Only 3 of 763 “sneak-and-peek” requests in 2008 involved terrorism

Remember back when we were called unpatriotic fucks for suggesting that Bush’s Patriot Act ran contrary to the Bill of Rights? Remember how we said that once we gave the government warrantless
access to people’s homes, that they’d abuse it – and how people on the right told us that we were just being paranoid? Well, it looks like we were right. According to testimony of a Department of Justice official, only 3 out of 763 “sneak-and-peek” searches in FY ’08 were related to terrorism… 65% were drug-related.

And, speaking of civil rights, my friend Kez in Pittsburgh tells me that they’ve outlawed urine-filled balloons there for the duration of the G8 talks… I don’t know that there’s been any kind of coordinated response, but I’d think, at the very least, there should be some “Urine Bombers are People Too” signs at the rally.

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8 Comments

  1. Curt Waugh
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Whoa! Didn’t see that comin’.

    ‘Cause I’m stupid.

  2. Robert
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Where is everybody all of a sudden? You people make me sick.

  3. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Heaping tablespoon of bacon grease for the total repeal of the Patriot Act, waitin’ to go.

  4. Kim
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    BA, are you offering up your ass in exchange for the repeal of the Patriot Act?

    If so, thank you. You’re a true patriot.

  5. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I doubt my ass would add up to a level tablespoon.

  6. Pitt
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Soon, they’ll just be rolling up and snatching people off the streets.

  7. dp in exile
    Posted September 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    **sigh**

  8. Ryan
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the Patriot Act is terrible and Obama is trying to renew it.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/15/AR2009091503182.html

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