Friday, June 23, 2006

Warrant this

With news of the latest secret data collection program, whereby the US government has been warrantlessly plowing through bank reocrds, it's a rather telling sign of current times that, after the arrest of seven terrorist suspects in Miami who were allegedly plotting an attack on the Sears Tower, FBI Director Robert Mueller felt compelled to let us all know that
whenever we undertake an operation like this, we would not do it without the approval of a judge. We've got search warrants and arrest warrants and the like.
The qualifying phrase, "an operation like this" is a marvelous locution. Because we know of so many other operations that are being conducted without the approval of judge, I'm guessing this is meant to assuage concerns that the administration is not operating completely outside the law; that there are still a few things for which the FBI will actually seek warrants. That's nice.


Blogger Musclemouth said...

You of course know about the Supreme Court jilting exclusionary rule last week. That's just one step closer to them eliminating warrants. The terrorism crusade is meant to cool our passion for the Constitution. So that when the Supreme Court finally declares the Constitution un-Constitutional, the public will yawn and just take it.

That may not be the conscious plan, and there may or may not be a great level of orchestration to this plot, but it is, in fact, the de facto effect.

12:41 PM  

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