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Just .004% .4% of Patriot Act “Sneak And Peak” Warrants Used For Terrorism

by @ 3:53 pm on September 28, 2009. Filed under Homeland Security, Individual Liberty, Privacy, War On Terror

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…….

H/T: True/Slant

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3 Responses to “Just .004% .4% of Patriot Act “Sneak And Peak” Warrants Used For Terrorism”

  1. nathan says:

    hi I’m sorry to tell you this but 3 out of 763 is 0.39% not 0.004% I figured I would give you a chance to edit.

  2. Justin Bowen says:

    I think Feingold is a piece of shit, but even pieces of shit have their moments.

  3. [...] USA Patriot Act. The law is being used against people who aren’t terrorists or even terrorist suspects at all. Make a guess … out of the 763 ’sneak and peek’ warrants issued, how many were in fact related to terrorism? Three. [...]

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