Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: New DUI laws in Texas
They smoke a lot of funny stuff in Austin. There are big military bases here. You can get pulled over by the MPs if you are on a road that goes thru the open parts, known as "military reservations" - you can tell when you are in one because big signs everywhere warn you that you are subject to search, and you see signs like "tank crossing". Nothing new about that, been that way since I was 19, back in '73. Same with calling in your plates - the cops everywhere do that, completely at random, they have done it forever.
As far as military roadblocks on public land, that is a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. It is illegal in the US unless Congress declares a national emergency. Every redneck in Texas knows this, if the feds tried it they would have a revolution on their hands. The one exception to that is approaches to airports, the National Guard, who can be marines or army, can conduct checkpoints anywhere a plane is subject to car bomb attack. This is new, part of the Patriot Act.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address