranny.

Putin was quoted as envying Obama for the NSA spying, “because he could get by with it” it.

The world is not appalled by only Obama, but appalled at US, the people, WE, with no testosterone who allowed it. I do blame the internet. It has defanged the people from making a difference.


16 posted on 12/19/2013 10:43:07 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton; B212; colorado tanker; Travis McGee

This is not about drugs or immigration any more. This is about abuse of the law, gestapo tactics, overreach and entrapment without evidence.

Rethink excusing the inexcusable. You won’t be using that canard, when it’s you up next in line.


17 posted on 12/19/2013 10:53:00 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: CedarDave

Well they would have to drug me first so they could add that to the list of my charges against THEM!


18 posted on 12/19/2013 11:03:28 AM PST by sheana
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To: CedarDave
The police state continues to appreciate the support of all the drug warriors out there.

"We couldn't do what we do without you!"

19 posted on 12/19/2013 11:10:14 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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“...The hospital subsequently billed her $5,000...”

I wonder if they had her signature on any intake forms agreeing to the “treatment”...:^)

20 posted on 12/19/2013 12:01:50 PM PST by az_gila
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To: colorado tanker

And go after the hospitals’ and doctors’ and nurses’ licenses. All the medical professionals I know would tell the cops to go pound sand and they would dial 911 against the cops.


21 posted on 12/19/2013 12:15:05 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: null and void; Alaska Wolf

It’s ok. The cops got to go home... < /sarc>


22 posted on 12/19/2013 2:19:41 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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