Texas Senate Bill 1588: eliminate vehicle inspections

Texas is one of the minority of states still requiring annual inspections.  I believe that safety inspections are a money grab hidden behind a fig leaf of “public safety”.  Having said that, Continue reading


Civil Asset Forfeiture is theft

When New Mexicans moved to eliminate civil asset forfeiture, their message was simple: Civil asset forfeiture is wrong. Hal Stratton, former New Mexico Attorney General comments.

The podcast episode is here in mp3 format. You are forewarned it contains reasonable people talking rather than demonizing or shouting at each other.  Luckily we’ve still got the “news” networks for that.

in the Reids

I was looking through a textbook  (Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions) and came across this tidbit:

There is considerable evidence that coercive and manipulative interrogation techniques, such as those recommended by [the Reid Technique] , often cause resentment and bitterness among offenders, which may last over many years (Gudjonsson & Bownes, 1992; Gudjonsson&Petursson, 1991; Gudjonsson&Sigurdsson, 1999). Suspects do resent being tricked, deceived and coerced by the police… [p.35]

Ya don’t say.

I’m still pissed about an interrogation in the 1980s wherein the LEO in question lied repeatedly, then when challenged on it bragged about his ability to legally lie during the interrogation.  He said things to me that would get a non-badged individual punched in the f___ing throat in any other context.




MoaM: on police interrogation

Like many, I am watching Making of a Murderer.  As I watched the interrogation scenes I had a thought I’d like to share:

If you think that LEOs being manipulative, aggressive, and straight up lying during interrogation is corruption or a fluke then you probably haven’t been interrogated before.

It is legal for the cops to lie during your interrogation.  Depending on your state they may even be allowed to Continue reading