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by Peter Moskos

September 25, 2009

PATRIOT Act used for drugs, not terrorists

Ryan Grim reports in the Huffington Post that only 3 of 763 "sneak and peek" requests involved terrorism cases. A sneak and peak is when the government searches your home or office without telling you. It was supposed to keep us safe from terrorists.

But most sneak and peaks, not surprisingly, were for drugs. Also worrisome, only three requests were denied.


Marc S. said...

I called it in 2001, as I'm sure you did.

PCM said...

Yeah. I did. That's when they called us unpatriotic.

NewOldSalt said...

Well, the name had "Making George Orwell Proud" written all over it.

I think we need to come up with a mnemonic that describes it better. Here's one effort:

Patently Absurd Tactic Ruining — Intrinsically — Our Trust