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BP suit alleges 1st Amendment violations at Arivaca checkpoint

Two Arivaca residents filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, accusing the Border Patrol of violating their First Amendment rights in blocking attempts to observe a checkpoint maintained by the agency.
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Nov 20, 2014, 1:29 pm
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

While I fully agree that all agencies of the government need to be fully transparent and accountable to the citizens, citing the First Amendment on this one might be a stretch.

I believe in the rights of these people to do what they do, so long as it does not interfere in any way with the safety of the Border Patrol, or their abilities to carry out their sworn duties.

Nov 20, 2014, 1:51 pm
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@Bret Linden,

One’s right to observe law enforcement in action falls under the freedom of the press — those rights belong to every citizen, and not just those who have ID cards tucked into their fedoras ; )

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