Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Warrants? We don't need no stinking warrants!

Coverage of Ashcroft's assault on the Constitution continues in Slate's 4-part series on The Patriot Act. Today we learn about secret courts and secret searches. And no-knock warrants. All we need now is a patsy to burn down the Reichstag. The details of the Patriot Act just get more and more disturbing. Ashcroft and Co. are taking some legitimate tools used to combat foreign intelligence agents and twisting them into far-ranging police powers. Basically, all a government prosecutor has to say is "Terrorism!" and a secret court will give them a secret warrant which will allow a secret search that you don't have to be notified about until almost a year later. It should be no secret that this is a horrible idea and basically makes the Fourth Amendment worthless. We are basically allowing fear to trump our rights, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

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