One of the more sinister elements introduced into law enforcement by the USA PATRIOT Act was the so-called “sneak and peak” warrant:
A sneak and peek search warrant (also called a covert entry search warrant or a surreptitious entry search warrant) is a search warrant authorizing the law enforcement officers executing it to effect physical entry into private premises without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission or knowledge and to clandestinely search the premises; usually, such entry requires a stealthy breaking and entering. Law enforcement officers are prohibited from seizing any property from the premises.
Well, it turns out that the warrants, originally included in a bill passed in response to terrorism, aren’t being used in the War on Terror at all:
3 warrants out of 763 were terrorism related…….