A Boing Boing commenter notes this story from September, which I’m surprised didn’t attract more attention:
Local law enforcement and federal agents conducted a checkpoint operation Tuesday afternoon in Douglas County, the Federal Air Marshal Service told the AJC.
“This is a live operation intent on deterring would-be terrorists or criminal activity,” Nelson Minerly, spokesman for the federal agency, told the AJC.
The operation created a big distraction to motorists heading eastbound on I-20 in rush hour, and many motorists let the AJC and the WSB traffic center hear about it.
But the operation, which also involves the Transportation Security Administration, is top-secret before it happens, Minerly said.
“We don’t advertise when they’re going to happen or when they’re going to be,” Minerly said.
Mostly trucks were being checked, Minerly said. Shortly before 6 p.m., nothing had been recovered in the operation, he said.
“There’s no specific threat,” Jon Allen, regional spokesman for the TSA, told the AJC.
Not sure exactly what went on here. Are these happening elsewhere? I’m fairly sure a generalized checkpoint not near the border would violate Indianapolis v. Edmond, along with a number of other Supreme Court decisions. But maybe there’s some exception if this was directed at commercial trucking. Of course, whether or not it was technically legal according to the Supreme Court is a different question than if it’s a massively intrusive policy, or even if it’s an effective security measure.