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'Sneak and Peek' Warrants Intended for Terrorism Mostly Used in Drug Cases


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When the security state types pushed for passage of the Patriot Act, one of the measures on which they insisted was the inclusion of "sneak and peek" warrants. In the war against terrorism, they absolutely had to be able to go searching first, and provide notice to suspects later. Of course, it didn't take long for law enforcement to discover this security state tool and start putting it to very different use—mostly in the enforcement of drug prohibition. In fact, that's mostly how sneak and peeks are now used.

According to Mark Jaycox of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "Law enforcement made 47 sneak-and-peek searches nationwide from September 2001 to April 2003. The 2010 report reveals 3,970 total requests were processed. Within three years that number jumped to 11,129."

But terrorism! And, in fact, there are a few terrorism cases mixed in there. A very few. Like, homeopathic dilution few.

Out of the 3,970 total requests from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, 3,034 were for narcotics cases and only 37 for terrorism cases (about .9%). Since then, the numbers get worse. The 2011 report reveals a total of 6,775 requests. 5,093 were used for drugs, while only 31 (or .5%) were used for terrorism cases. The 2012 report follows a similar pattern: Only .6%, or 58 requests, dealt with terrorism cases. The 2013 report confirms the incredibly low numbers. Out of 11,129 reports only 51, or .5%, of requests were used for terrorism. The majority of requests were overwhelmingly for narcotics cases, which tapped out at 9,401 requests.

Maybe those very few terrorism cases really required stealthy execution of search warrants without any opportunity for suspects to seek legal counsel, challenge government actions, and defend themselves. Maybe. But now the state has applied this power to secretly seek evidence far beyond the supposed special case of terrorism—to common crimes, expecially the enforcement of drug prohibition. That application of this "anti-terrorism" measure to criminal cases is now the rule, far overshadowing its supposed purpose.

Ultimately, the Patriot Act handed a massive advantage to government officials over the people they target, and made a huge transformation in the legal system.

Come back with a warrant? Yeah. But if we don't know that they have one, it doesn't do us much good.

NEXT: Rand Paul in 2000: 'End That War on Drugs'

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  1. Perhaps you forgot those commercials that reminded us that marijuana users fund terrorism somehow.

    1. Somehow?

      I will lay it out for you. Marijuana users pay income tax. Those dollars are used to buy weaponry and jet fuel and pay Airmen to airdrop that weaponry directly to ISIS.

      That is the new method. The old method of marijuana users paying taxes and using that money to buy weaponry and then use the Iraqi army as deliverymen was too inefficient.

      1. “Marijuana users pay income tax. Those dollars are used to buy weaponry and jet fuel and pay Airmen to airdrop that weaponry directly to ISIS.”


      2. At least what tax dollars they have left over after paying dog fuckers to run the CDC. You have to have your priorities.

      3. Hey, weed smokers also pay state sales tax in WA and CO, which goes to pay for the pigs to asset forfeit people. That’s terrorism too, right? Or at least highway robbery?

        1. Episiarch Hood?

          1. I rob from the bitch and give to the whore!

  2. Osama bin Laden did not do a fraction of the damage to the freedoms of the American people as was done by the US Government in the name of defending the people from Osama bin Laden.

    1. They’re laughing at us, I know it.

      1. The government? Sure they are. What do you expect them to do with those pics they swiped from your phone?

        1. Um, jerk it to them?

          *does superman pose naked*

          1. Their dicks are too tiny to jerk.

      2. They didn’t give a shit about all of that. Their hope was that we’d lose the will to keep fighting. In that, they were hopelessly in error. In fact, we’re fighting even more people, including our own citizens now.

        1. They made the severe blunder of thinking the politicians actually represent the will of the people and not the government for its own sake. But we showed them!

          1. I guess we blew them up kind of like we’re going to blow up the Statue of Liberty later on to upset some astronaut.

            1. You mean that statue of Ape Lincoln that Mark Wahlberg ran into? I don’t remember that blowing up.

              1. You know, some things aren’t funny, Hugh. Dr. Zaius was right about you.

  3. Imagine my surprise.

  4. Not sure if this has been posted here, but this is pretty good stuff:

    Not all blacks happy with Obumbles and the Dems

    1. If I were black, I’d hate the Democrats with the heat of the Big Bang. No one since slavery was legal has done as much damage to them as a group. I mean, if the party were openly racist, could they do much more harm?

      1. In case you haven’t seen this:

        1. Damn, that looks like the link that I just posted. I guess that means that I’m not the first to post it.

            1. One of the things I really appreciate about your YouTube skillz is that you post to really obscure stuff. A lot of your video links are 20,000 views or less.

            2. And then, there’s this:

              Happy arbor day

                1. I’ve watched that video like a thousand times and I’m still not tired of it.

          1. My apologies. I did not see your link.

            At least HM didn’t punk me by posting the link a 3rd time.

            I wish I could say I have been drinking

            1. de nada. I thought you were just fucking with me.

        2. Holy shit. That makes me angrier for them. One of the most evil things going on in this country is the exploitation of blacks, the poor, and other groups for political gain. Not just getting their votes, but doing everything in their power to keep them dependent.

          1. Like the GOP exploits their idiot redneck base?

            1. You mean you? And you’ve spent your entire adult life trying to convince yourself that you’re not one of them.

              How’s that working out for you?

            2. Palin’s Buttplug|10.28.14 @ 7:06PM|#
              “Like the GOP exploits their idiot redneck base?”

              Fuck off, turd.

  5. Osama bin Laden did not do a fraction of the damage to the freedoms of the American people as was done by the US Government in the name of defending the people from Osama bin Laden.

    They hate us for our freedoms.

    1. By ‘they’, I assume you mean the US Government.

    2. So I assume they hate us substantially less now, right?

      1. They’re working hard on hating us even less, they really want to like us, you know?

  6. By ‘they’, I assume you mean the US Government.

    Yes, of course.

  7. “Like, homeopathic dilution few.”

    I hope your wife is an MD and not a DO.

    1. Definitely an MD. Though living near Sedona, I’m well practiced at holding a frozen smile while listening to crazy.

      1. I’ve been to Sedona. My chakras are all centered now. Or something. What happens there again? Vortexes?

        1. And drumming circles.

          1. Well, I missed out then. Though I did have some really good Mexican food somewhere near there in a place that looked like some diner.

        2. My chakras are all centered now. Or something.

          I had a roommate who was into that shit. Had a room full of crystals and everything. Weirdo. Nice guy, but he believed some strange shit.

  8. Homeopathic dilution few? That makes these warrants even more powerful against terrorism, right?

    (Homeopathy nuts are one step below even anti-vaccine nuts and anti-GMO nuts, though most people who are one of those tend to believe in the others too)

  9. The Patriot Act is clearly all Obama’s fault because he hasn’t ended it.

    1. Do some blow so you’ll make a bet with me.

    2. Yes, dipshit, it is clearly now his fault. So is the NDAA. He does after, have a pen and a phone, right?

      What is a veto, dipshit?

      1. More to the point, what is a veto override? Sure would be nice to see some of those next year, like with, I dunno, a repeal of Obamafuckyou.

        1. GOP won’t repeal Obamacare, too much crony goodness inside. We’re probably, sadly, decades away from real government reform, even if libertarians become a major force in politics.

          1. No, probably not. Though you’ve given me an idea for a new video game. Libertopia.

            1. Is that like Tropico, except it’s an island of people who tell you to go fuck yourself when you click them?

    3. Obama hasn’t just not ended it – he’s renewed it despite railing against it before hand.

      So, yea – Dems are just as guilty as the Republicans on this despite spending 8 years complaining about it under Bush. They have been in power and kept it alive all on their own.

      1. Brochettaward|10.28.14 @ 7:23PM|#
        “Obama hasn’t just not ended it – he’s renewed it despite railing against it before hand.”

        Yeah, but BOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

  10. Wow, while I’m not Israel’s biggest fan, Jesus Christ on a stick they sure know how to burn bridges in this admin.

    The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.

    This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between these two administrations? dual guarantors of the putatively “unbreakable” bond between the U.S. and Israel?is now the worst it’s ever been, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. By next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, but even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should an agreement be reached about the future of its nuclear program.

    1. The relationship between these two administrations … stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections

      when Obama will have more flexibility.

  11. OT:
    So NPR had this story just now about how Gov. Brownback’s tax cuts in Kansas didn’t result in a huge increase in jobs as he promised. The surrounding states have much higher tax rates, and much higher job growth.

    Does anyone know what’s going on in Kansas? Without knowing anything about it, I’d have to say that the “job growth” in the surrounding states is due to either an increase in government and government-related jobs or oil, or something like that. It may be that the Kansas tax cuts are set to expire on a certain date, and businesses, knowing this, are refusing to expand.

    Anyone have any information on this? Anyone? Bueller?

    1. I read that too. You can bet that it’s distorted, if true at all. After all, it’s basically a Democrat hit piece on low taxes. Those people know no lie too big.

    2. Here’s an article about it from June in the WSJ:…..1402448126

      1. The chief economist of the Heritage Foundation, Stephen Moore, who is the co-author with Arthur Laffer, Rex Sinquefield, and Travis Brown of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States, had an article in the Kansas City Star quoting Governor Brownback explaining that when looking at the Kansas jobs numbers, you have to distinguish between government jobs and private sector ones: “We’ve cut public-sector jobs by making government more efficient.” As for private-sector job growth, “we’re second in the region last year behind only Oklahoma, which has an energy boom.”

    3. While we’re at it, SF tax breaks yield more tax income, but proggies claim lower taxes are bad anyhow, since stuff!
      “S.F. hails ‘Twitter tax break’ as rousing success”…..851498.php

    4. Tax cuts alone aren’t guaranteed to produce jobs. Taxes aren’t the only measure of economic liberty. Maybe Kansas has more red tape than surrounding states.

      I remember some forward going around about the difference in cost of opening a gas station in Maine vs neighboring New Hampshire. I don’t remember the specifics, but the licenses and permits in ME were tens of thousands of dollars, while in NH I believe they were under ten grand.

      Like I said, tax rates aren’t the only measure of economic liberty.

      It’s like trying to kill a vampire with a silver bullet.

      1. Tax cuts alone aren’t guaranteed to produce jobs.

        That’s a very good point. Perhaps I should be more annoyed with Brownback for explicitly or implicitly implying that tax cuts were the only thing necessary, since it now fuels the narrative of the chuckleheads that “tax cuts provide no benefit”.

  12. Entirely not news since its been clear for a while that this type of assmunchery has been going on

    Sneak and peek warrants are VERY rarely justified and they, much like no knock entries/warrants are way too common

    I’ve written s metric assload of warrant affidavits, so again unlike the average ivory tower wanker, I’ve dealt with it firsthand

    I’ve also been searched pursuant to warrant

    Sneak and peek is the kind of secret squirrel shit that makes my teeth hurt…..ack-dunphy

    Jack Dunphy speaking truth to power !!!.

    1. I like your 2nd shift posts. They are far less rambling than your late night material.

      1. Cheers!!!

        Probably my on duty posts are more restrained since I have to interrupt my voice to text ramblings in order to engage in various heroics n sundry or something…

        BOOYA body cameras!

    2. From the link:

      The people you see and hear in that video, and their many fellow travelers now encamped in Ferguson, can sense this shift in the narrative, but they will not be appeased by anything less than Officer Wilson’s imprisonment. They will soon be disappointed, and they will vent that disappointment violently. They will be violent not out of devotion to Michael Brown or any legitimate cause that might have arisen from his death, but because they enjoy it and because they believe they can get away with it. May they learn otherwise.

      Or maybe they are so fed up with dishonest cops that they don’t believe anything that comes from a cop’s lying mouth. The result of all this dishonesty from cops is that even when they tell the truth, people who have been victimized by their lies don’t believe them.

  13. But don’t worry about anything, folks. We’re in good hands with this administration.

    Obama’s Ebola Czar on top of things

    The White House says Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain (right), seen with President Obama, is working behind the scenes, but there’s still confusion over what he’s actually doing.

    No, you idiots, there’s not any confusion about what he’s doing. He’s sitting in a cushy new and totally unnecessary job where he’s not going to do jack shit except for drain more money from the already overburdened tax payers.

    1. Between Obo’s laughable comments on the matter and this guy’s complete silence, I’m pretty sure we have Carrey and Daniels in a sequel.

      1. Now, THAT would have been a great SNL skit.

  14. The PATRIOT Act was a hodgepodge of statutory changes the Justice Department had wanted for years for sundry “criminal investigative” reasons which had generally gone nowhere in Congress.

    9/11 just gave the Department and its flunkies in Congress an easy way to push these changes through. The best evidence of that is how PATRIOT Act powers have been used since its passage; these extraordinary “national security” powers are used to find the neighborhood marijuana grower.

    1. Exactly!!!

      Truthers are right about a few rare things

      One thing that is true is that – nounverb911 – is alleged to be the justification for lots of stuff that is just statist wish list pr0n

      1. I understand this a dead thread at this point but to anyone reading this late…..

        This tard is the same guy who feels it was justified for 2 occifers to knock on a door without telling the homeowner who they were and then shoot him because he answered the door with a gun in his hand.

    2. My understanding is that those investigative tactics in the PATRIOT Act were already authorized for chasing drug kingpins. The Act simply allowed them to be used on everyone, since everyone is a terrorist until they prove otherwise.

      1. Generally true.

        To some extent, they could even do sneak and perks and then RETROACTIVELY get approval from a FISA court

  15. Norik demonstrating one in a million power/strength per unit bodyweight

    Big arms? Hell no

    Big chest? Nope

    Showy physique? No

    Fame? Nope

    There are a few NFL players, hammer throwers, etc that are this elite in the USA

    granted his genetics are impeccable. his father set a record decades ago it still has not been beaten and they’ve changed the weight classes several times since to get around this

    And with today’s NAN program and improved drug detection it may never be broken

    Norik is lifting in this new regime

    THIS is an athlete- power, strength, coordination, kinaesthetic awareness, kinetic linking, flexibility, he has it all

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