Friday, January 02, 2009

Some Advice On What To Do When The New World Order's FBI Pit Bulls Drop By Your Home Or Office & Attempt To Violate Your Constitutional Rights

The following article was written back in 2004 and focused on the Republican/Democrat use of the FBI to intimidate protesters at their conventions; further proof of how the FBI is nothing but a domestic spy/secret police terrorist used by the powers that be to intimidate Americans into surrendering their Constitutional freedoms. Following this article are some very useful questions that every American citizen should be asking in regard to the FBI's newly found Patriot Act spy powers, as well as answers to these questions. The FBI has demonstrated on myriad occasions throughout its history that this New World Order pawn is incapable of operating within the Constitutional rule of law, and that it obstructs justice while decimating the Bill of Rights with every opportunity it gets.

As such it is imperative for you as Americans to know your rights under the U.S. Constitution and to enforce them, while taking every opportunity in which to challenge the FBI's fraud of an existence in this country. If you value your freedom and use your First Amendment Rights in which to defend them, you can be certain that at some point the FBI will be out to get you.

And from first hand experience I can tell you that when the FBI gets caught violating your rights, instead of owning up to it, its criminal agents will make up the rules as they go, looking to demonize you, while completely obscuring every aspect of their own outrageous criminality.

So you had better be prepared to defend your inherent rights as citizens of this country, from an onslaught of the most despicable and vicious tactics you can possibly imagine. There's virtually no dirty tactic that the FBI will not use, regardless of how illegal when it comes to violating rights that you are by law entitled to.

And its notorious use of slander in which to demonize those whom the FBI cannot legally prosecute has become a major component in the FBI's "constitution raping" activities.

This is an organization whose agents pride themselves on getting away with breaking the law including using covert means in which to torture and murder their victims, "cutting corners" in their so called shoddy investigations at every opportunity, and viciously smearing anyone whom they have committed color of law crimes against.

In other words, no matter what terrible crimes the FBI commits, it's everyone else's fault -- the FBI never takes responsibility for its own oftentimes treasonous crimes against the U.S. Constitution and American people.

Moreover, if the FBI attempts to use you in its commission of color of law crimes against another American citizen, you have aided and abetted the FBI in a federal and imprisonable offense. Something which the FBI may later use to coerce you. The FBI regularly encourages others to break the law, while convincing them that as long as they do so for the FBI there is no problem. Which should give you further cause to doubt the FBI's veracity as anything other than a well financed criminal syndicate.

Since its inception, no FBI agent who has committed a color of law crime against an American citizen has ever admitted to doing so when under the penalty of going to prison for such a crime. However, there are myriad examples of FBI agents covertly attacking others whose rights these agents have violated under the color of law -- including former FBI agents who attempted to expose the FBI's rampant criminality, only to be set upon as prey by their former FBI colleagues.

One of the best illustrations of the FBI actually being indicted and convicted of a color of law crime was against the late eco activist Judi Bari, whom the FBI attempted to murder during a COINTELPRO sting waged against Judi. However, a federal jury found the FBI guilty of attempting to destroy the EarthFirst! movement of which Judi was a member, as well as Judi's reputation, awarding her estate more than 4 million dollars in damages.

Yet, the FBI really should have been on trial for the attempted murder of Judi Bari and her associate, Darryl Cherney, both of whom were critically injured when a bomb which the FBI secretly placed under the driver's seat in Judi's Subaru stationwagon exploded; leaving Judi permanently crippled from the blast.

Moreover, it was not the Department Of Justice or the U.S. Congress who came to Judi Bari's aid in this case (as they should have), but instead a courageous attorney by the name of *J. Tony Sera, who managed to accomplish what few American citizens have in the past -- taking on the FBI and beating them in a judicial system in which the odds are greatly and unfairly stacked in favor of the FBI.

* " J . Tony Sera was the subject of the 1989 movie True Believer (Starring James Woods & Robert Downey Jr.) about a Chinatown (San Francisco) murder case in which he won an acquittal for Chol Soo Lee, the defendant. He also successfully defended Black Panther leader Huey Newton in a murder trial and represented individuals from groups as diverse, and politically charged as the White Panthers, Hells Angels, Earth First!, and New World Liberation Front (NWLF). Some of these individuals include Brownie Mary, Dennis Peron, Hooty Croy, Ellie Nessler, and Symbionese Liberation Army members Sara Jane Olson, Russell Little and Michael Bortin. Serra, in 2004, won an acquittal during a retrial on murder charges for co-defendant Rick Tabish in the death of casino mogul Ted Binion.[1]" -- Source Wikipedia

Furthermore, when referring to such abuses of your inherent rights as Americans there is no tactic regardless of how despicable, that the FBI or its U.S. Intel cadre of treasonous criminals will not use against you; including the types of satellite based forms of predation that deprive you of every second of your privacy, including illegally reading your sub vocalized thoughts by way of the NSA's Echelon/Tempest satellite spy network. Topics which are extensively researched in detail on this Website and which you should familiarize yourselves with for your own edification.

We must also ask exactly who gave the NSA or its Intel cohorts the right to remotely read our thoughts while denying us our right to legal counsel? Because if someone did, that person is guilty of treason and if still alive, should be held accountable for this outrageous betrayal of the American people's trust. Most Executive Orders in and of themselves are unconstitutional.

Also Google COINTELPRO for further information on the FBI's extensive criminal history in this country. Interestingly enough, several years ago a person who identified themselves as a former CIA agent told me that he considered the FBI to be the most dangerous organization in the United States (an interesting statement given the CIA's history of human rights abuses -- including MKULTRA).. There's certainly no question that the FBI along with the CIA and their Intel brethren are the most dangerous organizations to your safety and privacy, as are the Illuminist organizations who control them, which include but are not limited to the Trilateral Commission and the Council On Foreign Relations. Because of its Signals Intelligence (mind invasive operations) program, I believe that the NSA is the most dangerous Intel agency of them all. Especially when one considers that its operatives can use Echelon and Tempest to remotely tap into the brain of any person and electronically manipulate any part of their brain, in order to adversely affect that person's thoughts.

Something that as a target of the NSA's modern day MKULTRA operations, I have been subjected to since the early 1980's. And I am now certain that those around me, including my own family members have not only been severely brainwashed by these Intel operatives, but are also brain tapped by the NSA for the express purpose of isolating me from them. It is this isolation which drives persons targeted for such COINTELPRO abuses to states of desperation in which they either carry out a crime or act in which they can be removed from society, or are driven to commit suicide.

However, I have no intention of committing suicide, nor a crime nor act in which I can be removed from society. I have documented the truth in regard to extensive and treasonous crimes that the FBI, NSA, DHS and their criminal provocateurs have and continue to commit against my family and person. It is these federal agencies who are not only lying here, but also attempting to cover up the most outrageous crimes ever documented by an American citizen in regard to their own government.

However, their use of vicious smear tactics against my person in what has clearly become a preemptive strike to obfuscate their treasonous criminality from the American people, will eventually be seen for the outright smokescreen that it is.

Moreover, I will fight this battle where I have fought it for the last several years - in my home and through the Internet, where these agents will be judged for their egregious violations of our inherent rights as U.S. citizens. Precedent setting civil rights violations which these federal scoundrels should have been tried for in a court of law; yet because of the inherent corruption within the U.S. Federal Government, these criminals remain unindicted for!


"It's important to remember that FBI agents are nothing like the friendly, phony 'X-Files' agents in TV make-believe land. You want to treat them as you would any other police officer or pit-bull."

Varlet -- Online National Lawyers Guild

Source Indy Media Center:
What to Do if the FBI Drops By Your Home or Office
Author: Varlet...and the National Lawyers Guild
Date Created
16 Aug 2004

The stinking corpse of the FBI's infamous "Counter-Intelligence Program", or COINTELPRO, which was used from the 1940s through the 1970s against Communists, Anarchists, Civil Rights Activists and sundry other decent working-class militants, and which was "allegedly" discontinued in 1971, is fully risen from the grave once again.

What to Do if the FBI Drops By Your Home or Office

US Government's COINTELPRO - Still Undead

The stinking corpse of the FBI's infamous "Counter-Intelligence Program", or COINTELPRO, which was used from the 1940s through the 1970s against Communists, Anarchists, Civil Rights Activists and sundry other decent working-class militants, and which was "allegedly" discontinued in 1971, is fully risen from the grave once again. It's worm-eaten torso is now dragging itself around the US by its putrid stumps, attempting to harass and intimidate yet another generation of workers and students opposed to the racist, war-mongering US capitalist ruling class and their twin political parties, the Democricans and the Republidems, (or whatever they call themselves these days... I stopped caring about them such a long time ago!)

The New York Times today revealed that, at a time when the nation is daily being warned of "impending" "terrorist attacks" against banks, trains, planes, coffee houses, discos, Statues of Liberty, flags, national phallic symbols, etc., the FBI is sending what must amount to hundreds of its agents fanning out across the nation to harass... anti-war and anti-Republicrat protestors!

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning political demonstrators across the country, and in rare cases even subpoenaing them, in an aggressive effort to forestall what officials say could be violent and disruptive protests at the Republican National Convention in New York.

"F.B.I. officials are urging agents to canvass their communities for information about planned disruptions aimed at the convention and other coming political events, and they say they have developed a list of people who they think may have information about possible violence. They say the inquiries, which began last month before the Democratic convention in Boston, are focused solely on possible crimes, not on dissent, at major political events." ("F.B.I. Goes Knocking for Political Troublemakers", New York Times, 16 August, 2004).

This would be amusing if it weren't so ominous a threat to the basic civil rights of every person living in the United States. This is very clearly a resumption of the FBI COINTELPRO tactics which directly caused the murders of hundreds of civil rights activists, Communists, Anarchists, trade-union organizers, and attempted to destroy the lives of hundreds of other people from the 1940s to the present day. Young activists will do well to educate themselves about COINTELPRO; there are many excellent books about it. I HEARTILY recommend the following:

1) "The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States" by Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall (1990, South End Press)

2) "Dangerous Dossiers" by Herbert Mitgang (various editions)

3) "War At Home: Covert Action Against US Activists and What We Can Do About It" by Brian Glick (South End Press)

These 3 books will give young activists an excellent introduction to the methods, legal and extralegal, that were used to disrupt, and attempted to destroy the lives, careers and organizations of essentially every single leftist individual and political grouping that arose in the US in the 20th century (and how we can defend ourselves against the same). COINTELPRO was more or less successful due primarily to the political weaknesses inherent in the organizations targeted, not due primarily to the FBI disruption campaign, as Churchill and Ward assert (that's another story). But the primary power of the COINTELPRO operations was that most of the targeted organizations of yesteryear had no idea that this vast police conspiracy was being launched against them. Today, we have the good fortune to know IN ADVANCE just what kind of dirty tricks the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, et al has in its' black bags. Their ability to disrupt our organizations today can be severely curtailed if we take the time to educate ourselves about this resurgent menace to the rights of working-class and student political activists.

It's important to remember that FBI agents are nothing like the friendly, phony "X-Files" agents in TV make-believe land. You want to treat them as you would any other police officer or pit-bull. Try to stay calm, speak politely to them, politely decline to be interviewed, etc., because they can be quite vicious. If you ask them for their names, badge numbers, etc., be aware that they may very well respond in a savage manner, in spite of what the NLG's pamphlet may lead you to believe. Though they may try to intimidate you into talking with them, you just have to remain silent. It is perhaps hard to understand, but you will get in much more trouble by talking to them than you will by politely declining an interview. Plus, if you have a friendly chat with the FBI or cops, all your friends will wonder if you are a rat, because the FBI is undoubtedly looking for a few good agents-provocateurs.

After they leave, immediately contact the organizers of whatever group you may be working with and let them know what's going on. Your organization may have its own experienced lawyers ready to handle any need for legal representation.

"If you are visited by the FBI or any police agency, don't tell them anything; You have the constitutional right to remain silent. It is not a crime to refuse to answer questions. It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer before agreeing to answer questions. You do not have to talk to anyone, even if you have been arrested or are in jail. Only a judge can order you to answer questions. If the police or agents detain you, you have to give your name, but no other information.

"You have the right to talk to a lawyer before you decide whether to answer questions. And if you do agree to be interviewed, you have the right to have a lawyer present. The lawyer’s job is to protect your rights. Once you tell the agent that you want to talk to a lawyer, they should stop trying to question you and should make any further contact through your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, you can still tell the officer you want to speak to one before answering questions. Remember to get the name, agency and telephone number of any investigator who visits you, and give that information to your lawyer.

The government does not have to provide you with a free lawyer unless you are charged with a crime,but the NLG or another organization might be able to help you find a lawyer for free or a reduced rate."

The above quotations are from the text of a pamphlet by the National Lawyers Guild explaining what young activists should do if the FBI, or any of their minions attempts to "interview" (read: "entrap") you. Be aware that it is VERY DANGEROUS to speak with the FBI or any police agency in the belief that you "have nothing to hide" or that you can "outsmart" them somehow. Lying to a federal cop is a serious crime and can alone land you in jail. Don't be intimidated by these police tactics. They are designed to scare people away from taking part in political activity of any kind, which is a fundamental RIGHT upon which all future social progress in this nation depends.

Some people may be naturally frightened at the prospect of having an FBI file opened up on them. Far from being a mark of shame, having an FBI file opened up on you is a badge of honor (as unwelcome as it may be)! Reading "Dangerous Dossiers", you will see that scores of famous actors (Charlie Chaplin, Jean Seberg, Jane Fonda), writers (Pearl Buck, Nelson Algren, Hemingway, EB White, William Faulkner), painters (Picasso), musicians (Frank Sinatra, John Lennon) had FBI files opened on them... some of their files were still open YEARS after they had died! Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Quakers, Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, you name 'em; anyone who ever took a courageous stand against Fascism, racism, war and/or oppression became a target of COINTELPRO.

The simple fact is that, far from being "The Land of the Free" (as American jingoes love to prate endlessly to anyone naive enough to listen) this has NEVER been the land of the free... unless your idea of asserting your "freedom" is to have the "right" to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" off-key, at the top of your lungs, while waving a mini version of "Old Glory" that was probably made in an American-owned sweatshop in China.

I predict that this FBI harassment of activists, instead of scaring people away from the NYC protests against the Repulsivats' war-festival in August, will cause many people who never thought of attending the protest to turn out in record numbers to assert their Constitutional rights while they still can!

This kind of police repression can be expected to continue indefinitely, until the working people of this country organize working-class-based socialist political parties dedicated to the task of eradicating the capitalist system from the face of the Earth through workers revolution. Only then will we finally be free of the capitalist system, its endemic poverty, racism and wars... and its "Eternal Odor Of Police".

---------------- Varlet

NOTE: The National Lawyers Guild pamphlet, "Know Your Rights", reproduced here in a version in which the order of the Q&A section has been edited (the immigration section has been placed at the end), is available at this web address, and is available in PDF pamphlet and poster forms, and in several languages. There is also a valuable section of this pamphlet that deals will the rights of immigrants who may be accosted by INS or other police agents. For more information, listen to the fine Clash song "Know Your Rights" --------- Varlet



What to Do if Questioned by Police, FBI, Customs Agents or Immigration Officers

What rights do I have?

Whether or not you’re a citizen, you have rights under the United States Constitution. The Fifth Amendment
gives every person the right to remain silent: not to answer questions asked by a police officer or government
agent. The Fourth Amendment restricts the government’s power to enter and search your home or
workplace, although there are many exceptions. The First Amendment protects your right to speak freely and
to advocate for social change. However, if you are a non-citizen and are deportable, the government
(DHS*) can target you based on your political activities.


*The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is now part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has been reorganized into:

1. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

2. The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and

3. The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). All three
bureaus will be referred to as “DHS” for the purposes of this pamphlet.

What if police, FBI, or DHS agents contact me?

Q&A Time:

Q: Do I have to answer questions?

A: You have the constitutional right to remain silent. It is not a crime to refuse to answer questions. It is a good dea to talk to a lawyer before agreeing to answer questions. You do not have to talk to anyone, even if you have been arrested or are in jail. Only a judge can order you to answer questions. If the police or agents detain you, you have to give your name, but no other information.

Q: Do I need a lawyer?

A: You have the right to talk to a lawyer before you decide hether to answer questions. And if you do agree to be interviewed, you have the right to have a lawyer present. The lawyer’s job is to protect your rights. Once you tell the agent that you want to talk to a lawyer, they should stop trying to question you and should make any further contact through your lawyer.

If you do not have a lawyer, you can still tell the officer you want to speak to one before answering questions. Remember to get the name, agency and telephone number of any investigator who visits you, and give that information to your lawyer. The government does not have to provide you with a free lawyer unless you are charged with a crime,
but the NLG or another organization might be able to help you find a lawyer for free or a reduced rate.

Q: If I refuse to answer questions or say I want a lawyer, won’t it seem like I have something to hide?

A: Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you and others. You can never tell how information might be used. That is why the right not to talk is a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution. Keep in mind that although they are allowed to lie to you, lying to a government agent is a crime. Remaining silent is not. The safest things to say are “I am going to remain silent,” “I want to peak to my lawyer,” and “I do not consent to a search.”

Q: Can agents search my home or office?

A: You do not have to let police, immigration or other agents into your home or office unless they have a search warrant or consent. A search warrant is a written court order that allows the police to conduct a specified search. Interfering with a warrantless search probably will
not stop it and you might get arrested. But you should say “I do not consent to a search,” and call a criminal lawyer or the LG. Your roommate or guest can legally consent to a search of your house if the police believe that person has the authority to give consent, and your employer can consent to a search of your workspace without your permission.

Q: What if agents have a search warrant?

A: If you are present when agents come for the search, you can ask to see the warrant. The warrant must specify in detail the places to be searched and the people or things to be taken away. Tell the agents you do not consent to the search so that they cannot go beyond what the warrant authorizes. Ask if you are allowed to watch the search; if you are allowed to, you should. Take notes, including names, badge numbers, what agency each officer is from, where
they searched and what they took.

If others are present, have them act as witnesses to watch carefully what is happening.
If the agents ask you to give them documents, your computer, or anything else, look to see if the item is listed in the warrant. If it is not, do not consent to them taking it without
talking to a lawyer. You do not have to answer questions. Talk to a lawyer first.

Q: Do I have to answer questions if I have been arrested?

A: No. Ask for a lawyer right away. Repeat this request to every officer who tries to talk to or question you. You should talk to a lawyer before you decide to answer any questions.

Q: What if I speak to government agents anyway?

A: Even if you have already answered some questions, you can refuse to answer other questions until you have a lawyer.

Q: What if the police or agents stop me on the street?

A: Ask if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, consider just walking away. If the police say you are not under arrest, but are not free to go, then you are being detained. The police can pat down the outside of your clothing if they have reason to suspect you might be armed and dangerous. If they search any more than this, say clearly, “I do not consent to a search.” They may keep searching anyway. You do not have to answer any questions.

Q: Do I have to give my name?

A: Legally, you do not have to give your name unless the police have properly detained you in a crime investigation. If you are detained, you can be arrested for refusing to give your name. If you fear that your name may be incriminating, you can claim the right to remain silent, and if you' re arrested, this may help you later. However, even if you are not detained, refusing to give your name is likely to arouse suspicion. Giving a false name could be a crime.

Q: What if police or agents stop me in my car?

A: Keep your hands where the police can see them. If you are driving a vehicle, you must show your license, registration and proof of insurance. You do not have to consent to a search. But the police may have legal grounds to search your car anyway. Clearly state that you do not consent. Officers may separate passengers and drivers from each other to question them, but no one has to answer any questions.

Q: What if the police or FBI threaten me with a grand jury subpoena if I don’t answer their questions?

A: A grand jury subpoena is a written order for you to go to court and testify about information you may have. It is common for the FBI to threaten you with a subpoena to get you to talk to them. If they are going to subpoena you, hey will do so anyway. Receiving a subpoena to testify before a grand jury doesn’t mean that you are suspected of a crime.

You may have legal grounds to stop the subpoena. If you do receive a subpoena, call the NLG or a criminal lawyer right away. Anything you say can usually be used against you.

Q: What if I am treated badly by the police or agents?

A: Write down the officer’s badge number, name or other identifying information. You have a right to ask the officer for this information. Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers. If you are injured, seek medical attention and take pictures of the injuries as soon as you can. Call the NLG, one of the other organizations listed on this pamphlet, or a lawyer as soon as possible.

What if I am under 18?

Q: Do I have to answer questions?

A: No. Minors too have the right to remain silent. You do not have to talk to the police, probation officers, or school officials.

Q: What if I am detained?

A: If you are detained at a community detention facility or Juvenile Hall, you normally must be released to a parent or guardian. If charges are filed against you, you have the right to have a lawyer appointed to represent you at no cost.

Q: Do I have rights at school?

A: Public school students have the First Amendment right to politically organize at school by passing out leaflets, holding meetings, publishing independent newspapers, etc., just so long as those activities do not disrupt classes. Students can be suspended or expelled from school
only if they violate the law or disrupt school activities. You have the right to a hearing, with your parents and an attorney present, before being suspended or expelled.

Q: Can my stuff be searched at school?

A: School officials can search students’ backpacks and lockers without a warrant, if they suspect that you are involved in criminal activity or carrying drugs or weapons. Do not consent to the police or school officials searching your property, but do not physically resist or you may face criminal charges.

Q: Can I be stopped by school staff?

A: School officials can stop and question you, for example if you are not in class. However, they should not stop and question you for engaging in political activity or because of your ethnicity or religion. If you think your rights have been violated, call one of the organizations on the front.

Q: What if I am not a citizen and the DHS contacts me?

A: Assert your rights. If you do not demand your rights or if you sign papers waiving your rights, the DHS may deport you before you see a lawyer or an immigration judge. Never sign
anything without reading, understanding and knowing the consequences of signing it.

Talk to a lawyer. If possible, carry with you the name and telephone number of an immigration lawyer who will take your calls. The immigration laws are hard to understand and there
have been many recent changes. DHS will not explain your options to you. As soon as you encounter a DHS agent, call your attorney. If you can’t do it right away, keep trying. Always
talk to an immigration lawyer before leaving the U.S. Even some legal permanent residents can be barred from returning.

Call the organizations listed on this pamphlet for help finding a lawyer.

Based on today’s laws, regulations and DHS guidelines, non-citizens usually have the rights below, no matter what their immigration status. The following information may change, so it is important to contact a lawyer. The rights below apply to non-citizens who are inside the U.S. Non-citizens at the border who are trying to enter the U.S. do not have all the same rights.

Q: Do I have the right to talk to a lawyer before answering any DHS questions or signing any DHS papers?

A: Yes. You have the right to call a lawyer or your family if you are detained, and you have the right to be visited by a lawyer in detention. You have the right to have your attorney with you at any hearing before an immigration judge. You do not have the right to a government-appointed attorney for immigration proceedings, but if you have been arrested, immigration officials must show you a list of free or low cost legal service providers.

Q: Should I carry my green card or other immigration papers with me?

A: If you have documents authorizing you to stay in the U.S., you must carry them with you. Presenting false or expired papers to DHS may lead to deportation or criminal prosecution. An unexpired green card, I-94, Employment Authorization Card, Border Crossing Card or other papers that prove you are in legal status will satisfy this requirement.

If you do not carry these papers with you, you could e charged with a crime. Always keep a copy of your immigration papers with a trusted family member or friend who can fax it to you, if need be. Check with your immigration lawyer about your specific case. You may be required to show your identification to police officers, border patrol agents and aircraft pilots as well.

Q: Am I required to talk to government officers about my immigration history?

A: Once you have shown evidence of your status, you do not have to talk to officers further. You may be better off remaining silent and talking to a lawyer first. Immigration law is very complicated. You may have a problem without realizing it. A lawyer can protect your rights, advise you and help you avoid giving answers that might hurt you. If DHS asks anything about your political and religious beliefs, groups you belong to or contribute to, things you have said, where you have traveled or other questions that do not seem right, you do not have to answer them.

An officer may not request evidence of your immigration status in your home or another private place unless he or she has a warrant. But if the officer requests evidence and you fail to provide it, there is chance they will arrest you.

Q: If I am arrested for immigration violations, do I have the right to a hearing before an immigration judge to defend myself against deportation charges?

A: Yes. In most cases only an immigration judge can order you deported. But if you waive your rights or take “voluntary departure,” agreeing to leave the country, you could be deported without a hearing. If you have criminal convictions, were arrested at the border, came to the U.S. through the visa waiver program or have been ordered deported in the past,
you could be deported without a hearing. Contact a lawyer immediately to see if there is any relief for you.

Q: Can I call my consulate if I am arrested?

A: Yes. Non-citizens arrested in the U.S. have the right to call their consulate or to have the police tell the consulate of your arrest. The police must let your consulate visit or speak with you if consular officials decide to do so. Your consulate might help you find a lawyer or offer other help. You also have the right to refuse help from your consulate.

Q: What happens if I give up my right to a hearing or leave the U.S. before the hearing is over?

A: You could lose your eligibility for certain immigration benefits, and you could be barred from returning to the U.S. for a number of years. You should always talk to an immigration lawyer before you decide to give up your right
to a hearing.

Q: What should I do if I want to contact DHS?

A: Always talk to a lawyer before contacting DHS, even on the phone. Many DHS officers view “enforcement” as their primary job and will not explain all of your options to you.
What are my rights at airports?

It is illegal for law enforcement to perform any stops, searches, detentions or removals based solely on your race, national origin, religion, sex or ethnicity. IF YOU HAVE BEEN PROFILED at the airport, contact one of the organizations listed in this pamphlet.

Q: If I am entering the U.S. with valid travel papers can a U.S. customs agent stop and search me?

A: Yes. Customs agents have the right to stop, detain and
search every person and item.

Q: Can my bags or I be searched after going through metal detectors with no problem or after security sees that my bags to not contain a weapon?

A: Yes. Even if the initial screen of your bags reveals nothing suspicious, the screeners have the authority to conduct a further search of you or your bags.

Q: If I am on an airplane, can an airline employee interrogate me or ask me to get off the plane?

A: The pilot of an airplane has the right to refuse to fly a passenger if he or she believes the passenger is a threat to the safety of the flight. The pilot’s decision must be reasonable and based on observations of you, not stereotypes.

National Lawyers Guild
(NLG) Bay Area Hotline

Help for people contacted
by FBI, DHS, etc. in
Northern California:

NLG National Office
Help for people contacted
by FBI, help finding criminal
lawyers, and help for
lawyers and organizers
212-679-5100 x 12

NLG National Immigration
Help finding immigration
attorneys and help
for lawyers

American Arab Anti-Discrimination
Report hate crimes,
harassment and discrimination
Arabs and Muslims
San Francisco Bay Area:

American Immigration
Lawyers Association
referral to immigration
attorneys and resources
for immigration

This pamphlet was produced by the National Lawyers Guild, which is solely responsible for its content. Nothing herein is intended to interfere with any legitimate law enforcement investigation.

The National Lawyers Guild is a 65 year old membership organization of progressive lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers fighting for social justice. Donations for printing this pamphlet can be made to NLG, 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA
94110, 415-285-5067.
Revised August 2004
Design and Production: Lisa Roth

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