They call our criminal justice system an adversarial system. They say this because police aren’t necessarily on your side. They are not required to take the time to explain to you all of your rights.
For example, ICE Agents recently stood by the exit of a plane in an airport. They told everybody that they were going to check their documents in order to see if everybody on board was in the country legally. They thanked all the passengers for their cooperation before the document checking took place.
What they did not explain to the passengers is that they had a right to decline. The fourth amendment protected everybody leaving that plane that they, and unless the police officers had reason to believe they committed a crime, they did not have to show any documents.
I kind of like this adversarial system because it catches the idiots. Many criminals do not understand their rights and often get tripped up by adversarial law enforcement officers. But the best example of criminals tripping themselves up is over the phone lines through a telephone service called Securus.
Securus Technologies is a telecommunications company that only deals with prisons and jails. Apparently, they have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau in Dallas, Texas, but it is not the kind of company you want to get tangled up with only because it means you are in jail.
This telephone company records every single phone call made by every single inmate every single day. These inmates may be involved with crime inside or outside of the prison. They could be telling their guys on the outside to commit a crime, or they could be dealing with the flow contraband into the prison. These guys often trip themselves up by divulging their plans on recorded phone calls that law enforcement concerts using Securus Technologies software.