Pennsylvanians Coerced Into Giving Cheek Swab at “Voluntary” CheckpointSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:04
Pennsylvanians Coerced Into Giving Cheek Swab at “Voluntary” Checkpoint
Private firm backed by police to intimidate motorists into submission
Paul Joseph Watson
December 17, 2013
A supposedly “voluntary” survey checkpoint run by a private firm in Reading, Pennsylvania on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy caused outrage when residents said they were forced off the road into a car park and coerced into giving cheek swabs as a result of an intimidating police presence.
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to run the checkpoint, during which motorists were quizzed about their driving habits.
Reading resident Ricardo Nieves said that he had to repeatedly refuse to take part in the surveyover a 5 minute period before the was allowed to leave. Nieves noted that the presence of city police and a police car with flashing lights was designed to “intimidate motorists” into submission and “gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had,” according to the Reading Eagle.