As a follow-up to my post about a recent "Supreme" Court decision allowing police to enter a home without a search warrant if it sounds like the owner is trying to destroy evidence, I want to call to your attention that for years now some other criminals (otherwise known as "federal agents") have been conducting "sneak and peek" raids with "A special type of government search warrant that allows authorities to search homes without informing the owner..." They're called "delayed-notice search warrants." Delayed-notice. My, how conveeeeeeeeenient. According to the article:
"The warrants have always been around, but their use has spiked since the revamped Patriot Act in 2005. The number of delayed-notice search warrants spiked nationally from nearly 700 in fiscal year 2007 to close to 2,000 in 2009...These search warrants don’t involve knocking on doors or any type of warning at all. Delayed-notice search warrants, or "sneak-and-peek" warrants, allow federal agents to enter your home without telling you they’ve been there until months later."
I just figured out why the Federal gunvernment created the Patriot Act after 9/11. It was to take away as many of our freedoms as possible until eventually we won't have any freedoms at all, so that the terrorists won't have an excuse to attack us because "they hate us for our freedoms."
[Thanks to Travis Holte]
UPDATE: John Spiers writes:
A police officer I helped to write his memoirs told me on a drug raid (before the no-knock days) the cops a the front door would bang "Police — We Have a Warrant!" and a cop at the back door would scream "Come in..."
The fellow was a deep undercover narc, so his work wasn't "I smelled marijuana and made a bust after a probable cause search," but going after full time dealers and above. Months on a case. He had an interesting take: "It is impossible to get drug conviction without breaking the law. We had to break the law to get the arrest, and then we had to lie in court to hide that we broke the law."
If they could not get a bust after a warrant search or two (judges throw out warrants like confetti) they would do a dynamic no knock entry, because obviously the dope dealer was flushing it away... and a first veteran narc in would surreptitiously toss a bag of coke in a closet and a last cop in, a rookie, would find it, to "attaboys" all around. The rookie would be delirious about how cool police work is, and how good he is at it. Only on the third try did the kid break the case. When the defense lawyer had the rookie cop wired up on a lie detector to ask if the kid planted the dope, he would honestly say no. Even the defense lawyer thinks his client is lying. But it may also be the case the fellow was never dealing drugs. Who knows? But certainly the dope in that instance was planted.