Giving police the authority and power to manipulate the law is a danger to all of us. What looks like a good and necessary tactic in one instance can be justified in its use in ways never anticipated or designed.
Consider RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) legislation that was designed to combat racketeering. As is typical with these types of laws (e.g., the Patriot Act), the original intent of the law is expanded far beyond its original design:
“Much of the growth of federal criminal procedures has been tied to the expanded use of RICO—the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970. RICO has succeeded in blurring the lines between state and federal law enforcement and in overturning the protections inherent in the due-process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.”
Now it seems that an everyday security feature is being abused. Police faked 9-1-1 phone calls to warrantlessly search homes.
If a law can be abused in one case, it’s easy to see how abuses could take place in other cases.
A dubious police tactic has come to light, in which officers used falsified information in order to gain ‘consent’ to search private properties without a warrant.
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