Surprise! Controversial Patriot Act power now overwhelmingly used in drug investigations 1

By Radley Balko

Washington Post

One of the more controversial provisions of the Patriot Act was to broaden the “sneak-and-peek” power for federal law enforcement officials. The provision allows investigators to conduct searches without informing the target of the search. We were assured at the time that this was an essential law enforcement tool that would be used only to protect the country from terrorism. Supporters argued that it was critical that investigators be allowed to look into the lives and finances of suspected terrorists without tipping off those terrorists to the fact that they were under investigation.

Civil libertarian critics warned that the federal government already had this power for national security investigations. The Patriot Act provision was far too broad and would almost certainly become a common tactic in cases that have nothing to do with national security.

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  1. Fun fact, that picture is Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team. Basically the guys who have to be able to provide SWAT style support for any region in Michigan.

    Of course they have things like plate carriers, plenty of the guns in Michigan are rifles which Kevlar can’t stop.

    Of course they use Ghillies, if you are setting up secretly during a hostage situation in a rural area, wearing blacks to blend in with an Urban environment makes no sense.

    The AR15 is the preferred intermediate range weapon because its light round drops energy going through barriers meaning less likelyhood of collateral damage and innocent injuries than something like a 9mm.

    And hell, they even have a Helicopter, and they should, do you know how hard it is to get to a situation fast in the Upper Peninsula with its mountains and roads?

    I swear, people on the internet love being stupid if it lets them make a point, even if the point is wrong.

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