Declaration of Nonconsent to Police Searches
Some people aren't aware that you do not have to let the police conduct a warrantless search on your person or property. In fact, some folks who are a lot smarter than me on this issue, such as Claire Wolfe, Boston T. Party, and Vin Suprynowicz recommend that you do not consent to police searches as a matter of principle.
You may ask why you should refuse to consent to a police search, since after all, you are a law-abiding citizen with nothing to hide. In order to answer that question, I'll ask you a question: what do you expect to gain from such a search? The answer is that you have nothing to gain from permitting the police to search your property, but you could lose everything.
Consenting to a search does not prove your innocence of a crime, since you are supposedly already innocent until proven guilty in this allegedly free country. Nor does witholding consent legally furnish the police with probable cause. So why do they do it? Because you might be stupid enough to give your consent for them to engage in a free fishing expedition.
In addition to not giving your consent to a free fishing expedition, it is recommended that you purchase a small tape recorder and keep it handy in your vehicle (you are most likely to encounter the police while operating your vehicle), in case the law enforcement officer decides to conduct a search without a warrant, probable cause, or your consent.
Claire Wolfe has advised that those concerned about their rights "post notices on Usenet or a listserve that all searches of your person or property will be involuntary and that you will never allow a voluntary search." In the spirit of that advisory, I have created this page for those who wish to make such a declaration. If you would like to have your name added to this page, please send me your declaration. It wouldn't be a bad idea to PGP sign your declaration.
The following individuals have declared that all searches of their persons or property are involuntary:
From: "Susan Callaway"
To: Subject: Re: LRT-List: 4AMEND: Nonconsent to Searchs Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 20:36:05 -0700 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.3110.1 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.3110.3 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: LRT-List@free-market.net X-UIDL: 586855801419800aa2fbef66a4149800 [Background information elided]. So I'll subscribe to the "do not consent to any searches" list too. Susan Lady Knight
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; Tue, 23 Nov 1999 18:54:11 -0600 (CST) Received: from x (dial30.cape-fear.net [126.96.36.199]) by dial.cape-fear.net (Post.Office MTA v3.5.3 release 223 ID# 0-54366U2500L250S0V35) with SMTP id net for ; Tue, 23 Nov 1999 19:54:33 -0500 Message-ID: <000101bf3616$699de880$541c85d0@x> From: email@example.com (Adam Harris) To: "Mad Prophet" Subject: I'll sign. Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 19:54:06 -0500 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.3110.5 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.3110.3 X-UIDL: 9f177a5731f1bc07c1d923fa94dc91cc Having stupidly been intimidated by the police, once, to consent to a search of my house. ( I was clean ) And having felt Raped and Violated as my only reward. I will never, ever, give my consent again. Adam Harris
From: "Mark Laythorpe"
To: References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: LRT-List: 4AMEND: Nonconsent to Searchs Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 07:12:34 -0700 Organization: SwapMeet Printing Service MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0114_01BEF512.87D12640" X-Priority: 5 X-MSMail-Priority: Low X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2314.1300 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.00.2314.1300 Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: LRT-List@free-market.net >I volunteer to maintain such a site. > >BTW, I declare I do not provide my consent to any searches. > >Regards, > >--------------------------------------------- >Mad Prophet Ditto. And please add my name to the list. Thanks! Mark Laythorpe http://www.sdlp.org/ 1024-bit Encrypted E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.egroups.com/group/liberty_outlook/fullinfo.html
From: email@example.com Received: (from root@localhost) by mail1.hushmail.com (8.8.7/8.8.7) id JAA21334; Thu, 2 Sep 1999 09:06:19 -0700 Message-Id: <199909021606.JAA21334@mail1.hushmail.com> Date: Thu Sep 02 11:07:59 GMT-06:00 1999 Subject: Re: LRT-List: 4AMEND: Nonconsent to Searchs To: LRT-List@free-market.net Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: LRT-List@free-market.net X-UIDL: 0446d4f1dd061d33eeea6de49fedc135 > I think a >page that contains the names of those who do not consent to searches would >be a good addition to the LRT web site. Agreed. >I volunteer to maintain such a site.
Thank you! I, Sunni Maravillosa, hereby declare that I do not provide my consent to any search. >}~ Get HushMail. The world's first free, fully encrypted, web-based email system. Speak freely with HushMail.... http://www.hushmail.com
Jeffrey D. Penrod
X-Apparently-To: email@example.com via web20208.mail.yahoo.com; 06 Feb 2002 19:29:52 -0800 (PST) Received: from hotmail.com (f298.hotmail.com [188.8.131.52]) Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from 184.108.40.206 by wy1lg.hotmail.com with HTTP; Wed, 09 Jun 1999 13:43:27 PDT X-Originating-IP: [220.127.116.11] From: Jeff Penrod
To: "Mad Prophet" Subject: Re: Non Consent Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 21:29:48 -0600 Importance: Normal Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed X-UIDL: 672985bbd7367eb95906ed0213191c40 Status: RO -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I, Jeffrey D. Penrod, declare that all searches of my person and property are involuntary. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP Personal Privacy 6.5.1 Comment: Orwell is laughing at us from beyond the grave. iQA/AwUBN9QptyZwRoDVvOXlEQJ/PgCg6hboCXot0mpkPfmFlGYaYrxbLSIAn1El sqaH+m6z0mtf7MUBvOU5kIII =mLGz -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 All searches of my person or property are involuntary. Signed Peter Wilhem -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP for Personal Privacy 5.0 Charset: noconv iQA/AwUBOTPc79NTlX+yN+bIEQK1GACgqw4igeyAx/uoOSf+AUFLa4Fv2SQAn0wP sEFh2WhyRzjn3Sr/ka9zh9zc =V+Ka -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----