Dramatic Expansion of Sneak-and-Peek Warrants Since 2000
One of the more obnoxious devices enshrined in the Patriot Act is its expansion of authority to conduct "sneak-and-peek" searches. A law enforcement agent conducting a typical "sneak-and-peek" enters a dwelling surreptitiously, snoops around, and leaves without ever notifying the resident that a search has occurred. The Justice Department wants you to believe that it rarely uses the powers conveyed by the Patriot Act, including sneak-and-peeks, but that just isn't true.
Disclosure of a 75 percent increase in secret wiretaps and ”sneak and peek” searches since 2000 is likely to provide ammunition for civil liberties groups determined to modify the USA Patriot Act when Congress begins two months of debate on the law Tuesday.
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