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I am: progressive, not a wild-eyed Progressive; liberal, but shun liberals and Liberals; conservative, but some Conservatives worry me; absolutely NOT a libertarian. I am: an idealist, but no utopian; a pragmatist, but no Machiavellian. I am a realist who dreams.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Warrantless Searches:
   Take Two

And, from OutsideTheBeltway.com, here is a link to Andrew C. McCarthy's list, a former Federal Prosecutor, at the National Review of 28 legitimate reasons when a warrant is not required.

The most relevant appear to be, Conduct warrantless searches of American citizens and their vessels on the high seas; and Conduct a warrantless search at the border of the baggage and other property of any American citizen entering or leaving the United States.

The funniest is, Conduct warrantless searches of junkyards maintained by American citizens.

McCarthy apologies for not including this tidbit:

I neglected, after all, to mention the long-established "inherent authority" of the president to "conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information," recognized by federal appeals courts and assumed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review in 2002.

The sarcasm is quite enjoyable.


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