Monday, November 21, 2011

When Patriots Peek

Delayed-notice search warrants issued under the expanded powers of the Patriot Act, 2006–2009.

A classic case of bait and switch.

From New York Magazine...
When it was signed into law six weeks after the [9/11] attacks, the act made it easier to wiretap American citizens suspected of cooperating with terrorism, to snoop through business records without notification, and to execute search warrants without immediately informing their targets (a so-called sneak-and-peek). Privileges once reserved for overseas intelligence work were extended to domestic criminal investigations. There was less judicial oversight and very little transparency.

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