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M.O.M.’s Guide to Knowing Your Rights

In Seattle, Lone Star officers have broad discretion in their rights when it comes to protecting the public. They are still contractually required to enforce UCAS law (and therefore UCAS civil rights), but that doesn't stop them from making your live very, very difficult. They can stop any individual or vehicle, at any time, to request identification and/or perform searches, with or without cause. They can perform astral scans or technological scans on persons or vehicles without a warrant, but entering private property for such searches (including in astral space) requires owner consent or probable cause. They can detain any individual (except for those with diplomatic or corporate immunity) for up to 72 hours without filing charges (the SINless can be held for up to seven days without charges, or for 72 hours after verifying a SIN and identity). If they have reason to believe your ID is false, they can detain you until they are able to verify your identity.

Matrix searches do not require any warrants, although accessing bank or financial data held at an extraterritorial institution does require cooperation from said institution as well as a duly issued warrant. Most forms of surveillance in public areas, including passive surveillance measures such as traffic cams, CCTV systems, and drones, do not require a warrant, while anything on private property does (and any direct personal use of magical surveillance—for example, mind probes—require a warrant). In all cases, extraterritorial property, or diplomatic territories, require permission from the corp or country before any peace officer can perform a search, conduct surveillance, or enter the premises. Peace officers are also authorized to use any force necessary to prevent public harm, including injuring or killing any person they have probable reason to believe is an imminent threat to public safety.

The tidbit about probable cause is important—an officer has complete discretion when it comes what constitutes probable cause… like, say, a funny smell coming from your apartment, or perhaps she doesn’t like the color of your house, or maybe it’s just something his horoscope said this morning. Fact is, even the upright cops can—and do—create their own “probable causes.”

--Kat o’ Nine Tales

As is the amount of time the cops can detain you. Notice that if they think your ID is false, they can hold you indefinitely. They have no obligation to speed along a request for verification to the appropriate databases.


The corporate immunity clause is an interesting one (especially if you want to fake a corporate ID). Mr. Joe Wageslave doesn’t qualify for corporate immunity, and his corporate citizenship doesn’t protect him from searches, arrests, prosecution, or incarceration if he breaks a UCAS law on UCAS soil (and gets caught on UCAS soil—if he gets back to Mother Corp, UCAS cops have to go through an extradition process, which is a real pain in the ass). But every corp that qualifies for extraterritoriality provides some citizens with corporate immunity, just like other countries send diplomats to the UCAS. These generally are the high muckety-mucks, the men and women who have broad discretion within the corp and influence strategic direction—CEO, CFO, board of directors, those chaps. But let’s face it, those guys have entire departments dedicated to cleaning up their messes, so if one of them does manage to commit a crime, all traces of the crime probably disappear before the cops ever get wind of it. Still, if Joe Wageslave commits a crime, Mother Corp is responsible for providing his legal representation, and in the UCAS, at least, the UCAS can bill Mother Corp for Joe’s trial expenses and incarceration costs.

--Hard Exit

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