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Old 01-24-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can have dogs check out motorists' vehicles for drugs even if officers have no particular reason to suspect illegal activity.

The 6-2 opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, stipulates police dogs may sniff only the outside of a car after a motorist is lawfully stopped for a traffic violation, such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.

But privacy rights advocates said the ruling would lead to far more traffic stops as a way to find drugs. They also warned that the decision could open the door to more expansive searches, from sniffs inside the vehicle to checks of cars parked along sidewalks and pedestrians on the street.

Before Monday's ruling, the Supreme Court had authorized drug dogs primarily to sniff luggage at airports.

``The use of dogs is intimidating,'' said Harvey Grossman, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Chicago. ``Thousands of motorists have called complaining about suddenly finding their cars surrounded by policemen and drug dogs. Now no one is safe from this major intrusion into our lives.''

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who argued the case, called the ruling a victory for law enforcement in the war on drugs. ``The use of canine units to help fight this battle is indispensable,'' she said.

The case involves Roy Caballes, who was stopped by Illinois police in 1998 for driving 6 mph over the speed limit. Although Caballes lawfully produced his driver's license, troopers brought over a drug dog after noticing air freshener in the car and noting Caballes appeared nervous.

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I hate dogs, I don't want dogs near my car...

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first Alaska, now this.
I should have susspected as much after the warez blowout.
I wonder how the mandatory minimums front will feir after this.
I should have shifted all mu stock (when I had stocks) into EU investments when I had the chance.
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keep your car coated in some sort of poison... the dog will die before it can detect the drugs
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Default Another way to keep civil liberty to a minimum.

What happened to the days when America had balls? We've gotten so hyped up about terrorism and Iraq that we are becoming overly paranoid. Homeland Security monitors us daily, now we can have dogs pulled on us on a whim. Something tells me that generations past are looking at us, shaking their head and saying "what the hell have you done".
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What happened to the days when America had balls? We've gotten so hyped up about terrorism and Iraq that we are becoming overly paranoid. Homeland Security monitors us daily, now we can have dogs pulled on us on a whim. Something tells me that generations past are looking at us, shaking their head and saying "what the hell have you done".
Yeah it is sad.

I think it will be quite a while before most people realize we have given away all our freedoms.

then we will have to fight to get them all back again.
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I don't think the whole idea is anything too new... people have been listening to their governments and sacrificing freedoms for a sense of security, while living in a state of fear.

But I still find myself worried about the extent to which this reaches, especially in conjunction with the advances in technology that allows the government to check anything about anyone at any time... it's pretty scary. I don't think that this will be the end-all-be-all of us losing our freedoms, but they're definately being eroded more and more every day.

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