Roadside Drug Testing Comes to Michigan, and the MSM is Selling It

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Road Pirates can now get a swathe of your spit if you “look” drugged, and the state media outlets love it.

Starting November 8, if you live in Michigan, in one of these five counties – Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair, and Washtenaw – then you might find yourself pulled over and coerced into having a drug test. The Michigan State Police will force you to pull your car over. They will then demand that you get your mouth swathed so they can test to see if you have taken any drugs.

But don’t worry folks, it’s “legal.” This is a pilot program that was passed by your Michigan Legislature (if you live in Michigan) and signed by your Governor (if you live in Michigan) in 2016.  The police state acts were Public Acts 242 and Public acts 243.

As a side note, Michigan has a total of 83 Counties. If you look at the per capital incomes of the counties, and list them in order from highest to lowest, these five counties rank 4th (Washtenaw), 16th (Kent), 18th (Berrien), 22nd (St. Clair), and 36th(Delta).  That would make sense that the counties would be selected from the higher income levels, as they are most likely going to be able to pay the fines.

But there’s more to the story than the police-state actions being taken by the Michigan State Police. There is this – the method with which the state media are covering this story. You see, if you’re going to take away muh freedoms, you have to trot out a boogeyman.

Let’s just take a peek at how MLive Michigan covered this story:

Over the last several years, Michigan has seen a steady increase in fatal crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs. In 2016, there were 236 drug-involved traffic fatalities, which is an increase of 32 percent from 179 drug-involved traffic fatalities in 2015, according to the MSP.

And there you have your boogeyman folks – muh deaths. But check out the numbers of deaths that they are using to justify the taking away one of your basic liberties. There are 9.2 million people in Michigan. That means we are talking about attempting to prevent or curtail a phenomenon that affects 1 in 38,900 people, or .000002 percent.

They talk about this dramatic 32 percent increase, but when you’re talking about such low numbers in a population of 9.2 million people, you’re not really measuring any meaningful data that can faithfully be used to gauge actual trends. Of course, the state media leaves that part out and just lets the 32 percent float out there for you take in.

The 32 percent is the boogeyman they’ve called out.

Oh my god, there’s been a HUGE spike in deaths as a result of drug use! Something must be done! I know, let’s empower armed road pirates to be able to pull people over and, at gun point, demand they let us put a swab in their mouth to see if they got any drugs in them.

But wait, you might say, this is the land of the free, the home of the brave, people might actually be a bit ticked that we’re doing this. Well, first we need to rely on state media to trot out that boogeyman, and do it in a graphic way.

If you go to the article, right after the excerpt I highlighted above, they show a picture of a vehicle that’s been totaled, presumably (though it doesn’t say) as a result of drug use while driving.

In addition to relying on the state media to really hype the boogeyman (we’re ALL GONNA DIE!), let’s make this a pilot program and just run it in a few counties for one year, so we can see how the public reacts.  If they get really pissy about it, like super pissy, then we’ll cancel the program and say, “we listened to you and we stopped the program, because THAT’s democracy in action.”

Of course, never mind that you thought it would be a good idea to start a program like this in the first place, that’s just the type of police-state thinking we would rather gloss over.

But let’s get back to the police staters.

And if we’re lucky, the Michigan brave in the Michigan land of the free will accept this inconvenience on their lives, because, if it can save one life, well…..

I mean, if you don’t have anything to hide, why should you worry about this?

Back to the State Media article:

“Motorists under the influence of drugs pose a risk to themselves and others on the road,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said. “With drugged driving on the rise, law enforcement officers need an effective tool to assist in making these determinations during a traffic stop.”

There was no challenge to this police state colonel’s statement by the state media. They just let it there to hang. As a matter of fact, in the whole article, this state media agit prop piece never once offers any questioning of what can only be described as a fundamental violation of muh liberties, a violation of the Fourth Amendment (you know protection against unreasonable search and seizure).

But wait, there’s more from the State Media article:

The pilot counties were chosen based on several criteria, including the number of impaired driving crashes, impaired drivers arrested and trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in the county.

DREs are police officers who have received highly specified training that allows them to identify drivers impaired by drugs. Although the pilot program is being organized and managed by the MSP, DREs employed by county, township and municipal police agencies will also be involved, MSP said.

Under the pilot program, a DRE may require a person to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis to detect the presence of a controlled substance in the person’s body if they suspect the driver is impaired by drugs.

“Experts” will determine if they think you LOOK like you might be on drugs. I see no room for abuse here, none whatsoever.  And I trust the state to assure that only the bestest and the brightest are assigned to have the “power” to demand they take a swathe of spit from my mouth because they THINK I might look like I’m on drugs.

So ostensibly, this is not random, but it is. Figuring out if someone might be on drugs is hardly an exact science. A person who is tired looks like they are on drugs. A person who might be extremely happy about something, a person who might be really angry about something, a person who is naturally goofy looks like they might be on drugs.

They are invading your mouth with a swab. They are capturing your DNA. And they are doing so without a warrant, based solely on the subjective evaluation of a cop, a cop who most likely has an IQ under 100 (court Oks barring people with too high an IQ from being cops), a cop who has an incentive to find the violators so he or she can meet their quotas for the month (quotas linger).

Let’s finish up with the last paragraph from this State Media article:

The preliminary oral fluid analysis will be conducted by a DRE on the person’s oral fluid, obtained by mouth swab, and will be administered along with the drug recognition 12-step evaluation currently used by DREs. Refusal to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis upon lawful demand of a police officer is a civil infraction, MSP said.

Now, that last part is the most important part. “refusal to submit……is a civil infraction.” You want to get the non-gov translation of that sanitized phrase? Here it is: Failure to submit to muh authority and give me your moth so I can extract your DNA from you without a warrant, without any real “just cause” outside of the subjective interpretation of some armed road pirate with an IQ under 100, will result in you being kidnapped and caged, and, if you keep resisting muh authority, you will be shot until incapacitated or dead.

This program is not designed to stop “drugged” driving, it’s designed to raise more revenues for police, it’s designed to give road pirates just another tool in the ransom and fleecing toolbox. No lives will be saved, but cop lives will be enriched, AND as a bonus, politicians will get accolades from government-school-trained sycophants who will thank their overlords from protecting them from an epidemic that is not a real epidemic (and even if it was, this action won’t save them).

If there is an actual trend toward more accidents as a result of ‘drugged’ driving, the problem most likely is that more people are using drugs in irresponsible ways. That problem is far deeper than any swathe in my mouth can solve. That problem speaks more about the health of communities, and that issue, my friends, is mostly caused by the ever-increasing invasive nature of the growing leviathan of the coercive enterprise, the state, in our lives.

This latest move, if anything, will add to the unhealthy conditions of the communities these road pirates are trying to convince you they are serving. And, sadly, most of you Michigan Brave in the Michigan Land of the Free will cheer on this ‘protection’ because, after all, you imagine it’s not going to hurt you because you don’t do drugs, you have nothing to hide.

Well, we’ll see who these low-IQ road pirates catch in their swathe trap. I’m betting it’s going to be more than a few of those who think they have nothing to hide.

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  • Simon says

    I want the testers tested before every shift.

    • Who will test the testers that test the testers that test the testers that test the testers that test the testers…

      • Herman Nelson

        True. Kind of like “internal review”. Cops investigating cops.

      • Milly Vanilly

        Well…they probably have an AI that was ‘programmed’ by someone working on incentives, hired under the DNC & vetted by Mueller & his band of thieves for that….lol

        • On the other hand, I doubt if most of the people complaining about AI have ever written a single computer program.

          • Milly Vanilly

            It’s the ‘people’ & THEIR motives that determine the AI’s usefulness, just another tool that can, in many instances, be abused for agendas.

          • Ignorance and apathy are the two most powerful tools in the societal destruction toolbox.

    • gazoo3

      I want this outrageous law repealed and whoever voted for it hung for treason.

  • frankw

    I never thought I’d see the day when this sort of crap would be tolerated by the public. I guess the fluoride and brain washing has had its effect.

    • Maybe that is because you got the optimal dose of fluorine yourself.

    • Hates Liberals

      That’s because only stupid people have been breeding for far too long.

    • Upperthoughts

      These are the same idiots that let TSA grope them at the airports. Fuck the airlines and their Jewish owned Gestapo . Take a train or drive before bowing to tyranny puff-balls.

  • Todd Burgess

    25 years ago, I worked with a really mellow guy whose eyes were always bloodshot. As a pot smoker myself, I said, “Cecil, let’s smoke a bowl after work.” He says, “I can’t stand the stuff. Makes me sick.” What’s with the bloodshot eyes? He says that’s just the way they are. He didn’t even like to drink, but would drink a beer if pestered long enough.
    Plus, cops just disliked the guy. He was always getting pulled over and not getting ticketed, because they had nothing to ticket. He just looked suspicious. Poor guy, I could get away with insanity (drunken driving benders) and be legally unscathed. I even try to look sketchy but cops pay me no attention. I like invisibility. It suits me. I hope it continues.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Re: statistics. I live near a small town. About thirty years ago the FBI was alarmed when their Uniform Crime Statistics reported that this small town had a “100% rise in homicides” the previous year. The Feds wanted to send all sorts of manpower and money to the town to combat this problem. The Feds were embarrassed as hell when the town’s mayor and police chief publicly explained the “100% rise in homicides.” They said, “Last year we had four murders. The year before we had two. Mathematically, that’s a 100% increase.”

    Like Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    • I wonder what would happen if my town had a murder after not having any for many years. The closest thing we’ve had was a domestic situation where a husband got out of control and was shot while brandishing a rifle on his front porch.

  • Jason Dewald

    The data bases for DNA is a gold mine. Cells can be grown for clinical testing, identity verification, organ building and perhaps cloning in the near future. You do lose complete physical privacy forever once the DNA is collected. We have been using this for convicted felons for 10 years now but the data base is still too small for the feds. Don’t refuse the test, eliminate it by staying out of Michigan …this is called a beta test.

    • The level of understanding is too low for this to be of any use other than for indentity authentication. Since the majority of us aren’t in the federal database that shouldn’t even exist, it can’t be used to eliminate false convictions, which is it’s only legitimate reason to exist. It won’t be eliminated by anyone who has ever come to the attention of the Michigan State Police’s Criminal Justice Information System. DNA can’t track you, your license plate can, and does.

  • Herman Nelson

    Really.. Perhaps they need to take their road show to DC and start testing congress. Nancy pelosi looks pretty high most days.

  • Robert Driggers

    And we get pissed off and outraged by some football players that naively thought they could bring attention to the fact that brown people are routinely being gunned down for no reason by uniformed thugs of the state without fear of reprisal for their actions. Sure since 9-11 our elected officials have used the Constitution as toilet paper without a shred of resistance offered by the brain-dead citizenry. Yeah I’ll go alert the militia………you’ll find me at the local Walmart where the throngs of drooling blank-faced majority will be. Most people don’t even contemplate their place in the community much less the universe.

    I always maintained (as a dyed in the wool gen-xer) that two generations would be all it would take. I actually took civics, was born into a country that respected privacy, individuals and the Law of the Land. In two short generations Facebook rules the narcissistic generation living out lives of voyeurism and group-think mentality that believes in arguments without confrontation, rates social media more important than actually experiencing an experience, thinks showing up grants entitlement and privacy as a bygone novelty. No second generation required. It only took one generation to turn this country on its head and make Orwell tragically accurate. There will be nothing short of destruction that will fix this once beautiful country. It makes me angry and sad as I type away, speaking to the very loud minority that remember when we were a good place to live and corruption, although present, didn’t rule the day. Where any suggestion of the ilk of this article would result in a firing or resignation at the mere mention of such anice idea. Where a courtroom would see a ruling that was based on the law written, not precident established.

    I love my country but hate what we have become; punishing protesters exercising a right that used to mean something and letting jack-booted thugs performing criminal acts under the “color of law” not only get a pass but a ringing fucking endorsement and quasi-superhero status. Yep that’s America land of the ………sorry can’t bring myself to say it……..

    • Kevin Quillen

      I am sad to say that you are exactly correct. I am a baby boomer and I grieve for our country. It will crash and burn. Hopefully to rise again.

      • It wouldn’t be on the way down if our great-great-great-great-grands had heeded what Thomas Jefferson predicted:
        “The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may become persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing every essential right, on a legal basis, is while our rulers are honest, ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will be heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.”

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      It’s TIME:

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Fine. Good. All that rot….BUT: WE demand equal time. DRUG- AND ALCOHOL-TESTS ON DEMAND 24/7 FOR ALL POLS, COPS, AND CITY, COUNTY, STATE AND FEDGOV EMPLOYEES.

  • Milly Vanilly

    I’m sure that the ‘machine’ has an algorithm that runs a false positive at designated intervals to keep the arrests up & cash flowing, as well. Ah yes, the blessings of ‘Human Controlled’ technology.

    • What else has ever controlled technology but humans?

      • Milly Vanilly

        What is scary is that the programmers are programming the AIs to program OTHER AIs & the ‘computers’ have created THEIR OWN language which the programmers can’t seem to follow……’Terminator’ comes to mind.

        • That is just downloading files. There is no way for a machine to learn. The best that can be done is to program them to emulate the learning process, but since we really don’t understand how living beings learn, it is mostly just making small Watsons. There is no psychology to a computer. If Terminators come to be, they will be running programming originally written by a human.

          • Milly Vanilly

            It’s called Deep learning….(www.technologyreview.coms/602094-aislanguageproblem)
            Take your disagreement up with them.

          • The depth of the database doesn’t make for any more intellectual functioning. The size of the library doesn’t make for greater understanding among its users. Most libraries are becoming more fictional with time. They can call their scam whatever they want. Those of us who understand what computers do know that they don’t and can’t think.

          • Milly Vanilly

            When you type/get the URL, read the line & FIND the site, Should be the first one just below the heading, the site is exactly the same as the URL heading, kinda hard to miss.

            I don’t believe THEY are saying the computers think, rather LEARN at an extraordinary rate that some may misconstrue as thinking, hence they employed the phrase ‘Deep Learning’ I believe the lines are getting closer together trom what people ‘Think’ the know. Maybe the techs over there will appreciate your thinking.

          • That which cannot think cannot learn. Adding information to a computer database is nothing like putting knowledge into a living brain. If it were that simple, rote learning would be the only learning humans would experience. Rote learning requires no intelligence, because it doesn’t require anything but storage in memory. Most computer scientists know as much about how the brain works as neurologists do about how computers do, and the latter are far less complicated and better understood than the former.

          • Milly Vanilly

            Well, this is what Google with M.I.T. is working on….I guess they are just wasting a LOT of money.

          • It is never a waste of money if they can get a grant from the government.

  • Since Ritalin is nothing but prescription methamphetamine, its users are nothing but meth addicts. This only becomes a problem when their prescriptions run out and they take to the street to find what the state hooked them on.

  • I_P_Frehley

    As Stiff Little Fingers once sang – “Their solutions are our problems…” & “They take away our freedom in the name of liberty…”

  • Fingal Carson

    I say go for it. Why? If they can test for booze, they can test for the rest. If you don’t like it, get rid of it all. All or nothing. A concept the sheeple need to learn, and fast.