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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Judge, I need a search warrant for an unspecified crime.

The Huffington Post noted that in the recent report on Sneak & Peek warrants aka Delayed-Notice Search Warrants authorized by the Patriot Act, for Fiscal Year 2008 only 3 of 763 the warrants granted were for terrorism. The majority (474) were for drugs. Now this does call into question the legitimate use of an anti-terrorist statue to enforce domestic drug laws (not to mention the others listed above the 3 for terrorism – fraud, tax, theft, murder, food and drug).

What really concerned me was these two categories – Other (8) and Unspecified (23). So we handed out 31 warrants for “something” and 23 of those had the crime investigated listed as “unspecified”?

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