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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

War on Drugs Claims Another Victim

The War on Drugs carried out by the US Federal Government has claimed another victim - Our fourth amendment rights.

In the Volokh Conspriacy there is a report by Orin Kerr on the Supreme Court reaffirmation of its 1983 precedent that the use of drug sniffing dogs is not a fourth amendment "Search". The rationale has something to do with the fact that you cannot have property rights in an illegal substance and strikes the writer as a bunch of bull.

I think there are two lessons here. First is that we must be careful in letting our legislatures outlaw things as opposed to acts. The second is that we all must take a more active roll in reigning in our government. The war on drugs even threatens our success in Afghanistan.

The "United States v Place" decision is available online for your review.


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