I hate it when I agree with the ACLU or The Atlantic but it’s hard not to in the case of the DEA and Amtrak targeting and harassing normal passengers on Amtrak for doing normal things that most people do. According to The Atlantic, they have a solid failure rate at stopping the flow of drugs using their criteria. One has to wonder if closing the borders wouldn’t be a better idea.
According to the Guidelines for Amtrak Customer Service Employees in Texas, which the ACLU has received as a result of a FOIA request, Amtrak employees look for indicators of suspicious activity such as the following and then they contact law enforcement immediately:
Unusual calmness or straight ahead stare
Looking around while making telephone call(s)
Position among passengers disembarking (ahead of, or lagging behind passengers)
Carrying little or no luggage
Purchase of tickets in cash
Purchase tickets immediately prior to boarding
Even a spontaneous treat with your love is cause for concern.
It’s the thought police come alive!
Apparently they make money off the civil forfeiture law which allows them to confiscate the property of these suspicious people and not give it back, even if there are no charges as a result of the targeting.
The Atlantic has more information.
It’s so pitiful that it’s funny.