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Greyhound is hiring drivers!

Greyhound announced that they are not going to allow the Border Patrol to board their buses without a warrant. The buses ain’t going to run on time and the drivers are all going to jail.

Okay dumb shits, read the Fourth Amendment once again. Here it is for those of you to stupid to find it on line. It’s the best I can do. I can’t make you understand it.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Forth Amendment to the US Constitution

Police, in any incarnation, must have “probable cause” in order to initiate a search and seizure. The default is that officers have a warrant. Over the years, the Supreme Court has decided that there are instances where officers may have probable cause. However, circumstances make obtaining a “warrant” impracticable. If probable cause exists and circumstances (already set out by the court) apply, then a search, without warrant is deemed “reasonable,” and is therefore allowed. Should the officer overstep, then the evidence obtained is not admissible.

There are about fourteen recognized exceptions to the search warrant requirement.

However, Greyhound is operating in circumstances where officers do not need probable cause to conduct a search or otherwise detain a person for questioning. That exception applies to ports of entry and the immediate area of a national border. The Supreme Court has pretty much held that Immigration and Border Patrol may conduct searches without warrant or probable cause within 75 miles of the border or any port of entry.

What does this mean for Greyhound? Any driver who answers a Border Patrol agent with anything less than, “Welcome aboard, help yourself.” Then his ass is going to jail. His bus will be towed and possibly seized.

I dealt with this corporate bullshit when I was working dope. If you are a dope dealer there is only one car rental company to patronize. That is “Enterprise.” They do not require a credit card and aren’t very curious about who rents their cars.

I investigated two instances where smugglers had rented suburbans from Enterprise. They subsequently dropped the gas tanks, cut them open and stashed drugs in the tanks. They retrieved the drugs in San Antonio. They reinstalled the gas tanks but didn’t patch the hole they made in the top of the tank. They then returned the suburbans to Enterprise. I guess if you want to you can believe that the guy shuttling vehicles around, the guys washing the cars and the rental agent never noticed the strong odor of gasoline. My take is that they just didn’t give a shit.

Enterprise turned the vehicles around and rented them once again. Subsequent renters noticed a strong odor of gasoline. They complained to Enterprise. One would think that Enterprise would report the incident. Nope, a wrecker driver who towed two of these suburbans called me.

I contacted Enterprise at their corporate entity in San Antonio. They laughed, said it happened all the time. They had cars scattered all over South Texas in various police impound yards. The guy I talked to acknowledged they were the preferred car rental agency because of their lax security. However, they were innocent third parties and would get their cars back. Want more information? Get a warrant.

Companies can wave the red, white and blue. That doesn’t mean they believe it.

Next time one pulls up next to a rental car with that white “E” surrounded with a green border don’t worry. It’s probably just tourists. What are the odds that it is a dope dealer with a compromised gas tank or a terrorist with a bomb?

Trust me

Companies talk about being good corporate citizens, big deal. Prisons are full of people that failed at being good citizens. I suspect there are plenty of companies, like Enterprise that only talk a good game.