Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Patriot Act's secret searches used 108 times

Here's why I'm concerned about the PATRIOT act provisions:

Patriot Act's secret searches used 108 times

(Published: April 5, 2005, 7:44 AM PDT - By Declan McCullagh - Staff Writer, CNET News.com)

It's because, under the PATRIOT act, the police (FBI, etc) now have the power to secretly invade your house and take whatever they want.

Section 213 of the Patriot Act authorizes so-called sneak-and-peek entries in cases where alerting someone that a surreptitious search took place may have an "adverse result" on a police investigation. Eventually the owner of the home or office is supposed to be notified, though the law says that deadline can be "extended" without limit if police make a good case for it.

Uh huh, and this is supposed to make me feel warm and cozy that the police can do this to me?

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