Commie Senators Pressuring Technology Companies to Drop DUI Checkpoint Apps for iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries

Unsurprisingly, the Canadian maker of Blackberry, Research In Motion, has decided to march in lockstep with their fellow travelers and drop the DUI Checkpoint apps [CLICK HERE].  I say “unsurprisingly” because Canadians have long since given themselves over to a police state.  Case in point; radar detectors:   In most areas in Canada, it is illegal to have a radar detector.  In fact, Canadian police cruisers are equipped with radar detector detectors so that they can pull over and harass unsuspecting tourists from America.

EDITORIAL: Senators push app censorship
Leftists pine for expansion of Soviet-era checkpoints

The Washington Times

A quartet of Democratic senators expressed out -rage Tuesday at the thought that Americans might object to being stopped and interrogated while going about their daily business. The hard-left solons – Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Tom Udall of New Mexico – are pressuring technology companies to censor a popular software feature available for Android phones, Blackberries and iPhones that enables drivers to avoid a warrantless search by police during their drive home.

It wasn’t so long ago that “Papers, please” checkpoints could only be found in Eastern European countries under the thumb of the Soviet Union. They were tools of oppression designed to keep the populace in check. In 1990, the Supreme Court decided that such techniques could be used in the United States because of the “carnage” caused by drunk driving – the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures notwithstanding. The advent of smartphones has enabled drivers to note the locations of these stops and dispatch a warning notice to anyone who may be in the vicinity. It’s the digital equivalent of flashing one’s headlights to warn of an upcoming speed trap – a form of free speech as old as the automobile itself.

Mr. Reid, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Lautenberg and Mr. Udall don’t see it that way. They wrote a letter pressuring the chief executives of Apple, Google and Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry) to “remove these applications from your store unless they are altered to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality.”


Real drunk drivers deserve severe punishment, but the best way to catch them is to respect the Fourth Amendment. Instead of having cops stand around behind barricades interrogating soccer moms, have them patrol the streets looking for evidence of impaired driving. It works.

In the meantime, high-tech companies ought to email these senators a free Constitution app for their smart phones.

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11 Comments on “Commie Senators Pressuring Technology Companies to Drop DUI Checkpoint Apps for iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries”

  1. tgusa Says:

    If you have a problem with being stopped for no reason and you express it they will threaten you with an trumped up obstruction of justice charge. The Police are unionists, unionists support democrats, democrats do not support the constitution nor the rights of man. I’m non union, I support the constitution and the rights of man, give me one good reason why should I obey any of their rules?

    In today’s America you are innocent until proven guilty as long as you cooperate and stay quiet, behave yourself and never rock the boat. You see, confronting them at the checkpoint would throw a monkey wrench into the works, gridlock would soon occur and of course you would be arrested for it.

    Frankly, as I look around the country I fail to see much difference between sharia compliance and leftist union democrat compliance. They are both totalitarian ideologies that seek to control every aspect of our lives.

  2. tgusa Says:

    Perhaps a bit of boat rocking is in order. Free Republic. They’re anti establishment don’t you know. href=”” target=”_blank”> We’re going to need a bigger prison.

  3. tgusa Says:

    Practice checkpoint, arrest that..?!!
    Iowa; Terror drill or maneuvers. Anti immigrant white supremacists ( aka, the boogieman ) as the perps. Have you ever met an American white supremacist, a white person who believes they are superior and therefore supreme over any different others, excepting statist progs who are primarily, well, white, as white as a Jon Stewart rally in fact. In all my life and travels I haven’t and Ive been looking, searching but not finding. What can I say I wanted to see what one actually looked like, did they have horns or perhaps a giant wart on the forehead? I’m sure the Bulldog Web Wizard can find a picture or two to share though. 🙂

    • Actually, I did meet a white supremacist in San Jose, California back in 1994. He thought I was pure white, or something (I’m VERY ethnically mixed). So, I let him ramble on and on, then I pulled out some pictures of my family… That shut him up in a hurry. LOL!


      • tgusa Says:

        Gosh I’m stunned that I didn’t run across that guy when I lived in Santa Clara county. San Jose? I looked there! Actually I was sure I would find one at a place called The Saddle Rack, sadly no luck.

        • tgusa Says:

          You know, when You are riding bike (no not the pedal kind) it is best to run across rather than at an angle.

  4. tgusa Says:

    Can someone tell me what the hell happened to the age of Aquarius that was supposedly dawning? Perhaps they really meant, the age of nefarious cause if this is it, it isn’t any fun at all. Some people need to go back and review the message of what was being said.

  5. Big Frank Says:

    Members of law enforcement have told me that must DUI perps are caught on routine patrol,their erratic driving usually gives them away. They like the DUI or so-called ‘Safety Checkpoints’ checkpoints due to the fact many of the officers are on overtime and there is Federal and State grant money involved.

    • tgusa Says:

      Twenty years ago we had a lot of cities in Ca that were notorious for their law enforcement behavior, Newport Beach was one of the worst(lawyers). It wasn’t a crackdown on crime but an infraction factory. They would make up all these muni codes and then run around trying to nail people violating them, revenue generation, I thought we had moved past that. Since the 70’s we have seen a lightening of punishment for murder robbery and real crime and refocusing on, for lack of a better description, virtual crime, where there is virtually no way that what they are doing will reduce crime. And today we house 1st degree murderers for life which costs us two arms and two legs.

  6. Big Frank Says:

    I often wonder how many of our elected representatives have read the Constitution of the US. It is a very easy document to read and understand it’s in plain English, and has far fewer pages than those volumes of bills and laws that they rush through the House and Senate giving most of them if at all a glance.

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