Originally Posted by 78puget-trawler
Well you got me there all right! In defense that was coupled to my reply about being a sea lawyer. It was not my intention as the OP to get into a big discussion as to the merits or lack thereof, of the CG's position relating to the BoR's. I had thought it might be an interesting discussion and in that I guess I should not be too disappointed.
It is an interesting discussion...it just cant be about what you or I think...because believe me, I hate big government too....
We both get one vote and we know that there are lots of people out there that have many varied feelings on all sorts of things.
And it was a reasonable question on how much you actually have to do to assist in a boarding...unless there was a twist in the sense of do to much or too little just to keep'em off balance...but I don't think you meant that.
The real scary thing...you thing the USCG has pretty powerful LE authority...check out what many Fish and game guys can do. They CAN walk up and request you open a cooler or backpack...they can on the spot arrest and seize your assets if found with game not meeting the law. In Alaska the stories probably grew to the size of the states ego...but I knew enough to know it is pretty scary if you want to compare. I have heard the Florida guys are pretty good but when they have overstepped, it is in a big way and the law is usually on their side.