Law enforcement is a tricky business in a society in which you aren’t legally obligated to confess to crimes of which you are accused (Fifth Amendment, as in, “I plead the Fifth!). Unfortunately, that means that some law enforcement officers have gone looking for ways to trick people in confessing to crimes which they didn’t do (or of things which shouldn’t be crimes).
A perfect example of this is when the FBI went after former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn. Mike Adams writes,
By feigning casual conversation, police are able to violate your rights and turn you into a felon, often for “crimes” you never committed. This is precisely what the FBI did to Michael Flynn when they sent a couple of FBI agents to his office, pretending to be engaging in a friendly conversation and White House tour. In reality, the FBI agents were interrogating Flynn, writing up a 302 document and using his words to prosecute him for “lying” to the government. (Yes, that’s exactly what they did. The corruption of the FBI is mind-boggling.)
Most people don’t know their rights when it comes to interactions with law enforcement. Often an innocent-sounding question being posed to you is actually an attempt to achieve a binding verbal contract of consent that you would not normally grant if you knew the full extent of that contract.
For example, if police officers show up at your front door and ask, “Can we come in and talk with you?” Most people will answer “yes” in a simple attempt to be polite. What they don’t realize is that they have just consented to a warrantless search of their entire home. Whatever the police find in your home may now be entered into a court of law as evidence because you “consented” to the search.
So, what should you do instead? Again, from Adams:
The correct answer to any law enforcement officer standing on your front porch is, “Do you have a warrant?” If they don’t have a warrant, you are fully within your rights to say, “I have no interest in talking to you.” Furthermore, you should be saying this through a closed door, not an open door. There is no law that requires you to open the door for anyone, not even the police. (Hint: You don’t even have to tell them you’re home.)
Look, I’m not one to suggest that most law enforcement officers are corrupt or trying to violate the rights of other people. However, the fact remains that there are law enforcement officers who have no problem abusing people and trampling their rights.
Because of this, unfortunately, you must show caution in all of your interactions with law enforcement officers.