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Detained in America...

“Am I being detained?” Powerful words.

I was on a Greyhound this morning after a 12 hour trip and was really looking forward to getting off the bus. As we pulled up to the terminal, my final destination, I saw a couple of uniformed figures headed toward the bus. The driver announced we should all keep our seats. One guy in some kind of security service uniform and a city cop climbed on and said that in an effort to curb drugs and money smuggling they wanted us to get off one by one, set down our carry-ons and step away while they let a dog sniff it. Then they asked if there any questions.

I was seated six or so rows back and I asked, “Are we were being detained?” No response at all. They started their little operation and, it was slow. When I finally reached the bottom of the steps I saw the guy in front of me had just put down his bags and was stepping well away as ordered. I stopped and held up my bags shoulder high and again asked, “Am I being d...etained?”

looked directly at the officers as I said it. Again no response. So I said, “Well I guess I'm free to go.” I stepped off the bus and noticed all the people who had alraedybeen sniffed were all standing there instead of going into the terminal. I stopped and said, “You know we don't have to put up with this right?” Then I went ahead and headed for the door.

A moment later I heard the local cop yell for me to come back. I saw him coming so I just stopped and let him appraoch. Then he tried a little escalation technique telling me to shut up or I'd be charged with disorderly conduct. Then he called me a “fucker” or something and stalks off.

I yelled after him, “Who's being disorderly now?” Then I went on about my business.

I hope everyone who witnessed the event learned something. If you don't exercise your freedoms, you don't have any freedom.

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When I went on last year

We all had to be patted down and wanded because they said the machine didn't work. I mean blow up a Greyhound bus, really? Half the time we are on a back road picking up one or two people in a station the size of a shack. To think that this would be a desired target for terrorists is an insult to basic logic and common sense...

You have guts!

You have guts!

“If you don't exercise your

“If you don't exercise your freedoms, you don't have any freedom.”

A loss of freedom is a position of bondage such that one is subject to the whims of the power of the self-proclaimed owner.


u da man

what city this is


What about when the Gestapo sets up those "DUI Checkpoints" and pull over every single car for a look see. This has happened to me twice as I live nearby a convenient pull off place that they love to use for this purpose. Can I drive on and ignore them? Do I have to show my ID? What could happen if I just ignored them?

This is it!

This is just one small action but a huge step in the right direction. Major props for having the courage to risk your well-being like this. If we are ever going to be free again it will be only because of people acting as you did - standing up for your freedom.

im crying knowing that Americans are standing up because

if you don't practice your rights you will lose them, oh man an idea whose time has come cannot truly be stopped by any standing army or government

"yes, you're being detained."

"yes, you're being detained."

now what?

"Am I being detained? Am I

"Am I being detained? Am I free to go?" Repeat those two questions as many times as necessary. Nothing else needs to be said probably other than "I do not consent to any searches." If they search/detain you anyway you could probably bring about a lawsuit.

"on what charges"

"on what charges"

does the govt even need a

does the govt even need a reason nowadays? seriously.

It worked this time

but in many instances and places you would have been, not too gently, whisked to a private area where something would have been conveniently found in your luggage.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

Cant be

afraid of stuff like that, If you do you are already giving up your freedom.

I didn't say to be afraid

rather I meant to be prepared.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.


I hope everyone reads this, I hope you changed the lives of the people who didn't say anything when they were "obeying"

Those are the actions

of a real hero.

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

Threads like this give the

Threads like this give the rest of us the guts to speak out. Thanks.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Good work

Thank you.

He's the man.


Conditioning for the collapse. Wonder how the public servants would feel if goons were shaking down their wives and children?

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey referring to ISIS

Been there, done that:

I spent twenty minutes at a DUI checkpoint asking if I was being detained until they sent me on my way. It was fun.

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