On 2/20/17 (President's day) members of The Freedom Paradox met up to do a planned first amendment audit of a Naval base.
Most times the audits are boring. Government officials will give the auditor a quick look and go about their business. Sometimes a person will approach and ask a few questions about what is going on. That is perfectly fine. There's certainly nothing wrong with talking to someone. Some auditors will respond, some will chose to remain silent. The point is to gauge the reaction in relation to our rights and the law.
Government agents can not detain and hold you if you have done nothing wrong. Sadly these audits are necessary because some agencies choose, for whatever reason to value themselves as servants more than the rights of those they serve.
On this day Rick and Scott decided to approach the gate from the public walkway while myself (Severin Freeman) and Matt hung back for outside views.
Within less than 60 seconds a car quickly approached and pulled directly in front of Rick. The car was half way in the road for a number of minutes while the driver questioned Rick and Scott. The driver finally pulled the car off the road and got out. He was professional and even shook Scott's hand (Rick chose to remain silent). The man leaned against his car and casually waited as police arrived. He quickly approached the police and spoke with them. The police then tell Scott and Rick that they had to respond to the call and why the military member felt he needed to call them. The Staff Sergeant then respectfully took our pictures and informed us he was with the anti terrorism task force. We did not resist the pictures in any way because that is their right as much as it is ours.
They all left at that point.
Our rights were respected and the audit PASSED.
US Marine Corps Reserve Center
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