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Was it, or was it not, crème brulee?

They're filming something, I thought, as I approached the uniforms, police cars, and bright lights.   Surely it was the filming of a movie, as often happens on the streets of L.A., when there are tall yellow bright lights brought onto the streets and arranged amidst rows of police cars and uniformed men in formation.

But, no, this is not a filming. There is, finally, a flashing sign stating that this is a sobriety checkpoint, this set-up that was visible at 7PM and fully functioning at 9:30PM.

From DWI Checkpoint (not the one in  referred to in the article)
DWI Checkpoint (not the one in referred to in the article) by versageek

There is no question that when people are dangerous behind the wheel, whether intoxicated or not, it is correct procedure for the police to pull them over.

This was something else. What this was, was an arrogant display of invasion and police force, combined with a suspiciously unconvincing response to the pointed question of what exactly was going on.

In their soggy response, I sensed a rehearsed, minutely shaky resolve in these powerful props, these "police" figures.

It seemed that when questioned, they somehow knew that what they were up to was not precisely up to the law, as we know it.

No backing down, on their part, however, just a whiff of insecurity in their fascist determination, with regard to the unknown and yet-to-be determined response of a random public as they are caught unaware and vulnerable on a Friday night in Santa Monica; trapped by a profound, here-and-now privacy invasion where the invaders are government-sanctioned and armed with guns.

A fascist practice run?   I hope not.


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The random driving checkpoints appearing on Los An... by Dr. Cheryl Pappas on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 1:39:57 PM
This has been going on in New Mexico for at least ... by Erin Harris on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 4:32:42 PM
To their credit, some counties in the backwoods an... by Julian Lobato on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 5:38:07 PM
Counties need to be dry because those who pull the... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:03:53 AM
America is the post millennium USSR. We were certa... by Julian Lobato on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 5:20:12 PM
Fascist states routinely search homes and ... by Daniel Vasey on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 1:08:44 AM
Public safety does not (or should not) trump the U... by Tom Madison on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 6:05:49 AM
A parked car may be a castle.  But if if it m... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:09:11 AM
This is only the beginning.We're all frogs in the ... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 1:10:29 AM
I am international (American) currently working in... by Snrda Tvesn on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:31:37 AM
'doesn't it make sense that we should put up with ... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 12:12:29 PM
Set-up these Fascist cattle pens at all Hollywood ... by Lester Shepherd on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07:08 AM
I'm a 25 year old guy in Canada and see this happe... by Adam Smith on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 2:30:03 PM
I stand by the article and the deliberate use of t... by Dr. Cheryl Pappas on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 6:36:04 PM
It is a case of 'inverted fascism' says Chris Hedg... by Serapis on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:36:34 PM