Supreme Court Needs to Rein In Dog Searches
We need better restrictions on how far police can go: Jeffrey Meyer
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2012 12:45 PM CDT
In this file photo, a police dog searches for drugs in a car at a canine competition.   (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

(Newser) – It may not be the most high-profile issue on this year's Supreme Court docket, but two cases coming up later this month have the potential to affect our privacy in profound ways, writes Jeffrey A. Meyer in the New York Times. Both involve police dogs, and how far authorities may go in using them before violating Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

For example: Should police be able to bring a dog onto the porch of a house, without a warrant, to try to get a whiff of drugs inside? No, writes Meyer. "If the police can’t thermal-scan your home from the street, why let them dog-scan it from your front porch?" Let them do this, and soon police might set up dog-sniffing checkpoints outside schools, supermarkets, you name it. What's worse, "today’s dogs will give way to tomorrow’s high-tech contraband-scanning devices" that will be used under the same principle. Let's stop this now and preserve American privacy, writes Meyer. Read his full column here.

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Nimitz
Oct 18, 2012 1:30 AM CDT
To hell with the police dogs, reign in the gropers.
viva_yo
Oct 17, 2012 11:11 PM CDT
I wish they'd send a nice, friendly Beagle over to sniff the drug dealer in the apartment below mine who wraps his legs & upper body with the crystal meth he makes there. Wait until he walks on the street. He walks like Frankenstein with all that stuff on him, legs wide apart & arms out from his body, + he is a convicted felon. Sounds like probable cause to me. If the NYPD can stop & frisk people without probable cause, they should be able to stop & frisk this POS.
radicalronpaul
Oct 17, 2012 10:20 PM CDT
The Dept. of Homeland Security has ordered an extra 750 million over the earlier 1billion rounds of ammunition, bullet proof checkpoints with stop and go lights, and riot shields, and are working in conjunction with the US Army to prepare for some sort of civil war.. http://theintelhub.com/2012/08/13/prepping-for-civil-war-dhs-set-to-purchase-up-to-another-750-million-rounds-of-ammo/