Thursday, December 15, 2005

Patriot Act stinks up drug policy

Following up on yesterday's post, here's Sen Feingold with the quote of the day, affirming what we've been saying about the Patriot Act.
Let me make one final point about sneak and peek warrants. Don’t be fooled for a minute into believing that this power is needed to investigate terrorism or espionage. It’s not. Section 213 is a criminal provision that could apply in whatever kind of criminal investigation the government has undertaken. In fact, most sneak and peek warrants are issued for drug investigations. So why do I say that they aren’t needed in terrorism investigations? Because FISA also can apply to those investigations. And FISA search warrants are always executed in secret, and never require notice. If you really don’t want to give notice of a search in a terrorism investigation, you can get a FISA warrant. So any argument that limiting the sneak and peek power as we have proposed will interfere with sensitive terrorism investigations is a red herring.
You can say that again. It stinks like old dead fish.

[hat tip to Erin Hildebrandt]


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