Enter the Gestapo: R.I Governor Closes State Borders, Searches Private Homes for Non-Residents

Welcom to Rhode Island. Pull pull over and show me your papers.

Rhode Island’s Democrat governor Gina Raimondo has closed the state’s borders and established a draconian set of repressive regulations that would have made Adolph Hitler proud. Now, armed military police man roadblocks at all interstate and major highways leading to into, and out of, the state. Armed National Guard soldiers and State Police officers search door-to-door looking for non-Rhode Island people. Local police drive through residential neighborhoods looking for out-of-state license plates. Armed National Guard soldiers are stationed at the T.F. Green airport, Amtrak train stations and at bus stops. The maximum penalty for not complying: a fine of $500 and 90 days in prison. (Prison time for disobeying a quarantine when actual felons are released by the thousands? What insanity!)

London Plague 1348 “Bring out your dead.”
Nazi Germany 1943: “Hand over your Jews.”
Rhode Island 2020: “Identify the the New Yorkers.”

And three golfers from Massachusetts, where all outdoor recreation has been banned, were arrested when they crossed the border to play on a Rhode Island course that was unrestricted for Rhod Islanders. Everyone who drives into the state is ordered to stop and submit to an interrogation. But Raimondo has an especially severe restriction on New Yorkers, since many have tried to avoid the New York outbreak by fleeing to other states. Raimondo’s order says any person coming into Rhode Island from another state for a non-work related purpose—especially from New York—must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

Issued March 28, the order repealed a previous emergency declaration that targeted only travelers from New York State. Anyone who doesn’t self-quarantine as ordered will face a fine, and for subsequent offenses could warrant large fines on top of prison time. Soldiers are relaying motorists’ and other non-residents’ contact information to the state’s health department. Health department workers are calling those people to check on their well-being and if necessary to keep track of any contacts they have had.

The lock down has had some truly bizarre, and quite frankly, frightening effects. It has turned ordinary citizens into spies and informants for the government. It is turned duffers who wanted nothing more than to play golf on an open-to-the public course into criminals.

One week after Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker ordered all outdoor recreational areas to be closedclosed, including golf courses and the rifle range where I shoot, Richmond, R.I. police bagged three golfers from Massachusetts on misdemeanor charges. Police said the three duffers went to elaborate lengths to hide their identities as out-of-towners so they could get in a round of golf at the Meadow Brook Golf Course in town.

Gregory Corbett, 51, Tyler Pietrzyk, 22, and Nye Cameron, 22, were apprehended at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, where police say the men changed cars to drive to the club in a vehicle with Rhode Island license plates, the Attleboro (Mass) Sun Chronicle reported.

Employees at the McDonald’s ratted them out and called the cops.

Gib Mir deinen Pass!

Cops issued the three men summonses for violating the quarantine when they drove back from the golf course to their vehicles at the McDonald’s in the vehicle with the Rhode Island plates, the paper reported.

“It’s not the most heinous offense, but the reality is that we’re living in a whole different world this month, and it’s important we all follow the rules to keep one another safe,” Police Chief Elwood Johnson said.

The restrictions, however, are not without critics. The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union blasted the new rules, objecting to the collection of motorists’ contact information in particular.

“While the Governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution,” Rhode Island ACLU executive director Steven Brown said in a statement. “Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be.

“The ACLU remains very concerned about the enormous breadth of the governor’s latest directive and its focus on out-of-staters at a time when the state acknowledges that half of Rhode Islanders themselves are not following social distancing rules,” Brown said. “A two-week quarantine solely for the ‘offense’ of coming from out of state, and with no opportunity to contest this demand, is deeply troubling.

“In addition,” Brown said, “targeting out-of-staters like this can only promote a divisive ‘us vs. them’ mentality that encourages vilification of others. We fully appreciate that the state is dealing with an emergency crisis that requires emergency actions, but it should not be at the unwarranted expense of our civil rights.”

Raimondo rebuffed the objections, pointing out that laws change during a state of an emergency, and added that she’s receiving federal guidance from the Trump Administration and legal advice from her administration as she makes these decisions.

“It’s the law,” she said. “We are serious about this.”

 

~ Grif

Checkpoint 13 – Check for contraband Line up the out-of-towners.

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William
William
3 months ago

They are certainly pushing this just as far as they possibly can. I was told yesterday that the VT border just up the road from me was blocked by staties who “had their long guns out”. I hike (and camp) at a MA state park that’s right on the line and there is a gas station/store, the only one for miles, just over the line that I usually get gas at. I guess I can forget that. Internal passports are the next logical step, based on antibody tests. Positive in the AIDS era meant you were infected but now it… Read more »

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
3 months ago
Reply to  William

This totalitarian insanity should disabuse anyone of the idea that this has anything whatever to do with a viral pandemic. It’s all about getting us accustomed to living under martial law and eventually worse. And taking down Trump.

QFT!

DCG
Admin
DCG
3 months ago

RI has a population of 1.07 million and they have 1727 confirmed cases. That’s less than .01% of the population.

The bureaucrats have gone insane in this country…

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
3 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Insane for power, that is…

old guy
old guy
3 months ago
Reply to  MarkyMark

Just think what would happen if the left were to ever be in charge and were able to take our guns away. This kind of think would be commonplace. Pure scum.

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Many more are dying of regular flu or cancer or diabetes, but those are “acceptable losses” I guess.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
3 months ago

So she says she is receiving federal guidance from the Trump administration and legal advice from her own administration. Personally, I have never considered stupidity an obligation, no matter the source. I can only reiterate, there is some thing seriously wrong with President Trump playing along with this hoax.

Dee
Dee
3 months ago

There are always those that think they are exempt from the rules. Throw the book at them!!!

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
3 months ago
Reply to  Dee

Stupid rules are for stupid people.

Cornell
Cornell
3 months ago

I was merely following orders.

TrailDust
Admin
3 months ago

In defiance of this governor, Mrs. Dust and I crossed into Rhode Island yesterday and enjoyed a walk on our favorite surf beach, soaking up sun and wind, and collected a little bit of sea glass. Then we stopped at our favorite coffee shop before slipping back into the equally poorly governed state of Massachusetts. God is good. Jesus is risen! PS: we saw a number of other Massachusetts plates at the Rhode Island beach, and no police who wanted to be involved in the ridiculous task of enforcing this offensive law.

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago

Good to see how the Rot-childs and Zionist freemason luciferians have turned our country into a nation of rats and stool pigeons.

Captain America
Captain America
3 months ago

Scary times. I just hope the President steps up and better defends “We The People” through this.