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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a smiling man.  In body Armor.  With A weapon held at the low ready.  Who only wants you to answer a few questions.    

He's not threatening you, at least not directly. The questions are not hard.  The questions are not particularly mean.

He Just wants an answer.  Now.

(The questions, on the flip)

They're such polite questions too.  And you know that you should trust the man, because he's there to protect you.

The questions are SO reasonable too... who would think that they could possibly be dangerous to anyone?

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You don't mind if he looks in your trunk?

You don't mind if he comes into your house for a few minutes?

Would you particularly mind stepping out of the vehicle?

Do you have your ID with you?  He just needs to make sure of who you are.

You don't have any Drugs on you, do you?

Are you a citizen?

Where are you off to tonight?

You have a receipt for that coat?  Just need to check.

Who's your friend?  Why did you stop talking when I came up to you?

What's your ethnicity?  Just need it for demographic information.

Who did you vote for in the last election?  Just making conversation.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime?  You really need to tell me, it'll save time.

You mind turning around and placing your hands behind your back?  The way you're looking around makes me very nervous.

Do you have a relative you can call to take care of your kids?  We just need to ask you a few questions down at the station.

Do you want to talk to me now?  It's so much easier than getting a lawyer involved.

Why are you asking me if you're being detained or arrested?  I'm just talking to you.

You have any weapons on you?  

Who is the guy in charge of you folks?  We need to talk to him.

You know if I ask the guy who attacked you he's gonna say you jumped him.  I know you're bleeding, but would you mind just forgetting about this?

You do know who you are accusing of a crime, don't you?  Do you really want to go with that statement?

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Always polite.  Always smiling.  Until you answer one question the "Wrong" way.  Or you get cute.  Or you ignore them.  Or are the wrong color.  Or look like a bum.  

But you don't need to worry, as long as you're perfectly willing to answer these questions, totally understanding that anything you say can, and will be held against you in a court of law.

Originally posted to detroitmechworks on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by The First and The Fourth.

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