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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The Deep State 1

My recent interview with Richard Spencer at Radix Journal concerning the surveillance state.

Listen here.

NOTES:
Rand Paul’s Stand
Section 215 of Patriot Act expires
The unprounceable name formerly known as Blackwater
Keith Preston on Rand Paul
Rand Paul signs Tom Cotton’s stupid Iran letter
Paul visits Israel
Paul meets with Rupert Murdoch and Al Sharpton
Jack Hunter, “Just Playing the Game
Spencer and Gottfried, The Great Purge: The Deformation of the Conservative Movement
Obama and Goldman Sach
Casualties in Iraq
Fight terror, go shopping!
Fourth-Generation Warfare
John Robb
William S. Lind
Martin Van Creveld
The Peace of Westphalia
Moderate Rebels
Carl Schmitt and the Exception
Church Committee
General Casey: “And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”