Burning Man is a POLICE State | 13 MUST Follow Rules for 2013:

Burning Man rainbow

Burning Man rainbow.  photo:  picturepost.wordpress.com

What you must know is that Burning Man is a VERY SOPHISTICATED POLICE STATE, EXTENSIVELY PATROLLED and MONITORED by State and Federal Officers. They literally motor by your camp every twenty minutes looking for someone ‘anyone’ to bust.  Not to mention Camp Spies in costume and Special Operations sporting night vision goggles and underage shills.  And their interest is simple – they’re dying to give you a citation.  They could care less about what you’re doing, what they’re keen about is the ‘enormous’ amount of money generated by these citations, more citations = more money for State and Federal coffers.  If you go, check out their equipment, it will all be brand new and state of the art.  And who do you think pays for all of that personnel and equipment?  Ding! Ding! Ding! You guessed it, the ‘Burners’. And remember, neither Nevada nor the Federal Government will recognize your medical marijuana card.

Cops lined up at Burning Man.

Cops lined up at Burning Man.

Now how does ole Mota Bota know about this?  Well, my first Burn was in 1992, and there were both State and Federal officers around, but they were kinda like us, enjoying the festivities and looking out for our safety, not our wallets – what a concept!

Burning Man sculpture

Burning Man sculpture

Now fast forward to my last Burn in 2009.  In my camp alone a gentleman was busted for marijuana while driving within the Burning Man compound (the most dangerous place to drive).  He had a faulty taillight on his trailer and a pot tin on his dash.  The officers could’ve cared less about the taillight, but eagerly sighted him for the pot.  That citation was $675., to be paid within 45 days, and if not, a warrant would be issued, the infraction amount increased, and the citation would be part of his permanent record. My lovely neighbors across the street, a young working couple of 40 with toddlers at home, offered (like scads of others) a free bar.  They were visited by an under age shill from Special Operations and busted.  That citation was $1,500., to be paid in full within 45 days, with the same scenario as above.

Burning Man.  photo:  oliver fluck

Burning Man. photo: oliver fluck

This was just in my camp and the neighbors across the road!  They (Law Enforcement) are solely interested in the money, and can you blame them?  Let’s assume this year they bust a modest 500 people, with an average fine of $1,000. -  folks that’s half a million dollars! – ‘if’ the fines are paid on time, if not, that number escalates substantially.

Burning the Man.  photo:  ap

Burning the Man. photo: ap

So What Do You Do? 

1.  Make sure your vehicle is currently registered and all the lights are working properly.

2.  Never ‘ever’ go over the speed limit ‘anywhere’ (especially inside the BM compound).

3.  Don’t ‘at any time’ ride on top or outside of your car, and wear your seat-belt at all times accordingly.  The art cars will be excepted once they’re sanctioned.

4.  No open alcohol containers in your vehicle at any time, period.

5.  Never smoke pot in a public place – the world’s easiest bust via odor.

Relaxing at Burning Man.

6.  Never smoke pot in your car – even when parked, keep it in the tent.

 7.  If you’re going to do a free bar, ‘check IDs’ if you’re the ‘least’ bit suspicious of an underage drinker.

 8.  Know your rights, they still need probable cause to search your vehicle.

 9.  Never offer drugs to strangers – especially those two cute chicks, they’re narcs!

 10.  Keep any drugs concealed in route to BM – party when you get there.

Burning Man.  photo:  dailymail.co.uk

Burning Man. photo: dailymail.co.uk

11.  Use common sense and trust your gut, if someone seems cool, they probably are;  if they seem flaky, they probably are.  The neighbors you camp with will be the most trustworthy.


 13.  And lastly, go to ‘jackrabbitspeaks’ – this is the official e-mail site of Burning Man – and type ‘law enforcement’ in the subject column.  You can also check out ‘citations’ and ‘arrests’.  Read what Will Chase and the Burners have to say about law enforcement, because I’m sure I’ve missed a few things.


You’re never alone at Burning Man

Burning Man is a cathartic experience like no other.  The people, the art, the machines, the music, the fire, the sharing, the shelters, the theme camps, and the costumes; all make for an unforgettable experience, just be smart and make it a great experience.

- Mota Bota 

PS: Mota will be at ‘Symbiosis’ this year.

Burning Man...

Burning Man…  photo:  stuckincustoms.com


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Comment(s): 20

  1. squallykook

    straight up fact. Listen to Mota peeps and stay safe out there.
    better yet, go out to the playa when burning man is not happening and experience the raw beauty without 70,000 people distracting you from yourself.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +3 (3 votes)
  2. steve

    i kind of got it when it was free way back when, it just seems so absurd now, i guess people get off on it though which is all that matters. Sad to hear the surveillance/ police state apparatus put to use here, pretty disgusting what it has come to, it’s just getting started.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +1 (1 vote)
  3. Indian

    Burning man is one of the saddest things to happen to america… instead of using all that creativity to take back your government and lives… you basically just piss it all away on a satanic party.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +6 (6 votes)
    1. Anonymous

      I’ve been to Burning Man 7 times, never seen a satanic party. Which camp will be holding it this year?

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      +20 (20 votes)
    2. scott

      You seem to be the saddest thing in America. Obviously you know nothing about modern art.

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      +2 (2 votes)
    3. Ion-Christopher

      you’re a f’n idiot. And you’re the unbalanced one – I’m just balancing your equation a bit here. You don’t even know what Satan is. This is primordial energy – it fills your stupid soul. Satan is your friendly lawyer. The executive running the bank that just took your money. And he’s in every connected professional. This is a release from such things. New age? Hah! I’ve said enough and you have no reason to exist.

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      0 (0 votes)
      1. Ion-Christopher

        Actually, that was too strong for you and I apologize to you. You are obviously a concerned person and I would like you to consider (or whoever reads this) that this is a primal connection to what exists within every atom – the entire fractal is powered from energy. And this is your connection to the universe. It doesn’t rule out God or Sacred, just transmute it a bit by throwing a harness on it and calling it a Saint’s day or Carnival. And it is certainly a vacation from the modern stresses and self-disaster including being an activist. Common by – don’t get drunk – spend time away with friends – and ponder.

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
        0 (0 votes)
  4. Timbshoo

    About the Po-Po at Burningman: Please share far and wide!

    I think it is important to welcome any cops you see. Personally I always say “HELLO OFFICER! HEY EVERYBODY COME SAY HI TO THE NICE POLICEMAN!” I use my loudest, happiest voice.

    I also like to help them be seen so they can help anybody that needs help. Whenever I see them cruising though a camp or even just a big party in the deep playa I encourage everyone to shine their flashlights on them so that, again, if anyone needs their help they will be easy to find. This tends to work best with a headlamp. Don’t shine in their eyes as that would be rude. Just shine on their lower body and legs. Spread the word and let’s help them be seen.

    Another thing I do to help any undercover cops is if anyone asks me for drugs I yell out as loud as I can “HEY EVERYBODY! THIS GUY/GIRL IS LOOKING FOR DRUGS!!! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET SOME???” Please everyone join me in helping them.

    If you have a mutant vehicle, please get one of those million candle power flashlights that plugs into a cigarette lighter. That way we can illuminate them when they are camped out with their lights off. That way no one will accidentally crash into them.

    If we all work together we can really make a difference!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +16 (16 votes)
    1. iwilliam


      lol I like your style. However, what if it’s not an undercover, but some genuinely needy person looking for a little bud or something because they couldn’t bring their own, and you just blew up their spot big time by yelling and advertising to the real narcs and undercovers that this person is “in the market” for something, so to speak.

      I guess maybe you can tell the difference, to a degree. I just don’t always 100% trust my own judgment when it comes to that stuff– I tend to be a little on the paranoid / distrustful side when it comes to drugs and cops.

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      +2 (2 votes)
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  6. mdskier

    This guy is exaggerating a bit. Yes you can get busted but if you follow the 13 things listed above the chance is
    near zero. Don’t do stuff you know is considered “illegal” (eg marijuana,sex, pissing on ground etc), out in the open.

    A guy across the street was busted for pot by police on speeding golf cards. then an hour later neighbors
    next to me invited us over to where they were doing joints in a private space hidden between busses & tents.

    I got pulled over after greeters for doing 7 mph in a 5 mph zone on radar. I got talking to him about working
    for the same federal govt as him. This surprised him greatly and he let me go with just a verbal warning.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    0 (0 votes)
  7. Stephen Kosciesza

    How many times must this be explained. The expression is COULDN’T care less. If you bother to stop and think, you’ll realize that COULD care less, at best, makes no sense–and at worst, says more or less the opposite of what it’s meant to say. You might realize a few other things, too–like the little fact that all this article is saying is you can get busted for breaking the law at Burning Man, just as you can for breaking it in a million other places.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +2 (2 votes)
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